Not sure whether I’ll bother doing this next year or not, but here it is for the last week of 2012 anyway. Maybe if everyone could leave a comment about how much they need or like this (be honest, I don’t care if you think its useless), then it will help with my decision and be much appreciated.
First I’d like to say Merry Christmas to everyone and thanks for reading in 2012. EURO 2012 and the London Olympics helped this be the most viewed year ever as the site continues to grow. Let’s hope hockey gets back in 2013 so I have something to write about, but even if it doesn’t I have a couple posts planned on suggestions for those who are trying to fill time when they usually watch hockey. I know cold, winter Sunday (and Saturday really) afternoons will be one for me once football is done.
Here is a great playoff scenario generator on Yahoo.com. Just for this week I’ve decided to include games available to many Canadians on American networks as well since both CBS and FOX have doubleheaders and it is the last week of the season.
Sunday December 30
1:00pm, Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) @ New York Giants (8-7)
CTV Atlantic, Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener, Northern Ontario
1:00pm, Chicago Bears (9-6) @ Detroit Lions (4-11)
1:00pm, Houston Texans (12-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (10-5)
CTV Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC
4:25pm, Green Bay Packers (11-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (9-6)
Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg; SN East, West, Pacific; RDS
4:25pm, St. Louis Rams (7-7-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (10-5)
Citytv Alberta, Vancouver; SN Ontario
4:25pm, Miami Dolphins (7-8) @ New England Patriots (11-4)
CBS Boston, Detroit, Burlington
4:25pm, Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) @ Denver Broncos (11-3)
8:30pm, Dallas Cowboys (8-7) @ Washington Redskins (9-6)
The biggest game is Cowboys @ Redskins where the winner will win the NFC East and get the fourth seed. Green Bay clinches a bye with a win, while the Vikings would clinch a playoff birth if they win. Chicago needs to win to have a chance, while the Giants need a win and losses by Chicago and Minnesota to make the playoffs. The Seahawks have clinched the 5 seed, so I’m honestly a bit disappointed Rogers is even bothering to show it.
The AFC is a great deal simpler. Texans-Colts means nothing for Indy (they’ve locked the five seed). Houston needs a win to secure the top seed, while a loss could mean they will miss out on a bye entirely. Baltimore-Cincinnati is only interesting if New England loses, in that case a Baltimore win would set up a Bengals-Ravens rematch next weekend. If the Patriots win, then they need a loss by Denver or Houston to get a bye. Denver will secure a bye with a win over Kansas City.
Confused yet? Basically Green Bay-Minnesota and Dallas-Washington are the two biggest games; however, plenty of others have seeding implications. Chances are Eagles-Giants won’t matter.