NFL announces 2013 regular-season opponents
The NFL announced the 2013 regular-season opponents on Monday.
The NFL announced the opponents for all teams' 2013 regular-season games on Monday (because there apparently wasn't enough going on in the NFL on Monday ...). We've got a full list below, but here's the formula, courtesy of the NFL, for determining the opponents:
The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.
Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
- Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
- The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
- The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
- Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
- Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC Western Divisions would not be required to make two west coast trips (e.g. at San Francisco and at Seattle), while other teams in their division had none (e.g. at St. Louis and at Arizona).
Thursday, Sept. 5 will be the 2013 NFL Kickoff, and the NFL will announce the full schedule in the spring. Dec. 29 will be the final night of the NFL regular season, and Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2 in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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