Monday, December 4, 2006

Playoffs Are Wide Open: Coach Make Your Choice!

The Vikings are 5-7. They will go to Detroit (2-10), face the New York Jets (9-3), go to Green Bay (4-8), then host Saint Louis (5-7).

Sure they suck but you need to realize that everyone sucks! If the playoffs started tomorrow, 6-6 is in. If Carolina wins tonight, they are the wild card leader at 7-5. If they lose, 4 teams are 6-6 (New York Giants, Philly, Atlanta, Carolina) with 2 playoff spots at stake.

Let's break down the future of these wild-card-leading teams:
  • Carolina (6-5 with tonight TBD) has a tough road hosting New York Giants and Pittsburgh, then to Atlanta and New Orleans.
  • Giants (6-6) have work to do at Carolina, home to Philadelphia then New Orleans, and finish hosting divisional rival Washington.
  • Philly (5-6 with tonight TBD) is at Washington, at NY Giants, at Dallas, then home to Atlanta.
  • Atlanta is at Tampa Bay, home to Dallas then Carolina, finishing at Philadelphia.
Guys, it's wide open!

Now it's on the coach. Coach, your team is 5-7. Do you look to the future? Do you rest your weary, give your young bucks a good luck, and make this officially a rebuilding year? Or do you pursue the unlikely, but possible playoffs?

What do you think?