The NFL has it right. They leave us wanting just a little more. I'm so glad they didn't go to an 18 game regular season (player safety mainly) and I hope they don't go the foolish way of the NBA and let half the teams into the postseason, but those are other discussions so let's save them for another thread.
In general, though, I'm ready for the Playoffs (at least, I'm "ready" as a viewer...I wouldn't last a nanosecond on the field
By the end of the day, 32 teams will have sorted themselves out over the course of 256 games; in general, as Tuna is fond of saying, they are what their records say they are. The Pats will (hopefully) be a 12--4 team. IMO, that's what they are. Yes, they had some bad officiating go against them, but so did a lot of other teams and, let's be honest, they also didn't make plays when they had to make them earlier in the year and just plain didn't show up until the third quarter of the Arizona game. So. 12--4; the rest is a bunch of woulda-coulda-shoulda's.
I hope very much that Indy plays its guts out for Pagano and beats Houston; in fact, I'm going to predict that that will happen. I'd like to think that there's a chance that KC will win in Denver, but I'd also like to think I might win the Powerball jackpot the next time it's a hundred million bucks...
If we end up having to go to Denver...well, it is what it is, as another coach is fond of saying.