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All you need to know about what is wrong with the NFL could be found this past weekend just by what took place in the NCAA. Each week a drama unfolds for college teams desperately trying to run the table for an undefeated season just so they can be considered for one of just four playoff spots. One loss, especially at this time of year, can kill a team’s dream. Their opponents can relish in playing their hearts out while ending their rival’s chances, which results in some incredible games.

With the second, third, and fourth ranked teams losing this week, the NCAA has a difficult task in deciding who might move on in January. There’s even hope for a two loss team moving on to the playoffs for the first time.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at Super Bowl 50. The owners’ dream commissioner.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at Super Bowl 50. The owners’ dream commissioner.

Meanwhile, in the NFL, life does not get interesting until about this time of year. After two months of working out the kinks and finding their rhythm — coach-speak for going through the motions — teams begin to play with a little more urgency. Even players on losing teams start to step up knowing they may be auditioning for a job next year.

And what will it result in? Unfortunately, because of the nature of how the NFL playoffs are set up, we will see good teams going home after the regular season ends and bad teams in the playoffs.

The NFL would like to have us believe this is due to parity. They want us to believe most of the teams are equally good and capable of making it to the playoffs when in truth, there are just three teams, New England, Seattle, and Dallas, who can be viewed as very good and maybe four or five others who may end up deserving of being a playoff team.

The NFL has to address this or face a further drop in their ratings. They have to find ways to make bad teams realize they have to play inspired football or they risk more than just missing out on the playoffs. There needs to be fewer, not more teams in the post season.

Maybe something more radical needs to be done. How about after eight weeks, the top 16 teams move on to a separate super division and play for eight playoff spots? The bottom 16 would then be left to play one another with the top four also moving on as wild card teams. One thing for sure, what the NFL is doing now is no longer as enjoyable for the fans to follow as the NCAA regular season is.And I say all of this after the NFL had one of its better weeks of games.

Baltimore 28 – Cleveland 7

I am out of jokes for the Browns. Simply put, they have no business playing in the NFL, which is a shame because there might not be an NFL had it not been for this team’s founder and namesake, Paul Brown. Bad drafting, bad injuries, bad coaching, and bad management will get you this.

Meanwhile, Baltimore is an example of how too many NFL teams are allowed to take their time and find themselves in the regular season because of too many games and too many playoff spots. Fortunately, this game came on a night the rest of the nation was still in shock over the election results. The only thing that could be more shocking is if Cleveland had won.

Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree

Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree

Los Angeles 9 – New York Jets 6

In a game about nothing, the fans got nothing … but maybe drunk.

Washington 26 – Minnesota 20

Four losses in a row should be just enough to write off the Vikings. Unfortunately, it isn’t because they play in the NFC North where just about everyone else is capable of losing four or five in a row. Still, this team is going nowhere and not only do their opponents sense it, but the Vikings know it. They’ve lost their confidence, something that keeps growing inside the Redskin locker room.

Kansas City 20 – Carolina 17

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton

There comes a point in the season where teams look back for that defining game, the one that makes or breaks their season. This game will prove to be just that for both of these teams. For the Chiefs, it shows everyone they have what the Panthers lack — heart. Coming from behind to beat the defending NFC champs, in a game had the Panthers won would have found them believing they could still win their division. Now, they can start planning their holiday vacations.

Houston 24 – Jacksonville 21

Sure, Houston is in first place, but no one sees this team as being very good. Good teams take care of business. They destroy a team like the Jaguars and bask knowing they did so while being able to get plenty of rest. For their players Instead, the Texans were pushed to the end against a team that is horrible.

Philadelphia 24 – Atlanta 15

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles. He could lead his team to the playoffs.

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles. He could lead his team to the playoffs.

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