There's no fundamental reason it can't happen, and, IMO, it would create more excitement and be fairer. So, without further ado (the teams in brackets are who the Pats would play this year): Weeks 1-2: Intraconference matches (one of SD, OAK; one of DEN, KC) Weeks 3-5: Divisional matches (NYJ, MIA, and BUF) Weeks 6-7: Interconference matches (one of SEA, SF; one of STL, ARI) Weeks 8-10: Equal-placement matches (PIT and IND) and BYE Weeks 11-12: Intraconference matches (the other two) Weeks 13-14: Interconference matches (the other two) Weeks 15-17: Divisional matches The advantages of the system, in my mind, are these: * It's unlikely anyone can putz around with the system and front-load/back-load a schedule. * Everyone gets their bye week at around the same time in the middle of the season. No one gets a bye in week 4 and then have to play 13 straight weeks. * Unless you have a situation like the AFC East this year, most division races will still be up for grabs until late in the season. * When there are fewer games, you know there will also (probably) be some better games to compensate. * Since this is a "modular" schedule, the "blocks" can be moved around without too much difficulty (e.g., in theory, you could end with all six divisional games). Thoughts?