OPEN THREAD: Should the NFL expand the playoffs?

OPEN THREAD: Should the NFL expand the playoffs?
January 28, 2014, 6:00 am
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Never shy with big decisions, NFL commission Roger Goodell announced that the league is moving forward with considerations of expanding the playoffs. Mike Florio said the earliest the NFL could implement any changes would be the 2015 season, but the addition of a seventh-playoff team in both conferences would be a sizable change.

Expanding the playoffs would add a game to the Wild Card Playoff Weekend, and the biggest impact would be on each conference's No. 2 seed. The current setup gives the top two seeds in each conference a first-round playoff bye. In a new system with a seventh playoff team, the No. 2 seed would play the No. 7 seed in the opening weekend.

Nothing creates drama quite like the NFL playoffs. Fans love the current system, but adding one team would make the late portion of the regular season much more exciting for an increased number of teams. Is the trade-off worth it?

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Some years a strong team gets left out of the playoffs, like the 10-6 Arizona Cardinals this season. But in other years, a seventh playoff team would result in an average 8-8 team making the postseason, or worse.

Should the NFL expand the playoffs? Is it fair to a No. 2 seed to have to face a Wild Card team in the opening weekend? Or should the NFL keep the postseason tournament as it is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" style? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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