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Old 12-14-2012, 10:11 AM   #70
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Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
Except by the nature of that decision, you're giving the 'best' time slot to not only the #1 seed, but to the #8 seed as well.
That's part of the strategy. The #1 team picks the slot that's best for them but might not be so good for the #8 team. Maybe #8 is banged up, so the #1 team goes for a Saturday slot to give them less time to get healthy, etc. Maybe #1 really likes night games and #8 struggles in night games. It's not a given that it's going to be the "best" slot for the lower seeds.

Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
Which could complicate matters for the week after. Plus I'm not sure the NFL would want to give up all that scheduling flexibility. Imagine an east coast team being forced into a west coast late Monday Night playoff game. They'd be up all night and into Tuesday before they got home.
All the more reason to fight until the end to get the best seed possible. Don't leave your fate to someone else.

Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
Putting together a 13-3 season only to guarantee you a game against some scrub 7-9 team who could shock or injure you out of title contention seems like it's just going too far.
That happened to New Orleans a few years ago in our current system. Clearly, it would happen more if you add more teams to the mix; but it's not like it doesn't already happen in our current system.
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