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NFL could force eight teams to do 'Hard Knocks' in 2014

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Hard Knocks is an extremely popular show with NFL fans. Teams? Not as much. That's why the NFL passed a rule in October where it could compel teams to participate in the future. We now know what teams are on that list.

An enterprising Deadspin reader took a look at the scenarios and found that there are eight teams the NFL could force into being featured.

Teams that 1) have a new head coach, 2) made the postseason in one of the last two seasons or 3) were on the show in the last 10 years can opt out of being included.

That leaves the Bears, Bills, Cardinals, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams and Steelers as teams the NFL could mandate to appear on the show.

Both the Steelers and Giants are surprise appearances on the list, given that they don't go long between playoff appearances.

If the NFL wanted to force one of those teams into appearing on the show, this would be a very good opportunity to do so.

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