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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 9:14 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Idiot.  All sports are based on winning your division.  Baseball for over 100 yrs have had teams win their division with poor records compared to teams in other divisions who don't make it.  In the NFL, that is the very reason we have the wildcard teams.  It gives 2 teams, based solely on their record but who didn't win their division, to get into the playoffs anyway.  It is set up for this very thing to take place in all sports that I can think of.  If you are the world champs and can't beat a division champ with a poorer record, do you deserve to be their either?  The way it is set up is perfect like it is.  The only way to make it any better might be to add a couple more wildcard teams and make everyone play the first week of the playoffs.  That way each of the division winners would get their just rewards of hosting against a wild card team.  You could even seed them in that the best division winning records play the worst wild cards record teams.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:10 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives


Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:07 pm

Seahawks win does bother D-List hack sportswriter

You were wrong about the Seahawks Andy, these things happen, but it's obvious that you're bitter about that. 

The only logical conclusion we can gain from this matchup is that the Saints were severely overrated.

I love how sports media the world over kept dogging the Bucs because of their schedule, but the Saints and the Falcons played the same crappy teams and they were both the sh-t that don't stink.


Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:05 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

What's going on here? Does Andy Benoit think the Rams or 49ers would have won this game too? Unless you think that, the best team in the NFC West made it into the playoffs and beat a wild card. Isn't competition what American football has always been all about, since day one?

This is just about the quirkiest year I have ever seen in football. Why ruin it by making football like life the real world. You know, that unpleasant place where the boss's son always get hired first and the graduate of the "best" college always makes it to the executive suite.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:04 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Seahawks definately deserved the win.....The Saints definately should have had home field advantage over a team with a losing record.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:03 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Great Article, totally agree. NFL should implement a computerized ranking system that pits #1 vs #2 in a single game for the championship eight weeks after the regular seaon ends. That would eliminate the need for all these pointless "playoff" teams.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:01 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

You are so wrong! 
"the league will tacitly be telling its fans that the regular season really doesn’t matter."    Actually, it does matter to win your division.  The Seahawks couldn't help that their division was so horrible that it gave them a chance to make the playoffs.  Each division should worry about their own division instead of poking in someone else business. 
If you win your division you should have the right to be in the playoffs. 
If the Saints were the "better" football team, then they would have won this game.  They would have been prepared.  They would have overcome the stadium noise, they would have overcome the weather, and beat the seahawks, but no they didn't because maybe the Saints were the team that didn't belong.... have you ever thought about a team can be 11-4 in the regular season and be 11-4 because they had an easy schedule??? Or a team that is 7-9 might of had a more difficult schedule than the 11-4 team..

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:01 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

So, what you are saying is that only the #1 and #2 seeds in each conference deserve to play for a chance to go to the Super Bowl each year because they were the best 4 teams in the regular season record wise, otherwise the regular season will be rendered meaningless? While we're at it, why not have computers pick who those #1 and #2 seeds are based on their strength of schedule, and their opponent's strength of schedule...

Bottom line: You better come to play in the playoffs, no matter what your record is...

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:00 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Andy Benoit, you are an idiot.  By your standards we should just put the best two teams in the Super Bowl and skip the rest of the playoffs.  What are you, some sort of an aristocrat?  I'm pretty sure you are not Ivy League educated.  No offense--I am not either, but when you see someone that is Harvard-educated do you start shaking in your boots?  I hope you don't ride back seat to them simply because they have a better education.  A regular season record does not factor in the circumstances a team encounters  (injuries, stength of schedule, etc.)  When the playoffs start, who cares about the record.  When the NY Giants defeated an 18-0 Patriots team in Super Bowl 42, did you suggest we switch to a best-of-five scenario to decide the champ?  The Seahawks earned their playoff birth, they beat the defending Super Bowl champs and we do not need to start an Anti-Seahawks rally outside the White House.  If you want to quash the Seahawks--beat them.  In your elitist utopia, you would probably take issue with Rosa Parks taking a seat on the bus.  Fortunately (or unfortunately for you) our society is one where anyone can improve their circumstances regardless of their background.  Let's hope it stays that way.  Quit your whining because the Seahawks will be out of the playoffs next week.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:00 pm

@ Andy Benoit

Oh god- this guy is an idiot--- The Saints shouldn't have to play a team that they considered low class?? How can you say they deserved to win but shouldn't have been here--- the best team wins right?   WAHH WAHHH the Saints shouldn't have had to play Seattle?? PLEASE, dude the Saints where licking their chops at this game- EVERY team in the NFC would have love to have this game- until about 3 hours ago when it became apparent that Seattle came to play. You don't build competition by complaining about opponents when you lose. Your JOB in the NFL- the reason for the millions these guys make is to come out and put it all on the field- Look at Drew Bree's numbers. He set play-off passing records. He did play- arguably the team was playing some of their best football all season- yet the 7-9 Seahawks.. who made the play-offs despite their record WON. If the teams with the best records always go to the play-offs then you have entire DIVISIONS who won't ever see them- Do you realize how fast that revenue would dry up and kill the league? Andy Benoit- You need to stop writing with this one- it's ridiculous.

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