I've long thought that the whole AFC/NFC thing is kind of stupid, especially when you look at the way the NFC teams just murdered the AFC in the Super Bowl for so many years; everybody knew that the "real" Super Bowl was the NFC Championship game. So here's my idea: scrap the AFC and the NFC, and re-align the league thus: NFL North Buffalo New England New York Jets New York Giants Philadelphia Baltimore Washington Pittsburgh NFL South Tennessee Atlanta Carolina Miami Jacksonville Tampa Bay New Orleans Houston NFL Central Cincinnati Cleveland Indianapolis Chicago Detroit Green Bay Minnesota St. Louis NFL West Kansas City Dallas Denver Seattle Oakland San Francisco San Diego Arizona Every team plays every other team in it's division only once per season, not twice the way it is now. That's 7 games. Then, every team plays 3 teams each from the three other divisions (nine games), so 7+9=a 16 game season. For the playoffs, the 4 division winners get an automatic trip to the playoffs and a first round bye. The remaining 8 playoff slots are filled by the teams with the 8 best records. So this year's playoffs would be: Division Winners San Diego Chicago Baltimore New Orleans Playoff Teams based on the 2007 draft order Indianapolis New England Philadelphia New York Jets Seattle Kansas City Dallas Denver note that under this scenario, Denver makes the playoffs @ 9-7, and the Giants @ 8-8 stay home. seedings stay the same (highest seed plays lowest, etc.), and with any luck, the two best teams meet in the final game. Any thoughts?