Here's my contribution to this 5 star dorky thread. I wondered why it seems like we play Carolina, NY Giants, and Detroit every year, so I googled this to try to figure out why:
How Are Opponents Determined? by James Alder
A common question I get from football fans concerns the NFL's scheduling procedures and how a team's opponents are determined. Since the realignment that moved the NFL to an eight-division league, the scheduling format has become quite simple actually.
• Each team plays home and away against its three division opponents, which accounts for six games on the schedule. Rams, 'Hawks, 9er's x 2 = I Got it.
• Each team plays four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle, which accounts for four more games. Philly, Dallas, Giants, Washington
• Each team plays four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle, which accounts for another four games. Indy, Jacksonville, Houston, Tennessee
• Each team plays two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings. For example, the first-place team in a division will play against the first-place team from another division within the same conference. The second place team in a division will play against the second-place team from another division within the same conference, etc.. Carolina, Detroit both finished 3rd in their division last year, as did the Cards. As perennial cellar dwellars, we would see Detroit a lot.
How are opponents determined
Abomb, they would never give us the Thanksgiving game. Also, what time do the games start?
Bring on the draft!