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 Next two weeks will define the season 
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Post Re: Next two weeks will define the season
IrishViking wrote:
Iron Lion wrote:
Also a couple things that are interesting:

Lions and Vikings have been trading season sweeps since 2011. A Vikings win ends that.

Edit - false, my mistake. But there has been lots of sweeping.

The Vikings have beaten Arizona and Carolina. The Lions have beaten LA but probably won't win in New Orleans. Why does this matter? If we tie on head-to-head and division records, the next tiebreaker for division champion is common games, not conference record. If you guys beat us tomorrow, beat Chicago and lose at Green Bay while we beat Chicago and Green Bay (both in Detroit) then the North belongs to us if our records are even... and let's face it, we're both 8-8 teams.

When it's all said and done, last place in the East has more wins than first place in the North. Division winner should just be first tiebreaker among bottom-tier playoff teams. So a 9-7 division winner seeds higher than a 9-7 wildcard no matter what, but 10-6 wildcard seeds higher than 9-7 division winner.

Playoff format needs changing.


I get what you mean, the problem I see there though is that a division like the AFCN where 3 of the teams would then start with essentially a 2 game lead over the rest of their Conference (by virtue of two games against the, lets face it, FOREVER hapless Browns) for the playoffs. Remember the NFCW a few years ago where 7-9 teams were making the playoffs because of the weakness of the schedule? You would essentially be rewarding division for having 50% of their teams suck.

So if say, the browns an Bengals started sucking hard just terrible, they go say, 1-15 and 2-14 thus "spotting" the Ravens and Steelers 4 games each and they end up 12-4 and 11-5. Then say the AFCS is hyper competitive and everyone splits with everyone. so you have say. Colts in second with 9-7 and the Texans in 1st with 10-6 The Texans would potentially lose out on playoff "perks" due to the second place Steeler's who more than likely made it in due to the crappy play of the Browns and Bengals.


as unlikely as the situation is its the weird rare occurrence that make the rules super important. Superbowl's can be once-in-a-lifetime events. It would suck to miss a shot because some teams gave their division a boost.


Good points. I was mainly focusing on lousy 7-9 teams making the playoffs who could barely split with the lousy substandard teams in their division while, say, an 11-5 team (who went 9-1 outside their division) sits at home.


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