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Tag:NFL Playoffs
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:27 am
 

NFC West Deserves their Playoff spot

Let's clear the air first, as you'll probably see on my profile I'm a Rams fan, so you can call me bias. I understand, but I'm going to make my points why the NFC West deserves to keep their playoff spot and how the Rams have been target unfairly as there have been other mediocre playoff teams in the past with merely a whisper of reforming the playoff structure. 


The biggest argument to rid the West of the playoff spot is because of their records compared to the potential wild card teams. To be honest, that is a valid argument, but unfortunately this scenario has happen in the past. In 2008 the 8-8 Chargers won the West while 11-5 New England Pats had to stay home as they lost the tiebreakers for their division and the Wild Card. And yet, I don't recall much discussion this shouldn't happen again. Now that we are in the same scenario again, but this time with teams that don't get much media attention as the Chargers, its seems its a big deal now. I think the argument of a bad division winner going to the playoffs over a better team who missed it due to tiebreakers is a good discussion, but lately there seems to be a bias as people have made a big deal with the NFC West, but not when it involved the Chargers in 2008. It wouldn't bother me if this argument is a reoccurring argument with every occurrence, but it seems to become an issue when it involves a non-media darling team. I am always open for playoff changes in any sports as they are always issues coming up, but not when there is a bias involved. 


Another argument that has come up is awarding the better record teams with the home game even if they are a Wild Card team. A good argument, but another bias issue as it has been targeted with the NFC West. Again, a weaker team getting the home game isn't fair. But remember, this is sports. Life isn't always fair, and this has happen in other sports like MLB when the Wild Card teams had better records than a division leader. Again, there has been several occurrences when this has happen, but not an issue until now. In 2003, the 10-6 AFC North Champs Ravens got a home game over Wild Card Titans with a 12-4 record. In 2006, the NFC South Champs Bucs with a 9-7 record had the home game over 10-6 Wild Card Giants


Those are just a couple of examples I looked up, but again what has bothering me is they have made a big deal with the NFC West, and particularly the Rams as they are favored to win it due to the remaining schedules. I can't disagree that it's not fair a weaker team gets the home game over the wild card team, but I haven't heard much dissent when it happen to Ravens or the Bucs. There literally seems to be an obvious east coast bias as they has been a big deal by media pundits with the scenario that is playing out in  the NFC West, but barely a whisper of dissent when it happen to teams that are based out East. To me this argument has become a bad joke. I can't take the argument seriously until it is applied to every occurrence, and not just when it happens to a non-media darling team. If this happen to the Cowboys or Brett Farve, then I wouldn't be surprised one bit if there is no argument brought up. 

Finally I'm going to close out that I don't believe the division will be won by a losing team. The Rams have a good shot of getting to 8 wins. Their next 3 games are against the Chiefs and 49s at home, and then close the season out in Seattle. The Rams have played well at home, and facing a Chiefs team that has struggled on the road and the 49s at home is a big advantage for the Rams and opening their chance of getting their 7th and 8th win before they close out the season. Their final game won't be easy in Seattle, but the Seahawks have been such an inconsistent team, and considering the Rams have already beat them, the Rams could win that game with ease if they keep their mistakes to a minimum as the Rams offense should take advantage against one of the worst defenses in the league.
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