Overview of the National Football League
The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league in the world. From a legal entity perspective, the National Football League is an unincorporated, non-profit organization 501(c)(6) association controlled by its members. The National Football League was initially formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. The league later changed the name to the National Football League in 1922. The NFL currently consists of thirty-two teams from the United States. The league is divided into two separate conferences – the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each.
The regular season includes a seventeen-week schedule during which each team has one “bye” week (a week off) and plays sixteen games. This schedule includes six games against a team’s divisional rivals, as well as several inter-division and inter-conference games. The season currently starts on the Thursday night in the first full week of September (the Thursday after Labor Day) and runs weekly to late December or early January, depending on the playoff schedule.
The annual championship game is known as the Super Bowl and is held at the end of the regular season, either in late January or early February. The SuperBowl is held in a different city and state each year.
List of NFL Teams
Following is a list of professional teams in the National Football League along with links to the team’s website.
American Football Conference (AFC) Football Teams
The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. The other is the National Football Conference (NFC). Each conference contains a total of 16 teams. These two conferences make up the 32 teams of the NFL. Following is a list of Teams in the American Football Conference:
List of teams in the AFC East Conference
Buffalo Bills – The Buffalo Bills are based in the Buffalo / Niagara Falls metro area. The team plays home games at the New Era Field, which is located in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills started with the AFL in 1960 and joined the NFL in 1970.
New England Patriots
New York Jets
National Football Conference (NFC) Football Teams
The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. The conference was created after the league merged with the American Football League (AFL) in 1970. Originally, the NFC had a total of 13 teams that year, all of which played in the NFL before the merger. Meanwhile, all of the former AFL teams along with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Colts formed the American Football Conference (AFC). Following is a list of Teams in the National Football Conference (NFC):
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