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  1. #31
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    I also have a less relevant but annoying to me situation with 17 games....the records lose their importance. Most of them will be broken within 3-5 years. And I doubt that "x" / game matters much to most.

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    My Playoff Prediction :)

    Texans
    ................Texans
    Patriots
    ..............................Chiefs
    Titans
    ................Chiefs
    Chiefs
    ................................................Broncos
    Ravens
    ................Ravens
    Steelers
    .................................Broncos
    ................Broncos

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    I've spoken to a few players both past and present and not many of them are excited about a 7th playoff team. Sure it gives a team a chance to make it, but the idea suggests settling for mediocrity. I know the Broncos play the Chiefs 2x per year in a tough division, but Broncos players want to win the division to make it into the race.
    Twitter: @CodyRoarkNFL Youtube: CodyRoarkNFL

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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyRoarkNFL View Post
    I've spoken to a few players both past and present and not many of them are excited about a 7th playoff team. Sure it gives a team a chance to make it, but the idea suggests settling for mediocrity. I know the Broncos play the Chiefs 2x per year in a tough division, but Broncos players want to win the division to make it into the race.
    The Broncos were a wild card team the first time they won a superbowl in 1999. They had to go on the road to win a playoff game against the team who won the division that year, the Chiefs.

    I would think if any team makes it as a wild card they would be thrilled to be there.

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    I don't mind an extra game if they can bring a meaningful game to Sydney once a year. Time zone difference could.be scheduled in to suit as all our winter sports are in the playoffs when the nfl season starts so all our best and biggest stadiums are available, and we are on the same time zone as China and Japan.

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...on-to-14-teams

    As anticipated, The Owners approved one extra playoff team in each conference, effective the coming season.


    The NFL's anticipated playoff expansion officially passed. League owners voted to approve expanding the postseason to 14 teams beginning in the 2020 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.

    The decision came during a conference call Tuesday, which took place in lieu of the NFL's Annual League Meeting, which was canceled earlier this month as part of the league's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Changing the playoff format required approval from three-quarters of the 32 NFL owners.

    In the new format, AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed. The league announced NBC and CBS would broadcast the additional wild card games. NFL Wild Card Weekend will include three games Saturday, Jan. 9 and another three games Sunday, Jan. 10. In addition to CBS' extra broadcast on Jan. 9 -- which also will be carried via a livestream on CBS All Access -- the NFL noted a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.

    The NBC game on Jan. 10 also will be aired on the network's new streaming service, Peacock, as well as Telemundo.

    The expanded format, which was agreed to in the new CBA, added one team per conference, creating six total wild card slots. Per league data, since 1990, when the playoffs expanded from 10 to 12 teams, 44 of the 60 teams that would have claimed the seventh seeds had winning records, including 10 different 10-win teams. Only the 1990 Dallas Cowboys would have made the playoffs with a losing record over that span in a 14-team format.

    Adding an additional playoff team in each conference means only the No.1 seeds in the AFC and NFC will earn a postseason bye, a massive advantage to the top club each year. While it's been suggested that adding playoff teams could dilute the regular season, with the No. 1 spot earning an even bigger advantage than previous seasons, it could make the final weeks for vital for clubs battling for postseason position.

    The move to 14 playoff teams means 43.7 percent of all NFL teams would qualify for the postseason, compared to 33.3 percent in MLB (33.3), 51.6 in NHL and 53.3 in NBA.

    Voting on other potential 2020 changes, including proposed rule adjustments, is currently expected to take place at the league meeting presently scheduled for mid-May, NFL Network's Judy Battista previously reported.


    Earning that one Bye on each side will be very important! Could make the last weeks even more competitive. I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Wilson 4 Mayor View Post
    The Broncos were a wild card team the first time they won a superbowl in 1999. They had to go on the road to win a playoff game against the team who won the division that year, the Chiefs.

    I would think if any team makes it as a wild card they would be thrilled to be there.
    1997. Super Bowl was January 25, 1998. That year was the Broncos revenge tour. First game was Jacksonville (upset the previous year in the playoffs), the Chefs (lost on a last second FG in the regular season), the Steelers ( got beatdown in Pittsburgh in December) the Packers (got destroyed in GB without Elway in December 1996).

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