Expanded playoffs would not help Cowboys

January, 8, 2014
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IRVING, Texas – It should come as no surprise Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones wants to expand the playoffs.

As the owner, he sees extra money from a postseason game. As a general manager, he sees a chance to get into the tournament.

Some NFL observers believe that the playoffs will expand by a team in each conference if the plan ever becomes real enough to be approved by ownership, but Jones said he would be in favor of a two-team per conference expansion.

"It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan last week. “So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs."

Not even a two-team bump in playoff teams would have helped the Cowboys in their three-year run of 8-8 finishes.

The Cowboys finished ninth in the NFC in 2013 with their 8-8 record. The 10-6 Arizona Cardinals were seventh, and the Cowboys lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with the 8-8 Chicago Bears.

In 2012, the Cowboys were ninth in the NFC, trailing the Bears (10-6) and New York Giants (9-7).

In 2011, they were 10th in the NFC, finishing behind the Bears, Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles, all with 8-8 records. The Eagles took the tiebreaker for the ninth spot based on head-to-head winning percentage.

The Cowboys were 6-10 in 2010 and made the playoffs at 11-5 in 2009.

The famous collapse of the 2008 Cowboys would have been mitigated by an eight-team playoff. At 9-7 the Cowboys were eighth in the NFC thanks to strength of victory tiebreaker over the Bears.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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