In Week 17 last season, it was the Cowboys resting up as the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Now it’s the Eagles’ turn, and they won’t care if it means splitting with their East rivals. The Eagles need to worry about rebooting for the divisional playoff after two tough games.
The Raiders and Chargers can both think about what could have been in the AFC West. Their respective ends and beginnings to the season cost them in the losing race to the Chiefs, who both started and finished well. The city of LA can still get two NFL playoff teams, and the AFC version will do its part. Philip Rivers will rip Oakland’s defense, while Oakland’s offense will be rattled by Joey Bosa.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Jared Goff don’t just share initials �� they are the promising, young quarterbacks who will return the glory to this NFC West rivalry. Keep in mind the first meeting, a shootout between Goff and Brian Hoyer, was close and entertaining. This will be close, too, with the Rams stepping off the gas late thinking about a more important home game in the playoffs next week.
In a sense, teams like Houston have no choice but to try to beat the Warriors by mimicking them. Trying an older style of basketball as a strategy is hopelessly naive. Yet by trying to be like them, teams accept that they will be an inferior version of the Warriors.
That’s because they can only take a part of the Warriors’ essence. Their success doesn’t just come down to three-point shooting, or switching on defense, or ball movement, or chemistry, or even the coaching. It’s all of those qualities at the same time with this specific personnel group. Teams can replicate a few of those traits, but it’s impossible to possess all of them.
It’s not the only time something like this occurs. Almost everyone who is forged in Wolverine’s image �� whether literally like a clone or figuratively like his sons �� eventually loses to him. Wolverine wins because the clones, children, and relatives miss the essential point that he keeps showing them. He’s the best at what he does. They are copies.