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2007 regular-season opponents

2007 team-by-team opponents

(Jan. 2, 2007) -- The opponents for all 2007 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team’s home and away matchups was issued today by the NFL.

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 within a division 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 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.

The format takes each team through a cycle of games – home and away – against every other team in the league. Every team will play every other team at least twice – once home and once away -- between 2002 and 2009. After the 2009 season, a decision will be made on whether to continue with the same rotation or modify it.

The scheduling format includes the following elements:

  • There is an increased common-opponent emphasis with every team in a division playing against 14 common opponents.
  • All teams play each other on a regular basis, home and away, for a more consistent presentation of attractive games, eliminating the many schedule aberrations of the past.
  • Teams are guaranteed to play all non-division opponents in their conference at least once every three years, and at home at least once every six years.
  • Every AFC team plays every NFC team once every four years, and at home once every eight years.
  • A team’s record from the previous year has less of a bearing on its schedule, with only two (rather than four) opponents being based on the previous year’s standing. Thus, the so-called “easy” fifth-place schedules have been eliminated.
  • The division in which a team resides is less of a factor in a team’s won-loss record with 10 of 16 games each year being against non-division teams.

The official 2007 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.

AFC EAST
Team Home Away
Buffalo Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Dallas, N.Y. Giants Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington
Miami Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Oakland, Dallas, N.Y. Giants Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington
New England Buffalo, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Philadelphia, Washington Buffalo, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Jets Buffalo, Miami, New England, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Washington Buffalo, Miami, New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Dallas, N.Y. Giants
AFC NORTH
Team Home Away
Baltimore Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Indianapolis, Arizona, St. Louis Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle
Cincinnati Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, Arizona, St. Louis Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, Kansas City, San Francisco, Seattle
Cleveland Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, Arizona, St. Louis
Pittsburgh Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Miami, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Seattle Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New England, N.Y. Jets, Denver, Arizona, St. Louis
AFC SOUTH
Team Home Away
Houston Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Oakland, San Diego, Cleveland, Atlanta, Carolina
Indianapolis Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, Tampa Bay Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, Atlanta, Carolina
Jacksonville Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Oakland, San Diego, Buffalo, Atlanta, Carolina Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Tampa Bay
Tennessee Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Oakland, San Diego, N.Y. Jets, Atlanta, Carolina Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Denver, Kansas City, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Tampa Bay
AFC WEST
Team Home Away
Denver Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Minnesota Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit
Kansas City Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets, Chicago, Detroit
Oakland Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Miami, Green Bay, Minnesota
San Diego Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New England, Green Bay, Minnesota
NFC EAST
Team Home Away
Dallas N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis, New England, N.Y. Jets N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Carolina, Buffalo, Miami
N.Y. Giants Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco, New England, N.Y. Jets Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Buffalo, Miami
Philadelphia Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Buffalo, Miami Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, New Orleans, New England, N.Y. Jets
Washington Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Arizona, Buffalo, Miami Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, New England, N.Y. Jets
NFC NORTH
Team Home Away
Chicago Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, New Orleans, Denver, Kansas City Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, Seattle, Oakland, San Diego
Detroit Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Denver, Kansas City Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, Oakland, San Diego
Green Bay Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, Carolina, Oakland, San Diego Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, St. Louis, Denver, Kansas City
Minnesota Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Oakland, San Diego Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco, Denver, Kansas City
NFC SOUTH
Team Home Away
Atlanta Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Seattle, N.Y. Giants, Houston, Indianapolis Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, St. Louis, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Tennessee
Carolina Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, St. Louis, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee
New Orleans Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Arizona, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Tennessee Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis
Tampa Bay Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Arizona, St. Louis, Washington, Jacksonville, Tennessee Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis
NFC WEST
Team Home Away
Arizona St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati
St. Louis Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Green Bay, Cleveland, Pittsburgh Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Baltimore, Cincinnati
San Francisco Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, N.Y. Giants, Cleveland, Pittsburgh
Seattle Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Carolina, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh