12-13-2010, 08:42 AM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Sep 2004
Re: What we feared about Pats/Jets is happening in the NFC, too!
Originally Posted by MassPats38
Divisional records represent 6 games of the season. If the team is in a cake division, then it starts with 6 wins. If the winner of that division is compared to another division winner from a division loaded with quality teams, then it has a decided advantage as the division comes gift wrapped. Obviously, that is just as true with divisions loaded with lousy teams.
Oddly enough I think your argument actually strengthens the other side.
Think about this, imagine the Rams get into the playoffs at 7-9. If that is the case, then the other three teams in the division will be 7-9 or worse. Therefore, the other teams in the division are crap. Most likely, at least 4 of the 7 wins will be against the division (which remember is all crap).
So a team with a below 0.500 record makes it to the playoffs with its victories being against other crap teams. Doesn't sound like a playoff worthy team to me.
Below is a list the division leading Rams have beaten to earn their 6-7 record.....
vs. WAS 5-8
vs. SEA 6-7
vs. SD 7-6
vs. CAR 1-12
vs. DEN 3-10
vs. ARI 4-9
Oh, and they've been outscored by their opponents this season. They don't sound very playoff worthy to me.
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