Home field advantage hasn’t been the stone-cold lock some believe it is. The first-round bye has bitten several top seeds over the year, and the phrase “Any Given Sunday” is truly in effect, no matter the team nor venue.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
The Carolina Panthers started off the season with a 1-3 start, and were tied with the Atlanta Falcons for second place. It wasn’t a second place that was even close to the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, but the rest of the season proved to turn out completely different.
Obviously, I see the Seattle Seahawks edging out the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink and finally securing the division title, the No. 1 overall seed and thus a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout their trek through the NFC Playoffs.
With many looking forward to Seahawks-49ers Part III, San Francisco may have to beat Green Bay on the road, then the Carolina Panthers on the road, before getting another shot at Seattle.
Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers sit tied atop the NFC South at 10-4. One of them will emerge as the winner of the conference in two weeks. The question is, who will secure the division title?
For the third time in four weeks, the Seattle Seahawks drew every first-place vote in the AP Pro32 power rankings from a nationwide panel of media members who cover the NFL. Seattle easily outdistanced Denver in Tuesday’s balloting.
While the college football scene takes a break between the regular season and the bowl schedule, I’ll be focusing on the NFL this week. There aren’t a lot of big-time matchups, but from here on […]
I’m on a big-time roll after a huge week that improved me to 19-4 in college football over the past two weeks, and 13-2 in the NFL to improve my last two weeks to 20-7. No points spreads here, just real-world picks.
Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and Seattle’s defense came up with a huge turnover in the final minutes of a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.