History was made in Seattle tonight. For the first time in NFL history, a team with an overall losing record, in this case 7-9, has won their division and has secured the #4 seed for the 2010 Play-Offs.
I hadn’t believed that this would actually happen tonight. I had picked the Rams to win even though the Seahawks had home-field advantage. The Seahawks had lost 7 of their last 10 games and had a disappointing 2009 season before that, so it looked like their 2010 season would end with a whimper.
But the Rams melted down tonight. Bradford was rattled by the constant rush of the Seahawks’ defense while his receiver dropped ball after ball. Prior to the game, I thought the hysteria surrounding the possibility of a 7-9 team making the play-offs would be a moot point, having predicted a Rams win. If the Rams had won – they would have gone in at 8-8.
But, I was wrong. And the worst case scenario has occurred. There have been calls to change the seeding for the play-offs and make it at the conference level instead of the division level. Others have suggested breaking up the currently weaker AFC and NFC West divisions to spread the mediocrity around.
I think neither should occur. This is the first time this has happened. It’s obviously an anomaly. If the seeding is changed to the conference level, there are divisions that may never have representation, which hardly seems fair. If today’s weaker divisions are commingled with other divisions, it would break up rivalries and potentially have the unintended consequence of diluting the other divisions that are impacted.
I think the NFL should leave the process as it is today. I’m not a big fan of statements like “we’ve always done it this way” and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but in this case I think the status quo is the best way for play-off berths to be determined. What do you think?