Expansion of NFL playoffs likely coming

Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; The San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis (76) celebrates after beating the Green Bay Packer 23-20 on a field goal by kicker Phil Dawson (9)during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The talk of expanding the NFL playoffs has been gaining steam for the past year, as owners are looking for more ways to add more teams to the field of 12 in order to provide more games, and thus, more money.

While the addition of one more teams in both leagues is unlikely to happen next year, the talk continues to grow that it will happen sooner rather than later, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t see any changes coming on the format of the NFL playoffs.

Per NFL.com:

“I don’t think there is momentum for that,” Goodell said. “I would probably disagree. There may be momentum in the media, that happens when you see San Francisco going to Green Bay, but one of the premises we start with every season is that your first objective is to win the division. And when you win the division, you should have a home game.”

Goodell said the NFL wants teams to make wining their division the first concern.

“We’ve discussed this for decades in the NFL and we believe that’s the right priority,” he said. “And when you do, you should have that home game. I don’t see the owners pushing for a big change in that, and that’s ultimately where it has to come from. I know this has been discussed in the media, but I don’t see that happening.”

Perhaps the NFL should spend more time on thinking of ways to make the current system better instead of changing it completely. According to the NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling, the league may consider reseeding the playoff teams to avoid having teams with a worse record hosting teams with a better record.

That’s what the NFL needs to worry more about than anything else to avoid having 8 -win division winners hosting 11 or 12-win Wild Card teams. Expansion in the NFL playoffs is a nice idea, but their are more pressing needs that need to be addressed before that occurs.

 

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