NFL  > General NFL  > If playoffs expand to 14, only No. 1 seeds will receive byes.
January 20, 2014, 11:51 PM
According to a story on CBSsports.com, Roger Goodell says that a possible expansion of the NFL playoffs to 14 teams may be structured to allow the top seed in each conference to have a first round bye, while seeds two through seven will be matched up in a four day wild-card weekend extravaganza that, theoretically, would add games to Friday and Monday of the first round.

Change is inevitable, especially when loads of money are involved, but that doesn't mean I have to like the change. I'll get used to it (I mean, more football to watch), but I'm not too high on a playoff structure that allows just about half of a league's teams to qualify for the post-season.

The one silver-lining to a play-off expansion that intrigues me is the emphases an expanded field will have on the top-seed. It will make locking up the No. 1 seed far more valuable and should make an even crazier regular season finale.

What do you all think about the play-offs expanding?

Do you think Goodell's hypothetical model is the right way to go or do you have a better idea?

What are your thoughts on the top seed being sole beneficiary of a first-round bye?
January 21, 2014  02:11 AM ET

I don't like it because to me when only 6 gets in you really have to fight to get in sometimes. Seeing the Chargers barely get in with unreal wins was exciting and when only 6 get in you have to focus on winning your Division much more as well. 7 is too many. The Top 2 Seeds deserve a bye too in each Conference as that is tough to accomplish having 1 of the 4 best records.

January 21, 2014  02:27 AM ET

Okay, this concept bothers me for many reasons, but the main reason being it's just an unadulterated bone thrown at the fans to accept an 18 game season (should your team make it to the playoffs).

Look at the injuries that occured during the playoff games (back to the wildcard week) this year - if we had one more week to go, there would be some sloppy games with players that are just filling in. Then the SB might be diluted. And that would be much worse than any advertising dollar the NFL could gain by the extra week.

Just stop already NFL.

January 21, 2014  03:05 AM ET

What she just said ;-)

January 21, 2014  06:32 AM ET

There is NO silver lining in watering down the playoffs. Please..don't try to make one where there is none. Do you really want the playoff system to resemble the NHL?

January 21, 2014  03:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There is NO silver lining in watering down the playoffs. Please..don't try to make one where there is none. Do you really want the playoff system to resemble the NHL?

Silver-lining was probably too complimentary. I'm against expansion. But if expansion is inevitable, I'm curious to see how teams manage their expectations in the last couple weeks of the season (do they rest players? are they play more aggressively?). I definitely don't want the NFL play-offs to resemble the NHL or even NBA playoffs. When it comes to overall product, less is more.

January 21, 2014  05:46 PM ET

why not a [Saturday/sunday/Monday-nite] playoff weekend.....?!!

January 21, 2014  06:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Silver-lining was probably too complimentary. I'm against expansion. But if expansion is inevitable, I'm curious to see how teams manage their expectations in the last couple weeks of the season (do they rest players? are they play more aggressively?). I definitely don't want the NFL play-offs to resemble the NHL or even NBA playoffs. When it comes to overall product, less is more.

I would rather not see pathetic mediocre teams such as Dallas even come close to sniffing the playoffs. I understand what you are getting at but it's a really bad idea.

January 21, 2014  06:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Okay, this concept bothers me for many reasons, but the main reason being it's just an unadulterated bone thrown at the fans to accept an 18 game season (should your team make it to the playoffs).Look at the injuries that occured during the playoff games (back to the wildcard week) this year - if we had one more week to go, there would be some sloppy games with players that are just filling in. Then the SB might be diluted. And that would be much worse than any advertising dollar the NFL could gain by the extra week.Just stop already NFL.

I agree just stop.

also read where Goodell want to do away with the extra point after a TD. Just give the team 7 points and if they want they can go for an eighth point (like going to 2 is now) but if they do not convert then the team only gets 6 points.
Seems the fact so few extra points are missed some intelligent types want to take it out of the game, along with kick-offs too.
SHEESH!

January 21, 2014  06:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I would rather not see pathetic mediocre teams such as Dallas even come close to sniffing the playoffs. I understand what you are getting at but it's a really bad idea.

I would like to see Dallas make the playoffs despite a mediocre record.

January 21, 2014  07:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree just stop.also read where Goodell want to do away with the extra point after a TD. Just give the team 7 points and if they want they can go for an eighth point (like going to 2 is now) but if they do not convert then the team only gets 6 points.Seems the fact so few extra points are missed some intelligent types want to take it out of the game, along with kick-offs too.SHEESH!

In Basics,that would turn the sport into a whole different animal.

It's been d/icked with enough,just keep it as it is.

January 21, 2014  07:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I would like to see Dallas make the playoffs despite a mediocre record.

GnG,

Understandable.

January 21, 2014  07:11 PM ET

IMO there's already too many teams getting into the playoffs.

If you can't win your division, you don't deserve the opportunity to win the conference, let alone the Super Bowl.

January 21, 2014  07:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree just stop.also read where Goodell want to do away with the extra point after a TD. Just give the team 7 points and if they want they can go for an eighth point (like going to 2 is now) but if they do not convert then the team only gets 6 points.Seems the fact so few extra points are missed some intelligent types want to take it out of the game, along with kick-offs too.SHEESH!

Eventually there comes a point where the game no longer resembles what we've come to know as football.

January 21, 2014  07:15 PM ET

Goodell is trying to ruin our League. Keep it the way it is as Football is the best sport out there. I don't want to see anymore rule changes, it's not needed. I feel bad for Bears fans because of the kickoff rule moving it up over the last couple of years because it took away a huge advantage they had with Hester. One of my best friends is a Bears fan and he would just get excited when a kickoff happened. In the SB Hester took it to the house against my Colts, today the Colts could just kick it out of the endzone. Goodell says he's about safety but he wants to add games?? That makes no sense.

January 21, 2014  07:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Goodell says he's about safety but he wants to add games?? That makes no sense.

This ^^^^

His concern for player safety is directly related to financial liability.

January 21, 2014  07:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I would like to see Dallas make the playoffs despite a mediocre record.

Then you might as well turn the whole playoff system into the NHL. It will SUCK!!

January 21, 2014  07:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree just stop.also read where Goodell want to do away with the extra point after a TD. Just give the team 7 points and if they want they can go for an eighth point (like going to 2 is now) but if they do not convert then the team only gets 6 points.Seems the fact so few extra points are missed some intelligent types want to take it out of the game, along with kick-offs too.SHEESH!

Is there a more boring aspect in any sport as the kickoff already. It's more exciting to see a golfer line up his putt.

January 21, 2014  07:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Is there a more boring aspect in any sport as the kickoff already. It's more exciting to see a golfer line up his putt.

It took away the Bears best advantage which stinks for their fans. Hester would always give them great field position.

January 21, 2014  08:00 PM ET

So you can have a watered down field like the NBA and the NHL...No thank You

 
January 21, 2014  08:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Is there a more boring aspect in any sport as the kickoff already. It's more exciting to see a golfer line up his putt.

Think of the time that would be saved if after a TD, the ball is immediately placed on the 20 yard line for the other team.

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