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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Seahawks only close to worst ever

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Yes, it may appear that the Seattle Seahawks are the worst playoff team in NFL history, with their 7-9 record and the multiple double-digit beatdowns they received this season. But according to Football Outsiders' handy-dandy efficiency ratings, one playoff team may have been worse (the 2004 St. Louis Rams), and the 1998 Arizona Cardinals were close.

Now, here's the scary part: Each of those teams won their first playoff game. As FO majordomo said, "New Orleans, beware!"

In a general sense, I do think that the current seeding system dilutes the idea that excellence should be rewarded. Either the Seahawks or Rams were guaranteed a playoff spot by dint of their NFC West title, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - who beat both of those teams in the regular season and had a better overall record than either team - had to get help to even get in the tournament. And the New York Giants, a team with a 10-6 record who beat the living daylights out of the Seahawks in Week 9, are sitting at home, wondering why they're not playing with the cool kids.

The need for an NFL re-seeding to spot better teams in the playoffs hasn't received the traction that a BCS playoff has, but I would argue that it's just as important to the integrity of the sport in question. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reacted strongly and quickly to several things during his tenure - and certainly not always successfully - but this is one case where he needs to make the playing field more fair. The best teams go in, period, end of story. And the argument that a division win over a series if teams even more inferior gets the death sentence it deserves.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 5, 2011; 3:14 PM ET  | Category:  NFC , NFL Rules , Playoffs , Seattle Seahawks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This game is going to be like a scrimmage to the Saints.

The Seahawks are indeed the worst playoff team ever the game isn't even going to be worth watching.

Saying that, I for one am not for re-seeding. The Giants had every opportunity to win thier very own division week 16 but blew that with a nice little punt return by DeSean Jackson. If the punter only kicks the ball out of bounds like he was instructed it may very well be the Giants instead of the Eagles representing the NFC East.

As coaches always say, win your division which is exactly what the Seahawks did. They were the best in thier division. The Giants were not. Guess they should have played better huh?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2011 1:39 PM

This is a bunch of knee jerking. The playoff structure is fine as is. A division winner should be rewarded. If there is reseeding then what would be the point of even having divisions? There are always going to be anomalies from time to time. Stop trying to create an issue where there isn't one. As you stated yourself, there is no traction for change. Why? Because it works as it is. Leave it alone and move on...

Posted by: apbaintl | January 7, 2011 10:39 AM

The 2004 Rams had Bulger, Marshall Faulk, Steven Jackson, Torry Holt, Issac Bruce. They were infinitely better than this Seahawks team.

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | January 7, 2011 12:34 PM

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