Re: This year we have a 13-3 (or better) WILDCARD team...
posted at 11/15/2013 10:28 AM EST
In response to ccsjl's comment:
Would make too much sense to combine 2 divisions from each conference so eight teams each, then take top 8 teams for a playoff format of high seed plays low....They did change playoff formats twice - used to be no homefield advantage and playoff games rotated through the divisions - thats why 14-0 Fins played AFC Champ game AT Steelers, and Packers "Ice Bowl" was played in Green Bay even though Dallas that year had better record. Other change was the highest seed always played on Sunday in playoffs when lower seeds played the Saturday game - the high seeded team got the extra days rest, vrs now where Ratings determine when a team plays....
They could add 2 more wild cards right now ( 4 div. winners,4 wildcards) and eliminate the bye weeks... why NOt...? All teams required to win 3 games to get to SB game. Seems like a better system and you get 2 more playoff games. perfect.
I was brainstorming some other alternatives yesterday:
3 divisions each conference.... each with 6 teams. total 36 teams. Means you need 4 more teams. i.e. LA, Vegas, Toronto, Montreal. or other cities that pony up. NOT London... but expansion is inevitable.
each team plays 5 division games (once against each other team.) This is better since teams currently fatten up on crappy division opponents every year. (i.e. buffalo, jax, oakland, etc.)
each team plays rotating interconference division. 6 games. This means more interconference games and variety of competition.
each team plays the corresponding finisher from each other division. 5 games. The "corresponding finisher" games are the schedule adjustment to make the games more even so it makes sense to increase this part of the schedule from 2 games currently to 5 games.
3 division winners, 5 wild cards each conference. All division winners play at home against a wildcard. Division winners carry more weight since it would be tougher with 6 team divisions. No byes. All teams must win 3 games to get to Super bowl. Simple, and its more fair.
Alternative... Contraction to 30 teams.. bye Jax, bubye TB.
3 divisions of 5 teams , each conference, total of 30 teams.
Each team plays 4 division games. once each division opponent. 4 games.
Each team plays rotating division in-conference and interconference. 10 games
Each team plays corresponding finisher in other division inconference 1 game
Each team plays corresponding finisher interconference division (rotated) 1 game.
or option ... play all other divisions corresponding finishers (4 games)
total 16 games.
or option... (18 games) and eliminate 1or 2 preseason games.
3 division winners, 5 wild cards. no bye weeks in playoffs. All teams need 3 wins to get to SB game.