After the suspension of the Monday Night Football game this week, many have wondered how the NFL will respond, and how to move forward, particularly with playoff seeding.
While nothing is set in stone at the moment, it appears that we are getting closer to finding an amicable solution.
Adam Schefter believes the NFL will not look to resume the Bengals vs. Bill game and that league is working towards either a potential neutral site AFC Championship game or 1 seed choosing between getting having a bye or home field with 2 seed getting whatever not picked. pic.twitter.com/MKnRLcRGNQ
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If the game between the Bills and Bengals is not resumed, NFL pundit Adam Schefter has announced what his thoughts are on what the best solution might be.
One of those solutions is an AFC Championship being played at a neutral site.
The AFC Championship is typically played at the highest seed’s home stadium, as they receive that advantage by having a better regular season record.
By having a neutral site, neither team would have a “home-field” advantage.
This is a similar ideology to the Super Bowl, where the location is chosen long before the season starts.
Another option is letting the number one overall seed choose the option between a bye week or home-field advantage, with the second seed getting the choice of the leftover option.
What will the NFL ultimately decide?
In an unprecedented circumstance, whichever decision is made will be met with scrutiny.
The NFL will need to choose what is not only the fairest option but what option makes the most sense from a fiscal standpoint as well.
When push comes to shove, the NFL is a business, and it appears as if its decision will ultimately be determined by what maximizes its ability to make a profit.