ORCHARD PARK NY - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills readies to pass against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
On Monday, a report surfaced from Sports Business Journal indicating that the NFL is making plans for an abbreviated, eight-game regular season. Clearly, these are just contingency plans in the event that the NFL lockout lasts longer than expected. Should the league be without a new CBA come October, however, it's still possible that we'd get a half-season's worth of football.
Pro Football Talk has covered most of the salient talking points, but we wanted to ask your opinion on something that PFT pointed out yesterday.
Mike Florio brought up the 1982 strike-shortened NFL season, which consisted of nine regular season games and an expanded 16-team playoff tournament (eight teams per conference). That season, one 4-5 team per conference made the playoff bracket (though neither won in the post-season).
Our question to you: hypothetically, how would you feel about the Buffalo Bills' 11-year playoff drought coming to an end in a lockout-shortened season with an expanded playoff format? The Bills did finish 4-4 in their final eight games last season, after all.