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The National Football League (NFL) is the highest level of professional American football in the world. It was formed by 11 teams in 1920 (originally the American Professional Football Association before it changed names two years later). The league consists of 32 teams from the United States. The league is divided evenly between the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) and both conferences have four four-team divisions.

The regular season is a 17-week schedule during which each team plays 16 games with one week off ("bye week"). The season currently starts on the Thursday after Labor Day and runs weekly into early January. At the end of the regular season, six teams from each conference (at least one from each division) compete in the NFL play-offs to determine the season's Super Bowl champions.

American Football ConferenceEdit

  • Buffalo Bills (east)
  • Miami Dolphins (east)
  • New England Patriots (east)
  • New York Jets (east)
  • Baltimore Ravens (north), formerly the original Cleveland Browns
  • Cincinnati Bengals (north)
  • Cleveland Browns (north)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (north)
  • Houston Texans (south)
  • Indianapolis Colts (south), originally Baltimore Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (south)
  • Tennessee Titans (south), originally Houston Oilers
  • Denver Broncos (west)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (west), originally Dallas Texans
  • Oakland Raiders (west), previously Los Angeles Raiders but originally Oakland Raiders
  • San Diego Chargers (west)

National Football ConferenceEdit

  • Dallas Cowboys (east)
  • New York Giants (east)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (east)
  • Washington Redskins (east), formerly Boston Redskins
  • Chicago Bears (north)
  • Detroit Lions (north), originally Portsmouth Spartans
  • Green Bay Packers (north)
  • Minnesota Vikings (north)
  • Atlanta Falcons (south)
  • Carolina Panthers (south)
  • New Orleans Saints (south)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (south)
  • Arizona Cardinals (west), formerly St. Louis Cardinals and originally Chicago Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Rams (west), formerly St. Louis Rams and originally Cleveland Rams
  • San Francisco 49ers (west)
  • Seattle Seahawks (west)

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