It’s NFL season! Find out what week of the season it is and get caught up on all the action.
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world.
The NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA), with ten teams from four states, all of whom existed in some form as participants of regional leagues of American football that began in the late 1800s. The APFA became the National Football League in 1922, after a temporary merger of two other leagues. At its inception, the NFL consisted of 14 teams. With the addition of three expansion teams in 1960 and 1961, and another team in 1966, the league reached its current size of 32 teams.
What Week Is It In the NFL?
It’s hard to believe but we’re already in week 7 of the NFL season. This week is a big one as we’ll see some key divisional matchups that could have playoff implications later on down the road. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the NFL this week.
Preseason is the first stage of the NFL season. It runs from early August through early September, and all 32 teams play four games each. Because the games don’t count toward the regular season standings, teams use them to try out new players and evaluate their talents.
The National Football League (NFL) regular season begins on the weekend following the Labor Day holiday (the first Monday in September in the United States). After each team has played 16 games, the NFL playoffs begin in January. Eight teams from each conference (NFC and AFC) qualify for the playoffs.
Teams that win their division or a wild card berth play in the NFL postseason. The number of teams in the playoffs has increased over time, with a record 20 teams qualifying in 2020. The tournament culminates in the Super Bowl, currently the most-watched annual sporting event in the world.
The NFL regular season is divided into 17 weeks, with each team playing 16 games. The first week of the season is typically referred to as Week 1, and the last week is typically referred to as Week 17. There are also four preseason games that are not included in the regular season standings.