The NFL has managed to maintain its schedule through nine weeks, with a few postponements, but no cancellations. The league’s owners approved a contingency plan that would expand the playoff field from 14 teams to 16 teams if the full 256-game regular season schedule cannot be played. UPDATE: It’s being reported as missing “meaningful games.”
The rule will allow for the four division winners and then four wild card teams. Tom Pelissero is reporting the original proposal would have ranked the eight playoff teams in each conference based on record, rather than giving division winners the top four seeds. That was amended on Tuesday to division winners getting the top four seeds.
Here’s what the playoff picture looks like if it expands to eight teams in each conference.