Should the winner of the NFC East be a playoff team?

Should the winner of the NFC East be a playoff team?

Charlie Abt

There has been a lot of talk about whether the winner of the NFC East, possibly the worst division of all time, should be allowed to make playoffs, and as a division winner, host a playoff game. No such change will occur this year, but people want there to be a discussion about avoiding this specific scenario in the future. First things first, if the NFL were to agree that the winner of the NFC East shouldn’t host a playoff game, then there should be total reseeding once the playoffs begin, and it would not reward the division winner in any way as they could then have to face the best team in their conference, while a team that wasn’t even the best in their division could then host a playoff game, and then they would be rewarded for being good, but not good enough to be the best in their division. To me, that makes no sense, and division winners should be guaranteed at least one home game as a reward for being the best in their division. There is also an even more extreme argument that division winners shouldn’t be guaranteed a playoff spot. To me, that is even more ridiculous as that would eliminate the need for divisions as the only thing they would then be good for is determining who a team plays twice a year. The last two times that a division winner had a record under .500, they won playoff games. More likely than not, this year will be an anomaly, and this same situation will not occur next year, and therefore to prevent rash decisions, it would be smart for the NFL to do nothing in terms of changing the playoff format.