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Understanding the NFL Schedule
The NFL schedule is a complex system that ensures that all football teams play each other at least once every four years while taking into account various factors such as bye weeks and travel.
To understand the NFL schedule correctly, it’s essential to know that each team plays six games within its division, four games against another division in its conference, four games against another division in the opposite conference, and two games against teams from the same conference that finished in the same position in the previous season.
Flexible scheduling is another key factor to understand when it comes to the NFL schedule. This system allows for the best late-season matchups to be showcased to the largest audiences. The games that are scheduled in football weeks 11-18 can be flexed to ensure that the most exciting games are aired in primetime slots. In addition, each team is given one bye week during the season, which allows for rest and recovery.
The NFL regular season starts in September and runs until the mid-January playoffs, culminating in the Super Bowl in February. Compared to other major professional leagues, the NFL season is short and features fewer games. For this reason, and the overall popularity of the league, each game brings significant handle to the sportsbook.
2023 Football Events
Starting in the 2021 season, the league expanded the schedule to 17 regular-season games, one more than the 16 games used from 1978-2020. The regular season is expected to start in September, the playoffs in January, and the Super Bowl in February. All of these dates are tentative.