NFL Schedule 2023 : Week 3 Preseason

Thursday, August 24, 2023
icon Atlanta Falcons
vs icon Pittsburgh Steelers
PIT 24 , ATL 0 Logan Woodside 196 Anthony McFarland Jr. 55 Keilahn Harris 71
icon Philadelphia Eagles
vs icon Indianapolis Colts
IND 27 , PHI 13 Tanner McKee 158 Anthony Richardson 38 Deon Cain 62
Friday, August 25, 2023
icon Carolina Panthers
vs icon Detroit Lions
DET 26 , CAR 17 Teddy Bridgewater 178 Spencer Brown 51 Antoine Green 97
icon New England Patriots
@ icon Tennessee Titans
TEN 23 , NE 7 Malik Willis 211 Jacques Patrick 76 Colton Dowell 49
icon San Francisco 49ers
vs icon Los Angeles Chargers
LAC 23 , SF 12 Sam Darnold 89 Joshua Kelley 78 Brandon Aiyuk 35
Saturday, August 26, 2023
icon Chicago Bears
vs icon Buffalo Bills
BUF 24 , CHI 21 Kyle Allen 162 Darrynton Evans 65 Stephen Carlson 41
icon Minnesota Vikings
vs icon Arizona Cardinals
ARI 18 , MIN 17 Jaren Hall 178 Corey Clement 79 Blake Proehl 45
icon Seattle Seahawks
@ icon Green Bay Packers
GB 19 , SEA 15 Drew Lock 150 Emanuel Wilson 49 Easop Winston 74
icon Cleveland Browns
@ icon Kansas City Chiefs
KC 33 , CLE 32 Blaine Gabbert 169 Deneric Prince 45 Ihmir Smith-Marsette 101
icon New York Giants
vs icon New York Jets
NYJ 32 , NYG 24 Tommy DeVito 210 James Robinson 55 David Sills V 81
icon Cincinnati Bengals
@ icon Washington Commanders
WAS 21 , CIN 19 Jake Fromm 144 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 52 Mitchell Tinsley 89
icon Baltimore Ravens
@ icon Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TB 26 , BAL 20 Kyle Trask 192 Owen Wright 89 Dontay Demus Jr. 86
icon Miami Dolphins
@ icon Jacksonville Jaguars
JAX 31 , MIA 18 Skylar Thompson 135 Salvon Ahmed 43 Tim Jones 74
icon Las Vegas Raiders
@ icon Dallas Cowboys
DAL 31 , LV 16 Will Grier 305 Hunter Luepke 58 Kristian Wilkerson 122
icon Los Angeles Rams
@ icon Denver Broncos
DEN 41 , LAR 0 Jarrett Stidham 236 Jaleel McLaughlin 48 Albert Okwuegbunam 109
Sunday, August 27, 2023
icon New Orleans Saints
vs icon Houston Texans
HOU 17 , NO 13 Jake Haener 172 Mike Boone 51 Lucas Krull 106

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How Does the NFL Schedule Work?

The NFL schedule determines who each team will face during the regular season of each NFL season. Across 18 weeks there are 272 NFL games that need scheduling while taking into account the availability of stadiums, international games, travel circumstances, and bye weeks. It's a mammoth task that has to work between the two conferences, eight divisions, and all thirty-two teams.

There is also a particular formula that has to be followed when deciding which opponents each NFL team will face.

The first thing that needs to be done is to decide on the list of opponents before they can be put together for the final schedule. The opponents that each team will face are decided by the following method:

  • Six games against divisional teams.

  • Four against teams coming from one division in the same conference on a yearly rotation.

  • Four against teams from one division in the other conference – again on a yearly rotation.

  • Two games are against either of the other divisions within the same conference. These are played against teams that finished in the same position in their division the previous season. For example, if a team finished first in their division, they would play two teams from two divisions within their conference who also finished first.

  • The one last remaining game is played against an opponent from a division that hasn’t already appeared from the previous points. This game is again scheduled against a team that finished in the same position within their division.

On top of this, there is a rotation system in place so every team has to play each other at least every four seasons. The NFL also deploys “flexible scheduling,”which allows for the best matchups to be placed in prime-time slots later in the season.

