We’re about halfway through the last day of the NFL regular season, and I really can’t describe what I’ve seen so far.
I’ll start with the game that just ended and say: If you can’t beat the Raiders, you shouldn’t be in the playoffs. Tampa Bay couldn’t seal the deal at home, so they don’t get to play next week. Likewise, had the Broncos beaten the Raiders at home in week 12, they’d have already clinched.
The Falcons won their game, and for a moment it seemed that they would sneak away with the NFC South. Somehow, though, after scoring 3 TDs in the 4th quarter to take the lead, the Saints lost to the Panthers, who claimed the #2 Seed.
Going on, the Vikings came from behind to win against the Giants’ second stringers, so they win the NFC North, which they would have anyway, since the Bears lost as well.
And now, the Iggles/Cowboys game is a win-and-in game, which certainly wasn’t the most likely scenario before the day started.
In the AFC, things aren’t quite so tightly packed, but the Patriots did win in the wind in Buffalo to put pressure on the Ravens, Jets, and Dolphins.
The end result? Due to some unique TV scheduling from the NFL, I now get to flip between two games that are packed with playoff implications.
So, before we get too deep into those games, I should share my thoughts:
There’s a lot of wind in the northeast today (see Pats/Bills)… Dolphins’ QB Chad Pennington doesn’t have the strongest arm on a calm day. There’s a good chance that the Dolphins will need something more from their QB than 3 yard swing routes.
Likewise, the Cowboys and their solid running attack are playing in windy Philadelphia against Andy “no-run” Reid and Donovan “one-hop” McNabb.
I guess we’ll see what teams are better equipped for “playoff-style” football, which is good, since the playoffs are on the line.