Realignment for 2002
At the NFL Spring Meeting on May 22, 2001, in Rosemont, Ill., NFL owners unanimously approved the following realignment for 2002 when the Houston Texans begin play:
|N.Y. Jets||Pittsburgh||Tennessee||San Diego|
|N.Y. Giants||Detroit||Carolina||St. Louis|
|Philadelphia||Green Bay||New Orleans||San Francisco|
Each team within a division will play 14 common opponents as follows:
- Each team will play home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
- Each team will play the four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
- Each team will play the four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
- Each team will play a pair of intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games), i.e. first-place teams in a division will play against the first-place teams from another division within the same conference, etc.