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2020-10-22 3:43:01 PM  
There may be other divisions that are occasionally worse, and other teams that are occasionally worse, but no other sports teams are as perennially bad as Philadelphia sports teams.  I grew up not knowing an Eagles team over .500.  My earliest memory is of the 1964 Phillies, who were going to win the World Series.  First professional team to make 10,000 losses, the Phillies.  That's quite an accomplishment.
 
2020-10-22 3:58:50 PM  
Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.
 
2020-10-22 4:52:46 PM  

HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.


It might go full fractal Busey on the Fark Football Scale.
 
2020-10-22 5:03:16 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.

It might go full fractal Busey on the Fark Football Scale.


We have a scale?
 
2020-10-22 5:07:19 PM  

HugeMistake: Galileo's Daughter: HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.

It might go full fractal Busey on the Fark Football Scale.

We have a scale?


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Yup.
 
2020-10-22 5:28:13 PM  
NFC Least: 5 wins

Seattle after their bye week:  5 wins
 
2020-10-22 5:39:30 PM  
Per the article, the Steelers were at least .500 at the time reported and ended up 9-7.  Maybe the overall percentage was worse, but at least one team was even.  I would argue that that's better.
 
2020-10-22 6:35:04 PM  

Hoban Washburne: Per the article, the Steelers were at least .500 at the time reported and ended up 9-7.  Maybe the overall percentage was worse, but at least one team was even.  I would argue that that's better.


Yes, at least the team that won that division was respectable. Somebody could win the NFC East with four victories, although it will probably be five or six. Ugh.
 
2020-10-22 6:46:35 PM  

HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.


I dunno.  Bad teams playing each other sometimes will lead to high-scoring shoot-outs that are kinda fun to watch.

But it's entirely possible you end up being right.
 
2020-10-22 6:47:33 PM  

HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.


Recently it's been SNF that has been the awful game.
 
2020-10-22 6:50:39 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: There may be other divisions that are occasionally worse, and other teams that are occasionally worse, but no other sports teams are as perennially bad as Philadelphia sports teams.  I grew up not knowing an Eagles team over .500.  My earliest memory is of the 1964 Phillies, who were going to win the World Series.  First professional team to make 10,000 losses, the Phillies.  That's quite an accomplishment.


*Atlanta hesitantly raises its hand*
 
2020-10-22 6:53:47 PM  

jake3988: HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.

I dunno.  Bad teams playing each other sometimes will lead to high-scoring shoot-outs that are kinda fun to watch.

But it's entirely possible you end up being right.


Browns v Bengals was skated to such and was quite good.... tong should suck thoroughly though.
 
2020-10-22 6:55:41 PM  
A regular sounder of draft pick hogs
 
2020-10-22 7:09:37 PM  
Thursday Night Football of Champions! Tonight!
 
2020-10-22 7:22:21 PM  

The_Sponge: NFC Least: 5 wins

Seattle after their bye week:  5 wins


Hey, an NFC East team WILL win tonight. (Offer void in event of a tie.)
 
2020-10-22 7:56:23 PM  

HugeMistake: Galileo's Daughter: HugeMistake: Giants and Eagles on a Thursday night - which is where bad football goes to die at the best of times - has all the hallmarks of being the worst game of the season.

It might go full fractal Busey on the Fark Football Scale.

We have a scale?


Fractal Busey something something

/something something
 
2020-10-22 8:24:15 PM  
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2020-10-22 8:29:19 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: The_Sponge: NFC Least: 5 wins

Seattle after their bye week:  5 wins

Hey, an NFC East team WILL win tonight. (Offer void in event of a tie.)


We could end up with an NFC East that ends up 3-3 vs their division. Oh, and it is the Iggles turn to win a division game.
 
2020-10-22 9:01:56 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: The_Sponge: NFC Least: 5 wins

Seattle after their bye week:  5 wins

Hey, an NFC East team WILL win tonight. (Offer void in event of a tie.)


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2020-10-22 9:28:42 PM  

KingKauff: Marcus Aurelius: There may be other divisions that are occasionally worse, and other teams that are occasionally worse, but no other sports teams are as perennially bad as Philadelphia sports teams.  I grew up not knowing an Eagles team over .500.  My earliest memory is of the 1964 Phillies, who were going to win the World Series.  First professional team to make 10,000 losses, the Phillies.  That's quite an accomplishment.

