The NFL Playoffs: Year-To-Year Randomness Posing As Parity

Posted: 8th January 2010 by Joe O'Donnell in NFL
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The NFL playoffs are upon us and, once again, fans have been served a bracket that differs significantly from the one that came one year before. None of the other three major sports leagues experience the playoff-team turnover that the NFL does year to year. While many fans like the randomness because their team usually has reasonable playoff hopes each year, the inconsistency masks the real rises and falls of teams and makes for a worse long-term fan experience. This 2010 postseason returns six 2009 playoff teams (Chargers, Colts, and Ravens in the AFC; Vikings, Cardinals, and Eagles in the NFC). ThatÆs 50 percent. The Patriots, Bengals and Jets made it this year in the AFC after not qualifying last year while the Saints, Cowboys and Packers are the NFCÆs fresh faces. According to Mike ...

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