Since my Chargers have wrapped up the no.2 seed on x-mas night (and in convincing fashion), I can finally watch Week 16 without yelling at my HDTV. Good feeling.
* the AFC picture is still murky, but the remaining seeds are set in stone: Indianapolis and San Diego have by weeks thought the Wild-Card Weekend (the Colts have home-field advantage for the rest of the playoffs); New England beats Jacksonville 35-7, wrapping up the AFC East; and Cincinnati wins against Kansas City 17-10, they claim the AFC North. The last loose ends to be taken care of are the remaining Wild-Card slots, and the 3rd and 4th seeds.
*Speaking of Wild Card spots: the Jaguars and Dolphins are both out thanks to those losses today, meanwhile the Pittsburgh Steelers stay alive by beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-20. Gotta give Big Ben credit: just when we thought the Steel Curtain had all but fallen against Cleveland, they get their shit together and stringed together a set of wins that signify, to me, the Chargers aren't the only dangerous team to look out for, should the Steelers get in.
Late Edit: More thoughts:
* The New York Jets beat the unbeaten Colts. Wait a minute, what the f@^k!?
* The Saints also lost again as well...to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's one thing to lose against a desperate team trying to stay alive in the postseason hunt. What does it say when you lose to a team with nothing to lose (and a team that's 2-12 on the season no less)?
* If there was a playoff-hopeful team that doesn't deserve to be in the postseason, it's the New York Giants. If you're a fan and you watched that monstrosity of a game, you have my sympathies. No heart and sure as hell demonstrated no pride for the fact that this was their last game at Giants stadium. As a result, the G-men get trounced by Carolina 41-9.