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Rain Man
12-07-2005, 10:30 AM
Anybody know? Bueller? Bueller?

I think it's possible that an 11-5 team could miss the playoffs this year, and I think that would be unprecedented. Does anybody know?

On the other end of the scale, I remember at least one year where a 7-9 team made the playoffs (one of those old central division teams - don't remember who). The football gods have a strange sense of humor.

Seek
12-07-2005, 11:04 AM
I just heard this on the radio the other day, but I don't recall the exact details. I believe it is 11-5, and I think it was Denver. I think maybe in 97.

jynni
12-07-2005, 11:06 AM
That can't be right - they cheated the SB that year.

Count Zarth
12-07-2005, 11:07 AM
I just heard this on the radio the other day, but I don't recall the exact details. I believe it is 11-5, and I think it was Denver. I think maybe in 97.

Denver was a 12-4 wildcard team that year.

Seek
12-07-2005, 11:21 AM
Like I said, I was exactly sure of the details. I just caught a glipse of it on the radio.

But I did hear them say a 11-5 team is the highest team not to make the play offs. I thought they said Denver.

KcMizzou
12-07-2005, 11:22 AM
As someone else said... if you miss the playoffs at 11-5, it's really, really not your year.

chiefqueen
12-07-2005, 11:34 AM
Under the 12-team format no team finishing 11-5 or better has missed the playoffs. That may change this year.

Denver did go 11-5 in 1985 and missed the playoffs but only 10 teams went to the playoffs back then.

Seek
12-07-2005, 11:39 AM
Under the 12-team format no team finishing 11-5 or better has missed the playoffs. That may change this year.

Denver did go 11-5 in 1985 and missed the playoffs but only 10 teams went to the playoffs back then.

1997=1985. I was close.

beavis
12-07-2005, 12:03 PM
I think the 8 division alignment is going to lead to a lot more of this.

ROYC75
12-07-2005, 12:33 PM
I don't recall a 7 - 9 team in the playoffs, the NFC central has sent some 8 - 8 teams.

Reerun_KC
12-07-2005, 01:01 PM
Miami 10-6 in 03 and they missed the playoffs

Mile High Mania
12-07-2005, 01:54 PM
I think Denver had 11 wins early in Elway's career and missed the playoffs...

Mile High Mania
12-07-2005, 01:55 PM
http://www.profootballreference.com/teams/den1985.htm

Denver, 1985 ... 11 wins and no playoffs.

chiefsfaninNC
12-07-2005, 01:55 PM
I seem to remember KC being 10-6 one year and missing the playoffs. It was in the early 90's I believe.

PastorMikH
12-07-2005, 02:15 PM
If teams with 11-5 records are missing the playoffs, it's time to expand the number of teams entering the playoffs.

PastorMikH
12-07-2005, 02:17 PM
http://www.profootballreference.com/teams/den1985.htm

Denver, 1985 ... 11 wins and no playoffs.



That's too bad. Denver COULD have lost in 3 Superbowls in a row if they'd gotten in.

milkman
12-07-2005, 02:27 PM
If teams with 11-5 records are missing the playoffs, it's time to expand the number of teams entering the playoffs.

I hope the hell not.

12 out of 32 teams is enough, thank you very much.

Hell, it's more than enough.

PastorMikH
12-07-2005, 02:42 PM
http://www.profootballreference.com/teams/den1985.htm

Denver, 1985 ... 11 wins and no playoffs.



That's too bad. Denver COULD have lost in 3 Superbowls in a row if they'd gotten in.

PastorMikH
12-07-2005, 02:42 PM
12 out of 32 teams is enough, thank you very much.




Not if we are the 13th.

tk13
12-07-2005, 02:46 PM
Personally, I think the best record of a team to miss the playoffs will be 10-6. That's why I think 11-5 would get us in for sure. We'll see though.

el borracho
12-07-2005, 02:47 PM
If teams with 11-5 records are missing the playoffs, it's time to expand the number of teams entering the playoffs.
I would rather scrap the automatic entry of division winners and base it off record and regular tie-breaker crap than see more teams in the playoffs. JMO.

JimNasium
12-07-2005, 02:48 PM
I hope the hell not.

12 out of 32 teams is enough, thank you very much.

Hell, it's more than enough.
I agree. This isn't the NBA or the NHL.

Chris Meck
12-07-2005, 02:49 PM
no, I think what they need to do is change the way the system works a little.

The best teams should go, and not teams that benefit from playing in a weak division.

They should put in a qualifier that any team in the conference that has a better W/L record than another division winner can take that division winner's spot. Or maybe they have to go two games better or something.

Chris

tk13
12-07-2005, 02:51 PM
I don't know, I think you have to be rewarded for winning the division. If you don't do that, there's no point to having divisions... you should just have two conferences.

PastorMikH
12-07-2005, 02:53 PM
I would rather scrap the automatic entry of division winners and base it off record and regular tie-breaker crap than see more teams in the playoffs. JMO.



That would be fine with me as well.


With the current system, adding one more WC spot per conference give 1 team a bye instead of 2.

Count Zarth
12-07-2005, 03:00 PM
I don't know, I think you have to be rewarded for winning the division. If you don't do that, there's no point to having divisions... you should just have two conferences.

Yeah, this isn't the ****ing NBA...

cdcox
12-07-2005, 03:05 PM
Yeah, this isn't the ****ing NBA...

Yup.

No to one giant conference, it will dilute the great rivialries.

No to more playoff teams, it will make the regular season a mere prelude to the real season: the playoffs.

The current 32 team league is organized perfectly, IMO.

Deberg_1990
12-07-2005, 04:52 PM
This sort of thing happens from time to time. Hopefully we dont get screwed this year. I remember the 1991 49'ers ended up 10-6 with Steve Bono and missed the playoffs. They got on a hot streak at the end of the year. I also remember an 8-8 Saints team got in around 1990 or so. Freak things happen some years, especially if you have a weak division, it throws everything off balance.