Each team plays home and away against its three division opponents, which accounts for six games on the schedule.
Each team plays four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle, which accounts for four more games.
Each team plays four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle, which accounts for another four games.
Each team plays two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings. For example, the first-place team in a division will play against the first-place team from another division within the same conference. The second place team in a division will play against the second-place team from another division within the same conference, etc...