28 teams remain alive, with five games left in Week 15

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After Tuesday, three weeks will remain in the 2021 regular season. As of now, 28 teams remain alive for playoff berths.

If 28 remain alive once Week 15 concludes, it will be the most ever with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

According to the NFL, the record for the most teams still in Super Bowl contention with three weeks left to play was set in 1982 and matched in 1995 and 2004. (In 1982, the league expanded the postseason to a 16-team tournament after a strike wiped out seven games.)

It helps that the standard postseason field now has 14 games, not 12. With a 17th game, more teams seem to be staying alive longer.

That’s good for everyone. It keeps maximum fan bases engaged. It keeps maximum stadiums full. It keeps maximum eyes on the product. It keeps maximum dollars coming through the cash register.

This year, every fan of every team has reason to remain engaged and interested. Except for the Jets, Texans, Lions, and Jaguars.

13 responses to “28 teams remain alive, with five games left in Week 15

  1. 28 out of 32. Competitive teams get bigger audiences. Bigger audiences get better TV ratings. Better TV ratings get the attention of sponsors. When every sponsor wants to advertise during your games, the networks can go with the highest bidder. This leads to the mega TV deals the NFL gets. So, when everyone wonders why they don’t have a state-of-the-art replay system that can get every call right without delaying the games, which would allow the players to determine who wins instead of the refs, stop wondering. They’re doing what they’re paid to do. Make money for the owners. I love it.

  2. @never say die

    I might be wrong, sir , but the Las Vegas raiders played last year as well

  3. I feel like the regular season is now meaningless. Like the NBA. It’s an extra week long and it means less because there are 7 teams per confrence. At least two lousy teams will get in.

  4. longlivedansnyder says:
    December 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm
    @never say die

    I might be wrong, sir , but the Las Vegas raiders played last year as well
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    I think he means that Vegas is now involved in sports gambling? Maybe? Just a guess…

  5. It’s bad. Destroys the credibility of the league when teams 3 or 4 games under .500 can still make the playoffs. It makes the regular season meaningless.

  6. Right after we legalized gambling all the sudden we’re having the best NFL season ever… a bit naive, are we fans?

  7. I’m not a Colts fan but I’m liking their chances to win it all. With that running game they have, they’re playing the type of football I wish my homer team (Steelers) still played.

  8. returntoexcellence says:

    December 19, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    longlivedansnyder says:
    December 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm
    @never say die

    I might be wrong, sir , but the Las Vegas raiders played last year as well
    _______________

    I think he means that Vegas is now involved in sports gambling? Maybe? Just a guess…

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    Gambling has been around, this is nothing new. That’s why every week even BEFORE the internet there were point spreads listed in the newspaper. The OP is just a tinfoil hat conspiracy nut likely.

  9. naes says:

    December 19, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I feel like the regular season is now meaningless. Like the NBA. It’s an extra week long and it means less because there are 7 teams per confrence. At least two lousy teams will get in
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    Just because you “feel” something doesnt make it even remotely true. Before each game accounted for 0.0625 now each game accounts for 0.0588 as opposed to the nba where each game accounts for 0.012….see the HUGE difference between nba and nfl? And the minuscule change in the nfl year over year? Numbers dont lie but “feelings” do…

  10. “That’s good for everyone. It keeps maximum fan bases engaged. It keeps maximum stadiums full. It keeps maximum eyes on the product. It keeps maximum dollars coming through the cash register. This year, every fan of every team has reason to remain engaged and interested.”

    No. It dilutes the playoffs to the point of giving every team a participation trophy. Who wants to see 9-8, 8-9, or potentially a 7-10 team in the playoffs.

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