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View Poll Results: Should it?
Yes they should 6 10.17%
No they shouldn't 53 89.83%
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Old 06-10-2017, 04:16 PM
 
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Now hold your horses people. I've NEVER liked a team from each conference having a bye. Finishing with the best record in the conference should only mean home field advantage through the conference championship. Why do they need a week off? So Tom Brady can get a manicure?

If the team with the best record in the conference can't beat the last team to make the playoffs I wouldn't feel sorry for them, not even my own team. I'd be ticked they took a week off thinking it would be a cakewalk.
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:28 PM
 
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I know YOU'RE not considering your team, but every year it's fans of the would be 7th seed that seem to raise this discussion. I'm happy to say I didn't see a lot of this nonsense out of Broncos fans this past year when the Broncos missed the playoffs. I also think sub .500 division winners are so rare (2010 Seahawks, 2014 Panthers) and even 8-8 division winners are pretty rare that the "problem" the league is "solving" isn't really all that signifcant to start with.
The sad thing is I think the streak would still be at 17 seasons and counting even if there were 7 playoff teams over that span. MAYBE they would have made it in 2004 when they finished 9-7 losing week 17 to the Steelers back ups.
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:30 PM
 
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Absolutely not. Look at the NBA & NHL - every team gets in the playoffs. You have 16 games to earn it in the NFL, and we're not flooded with a drawn out playoffs. IMO the regular season is the 1st round of the post season.
NBA has a serious problem. I think they should got a 3-5-7-7 format to shorten their playoffs. But that would be a loss of revenue so doubt it would ever happen.
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Here or There
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Yes! Why should NFL fans be continually denied the thrilling opportunity to see more 8-8 teams #7 seeds going on the road to get slaughtered by 12-4 #2 seeds?

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^^ This.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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There isn't a single thing I would change about the NFL's playoffs. Not one thing. I wouldn't add teams. I wouldn't re-seed based on division record. I wouldn't drop division winners with sub .500 records. These things water down the product and minimize the importance of divisions.

I feel teams in the NFL are set up to succeed by the league. Teams with bad records get to draft first and get two games a season against corresponding opponents. Teams that succeed do so constantly picking at the bottom of the draft and against teams that had higher finishes in the standings the prior season.

If fans don't like the current playoffs they should wish for a better team, not a better system. The current system is as good as it's ever gonna get.
^^ This.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Absolutely not. Look at the NBA & NHL - every team gets in the playoffs. You have 16 games to earn it in the NFL, and we're not flooded with a drawn out playoffs. IMO the regular season is the 1st round of the post season.
At least NFL and MLB aren't like the NBA and NHL. I never understand why every team from the NHL and NBA gets in the playoffs which makes no sense.
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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The National Football League does not need to expand the number of participants in postseason play. I would be in favor of eliminating wild card berths. If teams win their division, they play in the postseason. If they do not win their divisions despite a winning record, too bad.

If the National Football League expands to 40 teams, five teams in each of the eight divisions, I could be open to 16 teams participating in postseason play.
This is an extremely contradictory stance...

On the one hand you want to drop from a reasonable 10 playoff teams out of 32 to just 6 teams saying it's "too bad" if you don't win your division you don't get in...no wild cards

In the very next breath, you want to expand to 16 playoff teams out of 40 teams with 8 divisions which would mean ADDING 8 wild card teams to the playoffs and doubling the current number even though only 8 more teams were added to the league...

So you are in favor of BOTH eliminating the wild card teams AND doubling the number of wild cards????

Color me confused....
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Old 07-29-2017, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Most teams typically don't make the playoffs with a losing record but it can still happen but very rare. For example, the 2010 Seattle Seahawks went 7-9 and still made the playoffs. The 2014 Carolina Panthers went 7-8-1 and also made the playoffs.
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Old 07-29-2017, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Packers went 8-7-1 in 2013, won the north, Bears were 8-8, a tie game saved the Packers. Although 8-7-1 is just above .500, still not an outstanding performance to win a division.
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Old 07-29-2017, 06:24 PM
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Location: Fredericksburg/Virginia Beach, VA
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Packers went 8-7-1 in 2013, won the north, Bears were 8-8, a tie game saved the Packers. Although 8-7-1 is just above .500, still not an outstanding performance to win a division.
Off the top of my head, the 1985 Browns, the 2008 Chargers, and the 2011 Broncos all won their divisions with an 8-8 record. I'm sure there have been others but those are the ones I can call up on the spot. Fun fact: while the 1985 Browns and 2008 Chargers were in the playoffs at 8-8, the 1985 Broncos and 2008 Patriots were out, even with an 11-5 finish.
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