In 1978, the league changed the schedule to include sixteen regular season games and four exhibition games. From 1978 through 1989, the sixteen games were played over sixteen weeks.
When did the NFL go to 16 regular season games?
That decision was confirmed today, marking the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games. It follows the March 18 announcement of long-term media distribution agreements providing fans greater access to NFL games than ever before.
When did the NFL go to 17 games?
Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement from March 2020, the NFL first had to negotiate at least one new media contract to make the move to expand to 17 games. The league’s new media deal came to fruition and was announced on March 18, setting in motion the shift to 17 games.
Is the NFL going to 17 games?
With the NFL officially expanding to 17 games in the 2021 season, NFL Research’s Dante Koplowitz-Fleming explores which notable records could fall — and who might be in line to make history.
Why is the NFL going to 17 games?
The new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that was negotiated and signed last year allows the NFL to go to 17 games as early as this season, provided they’ve negotiated at least one new media rights deal, which they have.
Who has the hardest schedule in the NFL 2020?
2020 NFL strength of schedule rankings
|Rank||Team||Opponents’ 2019 win percentage|
|1||New England Patriots||.537 (137-118-1)|
|2||New York Jets||.533 (136-119-1)|
|3||Miami Dolphins||.529 (135-120-1)|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||.527 (134-120-2)|
What is the CBA proposal?
The new CBA will expand the NFL’s playoff field by two teams starting with the 2020 season and allow the owners the option to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 games as early as 2021.