Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
New York Jets
- Each team will play the other 15 teams in its conference once (8 or 7 games at home, 8 or 7 games away, the number alternating each season).
- The remaining game will be against a comparable team from the other conference that had the same final standing from the previous season (i.e., 2009 season 5th place teams from Western and Eastern Conferences will play each other in 2010 season).
- Two best teams record-wise from each Division are Division Champs at the end of the season. Both teams have first-round BYEs
- Next two best teams in each Division record-wise (the 2nd and 3rd place teams) are the wild cards.
- Each Division sends 3 teams to the playoffs, each conference will have 6 total teams in the playoffs composed of the best 6 teams based on their win-loss record, and are seeded accordingly.
- Old tie-breaker rules apply (point differential, head-to-head result) if their is a battle for 3rd place in each Division.
All in all I hope this format will prevent the unfairness of the current system where a marginal 8-8 or 9-7 team can sneak into the playoffs based solely on being the "chapion" of a 4-team division, while an arguably better 2nd or 3rd place team in another division that's 10-6 or 11-5 gets left out. There was an example last year, (Chargers/Patriots) even though I hate the Patriots and didn't feel sorry they got left out. This new proposed system also keeps most of the old rivalries, has the potential for the development of new closer, regional rivalries...and in the bottom line will save the League $$$ in travel expenses.
FOX Sports will broadcast the regular Western Conference non-primetime games and Western Conference Playoffs. CBS Sports will do likewise for the Eastern Conference games. SNF and MNF will be split evenly between the two conferences each week (WC has SNF and EC has MNF one week, EC has SNF and WC has MNF the next week), or a marquee Inter-Conference game can be broadcast on either SNF or MNF (late-season flexible scheduling). NFL Network will have their small share of mid to late-season games in Prime time (usually on Thursday or Saturday night).
[ Edited by Buonaparte69 on Oct 8, 2009 at 04:27:16 ]