NFL expanding playoff field to 14 teams
When it comes to post-season format, today’s NFL looks a lot different than yesterday’s NFL.
For the first time in three decades, the league is expanding its playoff field from 12 teams to 14 teams.
Today, the NFL announced a two-team playoff expansion starting this year with the addition of an extra wild card game in each conference.
To accommodate that change only the top seed in each conference will receive a first-round bye. The remaining division champions will be seeded two, three, four by best overall record followed by the three wild card teams at five, six, and seven.
If the newly proposed playoff system had been in place the last ten seasons, the NFL would have added five ten win teams, nine nine win teams, and six eight win teams.
As it pertains to the New Orleans Saints, they would have been in or out each of those ten seasons regardless of the change.
The league proposed a 17 game regular season schedule starting in 2021 while shortening the pre-season to just three games.