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2022-01-17 12:37:53 PM  
Yeah, this whole season has been proof of that.
 
2022-01-17 12:38:53 PM  
More opportunities for players to get hurt.
 
2022-01-17 12:41:45 PM  
It made the owners more money, which is a) why they expanded the playoffs, and b) they'll keep it this way.

They don't care whether or not the additional playoff games are watchable because you'll watch them anyway and they'll make more money.
 
2022-01-17 12:43:09 PM  
I would be interested to know what percentage of regular season games were blowouts and how it compares to the current round of playoff games.
 
2022-01-17 12:43:59 PM  
The NCAA should take note but the more is really about more money.  Now if people stop watching that may be a different story.
 
2022-01-17 12:45:08 PM  
Shame, subby! More TV money for the owners is always better! THE SHIELD HAS SPOKEN!
 
2022-01-17 12:45:10 PM  
Wait until the inevitable 8th playoff team. Not shiatty enough that the Browns would have made it this year but still shiatty.
 
2022-01-17 12:51:00 PM  
All the homers love blowing out the visitors
 
2022-01-17 12:51:53 PM  

runwiz: The NCAA should take note but the more is really about more money.  Now if people stop watching that may be a different story.


The Bowl Game system has the NCAA trapped: those individual bowls are worth a lot of $$$, but they don't seem real keen on making playoff matches "bowl games". So the more teams you add to a non-Bowl Game playoff, the less quality teams you have playing in Bowl Games.
 
2022-01-17 12:56:44 PM  

Bathtub Cynic: runwiz: The NCAA should take note but the more is really about more money.  Now if people stop watching that may be a different story.

The Bowl Game system has the NCAA trapped: those individual bowls are worth a lot of $$$, but they don't seem real keen on making playoff matches "bowl games". So the more teams you add to a non-Bowl Game playoff, the less quality teams you have playing in Bowl Games.


The only post season FBS is the championship game. The semifinal games rotate the big bowl games.
 
2022-01-17 12:56:56 PM  
I've been an Eagles fan my entire life.

They absolutely had no business being in a playoff game of any sort this year.
 
2022-01-17 12:58:02 PM  
There are always mismatched games in the playoffs. It's set up that way. The real benefit of expanded playoffs is its effect on the regular season. This season ended wonderfully. Last weekend was the most exciting football I've ever seen. And I'm old.

21 teams made the playoffs at least once over the last two seasons. Only 11 didn't. That's a lot of happy fans. I fully expect them to go to 16 playoff teams in my lifetime.
 
2022-01-17 1:06:02 PM  
The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.
 
2022-01-17 1:07:50 PM  
It was all about a cash grab.
 
2022-01-17 1:08:26 PM  

The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.


Both 7 seeds got mashed.
 
2022-01-17 1:10:22 PM  
One interesting point is that the Eagles might well have made it in even with the old scheme.  If they had won their final game against Dallas they would have been the sixth seed.   Yes, they were completely blown out by Dallas in that game but they were playing their third string against the Dallas starters.

Watching yesterday's game, you have to admit it's possible the Cowboys might have shot themselves in the foot enough times for the Eagles' starters to pull out a win.

/Not going with the doom and gloom Hurts isn't good enough draft a QB now crap.  Just making it to the playoffs was a huge overachievement for a team that is in the middle of a rebuild.
 
2022-01-17 1:10:26 PM  

Dafatone: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

Both 7 seeds got mashed.


We've got two games.  That's not exactly a big sample size.
 
2022-01-17 1:11:49 PM  

The Third Man: Dafatone: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

Both 7 seeds got mashed.

We've got two games.  That's not exactly a big sample size.


Four games. Last year, the Bears (lol) got beat up by the Saints, and the Bills and Colts played a good one.
 
2022-01-17 1:17:18 PM  
Dumb take. We've seen Super Bowl blowouts, we've seen low ranked teams Cinderalla it all... the expanded schedule is bad because of injuries and the greed of it all, but some bad playoff games is some wonderful hindsight Nostradamus action.
 
