NFL Matchup - Netflix
NFL Matchup is a National Football League preview show that airs every week during the regular season and playoffs. As of 2006, the official name is State Farm NFL Matchup, and it is produced by NFL Films. As of the 2008 - 2009 NFL season, it airs every Sunday during the season on ESPN2 at 08:30am ET!
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
NFL Matchup - NFL preseason - Netflix
The National Football League preseason is the period each year during which NFL teams play several not-for-the-record exhibition games before the actual “championship” or “regular” season starts. Beginning with the featured Pro Football Hall of Fame game in early August, five weekends of exhibition games are currently played in the NFL. The start of the preseason is intrinsically tied to the last week of training camp.
NFL Matchup - Non-league opponents - Netflix
The College All-Star Game, usually the first game of the preseason, was played annually in Chicago from 1934 to 1976, and featured the NFL or World champion against an all-rookie team of college all-stars. During the earlier years of the competition, numerous other regional all-star games of the sort also existed. After the games became lopsided in favor of the NFL, they were abandoned. Between 1950 and 1961, the NFL also attempted exhibition matches against the Canadian Football League (mixing NFL and CFL rules); these, too, were abandoned after the 1961 preseason, after the NFL won all six matchups (the CFL finally won a game against American opposition in August 1961, but this was against an American Football League team; as a result of the embarrassment, the AFL opted not to play the CFL again beyond that one game). Also, from 1967 to 1969, during the transition period leading up to the formal AFL–NFL merger, the NFL and American Football League played each other in a series of exhibition matches; notably, the 1969 match between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins was the only time Vince Lombardi ever lost to an AFL team. The 1968 games were played under an experimental rule that eliminated extra point kicks and required a play from scrimmage to score one point (a rule later implemented by the World Football League in 1974 and the XFL in 2001). Games against non-league opponents were still occasionally played, usually with the NFL teams sending a rookie “split squad” to the game. The Atlanta Falcons rookies defeated the Alabama Hawks of the Continental Football League 55–0 in a 1969 contest. In 1972, the New York Jets rookies defeated the Long Island Chiefs of the then-second-tier Seaboard Football League 29–3 in what is believed to be the last contest between an NFL team and one outside the league to date. Since 1977, no NFL team has ever faced a team outside the league; this is in contrast to current practice in MLS, NBA, NHL and recent practice in baseball, in which teams can play exhibition games against non-league teams. Unlike the latter leagues however where a near-even parity of talent can exist with foreign or minor league teams, the NFL is stunted by the fact that the de facto second tier of American football, college football is disallowed by the NCAA from scheduling their teams to play against NFL teams, and the difference in talent between NFL and foreign and/or non-league professional teams is too large to assure competitive contests. Likewise, the differing rule sets and venues between the NFL, the CFL and the Arena Football League also complicates any real competitive attempt at an exhibition game between those organizations (NFL-CFL interleague competitions have been attempted in the past). Even in years when there has been second-tier or competing professional leagues playing by standard 11-man rules, the NFL has opted not to play exhibition games; the XFL, USFL, UFL and FXFL never played against the NFL in their short lifetimes, lest the league risk injuring its star talent or giving potential threats to its monopoly on American professional football any credibility (as it is, the FXFL relies on NFL preseason cuts for most of its rosters).
NFL Matchup - References - Netflix