I still have no clue how the division/conference thing works out tho.
As in qualifying for the playoffs? Simple.
-2 conferences with 4 divisions. 8 divisions with 4 teams each. Win the division = get a home playoff game (with the top 2 teams in each conference advancing to week 2, the
top team gets homefield adv. throughout the playoffs)
-Then there's the 2 wildcards in each conference which are, the 2 teams with the next best win/loss records who didn't win their respective divisions. They go through to play the other teams (on the road) in week 1, top wildcard team plays division winning team with worst record, 2nd wildcard team plays division winning team with 3rd best record.
-After the results of week 1 are complete, the remaining teams are matched up like this:
remaining week 1 team with the worst regular season record @ top team
remaining week 1 team with the better regular season record @ 2nd best team
-After these games are played, the winners meet in the conference championship @ the best remaining team, then the winners of each conference championship meet in the Super Bowl.
Don't get me started on tiebreaking procedures though, I don't feel like typing all those out. But basically the main thing is to have a better win/loss record than the other 3 teams in your division, against the teams in your division.
That is what will break ties in the first instance, if head-to-head results are 1-1, seeing as you play them all twice.
That is what builds up the division rivalries, because quite often teams will finish with identical win/loss records.
Oh and if you're breaking a tie between 2 teams not in the same division, it goes on who has the better record against other teams in the conference as well as your division (out of 12 instead of out of 6), because a regular season schedule is;
6 division games
6 conference games
4 non-conference games.