NFL 17th game Who should they play?
So the NFL
seems to want to add a 17th game to the season, and while I disagree
with this for a variety of reasons to be mentioned later I though it would be
interesting to see where and how this 17th game would be played.
I think it
would be interesting and make sense to make the extra game a AFC vs NFC rivalry
game if possible to be played at any time throughout the season, the teams
would just simply switch off playing each other each year home and away to make
up for the odd number of home games/away games the extra game would create. These matchups would be similar to what
baseball does with the interleague natural interleague rival games they
currently have. Here are my matchups.
Note: Yes I
know this would result in teams playing eachother twice in a season every
fourth year, the system is never perfect….
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia
call this a variant of the turnpike rivalry with Cleveland; an interstate
matchup between these two only makes sense as interstate games are good for
Miami Dolphins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Interstate rivalry would put the battle of the east Florida coast vs the west,
Florida teams don’t draw that well so this could potentially help.
Cleveland Browns vs Detroit Lions
Lakes rivalry is already played most years in the preseason, there’s even a
trophy for it, two cities only 2.5 hrs drive apart with similar backgrounds and
settings makes for a decent natural rival game between conferences.
New York Jets vs New York Giants
between two teams sharing the same city and stadium obviously is a shoe in.
Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys
Two major TV markets
battling it out regularly makes for good TV ratings, this was actually the
first game in Texans franchise history in 2002, which the Texans surprisingly
New Orleans Saints vs Tennessee Titans
significance in history or location between the two, but saves travel distance
as the titans are closer than many teams to the relatively isolated New
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Carolina
between these two isn’t the worst, and it makes sense as both these two teams
were expansion teams the same year in 1995.
LA Chargers vs LA Rams
battle between two teams that play in the same city/stadium, maybe this one
would bode well for both teams’ struggles at the gate…
Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks
both recently faced off in the Super Bowl which add a little bit to this
matchup, but the similarity here is they both are teams of the mountainous
western U.S. that aren’t as terribly far away from each other as some teams are
from their respective cities.
Las Vegas Raiders vs SF 49ers
this one goes back to the battle of the bay days when the Raiders were in
Oakland, it was tempting to have the raiders matchup against the Cardinals as
it would be closer and a battle of the desert teams, however history wins here
and not the worst of distances either.
Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Redskins
This one is
easy as the two teams are only about an hour away from each other, one of the
closer distances in the league.
New England Patriots vs Atlanta
Not the most
distance friendly of these, but still two major markets in Boston and Atlanta
which is good for TV and the recent Super Bowl matchup helps…
Minnesota Vikings vs Buffalo Bills
Not all of
these will make complete sense, but this one could be marketed as a battle for
the north kind of game, not the worst idea for a matchup…
Green Bay Packers vs KC Chiefs
No this is
not because I want a State Farm bowl; matchups outlast players and shouldn’t be
made because of individual players. Two
fairly large fan bases and two cities not terribly far from each other, both
with rich history and the first Super Bowl matchup make for a decent natural
interconference rivalry game…
Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears
Two teams in
two big cities, about 3 hours’ drive from each other in two neighboring similar
states with a Super bowl matchup in recent memory to boot, this one is a fairly
Arizona vs Cincinnati
to be left to be matched up to each other, maybe you could call it the Carson
Palmer Bowl lol, this would probably be the worst of matchups as the distance isn’t
favorable but the last two teams have to play someone…