16-Team NFL Playoffs Bad Idea

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I enjoy watching playoff sports in almost every sport out there so when I heard Roger Goddell on Wednesday bring up the possibility of expanding the National Football League playoffs from 12 to 14 or 16 teams, it caught my attention. There are a few problems with this idea though in my opinion and I don’t think 16 teams is the answer. If Goddell is smart enough, 14 would be the top number forever.

If you go past 14 teams, then you are putting half of the NFL teams into the playoffs and invite the chance of a 6-10 team going all the way to a Super Bowl. At 14 teams, you don’t have to extend the season at all and could just have three wild card games on Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend of the playoffs. If the decision was made to go to 16, what would that schedule look like? Who would get bye weeks if anyone? That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Goddell has been pushing in recent years for an 18-game schedule as well which will never happen but if it did would have the NFL season ending in early March.

I’m all for adding two more teams to the playoffs but no more than that. With 14 teams, it is diluted way too much anyway but it is a necessary evil. It would bring even more money in for teams and for the league itself. The fans would love the idea for sure and TV ratings would stay sky high. I wait to see what the final decision is on this topic.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.


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