When the National Football League first announced its intention to add a seventh playoff team from each conference going forward, it felt the same as any other such announcement from the league—like a cash grab.
Just like the recently added 17th regular-season game (and the forthcoming 18th game), everyone involved knows it’s bad for the game of football. It’s (even more) dangerous for the players. It makes for lame competition. It’s intended to do one thing only: line the pockets of those rich enough to already own and operate an NFL franchise.
The Kansas City Chiefs helped prove that over the weekend.
Instead of allowing the second-seeded Chiefs to relax for an extra week with the first-round bye that used to be available to the top two teams in each conference, the Chiefs were forced to play. The results were predictable. The game was one-sided. The Chiefs were lucky not to come away with any new major injuries.
The NFL is watering down its product for the sake of more money.
Maybe this is even what Ben Roethlisberger was describing when providing a weird quote on Wednesday to reporters in Pittsburgh:
Ben Roethlisberger’s final comment today
“We’re probably 20 point underdogs and we’re going to the #1 team, I know they’re not the #1 seed but they’ve won the AFC the last two years, arguably the best team in football … we don’t have a chance. So let’s just go…