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If the NFL used a promotion/relegation system...

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2018

 

Another crappy year, but the Bengals still managed to finish mid-pack in the Tier, buoyed by even crappier performances by the Broncos, Giants and Cards - the latter two of whom ended up getting relegated.  2019 sees the Stripes starting the year in the 7th (of 8 ) spots, marking them as pre-season favorites to get bumped out, especially with the Rams climbing into the Tier having earned promotion from T-3 with their league-best 13-3 record.  The Chiefs end up claiming the overall championship, finishing alone atop T-1 at 12-4.  The Clowns improve from 0-16 to 7-8-1, but they remain in the bottom Tier, missing promotion by 4.5 games. 

 

Tier-1
p12-4 - Kansas City (8) - Overall Champions
p11-5 - New England (1)
p10-6 - Dallas (13)
p10-6 - Seattle (14)
p9-7 - Philadelphia (4)
9-6-1 - Pittsburgh (2)
7-9 v Atlanta (9) - Relegated
6-9-1 v Green Bay (19) - Relegated


Tier-2
p13-3 ^ New Orleans (5) - Tier Champion, Promoted
p10-6 ^ Baltimore (16) - Promoted
8-7-1 - Minnesota (3)
6-10 - Detroit (15)
6-10 - Cincinnati (21)
6-10 - Denver (25)
5-11 v NY Giants (31) - Relegated
3-13 v Arizona (18) - Relegated

 

Tier-3
p13-3 - LA Rams (7) - Tier Champion, Promoted
p11-5 - Houston (29) - Promoted
p10-6 - Indianapolis (30)
7-9 - Washington (20)
7-9 - Carolina (25)
6-10 - Buffalo (12)
5-11 - Jacksonville (10) - Relegated
4-12 - Oakland (22) - Relegated

 

Tier-4
p12-4 - LA Chargers (17) - Tier Champion, Promoted
p12-4 - Chicago (28) - Promoted
9-7 - Tennessee (11)
7-8-1 - Cleveland (32)
7-9 - Miami (23)
5-11 - Tampa Bay (26)
4-12 - San Francisco (24)
4-12 - NY Jets (27) - Dead Last

 

The 2018 overall rankings (used for 2019 tiebreakers) would be:

Overall:
1 p13-3 New Orleans (5)
2 p13-3 LA Rams (7)
3 p12-4 Kansas City (8)
4 p12-4 LA Chargers (17)
5 p12-4 Chicago (28)
6 p11-5 New England (1)
7 p11-5 Houston (29)
8 p10-6 Dallas (13)
9 p10-6 Seattle (14)
10 p10-6 Baltimore (16)
11 p10-6 Indianapolis (30)
12 p9-7 Philadelphia (4)
13 9-7 Tennessee (11)
14 9-6-1 Pittsburgh (2)
15 8-7-1 Minnesota (3)
16 7-8-1 Cleveland (32)
17 7-9 Atlanta (9)
18 7-9 Washington (20)
19 7-9 Miami (23)
20 7-9 Carolina (25)
21 6-9-1 Green Bay (19)
22 6-10 Buffalo (12)
23 6-10 Detroit (15)
24 6-10 Cincinnati (21)
25 6-10 Denver (25)
26 5-11 Jacksonville (10)
27 5-11 Tampa Bay (26)
28 5-11 NY Giants (31)
29 4-12 Oakland (22)
30 4-12 San Francisco (24)
31 4-12 NY Jets (27)
32 3-13 Arizona (18)

 

And the 2019 alignment will be:
T-1: NOS/01 KCC/03 NEP/06 DAL/08 SEA/09 BAL/10 PHI/12 PIT/14
T-2: LAR/02 HOU/07 MIN/15 ATL/17 GBP/21 DET/23 CIN/24 DEN/25
T-3: LAC/04 CHI/05 IND/11 WAS/18 CAR/20 BUF/22 NYG/28 ARI/32
T-4: TEN/13 CLE/16 MIA/19 JAX/26 TBB/27 OAK/29 SFF/30 NYJ/31

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So, would this put the Bengals in a Watford placement, or more like Crystal Palace? Derby County or Rotherham? 

 

Oh, and way back in the thread, it was claimed that Premier League squads do not play Champions level squads. They do, actually, and are going to be heading into the Fourth Round presently--the FA Cup, which encompasses all three levels of English football. Granted, many PL clubs go into FA Cup matches using their reserves--but some go all-in, as it is a Championship with silverware. 

 

Amish's Gunners of Arsenal are one of the latter, while my Reds of Liverpool played their entire bench and were bounced out accordingly. Saving their strength for winning the Premier League, and staying strong for the European Champions League cups.  

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Although it would be a marathon task, I'd love for the bottom club in T4 to get relegated to the NCAA whilst the bowl champions are promoted (I know you've got 50000 bowls, but you know, the important one) and see what the make-up of the NFL is.

 

Unfortunately of course you've no way of knowing how OSU would fair in the NFL so it wouldn't work, but if ever anyone makes a OOTB or FHM for the NFL, I'm totally doing that.

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Interesting concept. Sort of like the EPL academies getting to play the senior clubs.

 

Tangentially, I am old enough to remember watching this game during the late Summer's just before the start of the NFL season: the College All-Star Game. It was held in Chicago, and featured some of the best collegiate players against the prior year's NFL Champions. Most of the time, even the training camp worn out NFL teams would wipe the floor with the collegians...but every now and then, a game could be close and interesting. They quit having this game in the mid-70's, I guess mostly due to owners not wishing to have their top draft picks away from camp or get injured. A lot of fun to watch though. 

 

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