Teams know their opponents for the following season at the end of the existing season but don’t find out how they are scheduled until later in the year. The NFL tries to schedule their best matchups in prime slots - generally Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football, although matchups are also scheduled for Thanksgiving and Christmas and games on a Saturday between Week 15 and 18.

NFL schedule release day has become a huge day in the NFL calendar, with games being teased and leaked in advance and teams making a huge deal with their announcements and videos going viral.

How Many Weeks Is the Regular Season Schedule?

There are 18 weeks in the NFL regular season. The opponents are decided using a certain method while the schedule of those opponents is decided by a mixture of a computer and a scheduling committee.

There are six games that are the same every year for each NFL team – their divisional games – games played against the three other teams in the team's own division both home and away.

When Do NFL Bye Weeks Start?

A bye week is a rest week for NFL teams, and they run from Week 5 to 14 during the NFL regular season. Every team gets one bye week per season, allowing a team time to rest and recuperate after the intensity of NFL games, affording players time to heal from injuries and giving coaches extra prep time to reevaluate game plans for the weeks ahead.

The amount of teams on byes in any given week ranges from two to six. The 2023 bye weeks are:

Week 5: Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 6: Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 7: Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tennessee TItans

Week 9: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers

Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints

Week 13: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Week 14: Arizona Cardinals, Washington Commanders

When Do the NFL Playoffs Start?

The 2023-2024 NFL Playoffs are due to start on January 13, 2024, starting with the Wild Card Round and ending in the Super Bowl in February. Two games will start on the Saturday of Wild Card Weekend, with the remaining four games being played on Sunday and Monday.

The playoffs then continue until the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.

How Many Weeks Are the Playoffs?

The NFL Playoffs are the NFL’s postseason event where fourteen teams, seven from each conference, progress from the NFL regular season. The NFL Playoffs last for four weeks, with teams facing off in elimination games in four different rounds.

The NFL Playoffs start with the Wild Card Round, where the No. 1 seed in each conference gets a bye. The winning teams progress to the Divisional Round, before moving to the Conference Championships and if they are so lucky, the Super Bowl.

When Is the NFL Super Bowl?

The 2023 NFL season ends with the Super Bowl on February 11, 2024. The game is played between the winner of the American Football Conference and the winner of the National Football Conference.

Super Bowl LVIII will take place on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada in Allegiant Stadium, home to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Super Bowl will be broadcast on CBS at the end of the 2023 season before starting a yearly rotation between CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN for the next eleven years.

How Is the NFL Schedule Decided?

The NFL schedule is decided by a supercomputer that takes into account huge amounts of data, creating thousands of outcomes and possibilities. With advancements in computer technology, the jobs of NFL committee members have gotten a lot easier. The data and rules are inputted into the software quickly along with decisions that have already been made by the scheduling committee.

The NFL schedulers may have already decided on games they want to show in prime-time slots and on holidays, as well as who will play in that season's international games. The computer builds thousands of potential schedules, with the schedulers slowly narrowing down possibilities until they get to their final decision.

When making their calculations the computer has to follow the strict protocol that has been set out, while also analyzing travel difficulties, potential international games, bye weeks, the availability of each NFL stadium, fan enjoyment, logistics, and many other intricate details.

The ultimate decision on the NFL schedule however, falls to six NFL executives. In 2023, they are:

Michael North - Vice President of Broadcasting

Howard Katz - Senior Vice President of Broadcasting

Blake Jones- Senior Director of Broadcasting

Charlotte Carey - Director of Broadcasting

Onnie Bose - Vice President of Broadcasting

Lucy Popko- Broadcasting Senior Coordinator

How Long Is the NFL Offseason?

The NFL offseason can last from 11 to 15 weeks depending on how far a team goes in the playoffs. Non-playoff teams get 15 weeks rest; those that go deep into the playoffs get less. At the end of those rest weeks, training camps start, which typically last six weeks prior to the start of the NFL season.

The NFL offseason encompasses free Agency, the NFL Combine, the NFL Draft, and the start of the new league year.