There has been a lot of talk about expanded playoffs from Goodell recently, and I got in a conversation about it with friends. This is what we came up with:
Basically, Wildcard weekend goes supernova.
• The eight division winners play for seeding. Nobody is eliminated. You just play for home field advantage. So, #1 plays #2 and #3 plays #4 in their conferences. All division winners advance in both conferences.
• Then, 8 wildcard teams play for 4 spots in each conference. No more complex winning percentages except to decide home field and seeding. 4 teams advance in each conference.
Each division winner plays a wild card winner from week one according to seeding, so it is a little bit like the old wildcard week. Yeah, there is no more bye week... suck it up. 4 teams advance in each conference.
Pretty much a normal playoff week. Four teams duke it out for the right to play in the conference championship. 2 teams advance in each conference.
The AFC and NFC championships. 2 teams advance.
Winner takes all.
Well, that's it. Hate it or love it, I think it really expands the interest in the playoffs by adding a lot more teams. But, it also gives preferential treatment to the division winners like the old system. Feel free to post your comments below.