Playoffs! Playoffs??? PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?

In what looks to be a crazy ride to the playoffs, the scenario as we stand right now appears to be that whoever doesn’t win the NFC West is going to have a better record than any of the other division winners. The Niners, currently the 5th seed, and Seattle the 1 seed create a scenario where the 2nd best team in the league is the 5th seed and therefore must play an extra playoff game, as they’d be the top wildcard. Fair or not, that is the system as it stands. It may not come to pass, but it’s something to think about as the NFL debates changing the playoff structure (2 more WC teams) yet again.

Beyond the top 5 teams (Sea, NO, GB, (urk) Dal, and WC #1 SF), there is a mad scramble for the last playoff spot. Carolina has pushed their way into that spot with a 4 game winning streak. There are 6 teams with a fair to poor shot at getting that last spot. Their viability as a real contender comes into sharp focus with their trip across the country to the slimy confines of Candlestick Park next weekend. They also have NE, NO, and the surprising Jets. If they make the playoffs, they’d have earned it.

Detroit (5-3)
Chicago (4-3)
Arizona (4-4)
Philly (4-5)
Washington (3-5)
St. Louis (3-6)

Carol owns the tiebreaker with Deetroit with their win over them, but other scenarios will work themselves out as the season goes on. Detroit looks good what with their overpowering defense, and Matt Stafford playing strong. They have a huge division game with Chicago next weekend. Chicago may be hurting without Jay Cutler, but Matt Forte scored an ungodly 6 TDs yesterday but still lost to the ‘Skins. And they still have 2 games with GB, DAL, and Balt on their schedule. AZ? They are Jeckyll and Hyde-ing their way through the season. They’ve beaten Detroit, but no one else of note. They still have 3 division games, and look to fade. Philly? Another team wallowing in mediocrity. Although Nick Foles looks to have the starting QB job as of now after he dismantled the Raiders yesterday. He needs to come on strong to overcome GB, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas.

Washington and St.Louis? They would need divine intervention to get in. Although it worked for Minnesota last year. SO all these vyers for that last spot have to go through one another to get there. It looks to be a bloodbath, and it looks to be a hell of a lot of fun . . .

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39 Responses to Playoffs! Playoffs??? PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?

  1. Nipper says:

    I’m for FUN. Bring it on!

  2. unca_chuck says:

    In more news, Eric Wright and Mario Manningham have been signed off the PUP/NFI list. Nnamdi Asomugha was released, and Nate Stupar had been already released earlier. Stupar was claimed by Jax . . .

  3. Irish Kevin says:

    Philly’s first game of the season was a blowout with Vick as the QB? and then Philly had a bunch so-so games and then yesterdays blowout. So until they show some consistancy I would think they are hard pressed to do much. Detroit is the only team that looks capable. to me.

  4. Irish Kevin says:

    who will claim Nnmandi??

  5. rtfirefly says:

    October 10, 1971
    Lambs 20 Niners 13

    Attendance 44,000
    ————————-
    That’s the answer to Grump’s question on Skeebs. I still can’t post there for whatever reason.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    Skeebs nailed me with a trick question. Ah, the injustice!

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Saw the Saints loss and the Detroit win that year . . . Brodie had a decent year but not as good as his MVP year in ’70. He was close to the end of his (hof) career.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    What happened to Rodgers?

    • 12th man says:

      Wallace? is Tolzein still on the Pack roster? I think the PS, if so I’d elevate his ass tomorrow. Talk of Rodgers fracturing his collarbone, does it hurt a lot Dennis???

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Flynn was just released by Buffalo. Don’t be surprised to see him go back to GB.

  10. NJ49er says:

    Nice to see GB take a loss at home.
    Now, if someone could do that to Seattle soon, we’d have something.

    • NJ49er says:

      With all the trouble Seattle is having stopping the run, they go to face Atlanta, who can’t run.
      Add to that, no WRs and, Matty Ice turning into the second coming of Mark Sanchez.
      One minor benefit I see as we lead up to our rematch with the ‘Hawks is, they face NO in their bldg on MNF before coming to us on a short week.

      We need to take care of our business and keep pace.

      The Saints should give them a fight I’d hope.

  11. snarkk says:

    Heard a stat geek guy from some NFL website tonight on KNBR say that Kyle Williams is statistically, using balls targeted at him with yards gained, yada yada, the WORST WR in all of the NFL. Not just bad, not second worst, but the absolute WORST. The bottom rung. Swirling in the commode bad. KW should be released right now just for that stat alone…

  12. unca_chuck says:

    I thought KW would really be something at the least a solid 3. Thought he’d be good anyway. He’s regressed badly amid all his injuries. Oh well. If not now, when Crabs comes back, he’ll be gone.

