Should the NFL expand the playoff field?
I've been meaning to start this thread for a while..
We've all read a lot lately about the possibilities of an expanded playoff field to either 14 or 16 teams. Should it happen? Does it even make sense?
14 teams makes no sense whatsoever. Have #6 and #7 play a play in game, give teams #1-#5 a bye, then follow the current format giving the top 2 seeds 2 weeks off. That's way dumb.
In a 16 team field it would require all 16 teams to participate from the get go, no bye weeks, just a 16 team bracket. The only advantage to being a top seed is homefield, but now you play double the games to get the superbowl. That's even dumber than 14 teams, but the more likely outcome if the playoffs expand.
We would be committing the same sin as bball and hockey then. Allowing in too many teams, and making the regular season much less important (to be truthful the NHL and NBA damage their regular season product exponentially by allowing MORE than half the teams into the playoffs).
The NFL has built its brand and huge popularity on the current set up. Why water down the product with more playoff teams and games, when it could potentially damage the quite short regular season as a result? Please NFL owners, don't open Pandoras box. I beg you. The equilibrium is just right, it's why ratings grow every year.
As proof of why I believe the playoff structure is perfect, I give you the 4 teams that would have been the #7-8 seeds:
NFC- giants and bears.
AFC- Steelers and chargers
Does anyone think these teams had a shot to win it all tourney style? To all of a sudden get hot and win the Lombardi? Hell no!!! Double hell no!!!! The giants, Steelers, and bears were among the leaders the first half of the season. All ended the season on super cold streaks. The chargers sucked the whole time.
Further proof, the divisional round features the 4 best teams in each conference. BTW all the favored teams won this weekend. Chuckstrong got trumped by ray ray strong. Seattle forced rg 3 and outs all day. Green bay needed Webb to instill confidence they could still play d, and they shut down AD running right. A more talented Houston team smothered a not so good Bengals offense.
The only team among the divisional participants that didn't have a better record than their opponent was the ravens. They faced a 1st place schedule in a division with 2 teams with .500 or better records, while the colts played a dead last place schedule in a division with 1 team with with a .500 or better record. And let's face facts, everyone knew the young colts were getting beat by the very experienced playoff ravens..
Everyone expected what happened, on the worst wild card weekend perhaps EVER, entertainment wise. And the league is considering adding MORE games like this?? Really??
Last edited by mikesteelnation1; 01-08-2013 at 02:03 AM.
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