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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: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:08 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

You know I am getting sick of hearing that the Seahawks did not deserve to be in the playoffs! They won their division and the division winners have always earned a playoff spot. Those of you with teams with better records that are crying because their teams did not make the playoffs "Shut the hell up and get your teams execs to petition the league to change divisions". You win your division you make the playoffs, you don't you fight for a wild card spot. There have been teams with a 10-6 record as well as a 9-7 record that have won their division and got a spot in the playoffs. Then a team with an 11-5 record in a division that had a team with a 13-3 didn't make the playoffs because they didn't win a wild card spot and the team with the 13-3 record won their division. Just because the Seahawks record was 7-9 people say they shouldn't get a playoff spot, but the fact is the won the division. Yeah it may have been a weak division but that does not matter. Today they proved that they deserve to be in the playoffs just as much as a team with an 11-5 record. They flat outplayed the Saints. Just because the media says they don't deserve it doesn't mean anything, if it did then the media would decide who makes the playoffs and who doesn't but guess what they don't decide. Everyone needs to quit crying and get over it. The Seahawks are in the playoffs and they made it to the 2nd round. This just proves that they deserve to be there. GO SEAHAWKS!

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:07 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

They shouldnt be bothered by anything the NFL is fixed thus its for entertainment only and they got one of the more entertaining days of football today with these 2games by the way anyone who follows NFL should not have been surprized by what Seattle did whenever radiohosts and the media doesnt give a team a chance they cover a good 90% of the time and even win a few dont be surprized if it happens with the Cheifs tomorrow as well

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:42 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

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

You know what should REALLY bother NFL executives? The fact that even after a 7-9 teams plays their hearts out, scores 41 points on an 11-5 reigning Super Bowl champion, and comes away with one of the most shocking upsets in recent memory, some people (yes, you Andy Benoit) still decide it's more important to call out te NFL playoff system and belittle the staggering efforts of thar "poor little 7-9 underdog". Yes, the Hawks were 7-9, but guess what? They won the division, kept hearing they didn't belong in the playoffs, and went out and proved they did. That's the NFL playoff system, division winners play at home in the playoffs. Its been that way for years, yet only when a team dubbed "undeserving" by the media makes it do we hear any complaints. It's not like this is a frequent happening anyways. Why not appreciate this historic upset for what it is, instead of calling out the NFL on a playoff system that has worked for years?

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:39 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Forget their record, they won their division.  They made the playoffs, and they knocked off the defending Super Bowl Champions.  Give them some props.  New Orleans was an obvious bust.  I could see as the season progressed.  They just couldn't finish games like they did the year before.  Brees just couldn't hit the open receivers at crunch time. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:37 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I agree with your conclusion, Andy.

Not only was Roman Harper terrible, the whole damn defense for New Orleans just looked pathetic for most of the day, but especially in the second half.  Then the offense, as usual, decided it didn't need to play that hard as well.

I like Drew Brees, and I think he's an elite QB.  He's a great player, and yet today he came up short.  The play-calling in key situations also left something to be desired.  Running right up the middle on 4th and 1?  Obviously, had it worked, Sean Payton would look brilliant.  But it didn't work, and they lost.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:26 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The regular season doesn't matter. That's exactly right. Once you've made the playoffs, the records don't matter. The playoffs are all about getting hot at the right time. The Seahawks just so happen to get hot their last game against St. Louis, and now they just beat the Saints. They have the momentum. They are hot going into their next game against Altanta/Chicago. 
Seattle actually started the season 4-2, but again, that doesn't matter. It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish. 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:11 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The sehawks won the west and deserved to be in the playoffs.  what the nfl executives should be bothered by and what bothers me is the saints were given 2 short weeks in a row and were forced to play 3 games in 12 days from coast to coast, atlanta to seattle with a stop at home in between. how about not letting the tv executives decide the playoff schedule based on the ratings they think the games will get. that being said great job seahawks you deserved to win the game today we couldn't cover anyone today. we were ok with our 8th sstring rb in the game but not having our starting safety killed us. who Knows maybe if the game was on sunday he might have played.

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:09 pm

Andy Benoitm you are a moron.

Andy Benoit, how did you get any credentials to post anything on a website like cbs sportsline. This post is nonsense and yes I'm in Seattle. Over reacting posts like this are what's wrong with online media today. Any idiot can voice an stupid opinion. If you want to exaggerate and say this could make people think the regular season doesn't mean it, you can. But you're wrong. They still had to battle through the regular season and win more games then their weak opponents. Then they won when they had to against the Rams and beat the world champs. Shut up.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:09 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Win your division and you get a home play-off game, doesn't matter if you are 7-9, 9-7, or 16-0. Quit crying because America's team got beat!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:07 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

But what does it say about the importance of the other 17 weeks we just spent watching this league?Well huh; I don't know.  There are twenty other teams that can tell you though.  The Seahawks deserve to be in the playoffs and they deserve home .  They won their division no matter how you look at it.  It might not have been pretty; but has anyone seen a Steelers  game lately?  The score usually looks a bit like a baseball game.  The Steelers just squeak through games with defense and maybe a last drive effort when the other teams D is finally tired.  So you have one team just squeaking through games week after week to get into the playoffs and you have another teams that just squeaks through in general. I am not sure where the big difference is here.  If it were the Steelers who had barely got in with a 7-9 record we would be hearing about how Big Ben turned the season around so look out now!  This shows how evenly matched the NFL is and if the Seahawks suck so bad somebody go beat them up at their house
Yeah, the Steelers "squeeked" by the Browns last week 39-3.

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