Complain, Complain, Complain

A friend of mine (a Bears fan) started complaining to me that the Seahawks shouldn’t be playing the Bears this Sunday because they shouldn’t have had a home game in the Wild Card round. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Blah, blah, blah. I just rolled my eyes and let it slide.

Who was the only home team to win last weekend? The Seattle Seahawks.

Who was the only division champion to win last weekend? The Seattle Seahawks.

The New Orleans Saints (11-5) had a better record than the Seahawks (7-9). That’s a fact. However, EVERY ROAD TEAM last weekend had a better record than the home team. How come no one made a fuss about that?!

Baltimore (12-4) had a better record than Kansas City (10-6). The New York Jets (11-5) had a better record than Indianapolis (10-6). Green Bay and Philadelphia had the same record (10-6), but if Philadelphia hadn’t won the NFC East, Green Bay would have won a tiebreaker since they had beaten the Eagles in Week 1. Yet I don’t recall hearing any complaints in the media that the Ravens, Jets and Packers weren’t playing at home.

Last week, if the Saints had been given the choice of playing at ANY of the four division champions’ stadiums, they would have chosen Qwest Field. They got the Seahawks, and they were beaten. They didn’t lose the game by committing several turnovers or key penalties or were victimized by any bad calls. The Seahawks outplayed them. Period.

Did the Seahawks enjoy a home field advantage? Absolutely. So did the Chiefs, Colts and Eagles, and they all lost.

I’m tired of hearing that the Seahawks don’t deserve this or don’t deserve that. The Seahawks have won the games they needed to win to get to this position. The Saints (and the Giants and Buccaneers, for that matter) didn’t.

End of story.

Next Seahawks Game View full schedule »
Thursday, Sep 44 Sep5:30Green Bay PackersBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Baltimore Ravens Division Champs Kansas City Chiefs New York Jets NFC West NFL Seattle Seahawks

  • Derek

    Interesting stats on last weeks winners. I actually read one post last week that stated the Seahawks Home Field advantage was too great and they didn’t earn it and that the rules should be changed asap. The poster really felt that the NFL just handed the Seahawks the win. It’s interesting to expand the ‘Fan’ vision and actually see that 75% of the road teams actually overcame the Homefield advantage that was against them, and that they were also ‘hobbled’ by the NFL to travel when their record was better.
    If you want to question the playoffs or how the division champs are figured out then one must really question how the Raiders sweep their division, yet aren’t the AFC West Champs?
    Of course it is only after several years of the Raiders sucking and Seattle being out of the AFC West that I can actually bring up that point, instead of just laughing at the Raiders misfortune. Then again, the AFC West did beat up on us pretty good this year.