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Changes Make the NFL Playoffs More Interesting

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    I've been a bit curious lately how would the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl look if they were to restructure things a bit. This year is so, so much more interesting now that the Patriots have been taken out of the mix by the Titans. And though the past few years weren't terribly boring, they were just a bit hard to get excited about.

    I'm not a Patriots hater or anything, but I'm also not a fan. Last year's Super Bowl just wasn't exciting to me at all with the Patriots playing. We had already seen it the past couple years and I knew that no matter what... Brady would somehow come out on top by the end of the game. And of course, that's exactly what happened.

    This new found playoffs excitement comes directly from them getting knocked out in the first round. So this has me thinking if the NFL could use some sort of restructure in how the playoffs work. I can't really think of a solid idea that doesn't take away chances to new players and deserving teams, though having the same team in the Super Bowl so often takes away my excitement for the entire tournament.

    Is anyone else more excited for this year's playoffs and Super Bowl specifically because the Pats are out?

    Maybe I am just a Patriots hater..

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    I think doing away with divisions and just sticking to the best 8 teams per conference for the playoffs would be a good move. Just like they do with the NBA. Only problem is the scheduling - NBA has 84 regular season games to NFL's 16. So it would mean you have to do away with each team playing each divisional opponent twice. But I would be all for that actually.

    As for the Pats being out.. YES. Please. Dynasties are annoying (mostly when its not your team). The Pats/Rams Super Bowl was the worst one I have ever seen, at least since I started watching in '94.

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    SFriedman Wrote:

    I think doing away with divisions and just sticking to the best 8 teams per conference for the playoffs would be a good move. Just like they do with the NBA. Only problem is the scheduling - NBA has 84 regular season games to NFL's 16. So it would mean you have to do away with each team playing each divisional opponent twice. But I would be all for that actually.

    They could easily do this, and they should. Would make the game better and stop 7-9 teams from making it over 9-7 teams. But they won't do this, at least not for a very long time because the NFL is first and foremost about making money and divisional rival games earn big money and sell lots of tickets. Plus teams like the idea of 'winning the division' too much I think.