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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: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:57 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I understand your point, and it is a valid one, but not the correct one.  It definitely will be the stand that Mike Greenberg takes on Monday morning as he wipes the egg from his face, and adds another point to his embarrassing losing picks that he has had all year.  Can you believe that these so called authorities that spend 24 hours a day consumed in sports, can be so wrong week after week and season after season.  Greenberg should not be allowed to talk football.  Just ask Golic and his guests questions about it.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:54 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!

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:48 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

One more thing, does anyone seriously think the Giants, Bucs, or Rams would have beaten New Orleans like that?  Seriously?  Who should Seattle apologize to?  You're like those guys in baseball who think every World Series should be Yankees/Sox vs. the Phillies for the next 50 years, and are bitter an "inferior" team like the Giants won the WS. 

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:46 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Dear Andy,

If it had been your Saints in the playoffs with a 7-9 record you wouldn't be bittchin.  Good luck routing for the Hawks the next few years.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:45 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?"

I don't know....ask the Giants, Bucs or Chargers how important the first 17 weeks were.  In a league of parity, it doesn't matter if a division winner is sub .500.  They will automatically be the no 4 seed and have to play on the road in the 2nd round if they win. They don't get to choose who else is in their division, or who they play that year.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:39 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

You know what reaaly bothers me? Some freakin idiot by the name of Andy Benoit who shouldn't deserve to be a writer for CBS or any other sports page. Go home you dumbass and dont show your face around hera again...that's what I say! And for all those Seahawk haters who posted on this site and any other site all week long about how the Seahawks didn't stand a chance and "Seahswk fans are delusional" if they think they are goin to win this game or even be close int his go home too. Oh that's are headed home! Good luck next year... Go Seahawks!

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:39 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Congrats to the Sea Chickens and their fans....NOBODY SAW THIS COMING.Laughing The only thing this will do is add to the steam of EXPANDING the NFL playoffs... Goodell will push for more playoff team in each confrence and why not??? Upsets like this will happen more and more. Gotta be fun to be a Seabag fan right now.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:37 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Andy, if it helps you sleep better.  The Seahawks will have a winning record when they make it to the Super Bowl.  Hahahaha, now THAT would be something.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:32 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Eff you, and your stupid prediction.  If you're a bitter Giants fan, blame the AFC West for not keeping the Seahawks in it. 
FTW, F OKC, F Pitt, F NO, F ESPN, F CBS, F NBC, F Jimmy Johnson, F Chris Carter.  No one in Seattle cares what a mongrol idiot like you has to blog about.

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:17 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Come'on Man, is that really the best response you could muster up after your completely way off base prediction?  A Dome team that is badly beaten up right now making a long trip to play outdoors in January and your prediction was 35-13 for the Saints?  You would have been better off just saying, "Man, I sure didn't see that coming!".

As for your response, I have two comments.

1. If the Seahawks have such an "unparalleled homefield advantage", why didn't you make a note of that in your prediction.  Guess what...the Saints showed up and nothing truly rediculous happened and they lost!

2. This sends the same sentiment it has for years...Win your division OR be fortunate enough to win one of the (only) two Conference Wildcard spots in order to get in the Playoffs.

It happens all the time that a Wildcard team with a better record goes on the road to play a weaker Division winner Bal (12-4 @ K.C. (10-6) just for one of many examples.

Stop whining and making's the playoffs!

Win or Go your case, just shut up!!!

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