We’re only half way through the 2013 season, but the AFC playoff teams are already mostly decided. New England, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Denver are practically shoo-ins. That leaves ONE wild card spot up for grabs. Wake me in mid-December.
The NFC is a bit more complicated, but not much. Seattle, San Francisco, Green Bay, and New Orleans will be playing in January. Whoever sucks least in the NFC East will get in and that leaves ONE wild card spot up for grabs. The contestants are more lively than their AFC counterparts, but it’s still just one spot available. Detroit is currently the front runner.
Jacksonville and Tampa Bay are in a dispirited battle for worst team in the league, with the Jags favored to come out on the bottom because they don’t just lose, they get creamed. But the biggest story of the first half has been the precipitous decline of the Steelers, Giants, Falcons, and Texans.
Despite the usual flurry of rumors swirling around at the trade deadline, no doubt flurried into being by the fellows who make a living flurrying rumors, no trades of any consequence occurred. Our old wild haired buddy Isaac Sopoaga went from the sinking Eagles to the playoff bound Patriots and that was all.
However, the first of several upcoming roster moves did spice up Tuesday somewhat. Tank Carradine was activated and Jermaine Cunningham was given directions to the bus depot. There should be more moves as the week progresses.
The team has recovered nicely from the offensive debacles of games two and three, and has now won five in a row. They seem poised to defy the Super Bowl Losers Curse, mentioned repeatedly by our local Prophet of Doom, that supposedly guarantees a losing season or a failure to make the playoffs for teams that lost the previous year’s SB. In reality, this isn’t much of a Curse, since more SB losing teams than not have had successful seasons the following year. There have been only two teams that lost the SB one year and then won it the next year, but that’s a Curse we’ll get to in January.
For the nonce, the immediate problem is no game next Sunday. Not a pleasant thought at all.