The Seahawks lost 7 of their last 9 games and still managed to host a playoff game at 7-9. Does the NFL need to recalibrate a new playoff system or leave it the same? What about strength of schedule? They become the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record. The Bucs and Giants missed out, but still one 3 more games then Seattle did. Should they regroup the divisions?
No, it is fine the way it is. The Bucs and Giants have nobody to blame but themselves. It's not the Seahawks fault the Giants couged up a 21 point lead with 8 minutes to go against the Eagles. If you change the rules now to allow a wild card team to host if they have a better record, that will be the first step in chipping away the entire playoff system eventually leading to the divisions being meaningless for anything but scheduling.
The Seahawks won their bad division and beat the Saints. Deal with it, you had your run last year.
They deserve it because those are the rules set in place by the NFL before the season started that every team and owner agreed to.
That being said, they won't be beating CHI this weekend.
It's fine the way it is. One bizarre anomaly doesn't need to upset the entire apple cart.
First of all, you can't realign the divisions every time a bad team slips in to the party, because they are based on location, but more importantly, it's cyclical. Not too long ago, the winner of the NFC Central hovered around 8-8 every year. Should we shuffle the teams around every five years to make sure everything is balanced enough?
Beyond that, do we compensate for the one good team that plays in a weak division and uses that to pad their win totals, like the Eagles, Bears, Chargers, and Patriots have all done in recent years?
Or do we "recalibrate" the playoffs to compensate for the fact that one conference usually dominates for a decade or so before the other one takes over and dominates?
After the season I think the league will be making some changes to the extent that they will not allow a team in Seattle's position to host a playoff game over a team that has a better record.
Beyond that, it is a difficult thing to make right. You're always going to have very strong divisions along with very weak divisions. I would say to to cut out the divisions all together in order to avoid something like this, but that would likely take away some of the playoff races down the stretch of the regular season and might hurt some rivalries.
How about cutting each conference down to 3 divisions and then have 3 wild-card teams? Having four, four team divisions in each conference is just asking for this issue to surface every year.
Just a thought off the top of my head.
I have to admit. I didn't see this coming. Seattle put down the Saints. But, this is a fact. New Orleans gave this game away, more then Seattle taking it. They had their chances and should of put 50 or more points on the board. Seattle doesn't win next week,, no matter who they play.
nope, they won. against the saints. defending champs. they didn't give it away. they won it. the 4 worse winning pct teams to make the playoffs won their first game. the year the cardinals made the super bowl they were 8-8 and where dogged all year about not being worthy of the playoffs. its all about when a team is hot. dont hate on the Seahawks!
I believe the Seahawks beat the Bears earlier this season, so they have a decent shot at this. I do not think they would have stacked up well against Atlanta fate would have worked out that way. Either way, the NFC is pretty sad in my opinion. I hate the Packers and think they have an outstanding chance to make the Super Bowl out of that Conference as the #6 seed.
If the Seahawks make it to the Super Bowl, they will have earned it. Sure, they got lucky in making the playoffs because their division was weak, but they still beat the defending Super Bowl champions in a playoff game. I highly doubt they'll be able to go on the road and beat Chicago, and after that go on the road and beat the Falcons (perhaps), but if they do there will be nothing cheap about their Super Bowl run.
Anything is possible. I'm hoping both Seattle and GB win this weekend. If that happens, the SeaHawks will get to host the NFC Championship game. Don't forget, it was not that long ago that the 8-8 Cardinals were the "joke" playoff team and ended up going to the SuperBowl. And the Giants wild card team that beat Dallas, Tampa, and Green Bay all on the road and then won the SB against the undefeated Pats team.
You are right. They are playing with a desire, that I haven't seen them play with all year. They love being the underdog. Even if the Saints didn't play their best ball, Seattle still earned it. They are playing with confidence. Right now, they are a dangerous team. They feel like they have nothing to lose. Pete Carroll has done a great job with this team. Matt Hasselback played like he did in his postseason trip years ago, when they made it to the Superbowl. They can easily knock off Chicago, if they play like they did this last Sunday. Chicago has a better defense then N.O., but they don't have the offensive power like the Saints. This could go down to the wire. This is a game where turnovers will cost someone.
1974, that is so true. They almost won it. I give it to Seattle. I am a critic as well. They have momentum going into Chicago. They beat them 23-20 in Chicago once this year already. It is possible. I would have to say they are the most dangerous team right now. Why? Cause everyone has already counted them out. Well, guess what? Seattle is coming to play. Seattle is coming to win.
This just in, Chicago falls to Seattle this weekend. I had a dream! I lost a boat load of money betting on Chicago. Just wanted to share that. lol
Ha. I really like Pete Carroll. Sometimes team sneak in and I find it intriguing to see them beat the Saints and now have a chance to knock off Chicago. Maybe the NFC West is the best division in football and they just beat each other up (just kidding).
I have to say I'm still a little shocked they beat the Saints.
If they beat Chicago I'm going to cry.
If they DO happen to beat us, I'd want them to win the Super Bowl. It would be a great story and fun to watch. Plus those smug Patriots won't win.
Like 1974 said, good example is the Arizona. They almost won the Superbowl. Pete Carroll is a good coach, has had a lot of success in football, mostly USC. They are really better then I first gave them credit for. They have a good shot this weekend.
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