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Playoffs to be Re-Structured?

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The New York Post, among other outlets, is reporting the NFL is considering changing the playoff seeding for Playoff Teams.

Under the new proposal, divisional winners wouldn't automatically be awarded a home playoff game.  If a wild-card team has a better record than the divisional opponent, they would be awarded the home game.  

The idea behind this is to spice up the competition in the final weeks of the season... encouraging more games like the Giants/Pats, and less like the Colts/Titans game.  It also helps in situations like the AFC South.  Some would argue the Jaguars (12-4), even though they won, shouldn't have had to travel to Pittsburgh (10-6).

I really like this idea, as it encourages more teams to all-out compete throughout the season.  The only problem?  It possibly takes away the reward for winning the division... a home playoff game.

Although I think it's a long shot to get this passed, what do you think.  Do you think teams should be encouraged to play all out, every game?  Should teams who are on fire the first part of the season and lock up their seeding be rewarded with the ability to rest players?

What do you guys think?  As a Colts fan, it's always nice to be able to rest players at the end of the season.  Unfortunately, the past two times we've rested players it hasn't worked well for us.    While I'm not convinced that resting our players had a negative effect, I'm all for any initiative by the NFL to increase competitiveness.

One aspect that isn't mentioned is the effect that resting players has on Fantasy Football.  If you have a week 15, 16, and 17 playoff system... you might as well forget about drafting Peyton.  He almost always sits in week 17.  Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating to make it to the final game of the Fantasy Season, only to have some of your key players ride the pine.

Poll

What do you think of the NFL's proposal to award playoff games based on records, rather than divisional seedings?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    I hate it. The division winner should be awareded a home game
    (2 votes)
  • 50%
    I love it. Wild-card winners in strong divisions should have a chance to host a game rather than a weak division winner
    (9 votes)
  • 38%
    I love it. I just want to see the players play hard every week.
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    I dont care. I just want to win my Fantasy Football Playoffs.
    (0 votes)
18 votes total Vote Now