Clearing the deck for the final week of the regular season in the NFL…
* Kudos to the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and Panthers who did what they were supposed to do Sunday – win and keep their respective 1 and 2 seeds in the AFc/NFC.
* The same can not be said of the Bears, Dolphins and Ravens, who all blew a chance to get into the playoffs with a win.
* Congratulations to Rex Ryan, you earned the right to return to the Jets for 2014 and what should be a contract extension coming.
* The Steelers probably wish KC’s Ryan Succop was a better kicker. His 41-yard FG miss at the end of regulation cost Pittsburgh a spot in the AFC playoffs (won by SD).
* Black Monday is here around the NFL and the firings will be swift. Already reportedly out: Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland and Mike Shanahan in Washington. Moves could be coming in Oakland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Detroit and Tampa Bay (Schiano to Penn State?). (UPDATE: Chudzinski already fired as of 9:30pm Sunday night)
* Do you think the Seahawks are a little concerned with Russell Wilson’s play the last month heading into the playoffs?
* Do you think Aaron Rodgers makes a little difference in Green Bay?
* Talk about being stacked in the NFC: the 49ers and Saints are 5th and 6th seeds.
* Who’s a bigger disappointment in the NFC North: Lions or Bears?
* Give the NFL its due, week 17 was full of drama!
* Let the playoffs begin!