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Three-week preseason, 14-team playoffs could be coming

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While the NFL would prefer to expand the regular season from 16 games to 18, the league’s health and safety concerns come off as hollow if the NFL adds 32 games to the current workload of 256.

The fallback, then, unless and until the NFLPA decides to pursue expansion of the regular season on its own, will be to shrink the preseason and replace the revenue with more playoff games.

Commissioner Roger Goodell recently hinted at it, and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the end result could be a three-week preseason and two more playoff teams.

The expansion to 14 would add two more playoff games, with the No. 2 seed in each conference playing the No. 7 seed.  Under that scenario, only the No. 1 seed in each conference would have a bye, and wild-card weekend would have six games instead of four.

While the NFL has full discretion to cut the preseason in half under the labor deal, the NFLPA would have to agree to any increase in the regular season or postseason.  Though the union’s position on expanded playoffs isn’t known, the players would be far more likely to embrace two extra playoff games than two extra weeks of games.

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11 Responses to “Three-week preseason, 14-team playoffs could be coming”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 29, 2013 1:38 PM

    Do not alter the playoff format!

  2. stampnhawk says: Sep 29, 2013 1:42 PM

    Dilutes the regular season under this format.
    A 2 seed may face a team that’s lost 4 or more games against them, in a one gamer…home field or not that’s a big gap.

    All for less preseason, but need to come up with a format that rewards the regular season for more than just 1 team per conference.

  3. icdogg says: Sep 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    So the regular season would start in August?

  4. bengalguy says: Sep 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    Gotta get Putzberg in somehow. No other way they’re gonna get to the playoffs

  5. minnesotablizzard says: Sep 29, 2013 1:46 PM

    There is an old saying, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. It seems to me the NFL is trying its hardest to completely mess up and change the NFL over the last few years. The results have been more commercials, more penalties, and terribly un-creative touchdown celebrations. The NFL is going to sink itself and it is fun to watch.

  6. stull60060 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:47 PM

    Why don’t we have all the teams make the playoffs. We should also give every team a trophy at the end of the season because you know that we are all special. We wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and self esteem.

  7. stabbymike says: Sep 29, 2013 1:51 PM

    the playoffs are fine the way they are. 14 team brackets would. allow teams that shouldnt be near the playoffs compete. agree about the preseason though. wouldnt mind one, but four is ridiculous.

  8. surfinbird1 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:53 PM

    Pure Greed.

  9. moagecu says: Sep 29, 2013 1:57 PM

    stupid. some 8-8 team will back into playoffs and win

  10. randy001 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    Great – just like hockey.

  11. kando53 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:42 PM

    Get rid of Goodell by any means necessary.

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