Friday, January 08, 2010

Seeded playoffs

I had some email about my proposed seeded tournament to decide the playoff teams, thus eliminating the "classic" AFC-NFC matchup.
Lets look at a scenario.  Supposing the top 12 - regardless of their division spot - made the playoffs:
Indy 14-2
NO 13-3
San Diego 13-3
Minnesota 12-4
Dallas 11-5
Green Bay 11-5
Philly 11-5
Arizona 10-6
Cinicinatti 10-6
New England 10-6
Atlanta 9-7
Baltimore 9-7
The top 4 teams get the byes, as they do today.  But the tournament is setup so there's a clear advantage to finishing higher up, something like the graphic above.
Who would rest their starters when this is at stake?
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

[editor's note: we skipped a round. Oops! There would be one additional game before the superbowl. Sorry...]
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