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A 7Th Playoff Seed?


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Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that expanding the NFL playoffs is "under serious consideration."

Goodell wants more teams involved in the playoff hunt so that there are more compelling late-season games, leading to more tickets sold and higher television ratings. The expected proposal that owners will vote on in March will be to add one more Wild Card team in each conference. Under that scenario, only one team in each conference would get a bye while the six-game Wild Card weekend would pit the No. 2 seed vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5. This year, the No. 7 seeds would have been the Cardinals in the NFC and the Steelers in the AFC.

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The ultimate goal is to have more games, both regular and postseason, and more teams, to generate more revenue. Finding people willing to add new franchises has proved difficult, while the NFLPA has been quite uninterested in moving to an 18 game season, so, the way I see it, this is their way of getting around all that. Just think about it. If more teams can make the playoffs, then that should entice more prospective owners to create their new franchises, b/c there will be more chances of success. Then, if we can make it to 36+ teams, then adding 2 more games, and an 8th seed will just flow naturally.

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He77 why not a 7th and an 8th

16 TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFFS

half of the entire league

I know that you put this in purple, but, if this really pans out, then there will be far more than 32 teams. I think that they're hoping to have at least 40 in the next 5 to 10 years.

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There is nothing that will water down the playoffs more. Look at how exciting the end of this season was for a lot of teams, the Steelers had everything fall their way until KC lost. It was a great ending for the year.

Cardinals this year --other teams in the past --this is the very reason I'm not a fans of the current playoff system

that and the fact it's just all media hype

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There is nothing that will water down the playoffs more. Look at how exciting the end of this season was for a lot of teams, the Steelers had everything fall their way until KC lost. It was a great ending for the year.

This move would enhance that. Think about all those fringe teams that had a chance in week 17. That number of teams would increase, making week 17 even more exciting. It would also make the #1 seed more coveted and the second seeded teams, who normally rest players in week 17, would have to scramble their ases off to avoid having to play during the wildcard week.
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Another thing they should consider is dropping the division winner seeding and going to a system based on record/tie breakers. That would stop teams like the 2008 Falcons having to travel to ARI when they had a better record (similar to the NBA/NHL).

This is the only change I think needs to be made...not adding more teams.

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Another thing they should consider is dropping the division winner seeding and going to a system based on record/tie breakers. That would stop teams like the 2008 Falcons having to travel to ARI when they had a better record (similar to the NBA/NHL).

But if you did that then whats the point in divisions?

You also lose those big ratings rivalry games for each division.

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