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Should The NFL Really Consider Expanding The Playoffs To Do Away With Some Of The Preseason?

Submitted by on September 27, 2013 – 11:46 amOne Comment

The NFL preseason is, more or less, worthless. NFL teams play four meaningless games during the month of August every year and force their season-ticket holders to pay full price for tickets to two of those games. So for a long time now, NFL fans have complained about the preseason and asked the NFL to do away with it. And from the sound of things, the NFL is considering it right now. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has apparently given some thought to eliminating some preseason games and then adding them to the backend of the season by expanding the NFL Playoffs to include more teams. In his eyes, it would make the playoffs better than they already are and solve the league’s pesky preseason problem.

“With the competitiveness of the league, you see teams get hot the second half of the season,” he said during an interview with NFL.com this week. “A reasonable argument could be made that there are teams that should qualify for the playoffs and don’t and could win the Super Bowl. I don’t think we want to expand just to have more teams. We want to create more excitement, more interest, and give teams a chance to win the Super Bowl.”

Is that really a good idea, though? Our initial answer is yes. Hell yes. More football is never a bad thing. But when we really sit down and think about it, the NFL would likely be diluting the playoff experience by adding more teams. As it stands, there are usually one or two teams who sneak into the playoffs with 9-7 or even 8-8 records. So it’s feasible to think that the NFL could end up rewarding mediocre teams or teams who haven’t played well all season by expanding the playoffs and letting more teams in at the end of every season.

With that in mind, we don’t want to see the playoffs expanded any more than they already are. And if that means keeping the preseason intact, then so be it. We’re not big fans of the preseason. But we’re also not big fans of expanding the NFL Playoffs. So we’ll just have to live with the preseason as it’s currently constructed. It’s a small price to pay for the right to keep the playoff system as it is now.

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