NFL Playoffs: Talk of Expansion Continues to Grow

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Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) chases down and tackles Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL shouldn’t permanently expand the NFL playoffs, but Cyd Zeigler of SB nation made an interesting case for adopting a play-in game of sorts in the same manner Major League Baseball does.

The only difference in his system is that the N. 2 seed, who traditionally gets a first-round bye, would instead play in the Wild Card round:

"Instead, the NFL should have a “flex” playoff system that allows every team that gets 10 wins into the playoffs. Some years, like 2011, that would mean the traditional dozen playoff teams. But three of the last four years, there would be a 13th playoff team and a fifth Wild Card Weekend playoff game featuring a 10-win team and a No. 2 seed. It would be fun, it would be fair, and — most important of all — it would be crazy profitable. This year, that game has the potential to be a great matchup with two of the NFL’s hottest teams — the Cardinals and the Panthers — two teams “no one wants to play.”"

If the NFL is truly considering expanding the NFL playoffs, then they need to do it a manner that isn’t permanent and we end up with years where 7-9 or even 6-10 teams make it to the playoffs.

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