Are you ready for some (more) NFL playoffs?
Two growing NFL rumors over the past several years has been NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's desire to add two games to the NFL regular season along with adding two additional teams to the NFL playoffs.
While the former rumor has been vehemently opposed by NFL players, the later looks to have gained significant legs. SI.com's Peter King stated as much in his weekly column, TMMQB. King stated that the new playoff format, which would include an additional playoff team in each conference, is a "matter of when, not if."
Goodell has not denied the rumors, saying recently that the playoff expansion is "under serious consideration." Adding an additional playoff team in each conference would most likely add one extra wild card game while giving only one team-the conference's No.1 seed-a playoff bye. In this scenario, the No.7 Steelers would have faced the No.2 seeded Patriots in New England last season in the wild card round.
"We think it's one of the great things about the NFL, besides the fact that it's unscripted," Goodell said. "Every team and their fans start the season with hope. You mentioned the fact that for 11 straight years we've had a team go from last to first, that's unique to professional football and the NFL, that doesn't happen in other sports. And that's because we have such a competitive league and we want to keep that."