2022-01-17 1:24:52 PM  
Thing is... it almost wasn't.

If my team- the Chiefs- had taken care of business against the Bengals or if the Raiders and Chargers had tied, we would've had much better matchups in the AFC this weekend.
 
2022-01-17 1:35:45 PM  
So, I am not an NFL fan, much less an advocate these days, though I'm familiar enough with football generally. The expanded playoff in the NFL is 100 percent a cash grab and in my opinion harms whatever integrity was left in their rulebook.

That said, citing a system for having "only" 50 percent of its first round games being competitive is a pretty weak argument.
 
2022-01-17 1:36:57 PM  

The Third Man: Dafatone: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

Both 7 seeds got mashed.

We've got two games.  That's not exactly a big sample size.


There have been 4 games including last year. 3 were blowouts.
 
2022-01-17 1:54:17 PM  

Dafatone: The Third Man: Dafatone: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

Both 7 seeds got mashed.

We've got two games.  That's not exactly a big sample size.

Four games. Last year, the Bears (lol) got beat up by the Saints, and the Bills and Colts played a good one.


Hillbilly Jim: The Third Man: Dafatone: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

Both 7 seeds got mashed.

We've got two games.  That's not exactly a big sample size.

There have been 4 games including last year. 3 were blowouts.


Last season, the Bears lost their last 4 games and got that #7 seed, where they were shiatstomped in a game which squandered Drew Brees's talents. The Colts got swept by the 3 AFC North teams that made it in, and their game against the Bills was filled with shiatty officiating that almost screwed the Bills out of a win.
 
2022-01-17 1:57:26 PM  
Meh. There were blowouts when it was only 12 teams instead of 14.
 
2022-01-17 2:03:58 PM  

The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.


The Chiefs would not have blown out anybody on a Bye.

The fact is the expansion has nothing to do about quality it is about money, both from TV contracts and more fans with their team in the playoffs. As are any playoff expansions.

And they put enough incentives in that most players will benefit from the extra game. For all the people whose career lasts a couple years they get paid for an extra game and have more chance to get the chance to play in the playoffs.
 
2022-01-17 2:10:59 PM  
As much as I wanted the Pats to win, it was nice to see the Bills make history, as the first playoff team (or any team?) to no have in a game: no punts, no 4th downs, no turnovers, scored a touchdown on every possession, the Bills QB had more TDs than incompletions. That was one hell of a performance by the Bills.
 
2022-01-17 2:13:22 PM  
By the way, owners love playoff games. Everything is full price, with the exception of player salaries which drop to almost nothing.
 
2022-01-17 2:14:34 PM  

skinink: As much as I wanted the Pats to win, it was nice to see the Bills make history, as the first playoff team (or any team?) to no have in a game: no punts, no 4th downs, no turnovers, scored a touchdown on every possession, the Bills QB had more TDs than incompletions. That was one hell of a performance by the Bills.


Technically not true as they had a 4th down to run out the game clock on their final possession.
 
2022-01-17 2:20:55 PM  
Under the old rule, you sometimes could see a winner of 10 or even 11 games excluded from the playoffs in favor of the .500 winner of some toilet of a Division. I doubt that will happen now. The downside is that most of the time there will be mediocre teams in the post season that have no business being there.
 
2022-01-17 2:27:35 PM  
expanding playoffs is almost always a mistake.  in the short term you get more viewers but as time goes on and the playoff drag out people loose interest.  it becomes that sport that always seems to be on but that you don't really care about.  pretty soon the regular season gets ignored too.
 
2022-01-17 2:27:52 PM  

Gubbo: skinink: As much as I wanted the Pats to win, it was nice to see the Bills make history, as the first playoff team (or any team?) to no have in a game: no punts, no 4th downs, no turnovers, scored a touchdown on every possession, the Bills QB had more TDs than incompletions. That was one hell of a performance by the Bills.

