The Insider: Playoffs


Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Owners not expected to vote next week on expanded NFL playoffs beginning in 2015 season (updated)

Owners are to be given a report and discuss the issue during annual league meeting in Orlando. The measure still is expected to be approved in time for the ‘15 season but there’s no pressing need for a vote now.

By Mark Maske  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  League news, NFL playoffs, NFL rules, owners meetings

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Support growing within league for adding two teams to NFL playoffs

It’s possible the NFL’s competition committee will recommend expanding the playoff field and the owners will vote on it at next month’s annual league meeting. But it probably would not take effect until the 2015 season.

By Mark Maske  |  10:20 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Unclear if expanded NFL playoff field has enough support from owners

The proposal, in which seven teams per conference would reach the postseason instead of the current six, would need to be ratified by at least 24 of the 32 owners.

By Mark Maske  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs, owne

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 01/19/2014

AFC, NFC championship games open thread

A place to talk about the AFC and NFC title games.

By Keith McMillan  |  02:10 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, NFL playoffs, open thread, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 01:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Redskins officially eliminated from playoff contention

They have faced extremely long odds for a number of weeks now, but with their 24-17 loss to the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins officially saw their playoff aspirations come to an end.

By Mike Jones  |  01:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFC East, Playoffs, Redskins vs. Giants, video, Week 13

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Redskins could be officially eliminated from playoff contention this weekend

They’d be out of the wild-card chase with a loss to the Giants. They’d be officially eliminated in the NFC East with a loss to the Giants and a win by either the Cowboys or Eagles.

By Mark Maske  |  01:20 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFC East, Playoffs, Week 13

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Reduced NFL preseason, expanded playoff field on owners' minds but no action coming Tuesday

It's not clear at this point how much support there would be among the owners for a proposal to expand the postseason field from six to seven teams per conference while cutting back the preseason from four games per team to three.

By Mark Maske  |  07:14 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL owners meeting, NFL playoffs, NFL preseason

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/12/2013

NFL competition committee won't recommend expanding playoff field in 2013 season (updated)

The committee is expected to give a report to the owners at this month's annual league meeting on expanding the playoff field, but is not expected to endorse the measure for the upcoming season.

By Mark Maske  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/21/2013

NFL's competition committee discusses possible expansion of playoff field

One playoff team could be added in each conference. It's also possible that the preseason could be shortened from four games to two.

By Mark Maske  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 11:02 PM ET, 01/05/2013

Redskins-Seahawks winner will play Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Packers' first-round playoff victory over the Vikings means either Washington or Seattle will travel to Atlanta next weekend to play for a spot in the NFC championship.

By Mark Maske  |  11:02 PM ET, 01/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs, Redskins-Seahawks

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Mike Shanahan: Cedric Griffin eligible to return to practice

The cornerback was suspended the final four games of the regular season without pay for the use of performance enhancing drugs. A decision will be made late this week on whether or not to activate him.

By Mike Jones  |  03:41 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cedric Griffin, Playoffs

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Seahawks become even more formidable potential playoff opponent as Richard Sherman wins appeal of suspension

Cornerback's pending four-game suspension for positive Adderall test is invalidated because of broken chain of custody for test sample.

By Mark Maske  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins playoffs, Richard Sherman, Seahawks

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 12/23/2012

Redskins' playoff chances still up in the air (updated)

Despite their win, and losses by the Cowboys and Giants, the Redskins didn't clinch a berth Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  07:49 PM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  playoff chase, Redskins playoffs

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Redskins' chances of a playoff berth now stand at 71%

Division championship more likely than wild card because of Washington’s tiebreaker advantages.

By Brian Burke  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Insider Squared, Redskins, Redsklns playoffs

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Redskins can clinch playoff berth this week with a win and some help

But NFC East crown would still be up for grabs in Week 17.

By Mike Jones  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  playoff chase, Redskins, Redskins playoffs

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Redskins announce playoff ticket plan

The Redskins announced Monday that season-ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets to the first round of the playoffs starting Thursday, Dec. 27.

By Mike Jones  |  12:37 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs, playoff chase, Playoffs, Tickets

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 12/16/2012

Redskins gain share of first place with Giants

With their win over the Browns, and a loss by the New York Giants to the Atlanta Falcons, the Redskins gained a share of first place in the NFC East.

By Mike Jones  |  07:07 PM ET, 12/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFC East, NFL playoffs, playoff chase, Playoffs, Redskins-Browns

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Redskins-Browns: Five storylines to follow

The Washington Redskins on Sunday take on the Cleveland Browns and look to extend their win streak to five games and take another step closer to the playoffs.

By Mike Jones  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Browns, Five storylines, NFL playoffs, Playoffs, Redskins-Browns, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Redskins divided about expanding NFL playoff field

London Fletcher likes things as is. Trent Williams thinks having more teams in the playoffs wouldn't cheapen the accomplishment.

By Mark Maske  |  04:18 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs, Redskins

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Breaking down the Redskins' playoff chances

The Redskins' playoff chances have climbed to about 47 percent heading into the final three weeks of the season.

By Brian Burke  |  10:41 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Insider Squared, NFL playoffs, playoff chase, Statistical analysis, Stats

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012

How much better do you feel about the Redskins' playoff chances?

The Redskins' win, coupled with this weekend's results, make the playoffs -- even as a wild card -- a more realistic possibility.

By Keith McMillan  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFC East, NFL playoffs, Opening kick, Redskins vs. Cowboys, Redskins vs. Giants