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Out with a whimper

It's hard to imagine a worse way to end a season. Week 17 in the NFL was a dud. Not that this kind of wrap is unique to pro football. Major League Baseball rarely has very meaningful games the final weekend of the season. The NBA finds the best teams resting their top players. But it's hard to imagine a bigger letdown than Sunday, January 3.

The Colts, Saints, Patriots all lost and either yanked their starters early or didn't play them at all. The Packers and Vikings played all-out but their opponents, the Cardinals and Giants, did not. The Chargers yanked Philip Rivers after a couple of series in their game against the Redskins. Okay, Steelers-Dolphins was spicy. And Houston played desperately to come back and beat the Patriots. But the Broncos became only the third team since 1970 to miss the playoffs after a 6-0 start. There was far more that was disappointing about the final week of the regular season than encouraging.

Three picks I nailed...

Forgive me while I gloat about picking the Colts, Saints and Jaguars to lose. Those were the easy ones. The Colts and Saints had already decided they'd rest on their laurels...And the Jags lost to Cleveland, which ends the season with four straight victories.

Three picks I missed...

Denver's loss to the Chiefs in Denver is just humiliating...unthinkable. I thought the Patriots would build a big enough lead to cruise against the Texans but couldn't...and taking the Redskins here in San Diego was a reach. I thought the Chargers would be like the Colts and Saints, meaning they're pretty much roll over but they didn't. Of the good teams, the Chargers did themselves some good Sunday, winning and resting their starters after a few series...

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Michael Wilbon

 |  January 3, 2010; 10:33 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wilbon: You say the Vikes have not beaten a good team but in the words of Sen. Franken, you are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts. The Vikes played 5 games against teams that made the playoffs (Packers twice, Ravens, Bengals, Cards). They were 4-1 in those five games. Dallas played 4 games against playoff teams (Eagles twice, Saints and Chargers) and were 3-1. Given that the Vikes played more playoff teams, beat more playoff teams and had a better overall record, your opinion may be that Dallas will win but the facts are that the Vikes beat more good teams than the 'Boys.

Posted by: purplehaze2 | January 12, 2010 2:34 PM
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There's been a lot of talk the last couple of days about coaching changes and possible candidates. One name I haven't heard that was often mentioned a few years ago is Ron Rivera. What's happening with him? Why isn't his name coming up anymore?

Posted by: aliben1 | January 5, 2010 7:34 PM
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How dare you dis the Broncos like that! Fearless young coach! Exciting victories! Quarterback that no one really thought much of when he moved up to this level! Superskilled wide receiver! Underrated defese coming through again and again in the clutch!....Oh...were you talking about the Denver Broncos? Nevermind.....GO BOISE STATE!!!

Posted by: merryslav | January 5, 2010 9:34 AM
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Worst weekend ever. Eagles and Bengals had reasons to win and stunk. Giants and Cardinals should have forfeited. Also San Diego did rollover. Washington still could not beat them.

Posted by: m8bmclaugh | January 4, 2010 2:32 PM
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