With the reports that the NFL will be adding a seventh playoff team to each conference as part of the new CBA, it makes sense to look back and see what teams could have made postseason appearances if the changes had been enacted earlier.
It actually appears that if the new format had been put in place a decade ago, the Steelers would have benefited more than any other team in the league.
Not only would the Steelers have had four additional playoff berths, but they would have made the postseason every season over the last decade. Pittsburgh missed the playoffs by just one game the last two years.
If the newly proposed playoff system were in place the last 10 years we would have added:
• five 10-win teams
• nine 9-win teams
• six 8-win teams
The team helped the most (by far) would have been the Steelers who would have made 4 more playoff trips & 10/10 the last 10 yrs. pic.twitter.com/VYWn7xBpID
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) February 20, 2020
Had the changes to the playoffs gone into effect last season, the Steelers would have drawn a Wild Card weekend matchup with the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
In addition to adding another playoff team to each conference, the new CPA would increase the regular season to 17 games, cut the preseason to three contests, give first-round byes to just the top seeds and potentially increase the players’ revenue share to 48.5%, a $5 billion increase.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there is optomism that the new CBA could be finalized within the next week.