Long trips force teams to try three-time-zone defense

In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the injured reserve system, the Jets' bandwagon, the Cowboys' defense and more.

Originally Published: October 8, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

One of the beauties of the four-team, eight-division format of the NFL is the ease of consistency in scheduling.

The schedule allows a team to see every team in football over a four-year period. Divisions rotate their schedules in a perfect cycle. This year, though, the division matchups have created a problem. The NFC West meets the NFC East and AFC East, and the AFC West faces the AFC East, creating an extraordinary number of cross-country games.

Overall, there are ...

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