We all know unhealthy the NFC East is this season. They are the butt of all the jokes.
Three wins halfway by way of the season is all it takes to steer the division. It’s fairly pitiful.
Especially when the six-win Seahawks lead the NFC West.
But one thought that has come to thoughts watching this season unfold is the want to make sure the finest groups have unique rights to the Lombardi Trophy. It is time for the NFL to maneuver away from a assured playoff look for all division winners. The finest groups, regardless of convention and division, ought to compete in the postseason.
And whereas the NFL is down the observe of tweaking its playoff structure, no higher time, proper?
The NFL house owners met Monday to debate a decision to increase the playoffs to 16 groups if video games are misplaced because of COVID — persevering with down an deliberately fortuitous path by the NFL this season. Eight groups per convention would make the playoffs, as an alternative of the present setup of 4 division winners and three wild-card spots per convention that was instituted this season, a rise of one wild-card workforce from every convention.
This season the format has already been modified to seven groups per convention.
In 2016, the WNBA went to a postseason format during which the eight groups with the finest file in the league, from each conferences, would make it, with seeding based mostly on that file.
In the previous few years, it has labored.
In 2016, we had been rewarded with a wonderful matchup of two Western Conference heavy hitters in the Finals, the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx.
That matchup wouldn’t have been doable beneath the outdated playoff format. And this season’s Finals featured Las Vegas and Seattle, additionally two Western Conference groups. The two finest groups, irrespective of convention, made all of it the strategy to the Finals.
The NFL ought to contemplate implementing the same playoff association.
Now that Week 8 is full, it would doubtless take six wins or much less to win the NFC East whereas the NFC West fights it out as all 4 groups are .500 or higher.
A 6-10 NFC East winner in comparison with a probable 12-4 NFC West winner is simply incorrect, with each groups assured a house recreation. On prime of that, the NFC West’s worst workforce will in all probability have a greater file than the NFC East division winner and will find yourself on the sidelines.
If the season ended at present, the 3-5 Eagles would play host to both the 5-3 Bears or 5-3 Rams beneath the present 14-team playoff structure. If the format is expanded to 16-teams the Eagles would face the 5-2 Cardinals or Saints.
I’m positive individuals shall be speaking — rather a lot -— if that occurs.
In the previous few weeks, we’ve gotten greater than we bargained for of primetime NFC East play, exposing followers to some of the worst quarterback- and offensive-line play throughout the total league.
We’d be fantastic with not seeing Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, and Washington in primetime anymore this season.
A change in the format will first enable for a check run of this kind of format. Will it work? Is this possible? Will it carry out the best play on the discipline?
I feel it would.
If the NFC East continues to play this poorly, it’s time to reassess how the postseason is designed. Rewarding a workforce that may’t even win half its video games — and presumably doesn’t win a 3rd of their video games — with a shot at the Lombardi Trophy is atrocious.
Let the finest groups in the league compete for his or her shot at Super Bowl LV — at the very least this yr.
DeArbea Walker – deadspin.com