The National Football League still is considering four options regarding the scheduling of games following settlement of the current players union strike.
Play out the existing schedule and then pick up two weekends from the seven already canceled. Those two would be determined by the computer to yield either the most division or conference games for the most teams.
* Play out the exisiting schedule and then play two weekends of completely revised games, as determined by the computer. Those weekends would consist entirely of conference or division games.
* Play a 13-game schedule with the best team in each conference meeting in the Super Bowl. All other playoff games would be canceled.
* Using the computer, revise the entire remaining schedule to produce the best possible balance, weighing both home games and conference or division games.
League sources said the matter is so complicated that any annoucements concerning the schedule may not be made at the same time a strike settlement is reached.
The NFL Competition Committee, which will make the final scheduling decisions, has turned to a computer for help.
At one point, the competition committee had considered using a blind draw to determine which weekends would be made up, but that idea has since been abandoned. Members of that committee are Tex Schramm of Dallas, Don Shula of Miami, Paul Brown of Cincinnati and Eddie LeBaron of Atlanta.
According to sources, the major problem confronting the committee now is to decide whether playoff spots should be determined, as usual, by division standings, or by conference standings.
If conference standings are used, then the top four teams in each conference would make the playoffs. Teams already have played two games. The league has said that it can make up two of the seven games already canceled.
If a settlement is reached in time to play contests set for the weekend of Nov. 14, that would mean an 11-game schedule, although the final number will be determined by negotiations with the players' union.
Television networks reportedly do not like the third option, because of the appeal of playoff games. The complexity of revising the entire schedule makes the fourth option a longshot at best.
Sources said that no matter which option is chosen, there will be inequities regarding the number of conference or division games played by each team.
Attempts will be made to balance home games as closely as possible. For example, if 11 games are played, one team will not play four home games while another plays seven.
The Redskins already have won two conference games, including a defeat of division opponent Philadelphia. Washington's remaining seven games are against conference teams, including five division teams.
If the Redskins did not have to play any nonconference opponents this season, they would miss games with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Houston.
Redskins games still on the schedule include Minnesota in RFK Stadium (Nov. 14), at New York Giants (Nov. 21), Philadelphia in RFK (Nov. 28), Dallas in RFK (Dec. 5), at St. Louis (Dec. 12), New York Giants in RFK (Dec. 19) and at New Orleans (Dec. 26).
Redskins games canceled so far were against St. Louis at RFK (Sept. 26), Cleveland at RFK (Oct. 3), at Dallas (Oct. 10), Pittsburgh at RFK (Oct. 17), at Houston (Oct. 24), San Francisco at RFK (Oct. 31) and at Cincinnati (Nov. 7).