Are playoff bubbles coming to the NFL?

“The league is running the numbers,” a high-ranking team executive told USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity, referring to financial factors associated with secluding teams as a potential measure in dealing with the threat of COVID-19.

The person did not want to be identified due to the fluid nature of pandemic plans.

Of course, throughout this unpredictable season, the NFL has maintained repeatedly that “all options are on the table,” as chief medical adviser Allen Sills put it during a recent media conference.

 Which means they won’t stop turning over stones – including those linked to bubbles.

The NFL never seriously considered a bubble approach for the regular season, but the playoffs – if the NFL campaign advances to that point as planned -- will be a different animal with higher stakes for the competition and TV ratings. As the due diligence of projecting costs suggests, discussions about bubble possibilities will likely intensify as the league considers the stretch run on the road to Super Bowl LV.