The Redskins did both the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts a big favor this past Sunday by putting a large dent in the playoff hopes of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Just two weeks ago the Jaguars were sitting atop the AFC South one game ahead of the Colts. The Jaguars were on the verge of preventing Peyton Manning from reaching the post season for the first time since 2001.
After a head to head loss to the Colts last week and a loss to the Redskins on their home turf, the Jaguars are rightfully on the outside looking in. Jacksonville had benefitted from a soft schedule and a hail mary up until now. With no quality wins it would be a travesty if we were forced to watch David Garrard as opposed to Peyton Manning in January.
The NFL must be overjoyed from the sudden turn of events as well. Peyton Manning has been the NFL’s poster child for years and continues to play at the highest level. His multiple appearances on television and commercials have non sports fans recognizing his fame as well.
Personally it would be hard to imagine the playoffs without the leagues best gunslinger. We have been so accustomed and assuming when it comes to the Colts. However injuries have decimated Indianapolis this year and inconsistency on defense helped provide opponents with momentum.
Now with a win at home against 6-9 Tennessee in the years final contest, Peyton Manning and the Colts will qualify for their 9th consecutive post season appearance. A wild card game ratings boost would be sure to follow. Roger Goodell and the NFL PR department certainly won’t show it, but they are pumping their fists behind closed doors.
President Obama put in a call to the Eagles front office earlier this week. Perhaps Roger Goodell and Jim Irsay should do the same for Washington.