re: NFL Thread: RAVENS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS
If there were 8 playoff teams instead of 6 for the last 5 seasons, these are the four teams who would've made it in for each conference:
2011 - Cardinals (8-8) and Bears (8-8) for NFC; Titans (9-7) and Raiders (8-8) for AFC.
2010 - Giants (10-6) and Buccaneers (10-6) for NFC; Chargers (9-7) and Jaguars (8-8) for AFC.
2009 - Falcons (9-7) and Panthers (8-8) for NFC; Steelers (9-7) and Texans (9-7) for AFC.
2008 - Buccaneers (9-7) and Cowboys (9-7) for NFC; Patriots (11-5) and Jets (9-7) for AFC.
2007 - Vikings (8-8) and Cardinals (8-8) for NFC; Browns (10-6) and Texans (8-8) for AFC.
So pretty much, if you added two more playoff spots to each conference making it a 16 team playoff, you would have teams making the playoffs pretty much at worst, 8-8. History shows that a team most likely won't make it to the playoffs as a 7-9 team.