With their loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Lions have clinched the #1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Detroit fans have 123 days to figure out how to storm team headquarters if the Lions take Michael Crabtree.
Eight teams that entered this weekend at .500 or less won. Only 2 of those teams beat inferior opponents (San Francisco and New Orleans). Upset city for the other 6 teams.
San Diego is finally making their run everyone has been waiting for them to make. They get a gift from Buffalo, and now have a chance to win the division and make the playoffs next week against Denver. If only College Football had something this good: a playoff to get into the playoffs.
Teams not to trust in the playoffs: Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets (if they make it). Neither of these teams can travel. The Jets are 0-4 on the West Coast, Arizona is 0-4 in the east.
Reason the NFL is the best professional sport: Parity. The Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins were the laughing stock of the league last year. Both teams are now 10-5 and have the opportunity to win their respective divisions next week.
Big question of the week: Will any home team win on divisional weekend?
Potential matchups (Bold teams are currently hold position):
Indianapolis @ Denver/San Diego
Baltimore/New England/Miami/NY Jets @ Miami/New England/NY Jets
Atlanta/Carolina @ Arizona
Dallas/Tampa Bay/Philadelphia/Chicago @ Minnesota/Chicago
Assuming things stay as they are now, would you take an AFC West team over Indy? How about an AFC East team over Baltimore? Arizona over Atlanta or Carolina? I wouldn’t predict any of these matchups in favor of the home teams.