Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks.
There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style points and who teams played will not matter.
Alex Smith had a wildly successful first season as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. He led the team to an 11-5 record and a postseason berth after a 2-14 season in 2012. Combined with new head coach Andy Reid, Smith completely remade Kansas City’s offense into a dangerous unit. And now, the Chiefs apparently want to make sure he’s around longer.
Barring a home playoff game, one of the NFL’s more venerable venues closed its doors Monday night with the final regular season game at Candlestick Park.
A much maligned venue (especially for the baseball Giants) over its history, Candlestick has staged some of pro football’s most memorable games over it’s 43-year history.
Despite the disparity between the NFL’s best teams from the middle of the pack, the 2013 season has yet to feature any one team running away from everyone else.
Andy Reid’s return to the City of Brotherly Love also includes another dual-threat quarterback in Alex Smith.
Although Smith’s mobility pales in comparison to that of Michael Vick, he’s arguably a better passer in terms of accuracy and decision-making. It’s also a matchup of two stellar ball-carriers in LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles.