Playoffs will feature eight new teams

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In recent years, the NFL playoffs typically have featured a year-to-year turnover rate of roughly 50 percent. This year, it’s 66 percent.

In the AFC, half of the teams that made it in 2017 didn’t make it in 2016: Jaguars, Titans, and Bills. In the NFC, the playoff field consists of a whopping five new teams: Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints, and Panthers.

For the 20 teams whose offseasons begin today, it’s the best sign of hope for the New Year. For the 12 teams in the playoffs, it’s also a warning: Next year, you may not make it. So you’d better go all out in the playoff games to come.

After the wild-card weekend, there could be as few as four and as many as six non-playoff teams from 2016 in the quarterfinal round. In the NFC, the top two seeds didn’t qualify in 2016; in the AFC, the top two seeds did.

The 2016 playoff teams that will be watching the rest of the season from home include the Dolphins, Texans, Raiders, Cowboys, Giants, Packers, Lions, and Seahawks.

28 responses to “Playoffs will feature eight new teams

  1. imo teams who made the playoffs last year should be grandfathered into the next years playoffs. its unfair that teams dont get a opportunity to defend there division and wild card titles. new blood is nice, but id prefer it to be pure.

  2. The quality and stature of the NFL has been declining and has lost it’s excitement…
    If 2 of these newcomers meet in the Super Bowl then that will help to at least attract people to tune in to watch…

    That’s why I prefer the NFC… Strong teams competeing to top one another for the title and it makes for quality football… AFC is weak teams just padding the Patriots and Steelers stats every year…

  3. gallopinghost says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    AFC east has had a wild card team two years in a row for all the haters who say the division is perennially soft

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    The entire conference is soft

  4. gallopinghost says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    AFC east has had a wild card team two years in a row for all the haters who say the division is perennially soft

    It’s called facts, not haters. Perennially the weakest division in football. You think the Bills are a credible team? Or the Dolphins last year? If you look at the division past 2 years ago you will see they tend to send no one. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But sending a WC to the playoffs is hardly a badge of honor. AFC South has to send someone every year. AFC East? It’s a terrible division.

  5. realtruthteller102 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    imo teams who made the playoffs last year should be grandfathered into the next years playoffs. its unfair that teams dont get a opportunity to defend there division and wild card titles. new blood is nice, but id prefer it to be pure
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    That is ridiculous

  6. realtruthteller102 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    imo teams who made the playoffs last year should be grandfathered into the next years playoffs. its unfair that teams dont get a opportunity to defend there division and wild card titles. new blood is nice, but id prefer it to be pure.

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    I disagree. My Packers shouldn’t be rewarded for the terrible year they had this year and the current format allows teams on the rise to be rightfully rewarded. Now let’s see how many of them can sustain their success. Afterall, according to some fans, it’s easy.

  7. Looking forward to next year for the NFC West. SF coming on strong, Arians gone, the Rams looking like serious competition, and Seattle always in the hunt. Should be a very strong division. Could be a stellar year for any one of the teams and/or all of them. Go Hawks!

  8. Vikings were in the playoffs 2015. And if Blair Walsh makes an extra point they are back in the Playoffs 2016 and they made it this year. But they are newcomers 2017.

  9. Shows how important QB play is. Teams that have elite qb’s that stayed healthy won. Teams that didn’t have a good starter or backup didn’t.

  10. flviking says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    gallopinghost says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    AFC east has had a wild card team two years in a row for all the haters who say the division is perennially soft

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    The entire conference is soft

    So the mighty national conference lost 3 straight SBs to a soft conference? The best of their best got beat by a team that only wins because their in a soft division. Is that your assertion? Are you using a method of determination that doesn’t involve scoring more points in a game than the other team? This “tough” meme is a joke.

  11. So much change, except for New England, Where first round bye is getting pretty routine. As for the haters of the AFC East, take note that the Patriot’s record against the rest of the NFL, including the mighty NFC (.771), is about the same. Here is an updated look at Brady’s career W/L percentages vs. each division through yesterday

    AFC East: .775
    North: .810
    South. .853
    West. .625

    NFC East: .736
    North: .823
    South: .800
    West: .667

    That adds up to .760, or .15 better against hos own division than against the rest of the league.
    He is over .800 against the North’s and Souths in each conference.

  12. Patsareinyourheads says:
    January 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    So much change, except for New England, Where first round bye is getting pretty routine. As for the haters of the AFC East, take note that the Patriot’s record against the rest of the NFL, including the mighty NFC (.771), is about the same

    Well, the AFC East plays him more often… so eventually someone will get a gameplan that wins 1 out of every 4-5 times. Or once every 2 seasons.

    Oh, and the AFC South/NFC South are some of the worst divisions in football (minus the NFC South this season). However, this season, the NFC South basically fed off a very weak NFC North (thanks to no Rodgers/Bears and Lions being the Bears and Lions) and you guessed it, the AFC East (Carolina went 4-0, NO went 3-1). Patriots went 3-1 against NFC South and still got the #1 seed. How? That is thanks to a mediocre AFC West and 5-1 against the AFC “We promise it’s not that soft” East. Tell me again how the AFC East is such stiff competition because of a 9-7 team squeaking into the playoffs.

