Week 17 is over and the playoff picture is now in place. As crazy as this season was, this final week was (fortunately or unfortunately) the most predictable and least surprising. Come, walk with me:
-The Patriots won, as expected, and went 11-5.
-The Jets lost, as expected, as did the Jaguars, meaning the Patriots missed the playoffs as expected.
-The Gods of Sport gave the Chargers their win to make up for the ballyhooed missed call in.
-The Eagles, forcing them to miss the playoffs and setting up what will be a hilarious offseason in Dallas. As expected… and prayed for by me.
I know plenty of people smarter than me, and more prescient, but I saw this all coming. And I think you all did too. Even in a bizarre season, where Favre is in New York and Peyton stunk for two months and Tom Brady can’t walk, fate tends to work itself all out. And now here we are, with the start of a boring playoffs about to begin. A playoffs where the favorites (Giants and Titans) are ball-controlling, power running teams that don’t commit turnovers and keep plays in front of them on defense. Sure, we have Atlanta and Baltmore in the playoffs behind rookie quarterbacks, and that’s all well and good (Ryan for Heisman!). But these playoffs will be what we think they’ll be.
Also, Eric Mangini is being fired right now. The surprise is that Rod Marinelli was fired from Detroit too. What a world we live in where I thought Rowdy Rod’s job (as coach of an 0-16 team) was safer than the Man Genius’s. Meh. At least there was one surprise this weekend.