The American Football Conference is far ahead of the NFC in all kinds of competition since the merger of the National and American football leagues, and it just happens that the AFC has the two best attractions this weekend.

Those games pair the Denver Broncos at Houston Sunday and the Baltimore Colts a Miami Monday night.

Coach Don Shula's Dolphins presently are 18-4 against NFC opponents, 20-5, counting three Super Bowl games - victories over Minnesota and Washington and a loss to Dallas.

If the NFC is having troubles coping now, the wonder is what will happen when the schedules begin being is the first player in Raider history to revised every year, beginning in 1978, with all except a team's division games being based on how a club finishes the previous season.

For instance, if the current NFL standings were final for 1977, the third-place Redskins' 16-game schedule for 1978 would include games with Baltimore, Miami, New England, Buffalo, Chicago, Atlanata, Detroit and San Francisco.

The present division scheduling will remain intact, meaning that the Redskins will continue to play home and away games each with the other teams in the NFC East - Dallas, St. Louis, Philadelphia and the New York Giants.

In the first season of the new schedule, the first four NFC East teams will play the first four AFC East teams.

Since the Redskins would finish third in their division, the new format calls for them to play two third-place teams and two second-place teams from outside the Redskins' division but from the National Conference.

Chicago and Atlanta would be the second-place teams in the NFC, Detroit and San Francisco the third-place opponents.

In 1979, the Redskins, instead of playing one game each with the first four teams from the AFC East, as in 1978, would play the first four teams from another AFC division, from still another AFC division in 1980, and would start all over again in 1981.

A first-place finisher plays the other two first-place teams in its own conference and the other two fourth-place teams in its own conference.

A second-place finisher plays the other two second-place and two third-place teams in its own conference.

The fourth-place team plays the other two first-place and the two fourth-place teams in its own conference.