NFL Needs New Playoff Format
Imagine being a fan of a team that is over .500 and fighting for their playoff lives. Then imagine your team not making the playoffs but a 7-9 NFC South team wins their division and host a playoff game at home even though your team in the same conference has a better record. That feeling could come true for fans throughout the league this year with teams like the Falcons and Saints currently at 5-7 and teams three other teams with 8-4 records fighting for those last few spots. We have seen this in recent memory before. Whether it was Seattle Seahawks in 2010 with a 7-9 record and upsetting the New Orleans Saints or last season with the Arizona Cardinals coming in with a 10-6 record but still missing the playoffs. The bottom line to this is that the league we love needs to consider a new playoff system that is fair but still maintains the integrity of the sport.
Here are two proposals that I believe the NFL should consider when it comes to the playoff system: First proposal is to make a team that doesn’t have a winning record to play on the road for their first playoff game. For example let’s say that the Falcons make the playoffs at 7-9, they should play the third seed team on the road while the best record non-division winner should play at home against the other wild card. The second proposal is to add another team as they proposed in the preseason and only have one bye team which would be the team with the best conference record. By doing this, you will still be able to reward the division winner but also allow a team with a good enough record to get the seventh and final spot. Several teams in the AFC with a 7-5 record currently would love to have at least that extra chance to make the playoffs. Once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen.
Let me know what you think about these proposals and if you have any that will help the NFL, let us know.