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NFL looks to expand playoffs to 14 or 16 teams

Expanding the playoffs   42 members have voted

  1. 1. Should the NFL expand the playoffs, and if so, to how many teams overall?

    • Keep it as it is (12 teams, six per conference)
      38
    • Expand to 14 teams (seven per conference)
      4
    • Expand to 16 teams (eight per conference)
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As noted in USA TODAY:

The NFL is looking at expanding the playoffs from the current 12 teams (six per conference) to 14 or 16 teams (seven or eight per conference). I've in the past posted here that I would look at going to seven teams per conference (14 teams total) as part of a change to where playoff seeding is decided SOLELY by record, except where a division champion gets preference over a wild card for seeding if the teams have the same record. This would have it where the two best teams in the conference would be the #1 and #2 seeds and prevent any possibility of such meeting before the conference championship game.

Seven per conference makes the most sense because then only the best team in each conference gets a first-round bye. It also makes for playoff tripleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday, with Disney likely getting a Saturday afternoon playoff doubleheader on ABC (it would air on ABC rather than ESPN to keep certain elected officials who'd otherwise scream about playoff games not being on free TV happy) while CBS/FOX keep their current Sunday afternoon games and NBC gets prime time games on both Saturday and Sunday night the first weekend of the playoffs. If such were in effect this season, here's how the seeds and matchups would break down and where they would likely air in that scenario (games for each conference are listed in order they would likely air):

AFC:

Bye: #1 Texans

#7 Bengals at #2 Patriots, Saturday at 1:00 PM on ABC

#5 Colts at #4 Ravens, Sunday at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

#6 Steelers at #3 Broncos, Sunday at 8:50 PM ET on NBC

NFC:

Bye: #1 Falcons

#7 Redskins at #2 49ers, Saturday at 4:30 PM ET on ABC

#6 Bears at #3 Packers, Saturday at 8:50 PM ET on NBC

#5 Seahawks at #4 Giants, Sunday at 4:30 PM ET on FOX

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14 SI - 16 NO!

With 14 teams, the difference between a 2 seed and a 3 seed would no longer be greater than the difference between a 1 seed and a 2 seed - as is the case now because the 1 and 2 seeds get both a first-round bye and home field in the divisional playoffs, while a 3 seed gets neither.

Furthermore, with 14 teams it becomes possible for a wild card team to host a divisional playoff game - which would occur if the 2 (which would no longer get a bye), 3 and 4 seeds in the same conference all got upset in the first round.

But I would recommend that, if they do go to 14 teams, division finish be made the first tie-breaker for wild cards; i.e., if two teams finish with the same record and one team finished second in their division while the other finished third in theirs, the second-place team gets in. This would make it essentially impossible for a last-place team to make the playoffs (i.e., all three wild cards in one conference coming from the same division) - which would be a bridge too far.

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Don't touch it at all.

The great thing about the NFL playoffs is that every Tom, D and Harry doesn't make it, yet at the same time there are still enough teams to make it interesting. The NBA and NHL playoffs are a joke because half of the teams in the league make it. Does anyone really want the NFL to go down the same road?

Stop fixing what isn't broke.

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Don't touch it at all.

The great thing about the NFL playoffs is that every Tom, D and Harry doesn't make it, yet at the same time there are still enough teams to make it interesting. The NBA and NHL playoffs are a joke because half of the teams in the league make it. Does anyone really want the NFL to go down the same road?

Stop fixing what isn't broke.

Agreed.

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Don't touch it at all.

The great thing about the NFL playoffs is that every Tom, D and Harry doesn't make it, yet at the same time there are still enough teams to make it interesting. The NBA and NHL playoffs are a joke because half of the teams in the league make it. Does anyone really want the NFL to go down the same road?

Stop fixing what isn't broke.

Disagree

I have a problem when an 11 win team has a better record than 4 play off teams (see 2008 Patriots) ...It works out numbers wise BUT 4 divisions with just 4 teams allows for a team to win a weak division at 8-8 while teams with better records are left out

I like the 7 team idea per conference, but the only problem is the NFL is looking to get rid of pre season games, and a 14 team post season doesn't really eliminate pre season games

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Disagree

I have a problem when an 11 win team has a better record than 4 play off teams (see 2008 Patriots) ...It works out numbers wise BUT 4 divisions with just 4 teams allows for a team to win a weak division at 8-8 while teams with better records are left out

I like the 7 team idea per conference, but the only problem is the NFL is looking to get rid of pre season games, and a 14 team post season doesn't really eliminate pre season games

Since the league switched to a 16 game schedule, an 11-5 team has only missed the playoffs twice (the 2008 Patriots being one of them).

I don't have much sympathy for teams that miss the playoffs with a better record than a division winner from another division. If you don't like it, then win your division. The 2008 Pats screwed themselves by losing at home to Miami. Win that game and they make the playoffs.

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Since the league switched to a 16 game schedule, an 11-5 team has only missed the playoffs twice (the 2008 Patriots being one of them).

I don't have much sympathy for teams that miss the playoffs with a better record than a division winner from another division. If you don't like it, then win your division. The 2008 Pats screwed themselves by losing at home to Miami. Win that game and they make the playoffs.

what happens when your in a division with the Packers or Patriots when they go 16-0 or 15-1...you're supposed to be better then them and "win your division"???

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the nfl is going to be unwatchable in a few years...

hell...it's borderline uninteresting as it is now...

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Ill take 14. Especially since our division is one of the toughest in the league. I could actually see 3 teams from our division make it eventually. And id take 2 more regular season games over preseason games any day. I hope this happens soon.

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They need to reduce it back to what it was before they expanded it the last time.

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Personally, I'd leave the postseason as is. IF I were to make a change, I'd have the 6 best records in each conference go in regardless if a team wins a division or not.

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what happens when your in a division with the Packers or Patriots when they go 16-0 or 15-1...you're supposed to be better then them and "win your division"???

Once again, it rarely ever happens.

There's only been 6 teams that have ever won 15 or more regular season games in a single season.

I understand that the examples you have given do happen, but it happens so infrequently that it's not worth changing the playoffs over. If this was a problem that kept popping up year after year then I would agree 100%, but it really isn't much of an issue.

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I just want the NFL to seed the playoffs properly. The fact that Seattle made the playoffs one year going 7-9, while 2 teams, the Bucs and Giants win 10 games and dont make it, is just wrong. And they host a playoff game against New Orleans who won 11 games. Just seed it right, division or not.

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i voted to leave it the same. right now, it's tough to get in, and deservedly so. why do they think they need to water down the current system?

mo money.

I just want the NFL to seed the playoffs properly. The fact that Seattle made the playoffs one year going 7-9, while 2 teams, the Bucs and Giants win 10 games and dont make it, is just wrong. And they host a playoff game against New Orleans who won 11 games. Just seed it right, division or not.

we sat and watched Seattle crush the Saints. makes you wonder.

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I know they crushed the Saints, but they got rewarded for a losing season, whereas teams with winning records got shafted. Its not right.

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I just want the NFL to seed the playoffs properly. The fact that Seattle made the playoffs one year going 7-9, while 2 teams, the Bucs and Giants win 10 games and dont make it, is just wrong. And they host a playoff game against New Orleans who won 11 games. Just seed it right, division or not.

But if a team that doesn't win their division doesn't get a home playoff game, then why should a team that doesn't win their conference get a first-round bye?

And with 14 teams, they wouldn't - plus if the 2, 3 and 4 seeds all got upset in the first round, a wild card team would get a home game in the divisional playoffs - and it would be bound to happen sooner or later.

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