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NFL Playoffs: CrAzY

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

This NFL season has been crazy. How many of you would have thought the Vikings wouldn't be the NFC North division champs this year as they were last year? I'd bet even fewer would have thought the Vikings would be dethroned, not by the Green Bay Packers, but by the Chicago Bears. Yes, indeed, this year has been crazy. As of this writing, it looks unlikely the top two seeds from the NFC last year will win their respective divisions, with the Vikings not even making the playoffs. Sure, it looks like the Saints will get in as a wild-card, but what a flip-flop.

The AFC is in the same boat. Last year's top two seeds struggled this year as well. The Indianapolis Colts haven't clinched a spot in the playoffs as of yet, although they can clinch with a win on Sunday or a loss by Jacksonville, and the San Diego Chargers will be watching games on TV come January. San Diego is even more disappointing as they were picked by many people (me included) as a Super Bowl favorite this season.

NFL fans watched as teams, who were terrible the last few years (Kansas City, St. Louis), coast to division titles, and teams who were sure-fire Super Bowl picks (Dallas, San Diego), get creamed into oblivion. We have seen a quarterback, Michael Vick, who spent two years in federal prison on dog fighting charges lead his team to a division title and quite possibly a MVP award. And we also saw the end to one of the few records that may never be broken, Favre's starting streak.

One of the best things about this season is restructuring of NFL schedules worked. After last year, Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, re-arranged the season schedule so the last two weeks of the season would see more meaningful games. Last year at this time some teams, who already clinched a playoff spot, rested all their starters, effectively "tanking" the game, leaving fans with an inferior product. In order to combat this, Goodell required all teams to play a division game in the final week of the season. It worked, as of this writing, only the New England Patriots have clinched a first round bye in the playoffs and the number one seed in the AFC.

If the playoffs are anything like the regular season we are in for a very entertaining ride.

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