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Seth S. said on October 24th, 2008 at 4:06 am

That is a great idea. Works in European soccer, MLB, MiLB, regional hockey and on the collegiate level why not the NFL.

Could it be swapped for the traditional Thanksgiving day lineup to capitalize on people staying close to home?

Would rather watch this lineup than the Pro Bowl.

Could swap Minnesota w/ Buffalo v. New England. Cincinnati v. Cleavland…and send the Lions and Saints to Canada!

Or just let the fans vote on the match-ups, they’re already fanatics over fantasy stuff, why not let them make the games.

Brian C. said on October 24th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

The other factor that Russ didn’t mention is that the major issue with the 17th game is that it ruins the current symmetry of the schedule. By adding to a matchup that is the same annually, and alternates home and away each year, you don’t have to toss out the old system, and you are at least maintaining some semblance of symmetry/fairness.

Plus, familiarity breeds contempt, and who doesn’t love a good rivalry? Texans-Cowboys and Redskins-Ravens don’t really get the blood boiling every preseason, but it sure would if they were on the regular season schedule every year. Throw in the NFL’s marketing machine getting behind an annual “Rivalry Week”, and you’d have a media and marketing bonanza…

JJ said on October 24th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

The only issue will be years when the NFL’s current scheduling system causes duplicates of the matchups. For example, the Steelers and Eagles played this year because the NFC East faces the AFC North this season. This would mean those teams play each other twice though not a divisional game. Not sure if that would be viewed as a problem by the NFL. Still a good idea.

Russell Scibetti said on October 24th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

I thought about that, but how bad would it be in the Jets/Giants, Eagles/Steelers, etc. played twice a season once in a while? I don’t think it would have much impact on the “Rivalry Week” idea as a whole.

Rob Scibetti said on October 26th, 2008 at 2:52 am

I think it would be better if teams like the Eagles/Steelers, Jets/Giants, etc played twice a season. Those are very intense rivalries and the fans might enjoy it better if their team won the “season series” over the other team (similar to baseball).