One of the hot stories in the NFL this week has been whether or not Roger Goodell should consider expanding the current playoff setup. The current system has six teams earning the right to play in January from each conference and Goodell is considering expanding to either 14 or 16 teams.
The main question that comes to mind: why on earth would you fix a setup that already works?
At the moment, the current system has six teams from each conference make the playoffs (four Division winners and two Wild Card spots) for a total of 12 teams. The current system works out perfect as the top two seeds in each conference earn a first-round bye and with Goodell considering expanding the playoff setup–it would only lead to controversy.
Everybody knows the Super Bowl winner is always determined by which team is playing the hottest at the right time during the end of the regular season. Just look at the New York Giants last year when they entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed before going on to win their second Super Bowl title in five seasons.
Every team that currently makes the playoffs deserves to be there and by allowing another two or four teams the opportunity to play in January when they wouldn’t have played well enough in the current system to do so. If these extra teams need an expansion to earn a spot in the playoffs, they haven’t earned the right to be there in the first place.
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