After all the good that happened.
The Raiders couged it.
The Giants lost and the Seahawks stomped on the Bears, but it may be all for naught because of a pair of NFC North teams.
The Raiders let the Detroit Lions score 14 fourth quarter points and rally for a 1 point victory just minutes ago. The Green Bay Packers stumbled against the newly installed Crennel-Orton lead Kansas City Chiefs.
Kyle Orton may have just helped me coast to a fantasy playoff victory, but he and the Chiefs just dealt a severe blow to the Seahawks playoff chances.
Instead of facing an aggressive Packers team going for an undefeated season in the final week of the season, the Detroit Lions will be facing a squad that will now be resting all of their important players instead. All it takes now is one Lions victory to effectively erase Seattles playoff chances. There are no other slots open, no other scenarios to be had. With the Falcons and Lions both sitting at 9-5 all it takes is one Detroit victory regardless of what happens with the Bears, Giants, Cowboys, Cardinals, whoever.
My fear is now being fully realized, the Seahawks, despite obvious improvement and ending the season on a tear, are now in that terrible muddled situation of being too good for a high draft spot and not quite good enough for a wild card berth. They have nothing to show for their relatively low projected draft position (probably 17th).
In fact it’s so bad that they may not have only played themselves out of Luck and Barkley territory, but with Robert Griffin likely to declare for the draft he is likely to be gone by the time they select as well.
As bright as the future seems, the present has been, well, muddled.