For every team that misses the NFL Playoffs, there are two miserable points during the season.
The second, and most depressing, is when the team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. For most teams, this occurs down the stretch run of the regular season, as the team ahead of them pulls away or their own play degenerates into a Lions-esque decline.
The first, however, is the controversial rejection point during the season. ItÆs the point in a season, prior to being mathematically eliminated, where the team (and its fans) realizes that the season is lost.
This epiphany could come in Week 14, as your team falls to 7-6 while the division leader is at 9-4. Sure, it's only a two-game gap, but it is virtually insurmountable if win percentages maintain thems ...
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Article written by Scotty Kimberly