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Bye Week Topic: NFL Realignment Nine Years In

I so rarely make fanposts, but this is something I was thinking about recently and since it's our bye, why not bring it up. Back in the 2002 season, when the NFL added the Houston Texans and realigned to eight four team divisions from six five/six team divisions it was weird at first. We wouldn't be playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneer's twice a year anymore unless we met in the playoffs. Also, it became easier to win the division as the division winners grew from three to four, but the number of wild cards dropped from three to two. I assume most of you have gotten pretty used to the changes, but can still vividly remember the days of the old NFC Central. I want your opinion on some things after the jump.

Obviously, the biggest change the Packers went through in Realignment was not playing Tampa home and away each year. Having the Buccaneer's in the NFC Central was an odd fit, sort of as if the Florida Gators joined the Big Ten, but I thought it worked. At the end of the old NFC Central, you could make the argument that the Buccaneer's were our biggest rival over the Bears and Vikings. I still can't root for the Buccaneer's to win the NFC South because I hated those guys so much from back in the NFC Central days.

Also, I like that winning the division has become slightly easier, and there's now a rougher path to get in if you don't win your division. I think if I had to choose between winning the NFC North and losing in the first round over getting a wild card spot and losing in the first round, I would take the former. At least you can say your champion of something.

Anyway, those are just my views on realignment, and I would love to hear from anyone else if they have an opinion on this.

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