Hey y’all!! Here is a sport post to get you through the morning before Pep Talk Tuesday!! As usual it is about football… and of course features the Bears.. surprise, surprise I know! But I thought it was a good post that I blogged on the DU Sports Psych Blog so I wanted to share it with you guys!!!
First I wanted to start with a review of the divisions and rivalries in the NFL!
Intra-divisional: Games between opponents in the same NFL division. Since 2002, there are 32 teams in 8 divisions of 4 teams each. Each team plays each division opponent twice during the regular season (once at home, once away) for a total of 6 regular season games out of 16 total games. Thus, every NFL team, regardless of its age, could fairly be said to have at least 3 primary rivals. Occasionally, two teams will play 3 times in a year if they meet again in the playoffs.
Inter-divisional: Games between opponents in different divisions but within the same conference. Teams do not play a given inter-divisional opponent more than once during the regular season, however they may meet again for a second time in the playoffs. The NFL schedules divisions to play against each other on a rotating basis, so that every team from one division will play every team from another division, for a total of 4 games per team. Each team will also play 1 team from each of the remaining 2 divisions within the conference that finished in the same divisional standing position in the prior year – for a grand total of 12 intra-conference games. Conference games are often important, as a team’s record in common games, as well as its overall record against its conference, is sometimes used as a tiebreaker for playoff seeding at the end of the regular season. Also, many regular season opponents have met again in the playoffs, and the result of a regular season game can affect where the playoff game will be played
Inter-conference: Games between opponents in different conferences. Teams do not play a given inter-conference opponent more than once during the season unless they were to meet up in the Superbowl. The NFL schedules inter-conference divisions to play each other on a rotating basis similar to the one described above.
Now to the important rivalries… those in the NFC North