Originally Posted by RemyM
I like the playoff proposal, as it could make more late season games interesting with another playoff spot on the line and only one team getting the bye.
The 17th regular season game makes no sense to me. The regular season schedule format is perfect right now and unless the 17th game is to be a neutral site game, most likely in another country, there will be an unfair imbalance of home and away games. Either way it is not needed.
How so? Every team will play 8 home games, 8 away, and 1 neutral site. I've heard not all of them are planned to be in foreign countries. They could, for example, have Dallas play Houston at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. Edit: re-reading your post, its clear you haven't seen that caveat. Yes the 17th game will all be neutral sites.
I like it, remove a useless pre-season game that no one cares about. Add an extra bye week to keep the players happy. Another weekend that I can watch RZ instead of my team, thats fine.
If I was the NFL I'd schedule about 8 games in Europe corresponding to the first 8 weeks of the season before the weather is atrocious over there. I'd put those on Sunday morning for a quadruple header. Next 8 weeks, the neutrals would be in the USA, Canada, or Mexico at regular time slots. Last 3 weeks no neutral site games. Teams gearing up for the playoffs dont need the distraction. Starting the week after college football conference championships, ie the 1st week in December, I'd schedule the games as follows: 8 games on Saturday, 8 games on Sunday, no Thurs or MNF. Move 1 game back to prime time on each day. Have a double double header of RZ with either 3 or 4 games in each timeslot. Last week of the season all AFC games on one day, and all NFC games on the other. Rotate by year. Not sure if Scott Hanson's voice will hold up though lol.
Of course what I want more than anything is more games in 4k or even "4k" like Fox puts out. Its light years ahead of the bit starved BS we've been served up for years.
Also, I hope on the playoff format that they allow wild card teams to be seeded higher than division winners if they have a better record.