How about this... - Division winners and all teams with a 9-7 record get in to the POs - All division winners get a 1st rd bye - all non-division winners are thrown into a pool independent of conference and ranked from 1st to last based on current record and tie-breaker rules. They then play each other in the wildcard round. - The division winners get to pick who they want to play against in the 2nd round (any team from the wc pool). So the 1st place team gets 1st pick, the last place division winner gets the last pick. They can do this 'draft' style and put it on ESPN for even more ratings. This would ensure that all good teams get into the playoffs. I also think it would make a lot of teams play harder at the end of the season trying to get to 9-7. The down side is that there wouldn't be the same number of teams in the POs every year.