Technically not true as they had a 4th down to run out the game clock on their final possession.


But the clock ran out first.  The play-by-play shows zero fourth downs.
 
2022-01-17 2:30:34 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Gubbo: skinink: As much as I wanted the Pats to win, it was nice to see the Bills make history, as the first playoff team (or any team?) to no have in a game: no punts, no 4th downs, no turnovers, scored a touchdown on every possession, the Bills QB had more TDs than incompletions. That was one hell of a performance by the Bills.

Technically not true as they had a 4th down to run out the game clock on their final possession.

But the clock ran out first.  The play-by-play shows zero fourth downs.


Hmm, an interesting point for us to be pedantic about. Is it 4th down when you kneel on 3rd down. Or is it only a 4th down if you run a play on 4th down.
 
2022-01-17 2:34:32 PM  
Move the Superb Owl up a week (something players want anyway) so we go from the champ games to the big one in one week. That two week downtime is silly and the players hate it.
 
2022-01-17 2:40:18 PM  

havocmike: I've been an Eagles fan my entire life.

They absolutely had no business being in a playoff game of any sort this year.


Same for the Steelers, really. It's hard to make a case for either 7 seed. They probably should go back to 6. Unfortunately, the next move will probably be expanding to 8, which will eliminate the bye-week that the number 1 seed enjoys.
 
2022-01-17 2:46:57 PM  

Gubbo: Olympic Trolling Judge: Gubbo: skinink: As much as I wanted the Pats to win, it was nice to see the Bills make history, as the first playoff team (or any team?) to no have in a game: no punts, no 4th downs, no turnovers, scored a touchdown on every possession, the Bills QB had more TDs than incompletions. That was one hell of a performance by the Bills.

Technically not true as they had a 4th down to run out the game clock on their final possession.

But the clock ran out first.  The play-by-play shows zero fourth downs.

Hmm, an interesting point for us to be pedantic about. Is it 4th down when you kneel on 3rd down. Or is it only a 4th down if you run a play on 4th down.


It's not really pedantic. There were no 4th down plays.
 
2022-01-17 3:07:25 PM  
There have been 55 Owls.  Only 15 were decided by less than a touchdown.  34 were by 10 or more points.  20 by 17 or more.  There have been more blowouts than close games.
 
2022-01-17 3:07:27 PM  

Gubbo: . Or is it only a 4th down if you run a play on 4th down.


That.
 
2022-01-17 3:13:17 PM  

OkieDookie: Yeah, this whole season has been proof of that.


Here's how they should run the league:

1.) 16 games across 18 weeks, with each team having 2 bye weeks (byes wouldn't be in the first 3 or last 3 weeks of the season).

2.) With the possible exception of Thanksgiving, no Thursday games.

3.) Stick to the 2002-03 playoff model: 6 teams per conference, the 4 division winners and 2 wildcard spots for the top 2 non-division-winning teams, with the top 2 division winners getting first round byes.

What everybody actually wants are better games, not more games.
 
2022-01-17 3:24:31 PM  

mjbok: There have been 55 Owls.  Only 15 were decided by less than a touchdown.  34 were by 10 or more points.  20 by 17 or more.  There have been more blowouts than close games.


15 by less than a touchdown and the Patriots were in 8 of them.
 
2022-01-17 3:26:21 PM  
Shorter careers for players, more money for team owners.  Seems like win-win for management.  Shiat job from the players unions.
 
2022-01-17 3:31:30 PM  
I will wait till a 'normal' year to judge whether it was a good idea or not to expand things. As I recall, this year plenty of teams were affected by virus related issues. Especially as the season went on, it seemed like each week various teams were losing players to virus protocols. This won't always be the case. Football teams depend on practice and repetition to succeed and you can't have that if you are constantly switching players on and off the team. The true test will be the first season played where no team loses any player or coach at any time due to the virus or virus related protocols.
 
2022-01-17 3:34:37 PM  

jaylectricity: 15 by less than a touchdown and the Patriots were in 8 of them.


