The good, the bad & the ugly; here come the playoffs
So, the Falcons are going to the playoffs. That’s great. Who would have thought that going into this season? Not you. Not me. But what about the other teams?
Chances are, some really bad teams will be in the postseason tournament while some players on good teams, or teams playing well, will be at home hosting ridiculously lavish Superbowl parties.
The NFC boasts several good teams – the New York Giants (12-3), Carolina Panthers (11-4) and your Falcons (10-5) come to mind – but even more bad ones – the St. Louis Rams (2-13), Detroit Lions (0-15) and Seattle Seahawks (4-11) to name a few.
The Chicago Bears (9-6), Minnesota Vikings (9-6) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6, losers of three straight) all have a shot at the playoffs with the former two still in the hunt for the division. Even the mediocre-at-best Philadelphia Eagles (8-5-1) and Dallas Cowboys (96) are still alive.
Then there are the Arizona Cardinals (8-7). They are already in, by virtue of default more so than anything.
The AFC has also been a head scratcher. Sure, perhaps the two best teams in football play in the same division – the AFC South. The Tennessee Titans (132) and Indianapolis Colts (11-4) are both capable of beating anyone. Tennessee proved that Sunday when it defeated Pittsburgh (11-4), the AFC North champion. The Colts are red hot, winners of their last eight. But the rest of the conference is sketchy at best.
Look at the disparity between the good, bad and ugly. The Rams, Cleveland Browns (4-11) and Cincinnati Bengals (3-12) are all terrible. Kansas City and Oakland (4-11), both teams which hail from communities that starve for football, are embarrassing [side note: the Raiders won’t ever be good again until Al Davis is out of the picture. Imagine Cuba without Castro]. Even Jacksonville (5-10) and Seattle stink this year.
But none of these teams can hold a candle to Detroit’s season. Perhaps that’s what the Lions need this year is some fire. Fire someone – fire someone up – set Ford Field on fire. Just do something. If any city needed a winner this year, it would be Detroit. Instead, the Lions have become the first team to go 0-15. After Sunday, when they travel to Green Bay (5-10), another mediocre team, they will be donut hole for 16. Nice.
The prospects of two 8-8 teams in the playoffs, division winners at that, doesn’t inspire me to think either the