I've got big concerns over our draft selections, as they are heading more to the middle of the first round with each passing week. Thank God this is the end of the season, because it looks like the Panthers can beat nearly anyone in the league right now.
I hate the Vikings, but still pulled for them big time last night. Why?
The Bears loss could be another setback for the draft, as it makes the Saints-Panthers game meaningless. The Vikings' loss last night automatically hands home field advantage to the Saints throughout the playoffs, and since their game will no have impact on any other playoff team, I expect the Saints to play backups throughout the game.
The Panthers-Saints game will be in Carolina, and I expect the Panthers to win, which would push their record to 8-8. Nearly as important, the Panthers will have played a tougher schedule than every 8-8 team, except possibly one other. Which means the Panthers' selection, which the Niners possess, is going to be well down the draft board.
So, Niners' fans have got to pull hard for all the 8-7 teams to pull off big wins the week, in order to preven these teams from having the same 8-8 record as the Panthers, and our team from selecting in the range of 20th overall (with the Panthers' pick).
More and more, I expect the Niners' two selections to be in the 14th and 17th overall area, which is a pretty big dropoff in talent from the top dozen players, especially in positions of need.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Dec 29, 2009 at 8:34 AM ]