How does the NFL create its schedule?

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16 Games
• 6 games: Play each division opponent twice (inside circle)
• 4 games: Play 1 division in same conference (dotted line)
• 4 games: Play 1 division from other conference (matching colors)
• 2 games: Play against matching rank teams in same conference (matching numbers)