So that hurt bad yesterday. Outplayed, out executed, pretty embarassing stuff. Jets certainly earned that won and backed up nearly all their comments. Ouch again.
I had sent an email to Mike Reisse on this last week when I realized how great the 18 game season could be for rivalries like Pats/Jets:
1. Currently 6 out of 16 games each season are played against your divisional rivals - not bad but not even 40% of the games played can equate to a playoff spot (see 7-9 Seattle).
2. Kissing your sister is gross, so is tying your rival or rivals in the division and then having 'conference' or 'head to head' wins determine who wins the division.
3. Enter the 18 game schedule. Sort of creates a potential imbalance to how schedules are planned, unless you simply add have each team play their divisional rivals 3 times, instead of 2. That would account for 9 games a season, with 9 being left for the standard out of division formating verse the 10 games currently allotted to non division games.
Think about how awesome that would be: Pats/Jets get through the season with a rubber match every year? Ditto Miami and Buffalo. I can live that no problem
Plus, having 50% of a teams schedule go toward division to me really reduces the chances of team with a losing record winning their division, and it also reduces the clamor for "higher seeds should get home field vs divisional winners."