In the 2nd piece in this series I would like to delve into three more stories from around the NFL. With the regular season ending and the playoffs beginning this weekend, there have been a lot headlines from the NFL that have been very interesting/disappointing/surprising. To start off with, I am still not sure what to think about the Seahawks, being the first team to make the playoffs with the losing record (more to follow), I also was shocked to find out the Bengals had extended the contract of Marvin Lewis, and lastly I will discuss the playoffs and who my picks are. So, without further adieu:
The Seattle Seahawks "NFC West" championship game was a bittersweet moment for all Seahawk fans. Yes of course we want out team to make the playoffs each year, but I felt that first off we don't deserve the playoffs, and the large sentiment is that we should have thrown the game to get a better draft pick (which I do not agree with). With all that being said, it is nice again to have my team in the playoffs, even if it is against the defending Super Bowl Champions. However the game goes, I see the Hawks improving going into next year under Pete Carroll, it is obvious they have some holes to fill on offense and defense, especially at the QB position, which is a dire need that should be addressed in the draft or in free agency.
When I first heard of talks between the Bengals and Coach Lewis, it was my understanding that he had declined an extension earlier in the year and wanted out of Cincinnati, as would anybody who had been there and had to deal with the circus that is the Bengals front office. Then, to my surprise, Lewis signs an extension; to coach for a couple more years....I guess the first question one would ask is "why?" He has had two winning seasons since taking the job and both of those were playoff losses in the first round. I don't really know what else he can do to help motivate that team, it's not that they don't have the talent; they proved last year they had the ability to dominate the AFC North. I have always felt that Coach Lewis was more comfortable as a Def Coordinator, so I am very interested to see how next season goes, my prediction is that he won't make it through another year with the Bengals.
On the playoffs, I'll start off with the NFC; there are some pretty intriguing match ups. I'll just go through the first round and say who I think will win along with a predicted score.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Saints 35-10), Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles 25-17)
On to the AFC:
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Jets 17-14), Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (Ravens 20-14)