Should NFL strip NFC east of hosting the wildcard or strip them of their playoff rights ?
It’s highly likely that 8-8 will be enough to get one of these teams into the playoffs, and there exists a possibility that 7-9 might even do the trick.
The newly crowned champion would then host a playoff game against a wild card club with a superior record, likely the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks, a team that will possibly be sporting a 12-4 or even 13-3 record.
While I do believe a division winner, even a poor one, should still qualify for the playoffs, I offer a solution. The NFL should decree that you have to have a winning record in order to host a first-round playoff game. You
Otherwise, a “bad” division winner should have their seeding flipped with the best wild card team, who would then host their first round matchup.
This idea, and variations on it, aren’t new. It’s just finally time to make a change.
There’s really no drawback to this, except if NFL old heads want to argue that it defeats the purpose of divisions. But it really doesn’t, because at least the division winner still gets an invite. Hey, I’d even be fine with the NFL going solely to conference standings and letting the six or eight best teams into the playoffs.
- Adam DLv 78 months ago
See, I feel the opposite. I don't think a wildcard should get an extra perk for being a strong wildcard.
- CarlosLv 48 months ago
There not the division leader get into the playoffs at a 4th seed even as a 7-9 record but I think the NFL should reconsider any divisional leader team with a losing record shall not make the playoffs if another wild card team has a better season record that deserves it
- conley39Lv 78 months ago
It's a shame that they get a home game for winning the division, but that's the way it works. This isn't the first time that one division is significantly weaker than everyone else.
- terry vLv 78 months ago
Everybody knows the rules at the start of the season.Don't like em change em at the start of the season.I would be all for some change in the rules but not at any time in the middle of the season.
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- DavidLv 78 months ago
In 2010, Seahawks won their division at 7-9, then won a first round playoff game. If they can win with a record like that, ANY team can.
- BobLv 78 months ago
No, they should not,and they won't do it because while what you say is true this year, it is something that very seldom happens so it's not that big of a deal.
- Mike WLv 78 months ago
I think I understand why the league is set up the way it is. Two conferences with 4 divisions each. It keeps the fans more engaged, and spending more money on the product, if they believe that their team has at least a 1 in 4 chance of making the playoffs. They don't have to be the strongest team in the conference, just the strongest team in their division, and the wildcard is there to get strong teams in strong divisions into the playoffs too. Occasionally a weak team, in a weak division will slip by, but it doesn't happen too often.