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Expanded playoffs -- it's when, not if

Even without a bigger postseason field, Week 15 has plenty of important games

Originally Published: December 13, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Roger Goodell's announcement that the NFL is considering playoff expansion comes at an interesting time.

Week 15 is the defining week of the 2012 NFL season. At no time in NFL history have six games this late in the season featured winning teams going against winning teams. The previous latest time it happened was in Week 14 of 2003. Ratings this week should be huge, and they deserve to be.

But a lot of drama is missing in these final weeks. Three of the eight divisions ...

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