There are some nuances to the NFL playoffs this season; new teams, new predictions, and new outlooks on playoff scenarios.
For starters, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets managed to slide into a wild card position a couple weeks before the regular season ended. A relieved Ryan exclaimed to the New York media, "We are in!" Of course Ryan being the talkative person he is, had to later add that he would be taking the Jets to and winning a Super Bowl. Let's hope for his sake, he doesn't wind up eating his own words for the second year in a row.
A sort of surprise, well--not surprise--new face, in the playoff picture out of Missouri: The Kansas City Chiefs enter with a regular season 10-6 record to go along with their first division title in years!
Other than the Chiefs making the playoffs and the usual banter coming from the loquaciously, at times outspoken Rex Ryan, the remaining teams earning a playoff berth aren't as surprising...oh yeah, how could I forget? The 7-9 Seattle Seahawks! A lot of fans are upset with this how shall we say--abomination of a team from a seriously weak division making the playoffs...can we get serious? Fans of other teams have been recently speaking of re-aligning the divisions to spite the 'Hawks, and it sounds like a lot of sour grapes if you ask me.
Seattle is still an NFL team and it beat it's final opponent, the St. Louis Rams, fair and square. In the end, there has to be a representative team from every division. And out of every team in the NFC West, Seattle has been as strong if not stronger than the Rams all season long.
Okay, so that covers it. Rex Ryan's "Did he just say that?" prediction, the Chiefs making it into the playoffs and winning their division for the first time in what some might term eons, and the Seahawks "stealing" a playoff berth from a more deserving team...Which team, I don't know considering the other three teams in the West aren't as deserving record-wise.
Let's have a look at the four games on this Wild Card Weekend!