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Commissioner, it's time to change the playoff system

How can 8-8 teams make the postseason, while 10-6 and 11-5 teams are left home? The playoff format must change.TMQ

Originally Published: December 23, 2008
By Gregg Easterbrook | Special to Page 2

Seven-headed dragons stalk the NFL; armored locusts will be observed in stadium stands this weekend; the league headquarters will move from Manhattan to Babylon, N.Y. Why? It is the Armageddon of the playoff system.

When the regular season concludes, there is a chance that two 8-8 teams will advance to the playoffs, and a chance that two 10-6 teams will not. It is possible that two 8-8 teams will make the playoffs while an 11-5 team does not. The mere fact that this is possible as ...

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