While much of the discussion about NFL schedules changes have centered around a potential 17th regular-season game, the idea of adding playoff teams was also always in the mix as the league and the NFL Players Association try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. Apparently, not only is it possible, it's all but a sure thing once a new CBA is ratified -- and if that happens to be soon, there will be two more playoff teams for the 2020 season.
Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that both the owners and players were on the same side of this subject. It means that, instead of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in each conference getting byes on Wild Card weekend and the other four teams facing off, a seventh team will be added and only the No. 1 seed will get a bye (which makes the top seed a huge advantage going forward.)
This season, it would've meant the Rams would have ended up in the postseason in the NFC, playing at the Packers that first weekend instead of Green Bay getting a bye. In the AFC, the Steelers would have made it (at 8-8) and played the Chiefs, forcing the eventual Super Bowl champions to win an extra game.
(Under this rule, the 2015 Cardinals, the NFC's No. 2 seed at 13-3, would have hosted the Falcons in a Wild Card game before playing what turned out to be their dramatic Divisional playoff win against the Packers.)
Of course, this also gives the league two more playoff games as inventory to raise the stakes on what is already expected to be giant TV and/or streaming money on the next broadcast deal. It allows two more teams to reach the postseason. And it makes being that No. 2 seed a little less special.