NFL should force time between rematches

November, 29, 2013
11/29/13
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans play the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in a game that should feel familiar.

You just saw it.

I understand piecing together the entire NFL schedule is a monster of a job. But the same teams playing each other in a span of three weeks should be outlawed.

The Titans hosted the Colts in Week 11 and are headed to Indianapolis in Week 13.

Teams can change a great deal in six weeks or two or three months. Odds are teams are very much the same over the course of three weeks.

The league does a disservice to fans, and the teams involved, in having such quick turnaround rematches.

Titans coach Mike Munchak doesn’t care for the scheduling quirk that has his team preparing for the Colts again.

“You’d rather have it more spread out, just because of injuries,” he said. “If you have a big injury, all of a sudden you don’t have a certain player for both games. Or if we’re going through that stretch where you’re not playing well and all of a sudden you’ve got both those games in three weeks.”

The Titans face the team they are chasing twice with their backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing because Jake Locker is out.

According to Elias, Titans-Colts is one of the 11 such quick turnarounds over the past five NFL seasons. Four of those have been situations where the second game was in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Those are coincidences, not predetermined.

 

So six times, the league has had teams play twice with only one game in between.

You can say, it's only six times, so it's not a big deal.

Or you can say, it's largely avoided, so why couldn’t the NFL avoid it those six times?

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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