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Explaining NFL football TV schedule frustrations

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We love football on FOX.  If we could, we would air every game that you want to see each week.  We all know that isn't an option, so we will do our best to show as many games as we can.

Here's how all TV scheduling works for the NFL:

FOX is the default station for all NFC games.

CBS is the default station for all AFC games.

For interconference games, here is how it works.

When an NFC team visits an AFC team, the broadcast will be on FOX.

When an AFC team visits an NFC team, the broadcast will be on CBS.

Each week, FOX and CBS alternate the rights to broadcast a doubleheader of NFL football on Sunday.

As the NFC station, we make Bears games our top priority.  If we can air a Colts game as well, we will.  After that, to serve the Michigan counties we cover, we will choose a Lions game if we can.

You actually don't have to wait for the NFL schedule to be released to know who your team will be playing each year.  The only thing answered with the schedule release is when and where those games will be played.

---Each team will play:

-6 Divisional games

Home & away series versus each of a team's 3 division rivals.  (For example: the Colts play the Jaguars, Titans, and Texans twice each year.)

-4 Interdivisional games

Every year each division will be paired up with one division from the same conference.  The teams in those divisions will play all 4 members of the corresponding division.  (For example: This year the AFC South was paired with the AFC West, with all members of the AFC South playing all members of the AFC West.)

-4 Interconference games

Every year each NFC and AFC division will be paired up with one division from the opposing conference.  The teams in those divisions will play all 4 members of the corresponding division in the other conference.  (For example: This year the AFC South was paired with the NFC East, with all members of the AFC South playing all members of the NFC East.)

-2 more conference games

Every team will play 2 more conference games, with those opponents being determined based upon a team's record the previous season.  These 2 games will be played against members of the remaining 2 conference divisions that a team has not already been paired up.  The opponent will be determined by matching up members of those divisions based upon their divisional finish in the previous season.  (For example: The Colts played 1 member of the AFC East and 1 member of the AFC North this year.  Since the Colts won the AFC South last year, they played last year's AFC East division winner [the Patriots] and last year's AFC North division winner [the Bengals].)

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