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RE: 2020 NFL Thread
(11-23-2020 01:20 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(11-22-2020 06:01 PM)BobcatEngineer Wrote:  Browns are 7-3 but likely need 11 wins in order to make the playoffs.... Meanwhile in the NFC East...

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That's a great illustration why 4-team divisions are a mistake, especially in football where so few regular season games are played. If the NFL had four 8-team divisions instead of eight 4-team divisions, none of the NFC Least teams would make the playoffs.

And miss out on having the most popular teams/fanbases in the playoff? Not a chance?
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RE: 2020 NFL Thread
(11-23-2020 11:57 AM)vandiver49 Wrote:  
(11-23-2020 01:20 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(11-22-2020 06:01 PM)BobcatEngineer Wrote:  Browns are 7-3 but likely need 11 wins in order to make the playoffs.... Meanwhile in the NFC East...

[Image: 2erOLMJ.jpg]

That's a great illustration why 4-team divisions are a mistake, especially in football where so few regular season games are played. If the NFL had four 8-team divisions instead of eight 4-team divisions, none of the NFC Least teams would make the playoffs.

And miss out on having the most popular teams/fanbases in the playoff? Not a chance?

The current format ensures that one of those four teams will be in the playoffs, but on the other hand, in a different season where they're not all terrible, a different format might mean three of them make the playoffs, which would be even better for TV ratings. Think of MLB, where the unspoken reason for adding wild card teams in the first place was to create the possibility that both the Yankees and Red Sox would be in the playoffs.
11-23-2020 03:14 PM
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RE: 2020 NFL Thread
(11-23-2020 03:14 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(11-23-2020 11:57 AM)vandiver49 Wrote:  
(11-23-2020 01:20 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(11-22-2020 06:01 PM)BobcatEngineer Wrote:  Browns are 7-3 but likely need 11 wins in order to make the playoffs.... Meanwhile in the NFC East...

[Image: 2erOLMJ.jpg]

That's a great illustration why 4-team divisions are a mistake, especially in football where so few regular season games are played. If the NFL had four 8-team divisions instead of eight 4-team divisions, none of the NFC Least teams would make the playoffs.

And miss out on having the most popular teams/fanbases in the playoff? Not a chance?

The current format ensures that one of those four teams will be in the playoffs, but on the other hand, in a different season where they're not all terrible, a different format might mean three of them make the playoffs, which would be even better for TV ratings. Think of MLB, where the unspoken reason for adding wild card teams in the first place was to create the possibility that both the Yankees and Red Sox would be in the playoffs.

IMO the wild cards were created because the MLB postseason didn't have that many teams involved. The NFL added another wild card team in order to capitalize on postseason money as well.

While your 3 NFC East playoff scenario is possible, the current guarantee outweighs it IMO.
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