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Old 05 October 2017, 03:19 PM
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Do you mean why they play only 16 regular season games? Because the 2017/2018 season is the same length they usually are.

The answer to why they play on 16 games in the regular season is that the rate of injury is pro football is pretty high, one site says a player has a 4% chance of being injured in each game. Probably this is part of the reason the NFL players union has resisted increasing the number of games played per season.

Also, I'm not sure that a season that goes from September to December (August to February if you count pre and post season) is really that short. The better question might be why other sports' seasons are so long*.

* Money.
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