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Are the 2010-11 version of the Seattle Seahawks the worst playoff team in NFL history? Yes, considering they're the only team to make the playoffs with a losing record. But that's not the NFL's biggest problem when it comes to its current playoff structure.
The Seahawks won't be the only host team with a worse record than their opponent this weekend. Look at the schedule: The 10-6 Colts are hosting the 11-5 Jets, the 10-6 Chiefs are hosting the 12-4 Ravens and yes, the 7-9 Seahawks are hosting the 11-5 Saints.
I have no problem with the four division winners making the playoffs. ">Do I think it's elephant dung that the 10-win Giants and Bucs didn't make the playoffs and the 7-9 Seahawks did? Absolutely. This is the first time since 1991 that a pair of 10-6 teams will miss the playoffs, all while a 7-9 team gets in. That's not fair but sorry, that's just the luck of the draw.
But for the love of football man, can we get Roger Goodell to re-seed the playoffs after the regular season?
Seattle has proved that just because a team wins its lousy division doesn't mean it earned the right to host a playoff game. The NFL wants to reward the four teams that win their division, which is fine - I'm on board with that. But it's ridiculous that a team like the Ravens (a legit Super Bowl contender) will be on the road this weekend when the Seahawks play at home.
Some have downplayed the idea of re-seeding because a situation like the one this year "rarely happens." But the fact that it happened at all should make the league cringe. And obviously parity isn't going anywhere so this is bound to happen again at some point (especially if the NFC West doesn't get sucked into a black hole sometime in the near future).
Let's not forget what the postseason is meant to determine: Which two teams will play each other in the Super Bowl. How many times do we hear coaches, players, fans and beer vendors say that the regular season doesn't matter once a team makes the playoffs, or that the postseason is the league's "second season?"
If it's the league's second season, then let's start over. Congratulations putrid Seahawks, you made the playoffs purely because you played in the worst division in football. Now take your losing record, drop to sixth in the NFC and try to win every game on the road.
How fair is it that the 10-6 Packers or 11-5 Jets have to play on the road every week in order to get to the Super Bowl but the 7-9 Seahawks start off at home? I don't care that the Saints will probably win by three touchdowns this Saturday - playing at home still represents a major advantage.
Again, I have no problem with rewarding teams that win their division - no matter how horrendous their division was. But at least make them earn their way to the Super Bowl by winning the hard way.
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