Division matchups provide high drama

Originally Published: April 20, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, concerned about playoff teams resting starters at the end of the regular season, decided to move more divisional games toward the end of the season.

That means 28 divisional games -- 13 more than a year ago -- will be played in the final three weeks of the season. There are 96 divisional games in the eight-division format, so by moving so many of those matchups to the final three weeks, Goodell is gambling that divisional races will be close ...

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