Not for the first time, Roger Goodell only has himself to blame for a ridiculous situation. This season the NFC South will make a complete mockery of the post-season.
The playoffs are supposed to be for teams that have dominated their opponents throughout the NFL regular season. However, for the second time this decade we will have a team make the post-season with a losing record.
New Orleans Saints defeat at home to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday means that the only team in the NFC South that could have possibly ended the season at .500 has now been eliminated. Carolina Panthers now sit at the top of the NFL’s worst division with a shocking 6-8-1 record going into the final week of the season.
The Falcons host the Panthers next weekend in a shootout to win the NFC South title, and the NFL and Roger Goodell should be embarrassed that the Falcons have the opportunity to lose nine of their 16 games and still make the post-season.
This has only happened once before in the history of the NFL. Back in 2010 NFL season, the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks made the post-season and went on to eliminate the Saints in the first round of the playoffs.
Goodell should have learned from that shocking situation and made sure that any team with a losing record is not eligible for the playoffs. The idea that a 7-9 team could become world champions with only three more wins in the playoffs is worrying beyond belief and the NFL needs to act in the offseason to prevent this farce from repeating itself again.