With the NFLPA showing no inclination to expand the regular season from 16 to 18 games, a more viable alternative will be to expand the postseason.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said it could happen by 2015.
Full article here: Expanded playoffs could be coming as soon as 2015 | ProFootballTalk
I'm all for 8 team playoffs.
Get rid of the first-round bye
Remove the automatic home game for division winners. Top-four teams in the conference should get a home game, then re-seed.
Ultimately, this is about entertainment. If there's an extra two playoff games, I'm a happy guy. I'm not worried about dilluting the playoff field. If there's a couple crappy wild card games, then so be it. But think back to a couple years ago when the 7-9 Seahawks beat the Saints? you never know what can happen.
I would like this: eight teams in each conference go to the post season. Division winners get an automatic home game rather than top seed bye. Divisions have to mean something, and that is a home field advantage come the playoffs. I could care less if a team had a better record as a wild card; they are still an at-large entry.
Originally Posted by i_bleed_purple
The top seeded division winner would play the lowest seeded at large, .... The chance of the low seed eliminating a top seed is low, but it provides an opportunity for another game, and all teams in the playoffs play games every week. I do not like bye weeks.
If a Wildcard team can have a home game in the playoffs, divisions mean NOTHING. It ticks me off when this happens, so we either need to rid ourselves of these stupid conferences that at times make no sense (SF and St Louis in the same conference at almost 2,000 miles apart? REALLY?), or make them mean something throughout the playoffs.
I think the expansion would be to 14 teams, not 16. So I'm guessing it would just mean one additional wildcard team, so three games per conference in the first round, with one team getting a bye.
SF/STL is hardly the onlygap. Try Dallas in the NFCE with Philly, NY and Washington.
Originally Posted by drewlovs
You don't re-organize divisions because you take away rivalries.
However, if we're playing that game, logically, if you go by geographic location, the NFC would have Dallas and Carolina switching divisions, Carolina is a newer expansion team, with no long-standing rivalries to take into account, Dallas is obviously in the south, not East. Hell, they're more west than East.
If we're talking re-alignment, doing what the NHL is doing would be best IMO, separate East and West. Reduces general travel costs.
The Northeastern Conference
The Retired South
*Jacksonville and Cleveland owners get bought out and fold*
Now, you've got three divisions, give the three division winners #1, #2 and #3 seeds respectively
#1 - Division Winner #1
#2 - Division Winner #2
#3 - Division Winner #3
#4 - #7 Wild cards
You have four wild card positions, which allows a good team a real good chance at making the playoffs if they're unfortunate to be stuck in a division with one of the truly elite teams (think 16-0 Patriots, or 15-1 Steelers, etc.)
Playoffs would be:
#1 - Bye
#2 v. #7
#3 v. #6
#4 v. #5
Second round: Re-seed
#1 v. #4
#2 v. #3
For scheduling a 16 game season, every division has five teams, play each division team 2 times giving 8 games
Inter-division play, same as existing, Play the team in every division in your conference that finished in the same spot as you (eg. #2 team in the division plays the #2 team in every other division) This takes care of two more games, up to 10 now.
Play One AFC division once, 5 more games (15 games)
Last game is up to the schedule-makers. This brings inter-divisional rivalries into play again.
Think manning-bowl, or Brady v.s Peyton, Cowboys vs. 49ers, etc. Gives the opportunity for some old rivalries to be replayed.