Making a fun NFL schedule

Definitions

  • Thursday night game: played on Thursday nights

Some known rules about how an NFL schedule get made.

Firm rules

  • Every team plays a Thursday night game
    • Usually against a division rival
  • DET and DAL get a Thanksgiving day game.
  • No Thursday game on week 17

Soft rules

(dictated by commercial interests of the league)

  • more weightage to big market teams
    • DAL
    • PHI
  • Christmas day games (if its on a Friday?)
  • Week 17 games are all division games