The Seahawks And 49ers Won’t Make The Playoffs And Mark Sanchez Will Be Super Bowl MVP
The Seahawks and 49ers don't make the playoffs while Mark Sanchez becomes Super Bowl XLIX MVP...there's a bet you wouldn't have taken in March of 2014. But c'mon, don't blame yourself for not having the prescience to see 2014's current playoff landscape coming. The NFL is bizarre. Football is fickle. The Seahawks lose Golden Tate and Percy Harvin, and now they don't win those close games they routinely won in 2013 (six wins by seven points or less). The 49ers locker room has finally had its fill of Jim Harbaugh's Pop Warner coaching approach. Mark Sanchez actually has a legitimate offense custom tailored to his playing-style. This is the world we currently live in. Wake up.
Seattle's odds of making the playoffs currently stand at 70%, San Francisco's at 14%, and Philadelphia's at 86%.
WHY SEATTLE WON'T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Simply put -- this team will need 10 wins and that's going to be exceedingly difficult given their remaining schedule. That means winning five of their next seven games. Over that stretch, they face the Cardinals twice, the 49ers twice, the Chiefs and the Eagles in Philly. The other two "easy" games are against the Giants this week (who are playing for their lives) and the Rams (who already beat them this season). Assuming Arizona wins the division, the Seahawks will be fighting for a Wild Card spot against the Cowboys and Packers. Between Dallas, Green Bay and Seattle -- who do you think is better right now? Exactly.
WHY SAN FRANCISCO WON'T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Because when you're 4-4 heading into Week 10 and you've just allowed eight sacks, you're heading in the wrong direction. Another bad sign? Where your coach -- who's objectively great -- will end up next season. FootballOutsiders.com puts the Niners' chances at snagging the Wild Card spot at 11%. No bueno.
WHY MARK SANCHEZ WILL BE SUPER BOWL MVP
Strangely enough, losing ILB DeMeco Ryans hurts the Eagles more than losing quarterback Nick Foles. That's because Mark Sanchez is a quality quarterback who's managed a legitimate resumé as the freakin' New York Jet, and finally has the tools necessary to move the damn football. He's elusive (six rushing TDs in 2011), he's got a big arm, and he's got more playoff game-winning drives than Foles has playoff games, period. It's not that Sanchez is a better quarterback than Foles -- we'll let history decide that -- it's that Sanchez is better suited for Chip Kelly's dink and dunk offense through a playoff run. Just look at the guys Kelly recruited to play QB at Oregon -- Jeremiah Masoli, Darron Thomas, Marcus Mariotta -- all way more like Sanchez than Foles. This team's ceiling just got way higher, and Mark Sanchez will be up there painting it like Michelangelo.
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