Start the freaking playoffs already.
That’s the attitude most teams seemed to have in a mundane week 17. With playoff qualifications secured, most contenders began the New Year trotting out backups and has-beens. While some teams stormed into the playoffs despite featuring second-stringers (New England, Pittsburgh, the Jets), many seemed content to back in with weak efforts against inferior opponents (Baltimore, Indianapolis, the Chiefs). No team looked worse than the defending champion Saints, who were thoroughly outplayed by the Buccaneers on all sides of the ball, although Saints fans will take solace in an easy first round matchup against <a href="http://withleather.uproxx.com/2011/01/seahawks-7-9-annoy-the-world-by-winning-nfc-west">the annoying Seahawks</a>.