After having seen the Cowboys nearly make the playoffs at 7-9 (and seeing New
Orleans make the playoffs at 8-8), I think the NFL is going to need a .500 rule
sometime in the future; no team under .500 should make the playoffs.
Had New Orleans lost to LA, the Cowboys would not make the playoffs.
Instead, the Bears would be given a first-round bye in the playoffs. Had
Washington also finished under .500, Philadelphia would be the sole wild-card
and would ALSO get a first-round bye. In this highly unlikely case, there
would be no first-round playoff games.
In the unlikely event of a division winner with an under .500 record
all wild-card teams move up one space and an extra wildcard team is selected to
fill the now vacant sixth playoff spot. If there is no eligible team, the top
wildcard (who replaced the divison winner) would get a first-round bye. And so
This is all IMHO, of course. I just don't like 7-9 teams getting in
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