It's kind of silly to me that many fans and those in the media are hoping for us to lose in the last couple weeks because 1)our draft position will be lower than if we miss the playoffs and 2)that our schedule will be tougher next year due to having to play division winners as opposed to 2nd/3rd place finishers.
Well, first of all, do we really want to have a pick in the 7-11 range AGAIN. Granted, we would probably get a good player, but the draft is just as much of a crap shoot in the top half of the first round as it is in the bottom half. Had we had the 21st pick in the 2010 draft (and that is what we would have next year at the highest if we made the playoffs) we could have gotten a player like B. Bulaga, D. Bryant, D. McCourty, K. Wilson, J. Best or P. Robinson. I don't think any of us would have been upset with any of those guys on our team. Point is, play for this year and getting a high draft pick (unless we could be in the A. Luck sweepstakes...which we won't be) should not play a part in wanting to get a win.
As for the schedule, we have to play the NFC East next year. That means by winning our division we would likely play CHI and ATL next year. Big deal. Does it really matter if we play those two or if we play NO and GB. Actually, I think we would match up better with the likely division winners than the 2nd place teams.
Bottom line, any fan and knowledgeable media person should understand this. If your a fan, root for your team and cut the loser talk so we can have a high draft pick and easier schedule. The worst part about us making the playoffs is that we will have to hear for the entire offseason how we didn't belong...unless we get a win or two...who knows? At least we will be able to make fun of GB fans (since they are in a tough spot to get in).