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New C.B.A. Adds Two Wild Card Teams to Playoff Format 2020

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Two more playoff teams join the postseason fun

As of the completion of the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and its teams, it seems that starting this, season there will be two more teams allowed to make the playoffs. A wild card team will be added to both conference playoffs at season’s end.

Only one team per Conference will receive a bye week in week one

The following is the official statement put out by the NFL concerning this provision in the C.B.A.: 

NFL CLUBS APPROVE EXPANSION OF POSTSEASON, 14 TEAMS TO QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS BEGINNING WITH 2020 SEASON. ONE ADDITIONAL WILD CARD TEAM ADDED IN EACH CONFERENCE CBS, NBC TO BROADCAST ADDITIONAL WILD CARD GAME​. 

“NFL clubs voted today to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season. Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team qualify for the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl. Today’s vote during a league meeting held, remotely follows the recommendation of the Competition Committee, Management Council Executive Committee, and Media Committee on increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14. Two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed. Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9, and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021. ​ CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET. The game will also be available via a Livestream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’ coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience. NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo will all broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET. ​ ​The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons.”

Additionally, Roger Goodell has said that a 17th game will most likely be added for the 2021 season, with one less pre-season game.

Increases the Bucs chances of getting in

To say the least, this is great news for our Buccaneers, and it’s brand new free agent quarterback Tom Brady. Now, if the Saints win the division, which they so often do, the Bucs still have a real shot at making the postseason. Of course, all of the fans are hoping that we won’t need that extra slot to be included in an expanded playoff format – They are hoping that we take the division from the Saints or Falcons; thereby, securing our player’s position of not having to accompany their better half’s last-minute Christmas Shopping.

Can Brady and company do what it takes? And toilet paper madness

Realistically speaking, the Patriots had their worst season in a while, and it was Brady’s worst quarterback rating of his career. So what could be great/positive about that you ask? They still won twelve games with a team that is on the decline. A team less talented overall than our Bucs. I probably shouldn’t be doing any pre-hatched chicken prognosticating, but putting the cart before the wheels, we should have to work pretty hard to stay out of the coming postseason – not that we’re above hard work to achieve mediocrity or less, I don’t see it from the returning group we have plus Tom, plus draft choices. This year should end the drought of not making the postseason – virus willing. It’s going to be a lot of fun folks. Now, y’all stop buying up all the toilet paper! We all need some, and there’s plenty for all if we just act normal about it. This isn’t the bad virus where we are flung into “Mad Max” territory. So quit “Thunderdome-ing” the Charmin. Two men enter, all the Charmin leaves with two men who entered. I’ve heard that 20% of the people have 80% of all the bathroom tissue in the United States. If this keeps up, then that’s going to be where we lose the most lives – fighting over toilet paper for the love of God. True story, a guy in Howey in the Hills sold his ’67 Corvette for five cases of Angel Soft, and two boxes of baby wipes. It was only one-ply, can you believe that? Go Bucs!! 

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