From the Vault: Idea for NFL’s 17th Game

As time goes on, there is more and more content buried deep in the archives of this blog, so every now and then, I like to reach into “the vault” and revisit an old post. Since the first week of the NFL regular season has come and gone, it seems like a good time to revisit my friend Brian’s suggestion on how the NFL should add another game to the schedule. Most likely, the league will look to add two more games instead of one, but I still really love his idea. This article was originally posted on October 24, 2008.


First, let me start by saying that my former classmate Brian came up with the idea I’m about to share (he said I could post it), and I think it’s brilliant. The NFL is working on plans to extend the regular season by 1-2 games. If they do add one game, Brian’s idea is for it to be a cross-conference regional rivalry game, with the two opponents playing and alternating home and away each year. Here is his list of matchups:

  • Redskins vs. Ravens (Maryland/DC)
  • Cowboys vs. Texans (Texas)
  • Giants vs. Jets (New York)
  • Steelers vs. Eagles (Pennsylvania)
  • Chiefs vs. Rams (Missouri)
  • Raiders vs. 49ers (California Bay Area)
  • Buccaneers vs. Dolphins (South Florida)
  • Titan vs. Panthers (The Appalachians)
  • Jaguars vs. Falcons (Southeast – The Pro Cocktail Party?)
  • Cardinals vs. Chargers (Southwest)
  • Bears vs. Colts (Midwest #1)
  • Browns vs. Lions(Midwest #2 and right across the lake from each other)
  • Bills vs. Packers (NFL’s Small Market/Snow Showdown)
  • Seahawks vs. Broncos (Former AFC West rivals)

This list of pairs leaves Minnesota, New Orleans, Cincinnati and New England, so the system is not perfect, but maybe some adjustments could be made – feel free to leave your own ideas in the comments. You have to believe that this “rivalry” game would generate a lot of fan and media interest, the NFL’s version of interleague play if you will. They could even play each other every year on a designated “AFC/NFC Rivalry Week” to really capitalize on it…the ratings would be huge!

One thought on “From the Vault: Idea for NFL’s 17th Game

  • March 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Good idea. (Too bad the league doesn’t have any way for fans to give them feedback on or anywhere)

    Since the league is going through collective bargaining heres a way they can make more money for all owners and players. Sell advertising on the players jerseys. They do it in the U.K. in the EPL and in foreign hockey leagues. They could do it as one per jersey or more like the hockey jerserys. Look at the HC Dynamo Moscow jerseys. Very cool!

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