That picture shows all you need to know. I had decided, for some reason, to watch a fair amount of this game. I watched a good part of the first half, the last few minutes of regulation, and then overtime. I am regretting it still today. What I saw was the worst example of professional football I have ever seen: and I remember watching games during the CFL’s American expansion. This was college level at best. Two teams with this much talent shouldn’t have had this much trouble scoring. And it wasn’t that the defenses were that great. They weren’t. The offenses couldn’t get anything done. Then those two field goal tries in overtime. Wow. What can you say? Just terrible.
This was the type of game that solidifies my recent stance on the NFL. It’s one I don’t like taking because I have always been a fan of the NFL. It’s the one league I have always followed since I was a kid. I never got the chance to watch much college football until about six or seven years ago because it really wasn’t available up here much. My interest in the NHL has waned to the point of barely watching it anymore. I’ve talked of other sports on this blog before but nothing more than a sentence here and there. The NFL is supposed to be the biggest spectacle in professional sports (at least here in North America) and it just hasn’t been at all this season. People are making other excuses as to why the NFL isn’t as much fun to watch as in the past (Kaepernick, games in London, etc.) but it all comes down to the product on the field. If that improves, even a bit, then it’s better for the game. When the product is shitty, like it was Sunday night, then all the other issues are blown up even more. It’s like a big piling on penalty. Anyway, enough of this rant…for now.
Are the Browns going to go 0-16? They sure look like it. They are terrible. Sad but true. I would wager a guess that the 2008 Detroit Lions, they of the only winless season ever, would probably beat this version of the Browns. Saying all that, the Browns are playing the Jets this coming week in a game they may be able to win since the Jets are pretty bad as well.
Speaking of the AFC as a whole, here is the current playoff picture:
- New England (East leader 6-1)
- Oakland (West leader 5-2)
- Pittsburgh (North leader 4-3)
- Houston (South leader 4-3)
- Denver (First Wild-Card 5-2)
- Kansas City (Second Wild-Card 4-2)
Buffalo is 4-3 and everyone else is below .500. Oakland is #2 in the AFC. I know they are as good as they have been since their AFC Championship season earlier this century but for them to be #2 in the conference doesn’t speak much of the conference. New England is the CLEAR #1 here and, as of right now, seems to have an easy path to the Super Bowl. It is early, I do understand that. But can anyone conceive of a scenario where New England doesn’t get the #1 seed at the very least? I don’t. This feels like any time a team is dominant in its conference then in the Super Bowl has to finally face some really good competition. It almost never ends well for that dominant team unfortunately.
That’s really all I’ve got for this week. I am hoping things get better or if they don’t, that Week 17 is an awesome weekend full of different playoff scenarios. It may be the only way to salvage a season that has been quite underwhelming from the get-go.
Tomorrow I plan on running my first crack at some bowl projections. Thursday is the college schedule. Friday is the NFL schedule. Starting this Thursday there will be football every day (college or pro) through November 22nd. November 23rd is the only day from this Thursday until November 29th when there isn’t any football. So yeah I am pretty happy.