Thanks fellas, and thanks for the link paperbackwriter.
I confess I don’t know much about how they used to figure out the schedule, but the new scheme looks pretty cool.
You play home and away against each of the other 3 teams in your conference + division.
Each year all the teams in your division go up against (1) all the teams from another division from your conference (which division it is rotates every year), and (2) all the teams from another division from the other conference.
And you play the corresponding team from another division in your conference: i.e. the team that was 1st place in NFC West will play a pair of games with the 1st place from NFC North.
Actually, I guess this is more properly an IMHO, but I think it would be cooler if these pair of games were played against your opposite number in the other conference: NFC West #1 plays AFC West #1. I think it would play up the regional rivalry a little more.