Originally Posted by steelerchad
There ya go. When the league was talking about expanding the season to 18 regular season games, I thought, why not 17 games with the extra game coming in the form of a rivalry game.
Try to pit them against an out of conference opponent. Here's a few that work well. Now in the few cases that there are teams involved who struggle to fill stadiums, this will help. You can also pick a couple of these games to ship over seas with these weak fanbase teams.
Steelers vs. Eagles every year at State College. You could almost fit both sets of season ticket holders in this stadium.
Ravens vs. Redskins. Alternate the home/home. Or have it at FedEx for stadium size, but alternate the home team and fan ticket access.
Giants vs. Jets much the same way.
Cowboys vs. Texans in one of the big college venues or Mexico.
Raiders vs. 49ers.
Browns vs. Bengals in CBUS. But you designate this game to not count towards division or conference tiebreakers.
Jags vs. Tampa in Gainsville or Orlando Citrus Bowl. Neither of these teams sell out anyway, so pull both fan bases together.
Colts vs. Rams.
Pats vs. Bills in Toronto.
Chargers vs. Cardinals in Mexico.
Lots of possiblilites, and Goodell will get his international exposure this way too.
Those fans would kill each other. No, I'm not exaggerating.