Originally created 12/01/05

Season can continue for those missing the playoffs



After Monday night the season will be over for some of you. Your season of peaks and valleys will have finally come to a merciful end.

While the ride might be over, who says the fun has to stop? There are several things that owners who missed the playoffs can do to keep themselves involved with the league.

You could start a playoff picks segment for each week. If you've got the wit for it, use it. These kind of things add spice and flavor to a league and will possibly help build some rivalries for next year. It's always good to antagonize those who are better off than yourself, especially if you can get a rise out of them.

Picking on a rival is also good clean fun. Smack talk between friends is always a good show for league members. If you're unlucky enough to be out of the playoffs, go after a buddy, or someone you might not get along with. You could bring up the fact that you beat them with your best player injured, or on a bye, or that their luck in getting to the playoffs was the stuff of legends.

Either way don't be shy in getting involved in the postseason fun even if you're standing on the sideline.

GREEN LIGHT

QB Michael Vick, Atlanta: No matter what the situation, he always seems to kill the Panthers. With the division lead up for grabs he could do it once again to his favorite punching bag.

QB Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle: Philadelphia's secondary has been through the ringer this year. Hasselbeck could have a huge game.

TE Jason Witten, Dallas: Look for the Giants to clamp down on the deep routes to Terry Glenn and the intermediate routes to Keyshawn Johnson. This should leave Witten in single coverage and a chance at a big game.

RED LIGHT

QB Brett Favre, Green Bay: You ever look a matchup and actually fear for a guy's safety? Favre is as tough as they come but he could be in for some season's beatings against Chicago's new Monsters of the Midway.

QB Jeff Garcia, Detroit: With the way the Vikings' defense has been playing lately, it'd be unwise to expect big numbers from any quarterback right now.

RB Stephen Davis, Carolina: There's a controversy brewing again with who should be starting. DeShaun Foster has been getting more carries lately as Davis has been banged up again. It'd be wise to stay away from both of them until something is resolved.

WAKE-UP CALL

Ks, Billy Cundiff, Dallas; Jay Feely, N.Y. Giants; and Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay: In case you didn't know, and shame on you if you didn't, all three missed potential game-winning or game-tying kicks last week. Look for them all to rebound this week.

ROOKIE WATCH

RB, Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay: The Bucs need Williams to stop spinning his wheels. Since he got injured he's been stuck in neutral and with the playoffs coming up they'll need him to produce big games in the clutch.

Reach Raymond Beasock at (706) 823-3221 or raymond.beasock@augustachronicle.com.