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Wildcard weekend lineup proves need for playoff changes

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The NFL seriously needs to look at changing the way it seeds playoff teams. This season points that out in bold... (12-4) Ravens at Chiefs (10-6) (11-5) Saints at Seahawks (7-9) (11-5) Jets at Colts (10-6) (10-6) Packers at Eagles ...

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Wildcard weekend lineup proves need for playoff changes

The NFL seriously needs to look at changing the way it seeds playoff teams. This season points that out in bold...


(12-4) Ravens at Chiefs (10-6)
(11-5) Saints at Seahawks (7-9)
(11-5) Jets at Colts (10-6)
(10-6) Packers at Eagles (10-6)


In three of the four wildcard matches, the team with the weaker record is hosting the team with the better record.

The fourth matchup contains two teams with the same record, but the Packers have already met and defeated the Eagles in the regular season, in a sense giving them a "tiebreaker".

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Old 01-02-2011, 11:00 PM   #2
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I understand what you are saying ARSAINT, but I disagree ... Winning your division should mean something. While it sucks that we are ON THE ROAD against a terrible 7-9 team ... They are division winners and we are NOT.

The NFL is cyclical ... We've had our day (and will again) where it will play in our favor ... Unfortunately this year --- it did not.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
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Its not that I don't think Seattle should be in the playoffs because they did win their division (don't you know Giants and Bucs fans are sick), but I don't think they should be guaranteed a home game...
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:04 PM   #4
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yeah i just think if they win under .500 they shouldnt have a home game. But the Saints should have taken care of business more. Im ok with Ravens loss and even the loss against the Browns bc they came in with a plan but we should not have lost against the Falcons, Bucs, and Cards at all this season.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:16 PM   #5
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Its not that I don't think Seattle should be in the playoffs because they did win their division (don't you know Giants and Bucs fans are sick), but I don't think they should be guaranteed a home game...
While I can see your point ... I think the NFL owners voted on this very issue a few years back and while 18 owner's agreed with your point .... there were 14 who did not and it takes 24 to get something changed.

It sucks for us THIS year, but I'll be in the next 10 years you'll see this potentially help us in the NFC South ... Our division won't always be tough as nails ... It's cyclical. I'm not happy either that we have to travel to SEA (I think it's going to be an incredibly tough venue to win at), but rules are rules are rules.

I would rather have gone to St. Louise (e added intentionally) ... SEA is going to be a lot more difficult. Great discussion though ARSAINT --- I think all of us are frustrated THIS year about it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:18 PM   #6
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yeah i just think if they win under .500 they shouldnt have a home game.
Well, this is the FIRST time in NFL history that it's ever happened, so obviously no one ever expected that to be an issue ... O well, if we can't go in there and beat them --- we won't deserve to continue against ANYONE else.

Time to take care of business ...
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
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I agree with BING... we didn't get the job done. Seattle did. Records be darned. Bucs/Giants had plenty of chances to make the playoffs. Congrats Seattle.. too bad you have a bad draw with the Champions coming to your place.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:32 PM   #8
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Personally I think they should change it so that if a division winner has an 8-8 record or worse and there is a team with a winning record, the division winner, should stay at home and watch the playoffs from the couch, while the team with the winning record goes in.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:47 AM   #9
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If there is an issue, it is the NFL and its constitution at fault.

I watch many other sports so my idealistic view is that you must be the best in your division/conference/league if you expect to represent that division/conference/league.

The NFL has the conference thing - fine, and then the division thing - to me not fine. Too compartmentalised . (Gosh is that my longest word of 2011 so far?). And then there are anomalies on home and away games, and you can play a slightly different schedule based on your previous years record - and yet the Championship is played for this year.

If we really can't have every team in ONE conference playing each other at least once, every year, then we will continue to get divisional winners at home to an apparently better team. Especially when the division winner takes all the tiebreaks. Why not, I ask myself, is the CONFERENCE record the statistic of choice to represent your conference, followed by head-to-head or overall wins? Just provoking y'all.

Now my counter argument. Maybe it should be the overall record adjusted for "strength of schedule". Are the great records of the NFC South (Carolina excluded) partly due to the pathetic NFC West? As I said..... just provoking.

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Old 01-03-2011, 07:49 AM   #10
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Winning a division does get you something. Banner and different T-Shirts, that plus a guaranteed playoff spot is all it needs to mean.

In my honest opinion, best record or best conference record should host period. This will also add meaning to some of the late season games. As tight as things are for playoff spots and 1 and 2 seeds getting bye weeks, at least make them play their last games with meaning. Division champs only means you played well in 6 games against 3 teams. That does not mean you earned anything outside of your division
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