So we're still in full swing as far as preparing for a full season - you know, aside from the litigation, lack of organized team workouts, lack of a CBA, et cetera - and even though it's only April, there's still the worry of a delayed start to the season. However, there are a few quirks in the schedule that would make it a whole lot easier to still have the full season. How? Follow me past the jump and we'll take a look.
First is the possibility of eliminating both the team's regularly scheduled bye-week and the week prior to the Super Bowl (huh? I thought there was another game then, something about a bunch of pros... whatever those are.). This works because, according to Adam Schefter:
As Adam Schefter of ESPN pointed out, all Week Three opponents having [sic] the same bye week, and there's also a week off between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, and the NFL has booked hotels in Indianapolis for two weeks in February. That means the NFL could lose the first three weeks of the season and still have time to make up those games.
Essentially, the season could start on Week Four and continue as normal. Then, when you get to the bye week, instead of the bye, the two teams play their game because they would have been on bye at the same time. That takes care of the first week. With the other two games being played after Week Seventeen, the Super Bowl would only need to be pushed back one week (in this case, to February 12).
The second possible correction to the schedule involves cancelling Weeks Two and Four. But Steven, you said there'd be a full season - this only leaves fourteen weeks, you liar! True enough. Howevah... The special thing about cancelling Week Two and Week Four is that there are no divisional games played those weeks. If this doesn't mean anything to you, consider there has never been a week without a divisional game since 1970, the merger. Another special quirk about those two weeks is that all 16 teams at home in Week Two are all on the road in Week Four. This mean even numbers of home and away games and all divisional matchups being played if the first two weeks are missed.