You could make an argument that crowded NFL playoff fields like this are a product of having a 7th seed that shouldn’t have been added. Regardless, I was OK with that expansion.
Both conferences are a logjam. In the AFC, the Ravens nearly led the division to now almost having to win against the Bengals due to their poor division record. The Colts started out 1-4 thanks to a lot of untimely injuries and training camp COVID, but are 7-2 since that point. The Browns would have led the division had they beaten the Raiders, and are now in 12th.
The NFC is similarly crowded. Three 7-7 teams currently being tie-broken by the common games tiebreaker, and the 6-8 teams could still strike.
I feel like every year we say “I can’t remember it being this crowded”, but the Browns going from what could’ve been 4th all the way to 12th says a lot, I think.