Expanded NFL Playoffs Likely Coming in 2015

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

An expanded NFL playoff field is likely coming in 2015.

The talk of expanding the NFL playoffs has been gaining steam for the past year, as owners are looking for more ways to add more teams to the field of 12 in order to provide more games, and thus, more money.

The addition of one more teams in both leagues is likely to happen in the 2015 NFL season, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated:

I’m hearing it’s probably a matter of when, not if. More likely than not, the league will add two playoff teams in time for the 2015 season, meaning 14 playoff teams (instead of the current 12) out of 32. I’m also hearing the league would be inclined toward one team in each conference getting a first-week bye in the postseason.

That would mean matchups of two versus seven seeds, three versus six, and four versus five in the wild-card round. This, of course, would mean six wild-card games instead of four, with at least one of them likely moving to Monday night.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear in the past year that the league was strongly considering this, and it appears an expanded playoff field is coming next year.

What are your thoughts on expanding the number o playoff teams?

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