I'd much rather watch a game between two teams fighting for a playoff berth than one (superior) home team fighting for a playoff berth and one team fighting for a 2-seed. Also, odds are that the Bears will be playing the Packers in the first round - the NFL doesn't want to show that game two weeks in a row.
The NFL could have screwed up if ATL won last night - because that would have made the TB-NO game for a playoff berth.
Forget about records, forget about bitching about who is going to miss out because ONE time EVER a sub-.500 team will make it.
The bottom line is that these two teams are fighting for a playoff berth - winning a division crown (at 15-1, 11-5, or 7-9 doesn't matter) is the PRIMARY goal of EVERY NFL TEAM. This game is for THAT!
Also, as someone mentioned above - these teams haven't sniffed the national scene in years - it'll be nice to see some new names and faces for a change...
As for the game - consider...
-St. Louis is better at running, passing, and defense. Seattle is better on specials.
-St. Louis has already destroyed Seattle once.
-Seattle is home.
-Seattle has Aaron Curry but no one gives a ******* **** because he's an OLB in a 4-3. THANKS RUSKELL!
-Seattle's defense stifled Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler earlier in the year. They were also one of the top run defenses. Since Red Bryant got hurt, they've been pathetic. Look at TBs offensive stats last week...
-St. Louis has Fred Robbins.
-Seattle doesn't know if its senior citizen QB will be healthy enough to not break his hip by walking. If he can't go, Jesus Christ will be under center.
-The WINNER of this game will most likely be picking 21st overall in the 2011 NFL draft. The LOSER will be picking around 13th.
-This has the makings of a VERY ENTERTAINING GAME, similar to bowl game featuring mediocre teams. Both teams are playing for A LOT, although it is HIGHLY unlikely that either make it past the first round (Saints probably). But a division title in PCs first year? Spags/Bradford get one? HUGE for either franchise. Because it's such a BIG GAME + the inferior team is HOME, it is unlikely that this is a blowout. Hence, entertaining game. Make the jokes about how bad the two teams are but if you like football, this is the game you want on SNF: neither is great = good, close, hard-faught football game = WIN and YOU'RE IN!
I like Bradford, I like Spags, I like S-Jax, I picked the Rams to win the division... http://draftcountdown.com/forum/show...0&#post2284800
I also want a shot at trading up for Andrew Luck...
Earl Thomas pick. Golden Tate TD. BMW 6 catches. David Hawthorne 10 tackles. Don't forget Leon Washington.
Matt Hasselbeck caps off a fine career with a win
Jesus Christ simply exists.