ESPN is reporting that the NFL competition committee is expected to present a resolution to owners that includes a 16-team playoff scenario.
Why, you ask?
Because—much like President Trump suggested in his last debate—the league is learning to live with the coronavirus.
The contingency plan—which could become more likely as bye weeks disappear as games are lost because of the coronavirus pandemic—would feature eight playoff teams from each conference
The contingency, if necessary, would take four division champions and four wild-card teams from both the AFC and NFC. The playoff seeds would be 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5.
NFL team owners already had approved a plan in March to expand the postseason to 14 teams beginning with the 2020 season. That plan increased the number of wild-card teams per conference to three, up from two.
And with more flexibility the league can avoid that dark winter another guy at that debate wanted us to prepare for—because last I checked the NFL won’t live in fear either.