The 2008 NFL Season Was an Anomaly

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The 2008 NFL Season Was an Anomaly

Every year there are surprises in the NFL. It's what we love, but this last season, well, everything kind of broke down.

First, I must say that I loved the results of the season, and I truly couldn’t have asked for a better season.

OK, but now to be neutral.

The 2008 season broke almost everything we've come to expect from the NFL. We saw seven teams reach the playoffs that just a year earlier couldn’t even get above the .500 mark. That is ridiculous! That means that just over half the playoff teams from 2008 were not there in 2007.

Two of those teams were the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins who had third and first overall picks in the NFL Draft, respectively.

This is in no way logical. How many people wrote off the Falcons and Dolphins last year?

I bet you did. I know I did.

The Chargers made the playoffs with an 8-8 record, while the New England Patriots missed the playoffs with an 11-5 record. What is up with that? How did an 8-8 team make the playoffs when there was a far superior team in the Patriots?

The answer is division winner, and I respect that. I really do. But my problem with this is that the Chargers were in the weakest division in all of football and all they could do was an 8-8 record.

How sad is that?

The team that won the Super Bowl had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. This is something that should never happen. What we have learned over the years is that an offensive line makes a team great. What we didn’t know was that Big Ben was able to overcome this.

I am truly shocked by this. Who would have thought a team could win with that bad of an O-line?

These things are what made the 2008 season so weird. You all already knew it, but I felt we needed a brief rewind. Hopefully, some one next year will break another rule that should not be broken.

Also, the Cardinals made the playoffs and the Super Bowl. Good for them. 

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