Due to the never-ending lockout, the NFL is preparing for an eight game season. The season could start as late as the end of November and possibly Thanksgiving Day. For this plan to happen the labor negotiations would need to be solved by the middle of October. Before the games there would be five weeks for practice, free agency, and possibly a preseason game. If this situation occurs it might mean that the Detroit Lions would kickoff the NFL season with the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
A full season still can be salvaged as late as Week 4. All bye weeks would be eliminated along with the week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. Also, the Super Bowl would have to be pushed back a week. An eight game season has never been played in NFL history. In 1982, the league only played nine of the sixteen regular season games because of a strike from the players. In that year, each conference had eight teams make the playoffs. In both of the conferences, a losing team (the Lions and Browns) made the playoffs.
I would almost rather have no season than an eight game season. An eight game season is ridiculously short, shorter than a high school season. In my opinion, the Super Bowl winner would be tarnished or wouldn’t be legitimate. To me, a true Super Bowl championship team weathered a long, bruising sixteen game season. If the season ended last year after eight weeks teams like the ‘Skins, Giants, Texans, and Titans would have made the playoffs. A bad team could get hot and win a couple games and make the playoffs or a good team could have a bad start and miss the playoffs. The playoff picture would be foggy, a lot of teams would be close together and there would be a need for many tiebreakers. Overall, an eight game season is not a good idea.