The playoff picture is pretty muddy, but hey, we’re getting close so, double-you tee eff.
The haves in both conferences are pretty cut-and-dried in Pittsburgh and NE in the AFC and the Vikes and Eagles in the NFC. Color me blown away that the Vikes are smoking hot under Case Keenum, but no one saw this coming. Sam Bradford went down quickly in game 1 with a knee injury, and then a setback trying to come back in game 5. Case got off to a slow start, but after a 1-2 start, the Vikings have reeled off 8 straight wins. Sure, Case is only 14th, but most thought Minn was doomed without him.
Philly on the other hand is flying high under Carson Wentz. A guy who I thought was a reach, but hey, I don’t get paid for being right or wrong.
In the AFC it’s (surprise) New England and Pittsburgh. No surprise there. NE is riding Tom Terrific through the express-lane to the playoffs that is the AFC East. Pittsburgh usually has a tougher slog to the playoffs, what with Baltimore and Cincinnati in their division (witnessed by the ultra-violent game that was last night’s).
All these teams are 10-2. The AFC however has a lot of tier II teams beating the shit out of each other, including the entire AFC West. KC, the Raiders, and the LA Clippers are neck and neck in quicksand at 6-6. KC of course being the team going in the wrong direction. Poor Alex Smith had the team at 5-1 and have gone 1-5 for various different reasons. The Sacksonville Jags are the biggest surprise with Blake Bortles leading the charge. The Titans are another mirage destined for their one and done.
The NFC? Well, they have a whole set is strong talent in the mix for WC with the Rams as surprise West winners, and the resurgent Panthers and Saints. And of course the always-dangerous Seahawks. Looks like a great playoff run this year.
Us? Well, we have a fairly good shot of winning 3 of 4 down the stretch for a stellar 5-11 record. No mean feat based on where we started. Why not? Might as well hit the offseason with some confidence. Jimmy G needs to build on his nice game last week and get into the end zone. For a guy who has llimited playbook knowledge, he looks pretty good.