NFL Playoffs

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 by Travis Cody in

I've seen some calls for a restructuring of the playoff format. Evidently, some question the fairness of a format that keeps a team with a record of 11-5 out of the playoffs while allowing a team to get in at 8-8.

Well...nuts to that.

While it's regrettable that the 8 teams that make up the AFC and NFC West divisions are so bad that the division winners are 8-8 (San Diego) and 9-7 (Arizona) respectively, it is what it is. You can say that mediocrity has been rewarded and you might be correct. But a division winning team, regardless of its won-loss record, should not be set aside in a favor of some other team with a better record that could not win its division.

This isn't the BCS. We don't decide who gets in the post season by polls. You win your division, you get in the tournament. And then we'll invite some wild card teams. That's your your division or be one of the two in each conference to qualify as "best of the rest".

So Wild Card Weekend features:


6 Baltimore (11-5) at 3 Miami (11-5)
5 Indianapolis (12-4) at 4 San Diego (8-8)

Bye: 1 Tennessee (13-3), 2 Pittsburgh (12-4)


6 Philadelphia (9-6-1) at 3 Minnesota (10-6)
5 Atlanta (11-5) at 4 Arizona (9-7)

Bye: 1 NY Giants (12-3), 2 Carolina (12-4)


  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh, the TN Titans have a chance? see how much I follow Fooball?

  1. Yes, it is what it is, and the mediocre times will fall at as they should. The Cardinals have played abysmally the past several weeks, and their lack of a running game will out against the Falcons.

    Naturally, I'm more interested in the Colts/Chargers game. *big cheesy grin*

  1. It was a miserable year for us Raiders and Chiefs fans. Although I thought it was hilarious when San Diego beat Denver and knocked them out of the playoffs!

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    Yep. It totally sucks that my boys did not get there with 11-5.
    There is always a next year and with a bit of good luck Brady will be back :o)

  1. Jeni says:

    Happy New Year, Travis! Keep on keeping me somewhat up-to-date on the sports scene. That really does take some doing, but you do give it the old "college try" and for that, I am grateful!

  1. You realize that all of your commentary (which I agree with 100% by the way) is completely driven out of my mind by the sight of Atlanta in the playoffs :P

  1. Cherie says:

    No matter what the system is, there will be some that will be able to capitalize on it. I really would have liked to see the Pats in the playoffs, but like you said, this is the system.

    We could just as easily be talking about mis-matched divisions where the Steelers & the Ravens are in the same division with the Bengals & the Browns. Doesn't that give the Steelers & Ravens an unfair advantage in the stats? At least the western divisions are more evenly competitive.

    Ah ... the playoffs. But I'm happy because my Vikings got in (even if I'm not quite sure they deserved it. lol ;)

  1. Bond says:

    screw NE...they had a chance and did not get it done...


  1. Good point. It's also possible that all the teams in the division are pretty good and trade off victories. It happened to some extent with Tampa Bay, Carolina, Atlanta, and the Saints.

  1. Jeff B says:

    Nice to see a NFL post again. I've missed your weekly commentary of late.

    What no predictions?

  1. And who knew that Teflon eventually wears off? Bu-bye Shanahan!

  1. happy new year to you and yours, trav :D

  1. Jamie says:

    Happy Hogmanay and a full day of football, football, and more football.

  1. Kanani says:

    I've left you an award on my blog! The Honest Scrap award!! Swing by my blog and read about it.

  1. Travis, Happy New Year and all the best in 2009! If I've said this to you already, Nevermind! :)

  1. Pauline says:

    Happy New Year Trav!

  1. Pauline says:

    Happy New Year Trav!

  1. I have no idea who to cheer for...sigh...