  13. Of the 12 teams, only the Jaguars have never reached the Super Bowl.

    Seven teams have never won a Super Bowl: Jaguars, Titans, Bills, Eagles, Vikings, Panthers, Falcons.

    There are also seven potential Super Bowl Rematches: Patriots vs Eagles, Patriots vs Rams, Patriots vs Panthers, Patriots vs Falcons, Steelers vs Rams, Chiefs vs Vikings, Titans vs Rams

  14. realtruthteller102 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    imo teams who made the playoffs last year should be grandfathered into the next years playoffs. its unfair that teams dont get a opportunity to defend there division and wild card titles. new blood is nice, but id prefer it to be pure.

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    This is in fact the dumbest thing I’ve read today.

  15. ebbrown29 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 6:02 pm
    Patsareinyourheads says:
    January 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    So much change, except for New England, Where first round bye is getting pretty routine. As for the haters of the AFC East, take note that the Patriot’s record against the rest of the NFL, including the mighty NFC (.771), is about the same

    Well, the AFC East plays him more often… so eventually someone will get a gameplan that wins 1 out of every 4-5 times. Or once every 2 seasons.

    Oh, and the AFC South/NFC South are some of the worst divisions in football (minus the NFC South this season). However, this season, the NFC South basically fed off a very weak NFC North (thanks to no Rodgers/Bears and Lions being the Bears and Lions) and you guessed it, the AFC East (Carolina went 4-0, NO went 3-1). Patriots went 3-1 against NFC South and still got the #1 seed. How? That is thanks to a mediocre AFC West and 5-1 against the AFC “We promise it’s not that soft” East. Tell me again how the AFC East is such stiff competition because of a 9-7 team squeaking into the playoffs.

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    So I dont get it. First you guys claim the Patriots benefit because the AFC east is soft. Then someone posts some hard stats that show that the Patriots do even better against the other divisions. So you say thats because the other divisions are even softer (which is true, most of them have a combined winning pct lower than the AFC East). So basically by the time you are done writing off teams/divisions the Patriots beat up on as soft you have pretty much covered football leaving the Patriots as the only thing not soft. But if that was true they would have a bunch of superbiwl rings wouldn’t they?

  16. bkinacti0n says:

    January 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Of the 12 teams, only the Jaguars have never reached the Super Bowl.

    Seven teams have never won a Super Bowl: Jaguars, Titans, Bills, Eagles, Vikings, Panthers, Falcons.

    There are also seven potential Super Bowl Rematches: Patriots vs Eagles, Patriots vs Rams, Patriots vs Panthers, Patriots vs Falcons, Steelers vs Rams, Chiefs vs Vikings, Titans vs Rams

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    You also forgot Steelers vs. Vikings.

  17. realtruthteller102 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    imo teams who made the playoffs last year should be grandfathered into the next years playoffs. its unfair that teams dont get a opportunity to defend there division and wild card titles. new blood is nice, but id prefer it to be pure.
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    This has to be the dumbest idea. So if you made it last year, you make it the year after? So every year the same teams would make it. That’s crap. What makes the NFL exciting is seeing new Teams rise and fall.

    The new teams are very fun and exicting. The Vikings and Jags are defensive powerhouses, The Rams and Falcons are full Offensive firepower. Saints are a supper balanced team. Many of these teams are way more talented than teams who didn’t make it (Packers, Ravens, Cowboys, Seahawks)

  18. This is yet another development that favors the Patriots winning it all again.

    Probably a massive conspiracy….

  19. flviking says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The entire conference is soft

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    If the AFC is so soft, why is it that they have won 11 of the 17 superbowls in the 21st century?

  20. fjw2 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    flviking says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The entire conference is soft

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    If the AFC is so soft, why is it that they have won 11 of the 17 superbowls in the 21st century?

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    Stay focused, talking about current year not the past 17

  21. fjw2 says:

    January 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    flviking says:
    January 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The entire conference is soft

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    If the AFC is so soft, why is it that they have won 11 of the 17 superbowls in the 21st century?

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    Keep in mind that 5 of those Superbowls belong to the Patriots alone. Because the AFC is so weak the Patriots basically get a first round every year by default. Their division is a joke. Besides the Patriots, Steelers, and Jags (This year only), there isn’t any other team that scares most NFC teams.

    In the NFC 10 wins doesn’t even guarantee you a playoff birth. Some divisions have 2 to 3 teams in the playoffs almost every year. The NFC North most years has 2 (not this year). This year the NFC South has 3. The Weakest Divisions are in the AFC. THe AFC South is a joke, the AFC North is a joke.

  22. So the NFC field includes the Rams, Panthers, Eagles and Falcons. Their commonality? All franchises that got beat by B and B in the Super Bowl. The first three actually went into decline and rebuild themselves with new administrations.
    Meanwhile the Pats’ dominance continues. While excuses about weak divisions and conferences might provide some comfort, don’t forget to admire the unique dynasty that they have built in Foxboro. It will be a long time before we see another like it!

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