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Late night discussion: Should the NFL expand the playoffs?

Is 14 teams too many for the NFL postseason?

August 20, 2019 - 2:29 am
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Louie DiBiase
Twitter: @DiBiaseLOE

 

NFL owners and players are reportedly open to expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams. 

Multiple ideas to add games during the season and reduce the preseason have been passed around throughout the offseason. The Players' Association has been in opposition of the owner's proposal to expand the regular season to 18 games, with a 16-game player limit. 

If a formal proposal does come for an expanded postseason, the plan could involve adding a seventh playoff team in each conference, adding an additional two playoff games. 

One team in the AFC and NFC would receive a bye week, with the 2-7 seeds playing in the first round. 

Most fans would agree that reducing the preseason is the right call. Do they believe adding onto the playoffs as a result is a smart idea?

Fans took to Twitter for Monday's late night discussion to give their two-cents:

 

Time for a change? 

A majority of participants in Monday's discussion like the sound of an expanded playoffs. 

61% of voters are in favor of seven teams per-conference. 

Others aren't too thrilled about the idea. 

 

Expand the playoffs even further? 

The NFL's speculated plan of adding an extra playoff team for each conference isn't going far enough for some. 

Now we are getting creative. 

 

Author's take 

Getting rid of a preseason game or two is long overdue. Adding two more playoff games is a much better idea than the 18-game proposal that would keep teams below full strength throughout the season. 

Allowing "undeserving" teams, with a record below .500 to contend is a concern for some. The probability of a 7-9 team getting in is higher with two more spots. However, both conferences have consistently had teams with winning records missing the playoffs throughout the years. 

In the last five seasons, no team below .500 would have made the playoffs in a 14-team format. 

  • 2014: Buffalo Bills (9-7) and Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
  • 2015: New York Jets (10-6) and Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
  • 2016: Tennessee Titans (9-7) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
  • 2017: Baltimore Ravens (9-7) and Detroit Lions (9-7)
  • 2018: Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) and Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1)

The league is balanced enough to handle an extra team or two fighting for the Lombardi Trophy. 

Of course, from a Bills perspective, it would also mean one extra spot to fight for. 

 

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