Ever since the NFL realigned its eight divisions at the start of the decade, sports betting fans
have been discussing the possibility of adding more teams to the playoffs. On the one hand, NFL betting lines
enthusiasts are opposed to the idea, as the 12 best teams in the league clearly make the playoffs. At the same time, as was the case last season for example, sometimes terrible teams make the playoffs, while other more deserving teams fail to miss the playoffs. Today we will look at how more teams in the playoffs would be best for the NFL
During the 2010 – 11 seasons, the NFL found itself between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, in the AFC, all six teams that made the playoffs were seen as the most deserving in the conference. Conversely, the NFC playoffs left a bit of a question mark to many fans, as both the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers were more or less fortunate to get into the playoffs due to circumstance rather than if things were fair.
Essentially, by expanding the NFL playoffs to include more wild card teams, fans would be unable to argue as to who is more deserving of making the BetOnline
playoffs. Here is how we would reformat the playoffs.
Throughout the NFL lockout, one of the most pressing issues between the players union and the league was the idea of adding more regular season games to the schedule. Throughout the years, fans have argued that the final few games of the regular season mean very little to the players, since coach’s rest the star players and put in the backups.
However, rather than add more regular season games, the NFL could entice the PA by adding extra teams to the wild card round. Basically, there would be five rounds in the playoffs, as there would be four wild card teams per conference. The wildcard teams would face off in the four games (two per conference) in one week, then the winners would face the division winners in the second round, and then the bye teams would face the winners of the round two games, and so on.
A format such as this, would allow fans to truly find out who the best teams in the NFL are. Last season, as we noted, the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks got into the playoffs more or less because of circumstance. By adding an extra round, the Packers would have to face a team such as Tampa Bay or the New York Giants in the extra round, and have to prove that they should be in the playoffs.