CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears hits Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on October 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Israel Idonije; Matt Hasslebeck
I was asked earlier this morning if Seattle beating New Orleans was good for the NFL or if it was an impending Sign Of The Rapture, and if we are now mere days away from the Lord whisking us up to the heavens and leaving nothing but our underwear on the ground to be consumed by oceans of hot lava.
It’s kind of a catch-22, isn’t it? After all, it was thrilling to see Seattle pull off the upset on Saturday. Best game of the weekend. Matty Hasselbeck played out of his mind, and Marshawn Lynch’s run was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. All that said, this was still a bad team that lucked into a playoff spot and now we have to watch them for a second straight week.
The Seahawks play the Bears this weekend, a team they already beat once this season. What if they win THAT game? What if they end up in the NFC title game? Is that good thing? Is it good to know your team can have a losing season and still get a little hot and make a deep playoff run? Or is it a fundamental flaw with how the NFL is set up?
My opinion is that this whole Seahawks thing is cute once. It’s fun to see them upset the defending champs and get out of the Wild Card round. But once they get to the divisional round, order needs to be restored. You don’t want Seattle making the NFC title game or the Super Bowl. You really don’t.
It’s not that it makes a mockery of the regular season (though it kinda does). It’s that I think we all know that, at some point, the Seahawks will go back to being the bad team they were during the regular season and ruin an otherwise watchable playoff game. It’s simply a matter of when, and you don’t want them stinking once the games get super meaningful. We only get so many of these playoff games. We want to know they’ll be played at a high level, and I strongly doubt that Hasselbeck has another miracle in him. That’s just the law of averages.
So savor this Seahawks win. Enjoy it. Watch replays of the Lynch run over and over again. But after this coming weekend, it’s time to leave the playoff football to the big boys.