Re: Why are Boston fans/media obsessed with Peyton Manning?
posted at 10/2/2013 6:43 AM EDT
In response to jrmccook's comment:
Why don't we like Manning???
For many reasons, but I'll focus on the special scheduling rules that aren't applied equally that lead to the NFL shoving Peyton Manning down the Patriots and their fans throat every year vs. providing a variety of teams and competition to watch. You have to go back to 2002 to find a year that the patriots were not scheduled against a Peyton Manning team. 2011 doesn't count as a year off, because they were scheduled, even though Manning was injured. This streak continues with the scheduling of the Broncos teams. This streak would have continued an 11th year for the Colts in 2012 but Manning went to Denver, and Denver continued there and has been going strong.
According to the NFL, teams are supposed to scheduled on a rotating basis through the division, however the patriots have been scheduled far fewer times against the other AFC South teams during the same stretch. Since the creation of the AFC South in 2002 -2012, Here's the number of regular season games the Patriots have had against teams the following number of times:
Colts 11* (10 with Manning)
Number of times Denver has been scheduled vs the Patriots since Manning was signed in 2012:
2 and counting.
Hate to burst your bubble here, but Peyton Manning didn't have anything to do with NFL scheduling. NFL scheduling is and has been formulaic since at least the move to 4 divisions in each conference. As it is, every year divisions play their own division foes twice (6 games) rotate playing an entire non-conference division (4 games) and one other entire conference division (4 games). That's 14 games and leave only two which are determined, again by formula, based on how the team finished in its division the prior year. If they were the first place team then they play the first place teams from the two other divisions within the conference.
Thus: NE finished first in its division last year - so this year,
NE (as well as the entire AFC East) plays their own division foes twice - Buf, Mia, NYJ - 6 games
NE (as well as the entire AFC East) plays the NFC South (this is rotational) - 4 games
NE (as well as the entire AFC East) plays the AFC North (this is rotational) - 4 games
NE plays the 2 first place teams from ast year from lthe other two AFC divisions that they do not play entirely - Thus Denver (AFC W) and Houston (AFC S). These are the only two games different from the other teams in the AFC East.
The pats played the colts due to the natural divsional rotation every 3 years (they played all other AFC South teams every 3 years as well). In the other years, both teams finished first in their division the previous year thus setting up a game in those years the divisions did not play each other. It was due to both teams' success.