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Late divisional games benefit league

Goodell's plan for more division games in the final two weeks is a success

Originally Published: December 21, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, 22 teams are still officially in the playoff hunt and five spots remain.

So does Roger Goodell's plan for pushing most of the division games to the end of the season work?

Possibly. Goodell put 26 of the 96 divisional games in the final two weeks in order to promote tighter divisional races and minimize chances coaches will rest starters for the playoffs. With only six divisional games per team to spread over 17 weeks, ...

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