The first change should be the bye week. Some teams have Week 3 off, while others have Week 9 off. No matter how you spin it, I do not see how this is the least bit fair. My proposed change would be to play eight weeks, give the entire league a bye in Week 9, and then play the remaining eight games. I’m not entirely sure why this isn’t already being done, but my only guess is that the NFL can’t afford to lose an entire weeks worth of revenue. Nonetheless, does this not seem like the best solution? Sure, us avid fantasy football players would be completely lost on the ninth Sunday of the season, but why not take that entire weekend and spend it with your family. Besides, if you’re like me, your team has suffered too many injuries and had too many one point losses and don’t have much of a chance at making the playoffs anyway.
As for the NFL, if you simply cannot have a weekend with no football, why not either put on some kind of charity event with dozens of players, or have some of the best players in the first half of the season compete in some competitions. You can have a few quarterbacks participate in some accuracy or distance competitions, kickers can have kicking competitions and I’m sure they could come up with other competitions for some skill players. Assign different charities to each player and the winning player for each competition wins money for his respective charity. Personally I think one week of no NFL would be just fine, but if something has to happen, I’m sure the higher-ups in the NFL can think of something.