For those not that familiar with the NFL, here is a breakdown of the situation for San Francisco to miss the playoffs and thus allow for official talks with Jim Harbaugh to begin in late December - for better or worse. Obviously sooner is better than later for all parties involved - one can ask if they should openly root against Harbaugh? A soft "no" is the right answer but a few fluke losses for SF wouldn't make anyone sad. Three weeks ago San Fran had just lost a strange game at home to fall to 4-4 but has gone on a 3 game winning streak.
NFL playoffs are quite simple - 4 divisions in each conference and 6 slots total. The 4 division winners regardless of record advance and then all other teams vie for the 2 wildcard spots. With 5 weeks to go only a small group of teams are vying for those 2 wildcard spots.
- NFC East - non division winner of Philadelphia (8-3) or Dallas (8-3)
- NFC North - non division winner of Green Bay (8-3) or Detroit (7-4)
- NFC West - non division winners of Arizona (9-2), Seattle (7-4), San Fran (7-4)
The NFC South is a disaster; the division winner may have a losing record so no help there.
Many teams above play each other repeatedly the next few weeks so will be forced to split wins.
Quick look ahead with some comments on the games for those who don't follow NFL much
Turkey week - Thanksgiving Day is huge!
- Chicago v Detroit (Thanksgiving)- Chicago is scuffling (but has won 2 in a row) and so is Detroit's offense, toss up game
- Philly v Dallas (Thanksgiving) - should be a great game
- Seattle v San Fran (Thanksgiving) - the best current rivalry in the NFL with 2 coaches who hate each other. Seattle was last year's champs but has lost some talent and is taking everyone's best shot but still a fine defense and a "gamer" QB. Should be a great game.
- New England v Green Bay - another awesome game with 2 of the NFL's best QBs at top of their game
- Arizona v Atlanta - Atlanta sucks but its 3 time zone away, a week after a tough rivalry game for Arizona
- Dallas v Chicago - Chicago is scuffling but will be on national TV and on paper these 2 teams have similar amounts of talent
- Tampa Bay v Detroit - Tampa is awful
- Kansas City v Arizona - very tough game
- Seattle v Philadelphia - both teams we want to win, tough game
- San Fran v Oakland - should be an easy SF win
- Atlanta v Green Bay - should be an easy GB win
- Arizona v St Louis - a tricky game for Zona, St Louis is well coached and can upset good teams
- Green Bay v Buffalo - Buffalo has enough defense to pull an upset at home
- Minnesota v Detroit - Detroit should win
- San Fran v Seattle - Part II of the hate match
- Dallas v Philadelphia - another Part II of Thanksgiving games
- San Diego v San Fran - should be a good game
- Philadelphia v Washington - Philly is better but division game
- Detroit v Chicago - Detroit usually does not fare well in cold on the road
- Green Bay v Tampa - other than the heat, nothing should stop GB
- Indy v Dallas - 2 well matched teams
- Seattle v Arizona - 2 great defenses going at it
- Dallas v Washington - Dallas is better but division road game vs rival who has nothing to lose - or could be thinking about golf game
- Detroit v Green Bay - Detroit has not won in Green Bay since invention of telegraph
- Philadelphia v NY Giants - see Dallas v Washington game
- Arizona v San Francisco - should be 2 teams playing for playoff lives
- St Louis v Seattle - St Louis good enough to cause trouble, not a gimmee
Seattle has a brutal schedule (SF, Philly, SF, Arizona, St Louis) - if they get in, they will have earned it. Green Bay has 2 creampuffs and hosts Detroit so looks like they will win the North; I can't see more than 2 losses to close out their year. Detroit has a very manageable schedule (2 creampuffs and a flawed Chicago 2x) - but it has 50 years of Detroit Lions working against it, and an offense in a coma. Everyone else has a pretty equitable mix of tough and manageable games; but even Arizona could fall out of the playoffs so every team here is in the mix.
My brother and I have been going to U of M football games since we were kids and we are both over 60 now. On the way out of the stadium on Saturday I asked my brother who is a bit of an expert on U of M footbal if we had ever rushed for more than 300 yards and still lost the game. He could not remember this happening before so I dutifully dug into the archives one year at a time to look at all the losses to see if it had ever happened before. It did in 1987.
From 1987 to present, we lost 120 games. There were a couple near misses with rush yards above 250 where we still lost including:
1) "The Horror" in 2007 (I will say no more)
2) UCLA in 2000 where Navarre went 8 for 28 with an interception
3) NW in 1995 where Biakabutuka had 213 yards rushing out of a total of 270 ( we had 4 fumbles, lost 2 and had 2 interceptions)
4) Notre Dame in 1990 where John Vaughn had 201 yards of 265 yards in a 2 point loss at ND
5) Indiana in 1987 where we had 253 yards rushing. Demetrius Brown was 6 of 15 passing with an interception.
Finally I came to the last game before Maryland where we rushed for over 300 yards and still lost. It was at Ohio State in 1987. Jamie Morris had 132 yards of the 316 yards but Demetrius Brown went 5 of 13 with an interception in a 23 to 20 loss.
I kept going back to 1980 and could not find another game with above 250 yards rushing that we that we lost.
In honor of Michigan-OSU week i will start posting a classic game between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes each day. Instead of watching the crap on BTN heres the 1973 game between Bo and Woody. It was the infamous tiebreaker vote that big ten athletic directors voted on sending OSU to the Rose Bowl over Michigan. Enjoy GO BLUE!!! And im not sure why but BEAT OHIO!!!
Heres the documentary
Odell Beckham just made the best catch ever. Just wow.
Yes, I might be desperate as hell. I hate having to keep looking in the past for great moments. But unfortunately it's all we have right this moment. Here is a preview of it on BTN.com:
It talks about Cooper's decision (miss you so much big guy xoxoxoxo) to start Joe Germaine over Stanley Jackson despite Jackson starting every game until then.
We'll vote on schemes at the start of the season and we'll vote on the play calls together during the game. It's a fool-proof (lol) plan.