7 I think

Atlanta (6)
Giants (4)
Seahawks (4)
Rams (3)
Panthers (3)
Eagles (3)
Giants (3)

losses in bold


Others with the Pats were
Eagles (8)
Rams (10)
Packers (14)
Bears (36)
 
2022-01-17 3:35:51 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: OkieDookie: Yeah, this whole season has been proof of that.

Here's how they should run the league:

1.) 16 games across 18 weeks, with each team having 2 bye weeks (byes wouldn't be in the first 3 or last 3 weeks of the season).

2.) With the possible exception of Thanksgiving, no Thursday games.

3.) Stick to the 2002-03 playoff model: 6 teams per conference, the 4 division winners and 2 wildcard spots for the top 2 non-division-winning teams, with the top 2 division winners getting first round byes.

What everybody actually wants are better games, not more games.


Every suggestion makes less money and as the article mentions, the money is already spent through 2033. Enjoy 20 game seasons and 3/4 teams in every division making the playoffs.
 
2022-01-17 4:12:43 PM  

The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.


This.

Also FTA: "And yes, the Bills would've beaten the '72 Dolphins and '85 Bears playing the way they did Saturday night."

Erm... how about no? Does no work for you?
 
2022-01-17 4:24:07 PM  

mjbok: There have been 55 Owls.  Only 15 were decided by less than a touchdown.  34 were by 10 or more points.  20 by 17 or more.  There have been more blowouts than close games.


So what you're saying is that of the 55 Owls, only 15 were Superb?
 
2022-01-17 4:44:03 PM  

iamskibibitz: mjbok: There have been 55 Owls.  Only 15 were decided by less than a touchdown.  34 were by 10 or more points.  20 by 17 or more.  There have been more blowouts than close games.

So what you're saying is that of the 55 Owls, only 15 were Superb?


All 55 were Superb, depending on fanbase.
 
2022-01-17 4:52:16 PM  

Quasar: Dumb take. We've seen Super Bowl blowouts, we've seen low ranked teams Cinderalla it all... the expanded schedule is bad because of injuries and the greed of it all, but some bad playoff games is some wonderful hindsight Nostradamus action.


SB is not always the best game. Sometimes it's the division champeenship.
 
2022-01-17 4:57:17 PM  

Social Justice Warlock: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

This.

Also FTA: "And yes, the Bills would've beaten the '72 Dolphins and '85 Bears playing the way they did Saturday night."

Erm... how about no? Does no work for you?


The '72 Dolphins defensive line averaged 6'4", 258 lbs.  The smallest Bills starting offensive lineman is 6'4", 300.  I'm pretty sure they'd blow the No-Name defense off the line of scrimmage.
 
2022-01-17 6:22:08 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Social Justice Warlock: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

This.

Also FTA: "And yes, the Bills would've beaten the '72 Dolphins and '85 Bears playing the way they did Saturday night."

Erm... how about no? Does no work for you?

The '72 Dolphins defensive line averaged 6'4", 258 lbs.  The smallest Bills starting offensive lineman is 6'4", 300.  I'm pretty sure they'd blow the No-Name defense off the line of scrimmage.


That and those guys are in their 80s or dead
 
2022-01-17 6:32:25 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: UNC_Samurai: Social Justice Warlock: The Third Man: The way the Bills and Chiefs were playing, they would have blown out anybody.  Niners and Cowboys went down to the last play, and the Raiders/Bengals game was pretty close.

WAY too early to make any judgment on how the new playoff system is affecting games.

This.

Also FTA: "And yes, the Bills would've beaten the '72 Dolphins and '85 Bears playing the way they did Saturday night."

Erm... how about no? Does no work for you?

The '72 Dolphins defensive line averaged 6'4", 258 lbs.  The smallest Bills starting offensive lineman is 6'4", 300.  I'm pretty sure they'd blow the No-Name defense off the line of scrimmage.

That and those guys are in their 80s or dead


I laughed and now I feel bad.
 
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