*Atlanta hesitantly raises its hand*


I was going to say Cleveland but they did get that one championship with Lebron.
 
2020-10-22 9:49:43 PM  
I'd just like to point out that it's mathematically possible to go 3-13 and make the playoffs. If the entire division goes 0-10 (0-40 collectively) against their non-division opponents and then each team goes 1-1 against the others, all 4 teams would end up 3-13. Then the Byzantine NFL tie-breaker rules would kick in and one of them would make it.

/And host someone the first round
//And I totally would be rooting for them...just because.
 
2020-10-22 11:07:55 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: There may be other divisions that are occasionally worse, and other teams that are occasionally worse, but no other sports teams are as perennially bad as Philadelphia sports teams.  I grew up not knowing an Eagles team over .500.  My earliest memory is of the 1964 Phillies, who were going to win the World Series.  First professional team to make 10,000 losses, the Phillies.  That's quite an accomplishment.


Yo, Rip Van Winkle Von HairShirt, may I draw your attention to Super Bowl LII?
 
2020-10-23 3:09:09 AM  

oldsbone: I'd just like to point out that it's mathematically possible to go 3-13 and make the playoffs. If the entire division goes 0-10 (0-40 collectively) against their non-division opponents and then each team goes 1-1 against the others, all 4 teams would end up 3-13. Then the Byzantine NFL tie-breaker rules would kick in and one of them would make it.

/And host someone the first round
//And I totally would be rooting for them...just because.


It's possible a team could be 0-10-6 and win a division.
Same winning percentage as 3-13.
 
2020-10-23 8:51:36 AM  

Hoban Washburne: Per the article, the Steelers were at least .500 at the time reported and ended up 9-7.  Maybe the overall percentage was worse, but at least one team was even.  I would argue that that's better.


The Steelers also had more wins than the bottom three teams in the divisions combined, both in 1984 and in 2020.
 
2020-10-23 9:04:51 AM  

Don Gato: It's possible a team could be 0-10-6 and win a division.
Same winning percentage as 3-13.


I'd like a refund on this math course.
 
2020-10-23 9:08:41 AM  

Don Gato: oldsbone: I'd just like to point out that it's mathematically possible to go 3-13 and make the playoffs. If the entire division goes 0-10 (0-40 collectively) against their non-division opponents and then each team goes 1-1 against the others, all 4 teams would end up 3-13. Then the Byzantine NFL tie-breaker rules would kick in and one of them would make it.

/And host someone the first round
//And I totally would be rooting for them...just because.

It's possible a team could be 0-10-6 and win a division.
Same winning percentage as 3-13.


But you got to kiss your sister three times.  So... slightly better?
 
2020-10-23 9:09:01 AM  

Slow To Return: Don Gato: oldsbone: I'd just like to point out that it's mathematically possible to go 3-13 and make the playoffs. If the entire division goes 0-10 (0-40 collectively) against their non-division opponents and then each team goes 1-1 against the others, all 4 teams would end up 3-13. Then the Byzantine NFL tie-breaker rules would kick in and one of them would make it.

/And host someone the first round
//And I totally would be rooting for them...just because.

It's possible a team could be 0-10-6 and win a division.
Same winning percentage as 3-13.

But you got to kiss your sister three times.  So... slightly better?


SIX.  Six times.
 
2020-10-23 7:38:21 PM  

Don Gato: oldsbone: I'd just like to point out that it's mathematically possible to go 3-13 and make the playoffs. If the entire division goes 0-10 (0-40 collectively) against their non-division opponents and then each team goes 1-1 against the others, all 4 teams would end up 3-13. Then the Byzantine NFL tie-breaker rules would kick in and one of them would make it.

/And host someone the first round
//And I totally would be rooting for them...just because.

It's possible a team could be 0-10-6 and win a division.
Same winning percentage as 3-13.


If a team won their division at 0-10-6 while Goodell was "commissioner" it would be epic watching him announce that an 0-10-6 team was the 4 seed and was totally deserving of making the playoffs, especially if it left at least one team that went 12-4 or better out of the playoffs.
 
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