NFL considering expansion of playoffs to 14 or 16 teams

NFL considers expanding playoffs so 7-9 and 6-10 teams can get in every year

12/13/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NFL considering expansion of playoffs to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made his first public comments since he was overruled on the Saints' bounty suspensions, and he did an excellent job of changing the subject. Goodell raised the strong possibility that the NFL will expand the playoff field to as many 16 teams, for an NBA-style playoff bracket wherein half the league gets in to the postseason.

It's like these guys will do anything to make sure both New York teams make it into the playoffs every year.

The proposal to expand the NFL playoffs to 14 or 16 teams was discussed Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We will probably be looking at it with the committee over the next several months," Goodell said. "Right now, we are at 12 teams, obviously. We will look at probably 14 or 16. The committee will be looking at that."

Again, there are currently 32 teams in the NFL. If the field expanded to 16, half of all NFL teams would make the playoffs each season. Using last year's results, two teams in the NFC would have made it into such a playoff field with 8-8 records. Over in the AFC, the Denver Broncos already did win their division to squeak in at 8-8.

Blog Photo - NFL considering expansion of playoffs to This is not even the first time the NFL has considered expanding the playoffs to 14 teams or more. "About seven years ago, we did a study of it," former Colts chairman Bill Polian said on ESPN. "It does three things the league would like. Number One, it adds a team to the playoffs so it keeps interest going at the end of the season.  Number Two, if you go with seven teams, it means one Bye. So that means as the season wanes, people are fighting for that Bye."

He means that one team per conference would get a Bye week at the beginning of the playoffs, as opposed to the current two.

"And the third thing it does is provide another week to the (playoff) season," Polian continued. "Owning the calendar is important to the league office".

Obviously, Polian could have summarized that entire answer in just two words: more money. But we will honor his "competitive reasons" baloney, because damn would another week of playoff football make my February less depressing.
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12/13/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

Lets see MLB went on to ruin its game by allowing a wild card team into their play-offs, then went further to add a second one to each league in 2012, so why shouldn't the NFL do the same thing by allowing my teams into their all ready insane format. Next we will have it like little league where every team gets in and every one gets a trophy, and as I sit here thinking about it. How odd that college football which it can be argue needs to expand its play-off format which does not start for another 2 seasons, add more teams to it, yet instead lets see the NFL water down the league some more. I rather the league go from 16 games to 18.

Wow it just hit me lets get rid on the regular season because all I hear is it does not mean anything anyway (this is in all sports) and replace it with a double elimination format and the winner gets a by and have a point system to pick the next 4 teams to have a play-offs system to make it to the Super Bowl, then we will not need the AFC or NFC.

12/13/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21520 respect

The expansion of making a 16-team playoffs is to make more money and to get more TV ratings...

12/13/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Conversely, the Pats missed the playoffs in 2008 with an 11-5 record, and the Giants missed the playoffs in 2010 with a 10-6 record. That's just 2 examples off the top of my head. I know there's been plenty 9-7 teams not to make it. Do I want to expand the field? No, 12 is enough.

12/13/12   |   Jess   |   35086 respect

I love LOVE football and I love the playoffs. But this is absolutely insane. And I say this as a Seahawks fan whose team once got into the playoffs at 7-9.