Going into the Patriots/Jets much-hyped matchup last week, a lot of talk surrounded about the fairness of one team getting the number 1 seed while the other would be stuck with no higher than the 5th seed EVEN IF the runner up had a record better than all other teams. It wouldn't have been so bad years ago when there were only three divisions in each conference, because then the best runner up still got to HOST to a playoff game. Now that the Pats have seized control of the AFC, and the Jets have been leap-frogged by Pittsburgh for the second best AFC record, this talk has quietted down. The scenario, however, is currently playing out in the NFC. The Saints, would have a full game lead for a bye IF only they weren't in the same division as the Falcons. Should something be done about this? Please recall that the NBA had a similar scenario. The Spurs and Mavs were the clear league superpowers, but would face each other in the conference SEMI finals instead of conference finals because one would be the #1 seed, and the runner up would be the #4 seed (seeds 2 and 3 guaranteed to other division winners). Looking to avoid this in the future, they changed the seeding so that the seeds #1-4 would still go to the three division winners and top runner up, but in order of record. In this scenario Dallas would have gotten the #2 seed, with the division winners of the other divisions gettings #3 & #4. Is there something similar that the NFL can do? Also, what to do about the NFC West? Should there be a qualifier like in NCAA that a team must have a 0.500 record to be bowl eligible (or in this case, playoff eligible)? What is VERY odd is that three 8-8 teams have made it to the playoffs since the NFL adopted the 8 division format. All three of those teams won their first playoff game (MIN over GB in 2004, STL over SEA in 2004, SD over IND in 2008). Thoughts?