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Old 08-21-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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I get how the NFL determines the schedule:

Take for example Denver Broncos:

- 6 home/away games with division foes (Raiders, Chargers, Chiefs)

- Then they get rotating 4 games each with another conference from AFC and NFC (example AFC East and NFC East)

- Then they place two other teams in their Conference depending on place. First place AFC West plays first place AFC North and AFC South, etc.

I get all that. My question is how do they determine home/away games?

So if the Denver Broncos are set to play the AFC East this year, how do they determine if they play the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Bills at home or away. And same with all the other non-division games?

There was a time period where the Patriots/Broncos played at Foxboro for 3-4 years and now it seems it's coming the other way where they play at Mile High for 3-4 years.
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:29 PM
 
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I get how the NFL determines the schedule:

Take for example Denver Broncos:

- 6 home/away games with division foes (Raiders, Chargers, Chiefs)

- Then they get rotating 4 games each with another conference from AFC and NFC (example AFC East and NFC East)

- Then they place two other teams in their Conference depending on place. First place AFC West plays first place AFC North and AFC South, etc.

I get all that. My question is how do they determine home/away games?

So if the Denver Broncos are set to play the AFC East this year, how do they determine if they play the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Bills at home or away. And same with all the other non-division games?

There was a time period where the Patriots/Broncos played at Foxboro for 3-4 years and now it seems it's coming the other way where they play at Mile High for 3-4 years.
It's a bit complex at times. Hope this helps...
Creating the NFL Schedule | NFL Football Operations
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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Yeah I read those and still didn't answer my question, unless I missed it. Just wondering if there are rules in place for home/away games.

So if AFC West is set to play AFC East. How do they determine that the Broncos play Patriots/Jets at home and Bills/Dolphins on the road and the Chargers play Jets/Bills at home and Patriots/Dolphins on the road, etc...
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:02 PM
 
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I saw something about this somewhere, awhile back, I'll see if I can find it, might have been local reporters I follow!
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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That was started many years ago and now they just alternate every 4 years for NFC teams and every 3 years for AFC teams.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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That was started many years ago and now they just alternate every 4 years for NFC teams and every 3 years for AFC teams.
This. It just alternates. How they came up with the original schedule? Probably just random draw. But based off that original schedule the home and aways just alternate.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:53 PM
 
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Take the Broncos vs Patriots regular season meetings.

2012,2013,2014 = Foxboro
2015,2016.2017 = Mile High Stadium

Why go 3 years in a row twice.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:11 PM
 
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Take the Broncos vs Patriots regular season meetings.

2012,2013,2014 = Foxboro
2015,2016.2017 = Mile High Stadium

Why go 3 years in a row twice.
I am sure it has something to do with however the rotation is set up for playing teams that finished in the same place combined with playing on the regular divisional rotation.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:26 AM
 
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I am sure it has something to do with however the rotation is set up for playing teams that finished in the same place combined with playing on the regular divisional rotation.
Yeah there has to be some formula
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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I get all that. My question is how do they determine home/away games?

So if the Denver Broncos are set to play the AFC East this year, how do they determine if they play the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Bills at home or away. And same with all the other non-division games?

There was a time period where the Patriots/Broncos played at Foxboro for 3-4 years and now it seems it's coming the other way where they play at Mile High for 3-4 years.
You may have a couple of things in play here.

I think under normal circumstances - it's a simple rotation.

If you are talking AFC West vs. NFC West or vs. AFC East - then every 4 years (for the NFC) or 3 years (for the AFC) it's a simple back and forth between the two teams.

If you are talking about the 1st place team playing against another first place team in the AFC, those are the situations that can get weird.

You could have Pats and Denver both in 1st place play in Denver. Then next year, it's the AFC West's turn to play the East, and it just happens to be that in the rotation, they are scheduled to play in Denver. The following year, they are both in 1st place again, and they could be back in Denver again.
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