The good, the bad & the ugly; here come the play­offs

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

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

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