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Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 8:46 pm
M. Williams (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Let’s make one thing clear: the Seattle Seahawks deserved to win Saturday afternoon. They had the better game plan (offensive approach: attack Roman Harper through the air; defensive approach: play zone and trust that your ends are better than the subpar Saints offensive tackles). The Seahawks were fundamentally sounder (the Saints missed six tackles on the Marshawn Lynch touchdown run alone). And the Seahawks capitalized on their unparalleled homefield advantage.

And so the Seahawks deserved to win. But that doesn’t mean they proved they deserve to be playing. Analysts all over the country will issue mea culpas this week. They’ll claim the Seahawks proved that, despite a 7-9 record, they were indeed a worthy playoff team.

But this team was still 7-9 during the regular season. That has to mean something. If the NFL trumpets the Seahawks and lauds them as lovable underdogs, the league will tacitly be telling its fans that the regular season really doesn’t matter.

This is a very dangerous sentiment – one that sports leagues have a hard time shaking once it catches on (just ask the NBA or MLB). But look at the results of the past five NFL postseasons. In 2008, the 9-7 Cardinals reached the Super Bowl. In 2007, the 10-6 Giants WON the Super Bowl (knocking off the perfect Patriots in the process). In 2006, the No. 3 seed Colts hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. In 2005, the Wild Card Steelers won three straight road games to earn rings.

And now a 7-9 team has advanced to the second round (with the 10-6 Bucs team that blew out Seattle in Week 16 was home watching). Perhaps it’s great for the NFL. After all, anything can happen come playoff time. And parity rings true. That makes for great television. But what does it say about the importance of the other 17 weeks we just spent watching this league?

The Seahawks deserved to win Saturday. Too bad they still didn’t deserve to play, though.

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Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:50 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

wow sounds like the same stuff when all those 500 clubs won thier division and so called better teams had to sit; the format was set up win a division and you are set to be in the playoffs; so what do you want andy? win your division and ya have to win x amount of games or it doesnt count??!! which one sounds more lame you tell me andy; but for now here is the system and lets just enjoy the roller coaster ride we get each season from the nfl.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:48 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The Seahawks deserve every right to be in the playoffs because they won their division. They also proved today that it doesnt matter what your record is. They beat the Saints in every way and had a lot more character and motivation. Keep the division setting playoff works and dont change the system. It is not the Seahawks fault that they won at 7-9. I was glad the Seahawks won because it only proves that any team can win at any time, no matter the record or doubt. GO SEAHAWKS for the great effort to get the win.

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:46 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Is Cbssportsline now hiring 6th graders to write columns for them now? You already ranted about how the Hawks were not good and there was no way they could win against the Saints.....Stand up and eat crow......By your logic we should just hand the trophy over to the Patriots now. In reading your column I almost sat there wondering whether you been involved in athletic competition. Look no farther than the underdog Giants as a reason to why we play sports. Your thorough lack of un-bias opinions is tacky and in fact I for one have lost all respect for Cbssportsline for hiring such a non-professional such as yourself.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:45 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I log in to CBS Sports to read about my team's win and I see this drivel. Get real, dummy. The Seahawks won their division. That's the way the league is set up. You'd have no problem if they won the division with a 10-6 record. Maybe we should do away with the divisions altogether, take the best record from the AFC and the best from the NFC and let them go at it in the Super Bowl. But then you'd be whining that too many good teams were denied a shot at the league championship. 

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:45 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

C'mon CBS.  Why do you continue to allow this tripe to be published.  Andy Benoit must go.

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:43 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I do not hate. And nobody else should, the Saints D was just terrible. Everyone should know by now If the defense does not show up. YOU WILL LOSE in the playoffs.  

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:42 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Andy whay don't you step up and say "I was wrong, flat out, no doubt about it, WRONG"  All you did was slam the Seahawks and give them ZERO chance to even show up today.  Your fingers type and ignorance results online for all to read.  As for this blog, you make the case that a 7-9 Seahawk team in the playoffs, winning in the playoffs, means that the regular season does not matter.  That NFL Exec's should be concerned.  I would argue the opposite.  If you win your division, no matter how tough or how easy, then you should be in the playoffs.  Thats the rules, thats what happened and Seattle is making the most of it.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:40 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

This has to be one of the stupidest articles ever.  First of all, 20 teams watching at home today understand how important the regular season is.  To get in the playoffs teams, as a rule (Raiders excluded), need to beat the teams within their division.  Seattle did this, Tampa Bay did not.  How can you say that Seattle didn't legitimize themselves with a win over New Orleans?  That doesn't make sense.  Using your logic, that means that playoff games don't mean anything, since a 7-9 team can win in the playoffs.  Same as saying that the regular season doesn't mean anything since a 7-9 team can make playoffs.  WHEW!!!!!

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:40 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Sounds like a Giant's fan. Loser.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:40 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Maybe the NFL should institute a BCS system like the NCAA.  That way only teams with winning records make it to the National Championship game.  But wait a second. . .I thought the playoff system was perfect, and the BCS is flawed?  When the playoffs start, everybody's record is 0 - 0.  Get it?  You don't get to start from the 50 yard line because you won the SB the year before or had a perfect regular season record.

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