Welshers wrote:What does everyone think, and what are the implications for the Seahawks this year? Obviously they added another wild card team and took away one of the byes. I'm firmly against it. I liked things the way they were and the opportunity for two byes. Obviously its just a money making thing for the league as is adding an extra game next year. It could really hurt us this year because we could easily end up with the second seed but miss a bye.
Also, I just don't think you need 7 teams per conference. 6 was a good number
I don't like it for the reasons you stated above, plus the obvious factor of covid.
The scheduling is here: https://fbschedules.com/nfl-playoff-schedule/
Adding two more teams this year just tempts fate that much more. The league put everyone in intensive protocol and there was still an outbreak among the Ravens that derailed the T-giving game plus the first rescheduling. There will be no room for rescheduling during the WC weekend, and there is nothing in the CBA saying that the league or clubs can force players to live in a hotel bubble for weeks.
Everyone knows Covid can take 14 days to incubate, meaning players will be mingling together after having had Christmas gatherings that will eclipse Thanksgiving.
Expanding the playoffs was a stupid idea.