Should the NFL Adjust Its Playfoff Rules?

Posted: August 3, 2011 by admin54321 in Features
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Last season when the 7-9 Seahawks made the playoffs, controversy arose because a losing team made the playoffs and the 10-6 Giants and 10-6 Buccaneers missed the playoffs. With the current rules, one team from each division makes the playoffs with two more remaining wild card spots for teams. The NFC West standings last year had the Seahawks and Rams finishing at 7-9, the 49ers finishing 6-10, and the Cardinals finishing 5-11. As you can see, there were no winning teams but because of the rules, one team from the division had to make the playoffs. Therefore, the 7-9 Seahawks made the playoffs.

I am bringing this up because in this coming season, good teams are poised to miss the playoffs again. Here is my list of potential NFC playoff contenders:

Eagles
Giants
Bears
Packers
Falcons
Saints
Buccaneers

Notice that I did not list anyone from the NFC West. Unfortunately, someone from the NFC West will make the playoffs this year screwing at least one deserving team from that list. In my opinion, the rule should be that the top 6 teams from a conference make the playoffs and that’s that. So what if one entire division doesn’t send a team to playoffs? At least teams that earned winning records will have a shot at the Lombardi trophy.

The reality is that even under this rule, teams good teams will miss the playoffs. I already listed 7 teams above and only 6 can make it but even so, I’d say it would at least make things a little more fair.

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