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    Expanding The Playoffs A Bad Idea

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/201...ffs-a-bad-idea

    Excerpt: "Roger Goodell has floated the idea of expanding the playoffs by a team or two, and we know what it means when Goodell floats something: Heís either strongly in favor of it or heís taking public temperature of the idea.

    Letís hope itís the latter. This concept is severely undercooked.

    Did you watch the games this past weekend? The action was subpar. Both No. 6 seeds stunk up the joint for the most part. The Bengals only hung in there on the scoreboard because the Texans kicked field goal after field goal. Vikings QB Joe Webb ó backup or not ó looked like someone who was just plucked off the street when throwing." Read more...
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    If we were in #6 there would be a 50/50 chance we wouldn't have stunk up the joint... if the team that showed up vs the falcons, ravens, and bengals showed up, yeah that makes sense. But if the team that showed up against the 49ers packers saints and eagles showed up we would make a deep run at the very least...
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    The current format is perfectly fine. As the article states, it's all about the extra money and extra ratings. However, it may affect the quality of the games e.g. when more teams start clinching playoff berth as early as November due to the extra playoff spots. It'll just reverse their strategy to keep the games interesting till the end of the season by using divisional games. I would think the two extra teams will play the first two seeds, getting rid of the bye week in the process. The first two seeds deserve the bye week for posting the top records in the conferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toadofsteel View Post
    If we were in #6 there would be a 50/50 chance we wouldn't have stunk up the joint... if the team that showed up vs the falcons, ravens, and bengals showed up, yeah that makes sense. But if the team that showed up against the 49ers packers saints and eagles showed up we would make a deep run at the very least...
    Absolutely true. We're obviously not consistent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlueAllDay View Post
    The current format is perfectly fine. As the article states, it's all about the extra money and extra ratings. However, it may affect the quality of the games e.g. when more teams start clinching playoff berth as early as November due to the extra playoff spots. It'll just reverse their strategy to keep the games interesting till the end of the season by using divisional games. I would think the two extra teams will play the first two seeds, getting rid of the bye week in the process. The first two seeds deserve the bye week for posting the top records in the conferences.
    You hit the nail on the head. I agree 100%

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    Here's the thing.....some history says they should actually reduce it, right? Follow the trail.

    When the league realigned into two conferences of three divisions each in 1970, it wanted an even four-team playoff field in each conference. This was established by having the three division champions in each conference joined by the best second-place finisher in the conference.
    There was a need. Then they found money...."if we have TWO wild cards, they can play each other in an extra play-off week to get to the above."

    Then there was more money...."if we have THREE wild cards, we can have a 4 team, two game situation (like we do today) and give the two best teams a bye-week."

    However, when they re-aligned into 4 division conferences, the original need for the wild card was erased....

    I'm not necessarily saying that they should, but it's most assuredly all about the Benjamins.....

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