Report: NFL could have 16-team postseason if it loses games to COVID-19

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The Competition Committee will present a resolution to NFL owners for an expanded postseason if regular-season games are lost to COVID-19.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports the league could have a 16-team playoff tournament. Eight teams from each conference would make the postseason, with four division champions and four wild-card teams in each conference.

No team would receive a bye in the first round of the postseason. The first-round playoff pairings would pit 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 in each conference.

The Competition Committee met on a video call Monday.

The league is concerned about losing games from the pandemic as regular-season bye weeks disappear. It’s possible some teams won’t play a full, 16-game schedule.

The extra postseason games also would offset lost revenue if the league loses regular-season games.

The NFL went to an expanded postseason in 1982 after a 57-day players’ strike. The league played only nine regular-season games but adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament.

In 1982, though, the league ignored division standings for seeding.

27 responses to “Report: NFL could have 16-team postseason if it loses games to COVID-19

  1. They are ignoring positive tests. I don’t see any missed games because the nfl clearly doesn’t care.

  2. Yes, they definitely could do that.
    And the Minnesota Vikings would still be on the outside looking in!

  3. No need to water down the playoffs more than they did by adding an extra playoff team from each conference already this year.

    Now you want to add 2 more teams to the 2 you already added?

  4. I like getting rid of the bye week. it’s already enough of an advantage getting home field. This isn’t baseball, a bye week is huge.

  5. This would be a disaster. The 6-10 Patriots could be in the playoffs playing the 15-1 Steelers in the first round. How is that fair?

  6. Ahh the perfect marriage: apathetic/ambivalent fans & greedy NFL owners & players. I’ve always enjoyed watching mediocre teams make the playoffs.

  7. Just as I suspected. The NFL engineered this whole thing just to expand the playoffs & make more money.

  8. Good…then NO ONE in the NFC EAST deserves to get in the playoffs. Eagles, Giants,Cowboys and the WFC all stink.

  9. I called this weeks ago. Did this the last time the season was shorten. Shouldn’t surprise those that look to history for answers. So yea I am sure it surprise most of you.

  10. Even more irrevelant teams making the Playoffs, THAT’S JUST GREAT FOR THE FANS ISN’T IT?

    EVEN MORE MEANINGLESS GAMES DURING THE PLAYOFFS, KUDO’S GOODELL AND NFL FOR MAKING THE PLAYOFFS NEARLY MEANINGLESS!

  11. Taking the bye away from the the top seed in each conference for the playoffs is idiotic.

    What’s the incentive for the top two or three teams in each conference to slug it out against there respective opponents at the end of the season for that precious bye week on wild card weekend?

    Oh! I know what will happen! Teams that are mathematically eliminated from the conference 1 seed, but won there division by Week 14 will rest there starters and play there third string QB. The other teams that have played themselves into a wild card playoff spot will pull back to prevent the proverbial late season injury bug. And, the teams that are competing for the top draft pick won’t care whether COVID cancels games. And, we can’t forget the first team to win six games in that dumpster fire called the NFC EAST will get to host a playoff game.

    No bye week wild card weekend equals very few competitive games towards the end of the reg. season.

    Great job NFL! You’re making up those preseason games that were cancelled; only to be played the final quarter of the season.

  12. mackcarrington says:
    November 2, 2020 at 7:59 pm
    Just as I suspected. The NFL engineered this whole thing just to expand the playoffs & make more money.
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    I truly don’t understand the content of this comment since the NFL gets a set amount of $$$$ per season from the TV contracts and the NFL isn’t getting many fans at the games because of COVID so where exactly do you think the extra money for these NFL Playoff games is coming from?

    Please explain ion detail.

  13. Just make this a triple asterisks season.
    Rendering it essentially meaningless.
    Just like the “Lock out season” … it meant nothing and counts for nothing.

  14. Steve Cunningham says:
    November 2, 2020 at 9:42 pm
    mackcarrington says:
    November 2, 2020 at 7:59 pm
    Just as I suspected. The NFL engineered this whole thing just to expand the playoffs & make more money.
    ___________________________________

    I truly don’t understand the content of this comment since the NFL gets a set amount of $$$$ per season from the TV contracts and the NFL isn’t getting many fans at the games because of COVID so where exactly do you think the extra money for these NFL Playoff games is coming from?

    Please explain ion detail.

    ———————————–

    I’ll try to explain: My comment is what some people call “snark” or maybe sarcasm. I guess if you take everything on football comment boards as serious then you probably still don’t understand. Most people took my comment as I intended it. You, on the other hand, wanted to find some serious meaning to it. Lighten up.

  15. BuckyBadger says:

    November 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    I called this weeks ago. Did this the last time the season was shorten. Shouldn’t surprise those that look to history for answers. So yea I am sure it surprise most of you.
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    That’s cool you want to puff your chest the 1 time you MAY be right. How about in the offseason when you called no football because of the pandemic?

  16. I’m a Giants fan, what they should do is disqualify a team representing their division in the playoffs if they have a losing record and give it to a worthy team so there are better playoff games to watch. NFC East should have zero teams in with a losing record.

  17. mackcarrington
    I didn’t take your comment as “snark” or “Sarcasm” – (technically it was being facetious)..
    Let me try to “explain” something to you Mr. Pedantic…
    A LOT is lost in the written/typed word. There WAS no context to determine you were serious or kidding in your comment. “Most” people did NOT in fact know your meaning. You just ASSUMED so.

    So, I think it is YOU who needs to “lighten up”.

    Considering that many people each day complain on this board that “The NFL and the Comish are evil, and just want money, are wrecking the game, blah blah, blah – then it is MORE the reasonable to assume you were one of those morons and being serious.

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