Every fan of the NFL has complained one time or another about their team's schedule. "Our division is the toughest" or "We played against the stronger other conference division". As fans we have heard them all.
Here is my solution.
Keeping with the 16 game schedule (this idea can adapt to an 18 game schedule as well).
1. Get rid of the four divisions in each conference, have two 16 team conferences
2. Each team plays 14 games inside the conference and two against the other
3. To determine which teams you play, review last season's records. In the same conference the #1 team would not play the #16 team, #2 does not play #15 etc...
4. The 2 non conference games are determined by this pattern. The top two teams from last year in each conference play each other. The 3rd and 4th best teams do the same down to the 15th and 16th teams playing each other.
5. If the NFL wants to keep Thursday night football, then have one or both of the non-conference games played on that night. This eliminates unfair scheduling for conference games.
List of Pro's to this idea:
1. Results based schedule.
2. Can make any number teams playoff eligible without the headache of wild card teams having better records than division winners and having to go on the road for a playoff game.
3. With a small amount of exceptions, allows teams in same conference to play each other each season.
4. Creates a true conference championship playoff not watered down by weak divisions schedules, in and out of conference.
5. Conference out of town teams come more frequently to your home team's city. (Not true for the three current division teams)
6. Every team has 13 common opponent games with every one else in their conference.
7. Almost every two team tie breaker could be determined by head-to -head result
List of Con's to this idea:
1. Elimination of Division rivalries with home and away season series
2. Play less against other conference with possibility of NEVER playing a specific team from that conference.
3. Coastal teams could have to travel more, or new conferences could be made geographically to offset.
What do you think? Am I crazy???