GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well, somebody has to win the NFC West title, where mediocrity would be an improvement.
There is an increasingly strong possibility that the champion will have a losing record.
Not only that, a 7-9 St. Louis or Seattle or San Francisco could wind up hosting a first-round playoff game against a team that has won 10 or 11 games, maybe more.
That potentially embarrassing scenario results from an NFL rule that guarantees each division champion a home playoff game.
With five weeks to go, Seattle and St. Louis are tied for first at 5-6, with San Francisco 4-7 and Arizona 3-8.
As Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck put it, “Yeah, it’s weird.”