Some have asked in jest -- at least I think they were kidding -- whether I take heat from colleagues for the slightly sub-sterling condition of the NFC West.
Let's just say it's getting warm in here.
Consider this shot from John Clayton as he sized up Week 17:
"The only divisional game that has all-or-nothing results is the NFC West clincher between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams, and that contest is more like a play-in game for the NCAA basketball tournament. It will conclude the worst divisional race in league history and could produce a division winner with a losing record."
A play-in game?
Clayton has essentially reduced Rams-Seahawks to Winthrop against Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the right to play Duke.
One difference: Winthrop and Arkansas-Pine Bluff had winning records.