  13. Irish Kevin says:

    Per Brian Billick: The 49ers make the jump to No. 2 because they are getting some weapons at wide receiver, but it could be short-lived with the red-hot Carolina Panthers coming to town.

    and then he turns around and says about the Panthers: I’m excited to watch this defense go up against the 49ers’ power rushing game this weekend and I think Luke Kuechly has the coverage skills to keep Vernon Davis in check.

  14. snarkk says:

    I’m trying to remember if QBs went down like flies, as they are now, back in the “old days”. Seems to me guys like Unitas, Starr, Lamonica, Kilmer, Brodie etc, would get dinged up, but not pulverized with broken collarbones and ACLs, etc. where they were out for 1/2 a season or an entire year. Namath had his knees, but nowadays, it seems QBs are constantly getting hurt in major ways, and the second stringer has to come in = a death sentence to the team’s chances. Maybe I’m “misremembering”…

  15. 12th man says:

    Crabs cleared to practice. Has to be activated to the 53 before Nov 26

    • snarkk says:

      Wow, so Harbs wasn’t posturing about an early return…

      • 12th man says:

        Apparently not. You have to believe Crabs is good to go since they have him back at practice sooner than expected. Manningham and Crabs on the field has to be respected by the defense.

  16. Irish Kevin says:

    Well, we will see if they are respected by defenses. first they will have to prove they can once again perfom.

    • snarkk says:

      Friend of mine popped his achilles a while back. He didn’t have surgery, wore a cast for a while and then a boot for about 3 months. The doc said it would be a year at least before he could do much of anything athletic again. Surgery speeds the recovery, but still, even with top quality rehab and trainers, less than a year trying to compete in the NFL is a tall order, IMO…

  17. unca_chuck says:

    QBs went down all the time back in the day. Brodie missed most of the 72 season due to injury, and many other chunks of playing time. Unitas missed shitloads of time his last 6 years. Guys like Bert Jones and Virgil Carter were the cream of the crop until they were forced to retire due to injuries.

    Kevin, the fact that they are back and playing will provide will be big. They command respect just for being there. Once they actually perform, it’ll (hopefully) get better and they score points at this current pace.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    The big difference between then and now, aside from everyone being bigger and faster and the impacts are more severe and thus so are the injuries, is that teams could get a good backup and afford to hold on to them.

  19. 12th man says:

    Looks like the Oack did elevate Tolzein from the PS, must have been reading your blog yesterday Chuck!

  20. 12th man says:

    Pack

  21. NJ49er says:

    If, when, the Pack get Rodgers back is still a mystery.
    What any upcoming Team should be doing to prepare for them is, to stack the box and defend against Lacy.

    GB relied almost exclusively on Aaron to be the Offense up until this year.
    Now that they’ve discovered a viable ground game, I’d focus on taking it away.

    Won’t lose a minute of sleep over GB struggling to survive in the Playoff chase either.
    Hope they crash and burn.

    • 12th man says:

      Same. Last place I want to play a WC game is Lambeau if the Niners end up as a WC.

      • NJ49er says:

        I’m not giving up hope on winning the West either 12th but….I’m leaning the same way.
        Chicago or Detroit coming from the NFC North is better than GB.

        Our biggest conerns would be NO and Seattle, maybe Carolina.

        For now, we need to handle our business and stay hungry.

  22. NoFear49er says:

    Nobody wanted to tackle Lacy last night. As long as Rodgers is out for only a few weeks they may end up better off having realized the potential of their running attack with Lacy and Starks.

    Imagine how many yards he might have racked up if Rodgers had stayed in preventing the defense from stacking for runs.

    • NJ49er says:

      Exactly NoFear49er.
      Philly isn’t known for their Defensive Prowess at this point either.
      They better be working on clogging up the gaps on Sunday.

      GB isn’t nearly as formidable an opponent with Rodgers on the sideline.
      Detroit better take advantage of this opportunity to gain some ground too.

    • NJ49er says:

      Now that they shipped Ice to the Pats.
      Not sure who they’re counting on to plug up the middle.

    • NoFear49er says:

      I guess they think their rooks are ready to play that two-gap scheme without big, expensive Isaako. Lacy is not a fair test. ILBs will have a long day.

      Chicago got a big road win there. Now they have Detroit and GB at home to go. I’d expect them to emerge on top.

    • Chico says:

      Lacy was very impressive.. I know he had that Alabama line blocking for him, but I was still surprised he went where he did in the draft.. Liked that kid since the first time I saw him play..

  23. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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