I agree...14 games was phenomenal, parallel to college teams playing 10-11 games. That was unquestionably football at its best. The level of intensity each week was incredible given 8 of 14 games within the division. That's why it was much more difficult to string together huge percentage of victories. Teams would play 4 or more consecutive bitter division games. Rivalries meant something in that era, given so many division games and so few playoff spots. It was college level intensity and bragging rights. Then once the string of division games ended there would be flat spots all over the place. Any Given Sunday was situational. In 1972 the Dolphins went unbeaten. Nobody else lost fewer than 3 times. Nowadays the teams with dominant quarterbacks own such ridiculous advantage via rules and low percentage of division games it's difficult for them to lose 3 games period, even among 16 or 17.Personally I prefer the 14 game schedule the NFL played until 1978. As the number of games has increased, the number of players missing games due to injuries has increased. Eight division games and six games against teams from the other divisions or conferences and is plenty for me.
Of course most of the posters on the forum are too young to have seen the NFL when there was a 14 game regular season.
Dumb logic, your post makes zero senseI do hate the unbalanced schedule. I dont like playing NE, Buf and NYJ twice every year while playing Nfc teams once every 4 years. Playing each team in the division once per year is enough
Does prevalence take into account returning players or simply cumulative injuries?View attachment 72735
This is chart of injured players (including players playing with injuries) by week.
The orange line is new weekly injuries (week 1 is skewed bc it includes offseason, training camp, and preseason)
The blue line shows the cumulative injuries over time.
Supringly, players don't really seem to suffer injuries at a higher rate as the season goes on. But the one injury that does increase is concussions, which is the most concerning type IMO. I take the toll that this game takes on player's brains much more seriously than I do towards their bodies.
And the cumulative injuries are only going to rise as we add more games. I get they are removing a preseason game, but starters don't play all that much in preseason.
In 2019, the percent of snaps the average starter played in preseason games was 13.8% compared to 81.3% in regular season games.
Based on these numbers we can roughly predict that by switching out a preason for regular season game that 23.9% of the league will be injured in week 18. As opposed to it being 23.4% in the final week of the current 17 week schedule. That might not seem like a big difference, but that extra 0.5% could include some key starters and big names.
I'm not a fan. I don't think it is good for the player's health. And I care more about the quality of the playoffs than I do one extra regular season game.