NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell created quite a stir this week when e stated at the owners’ December meetings in Irving, Texas that the NFL would explore the possibility of expanding the current NFL playoff format.
Right now, we’re with 12 teams obviously. We’ll look at probably 14 or 16 teams.
The use of 16 playoff teams would eliminate the bye weeks, requiring the top two seeds in each conference to play in the wild-card round, which would become a quarterfinal round in the AFC and NFC. I cannot fathom seeing the New York Jets at 8-8 or even 7-9 making the playoffs to be nothing more than a sacrificial lamb to whoever is fortunate enough to draw them (as of now, that would be the New England Patriots or Houston Texans).
However, it;s worth noting the current 12-team playoff system was implemented when the league only had 28 teams and six divisions of 4 to 5 teams each. Also, when looking back at the 2003 Dolphins, 2005 Chiefs and 2007 Browns all went 10-6 but were left out of the postseason.The 2008 New England Patriots became only the second 11-5 team not to make the playoffs since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978. The first was the 1985 Broncos also were left out at 11-5 when only 10 teams reached the postseason.
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