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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Worst NFL Wild Card Game Ever

I'm referring to Seattle-St. Louis, the Saturday NFC playoff contest. Quite literally, two opposing playoff teams have never had a worse combined winning percentage.

Just like Vikings-Packers, this is an intra-divisional matchup in which the teams have played twice already this season. The Rams won both, though this game will be at Seattle. Since my wild card weekend prognostication rules dictate that I pick one road team out of the four games, I think I'll go with the Rams again here.

Both teams have been pretty bad from what I've seen. I saw St. Louis get smacked around at home to the tune of 40 points by a Patriots team coming off its loss in Pittsburgh the previous week. Seattle looked even worse in the games I saw, namely the Monday Night collapse against the Cowboys and the blowout loss to the Jets the week before Christmas. You've heard the "NFC Sucks" routine by now.

Neither team has a chance in hell of beating Philly or Atlanta the following week, so this game may not be worth paying much attention to anyway.

The AFC games are probably less competitive this weekend, but still worth monitoring since Indy and San Diego are legit contenders. I'll take both the Colts and Chargers as well as the points. (The current lines favor Seattle by 4, San Diego by 7 and Indy by 10).

I'm liking the NYT sports coverage lately for some reason, including this piece on LaDainian Tomlinson. It turns out San Diego still doesn't have a mayor after a disputed election outcome from November--take that Washington governor's race!--and now fans want LT to run the city. The Chargers held up well in an intense regular-season game at the Colts a few weeks back, so I foresee playoff inexperience being no problem.

Also at the Times, Richard Sandomir notes the weak CBS broadcast of Rams-Jets last week. Unfortunately, Enberg and Dierdorf are like this ever game I see them do, with Dierdorf not knowing when to stop running his mouth and Enberg getting confused and senile. I especially liked when Dierdorf declared the Rams NFC West champions, even though they weren't. And on the discussion of the Jets' knowledge that the Bills had lost and they were in the playoffs regardless of the outcome, wouldn't it have been nuts if they had put Quincy Carter in for overtime?

In response to accusations of backing into the postseason, Herm Edwards must be off his meds again--see the quotes for what I'm referring to (you really have to see the video of him saying this stuff). Somehow he's an effective coach in spite of the repeated bizarre public statements.

Absolutely no one thinks the Colts might lose. The Broncos must feel unlucky to have to go to Indy for a wild-card game again since they're a strong running team that is built to move the ball outdoors in cold weather, and might have a shot somewhere else, but instead they end up having to play these indoor shoot-outs relying on the arm of Jake Plummer. Good luck. Colts-Pats the following weekend should be excellent.