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NFL considering reseeding playoffs based strictly on team records

The NFL could finally reshuffle the playoffs so that better records equal higher seeds.
The NFL could finally reshuffle the playoffs so that better records equal higher seeds.

The Wild Card round of the playoffs is about to take place, and there are a few problems that the NFL has taken notice of. reported on Jan. 3, 2013, that the league is considering reseeding the teams based strictly on record and not allowing higher seeds to go directly to division winners.

This weekend, the New Orleans Saints (11-5) are traveling to play the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6). In the other NFC Wild Card game, the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) are traveling to play the Green Bay Packers (8-7-1).

SEE: Full television schedule for the Wild Card round of the 2014 NFL playoffs

Many see something wrong with that, and there truly is. The four divisional winners in both conferences get the top four seeds and the wild card teams get the remaining two. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy has now said that discussions have happened to allow teams with better records get the higher seeds and host games.

"Every scenario has been discussed, ranging from reseeding to one extra game, expanding from 12 to 14 teams," McCarthy said. "Think of a scenario, it's been discussed and remains in play."

Even though discussions have happened, there are some delays to this moving forward because some teams have "raised the concern that reseeding would minimize the value of winning a division; winning a division now means a guaranteed home playoff game."

Over the past seven years, including this upcoming weekend, there will have been 15 match-ups where teams with lesser records host teams with better records.

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