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From USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2005-12-28-playoff-expansion_x.htm

Posted 12/28/2005 11:02 PM Updated 12/29/2005 4:04 AM

Chiefs president wants more playoff teams

By Skip Wood and Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY

Ten wins. In the NFL, to accomplish that means almost certain inclusion into the playoffs. Not this season. And heading into this weekend's final regular-season games, six of the league's 32 teams face the prospect of finishing 10-6 and not qualifying for the postseason. Not only that, but as many as three teams could wind up 10-6 and on the wrong side of the fence.

That's why Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson, long a supporter of expanding the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, is miffed — and not just because his team is among those possibly left idle despite double-digit wins.

"I'm going to propose ... an expansion of the number of playoff teams," Peterson said Wednesday. "I think it shorts the fans, the franchises and the cities to have teams with successful seasons but still not qualify for the playoffs."

Peterson, who failed in his bid for playoff expansion at last spring's owners meetings in Hawaii, believes his argument will be strengthened at this spring's meetings because several teams with nine or 10 wins are on the brink of elimination or are already out, such as San Diego (9-6).

Dallas (9-6), Pittsburgh (10-5), Tampa Bay (10-5) and Carolina (10-5) also face elimination.

Since the playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990, three teams have missed the postseason with 10 wins: the 1991 San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles and the 2003 Miami Dolphins.

"It's a great playoff system," Peterson said, "but I don't like it when teams can win 10 games and not make the playoffs. I don't want us to become the NBA, with 50% of the teams in the playoffs, but we should do something. This league is just so competitive."

Of the NBA's 30 teams, 16 make the playoffs.

An NFL spokesman said the league has no comment as such decisions are entirely up to the owners.

"We'd certainly be interested in televising the games if the NFL expanded," says Josh Krulewitz, spokesman for ABC/ESPN. ABC is televising Super Bowl XL from Detroit.

NBC declined to comment.

Check out this playoff scenario chart http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2005-playoff-scenarios-seeds.htm

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I like it. Assuming you only give out one bye to the top team in each conference, than wild card teams with good records could get home playoff games in the 2nd round of the playoffs. A team like the Jaguars is getting screwed by having to go to New England in the 1st round, though they have a better record. They could then go to Denver in the 2nd round which could have an identical record or worse.

Winning your division used to mean more when you played 1/2 your games against those teams.

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What he should propose is my masterplan:

Get rid of the preseason.

Extend the season to 20 games. Every team plays each team in its division, 4 times.

Play the first four games with 65 player rosters.

Every team has a bye on the 5th week. Imagine the cottage industries that will develop around that week off!)

From the sixth week on, the second byes are scheduled as usual.

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PC, if they expanded the season, I might be able to see allowing more teams into the postseason. Maybe playing more regular season games would increase the probability somehow of more winning-record teams making it in, although I'm not sure how.

But I couldn't take two bye weeks. They actually had that one season and it sucked not being able to watch the Skins two separate weeks in the fall!!

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PC, if they expanded the season, I might be able to see allowing more teams into the postseason. Maybe playing more regular season games would increase the probability somehow of more winning-record teams making it in, although I'm not sure how.

But I couldn't take two bye weeks. They actually had that one season and it sucked not being able to watch the Skins two separate weeks in the fall!!

ACtually, that whole season sucked-except for the Season opening win against Dallas. Petitbone only good win.

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I would say no to Chiefs plan. Lamar Hunt- Chiefs has been trying this for years; even before realignment in 2002.

The playoff system is fine. Last year the nfc had 2 teams 8-8 and we were flirting with a sub .500 playoff team almost all season. This years, teams got better.

The only way I would allow 14 teams in, is if they expand the season to say 17 or 18 games. 17 games-mean only half teams would get 9 home games. Which actually might be a way to reward the top 16 teams. You want that extra home game the next year; be one of the Top 16 teams. The Top 16 usually have a .500 or better record.

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Id like to see the league eventually expand to 40 teams, an 18 game schedule, and 16 playoff teams.

Until then though, they need to add an extra team to each conference playoff. 10-6 should be in 99% of the time. And if a team finishes 8-8 in the toughest division in the league, they deserve it as well.

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