The NFL is now a joke
All football games are now considered a joke, writes The Washington Post.
From the time the Redskins beat the Chiefs in Week 14, to the season-ending overtime loss to the Steelers, to now, the NFL is nothing but an excuse to watch NFL games on TV.
The NFL is all about ratings, and the NFL games are what drive that trend.
The Redskins, who had the league’s worst offense last year, have the best quarterback in the league, and they’re winning games at a blistering pace.
And when the Redskins lose, it’s all about the ratings.
In 2016, the Redskins were averaging an average of 3.9 million viewers per game.
Last season, they averaged 3.7 million.
It’s not a huge leap, but this year, they’ve already eclipsed that mark.
Last year, the game was on the CBS broadcast network, and this year it’s on NBC.
In terms of ratings, that’s a major milestone.
In addition to the Redskins, other games that drew huge ratings were the NFL’s other teams, the New England Patriots, and, well, the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons won the AFC South with a 13-6 record and an average 3.2 million viewers a game.
“The ratings have been pretty consistent over the years,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said at a press conference.
“And this year we are just about at the highest point in the history of the league.”
On the flip side, the league has been getting progressively worse.
Last December, the season ended in a tie, with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the AFC North and the Baltimore Ravens finishing third.
In 2017, the Colts and the Bengals finished tied, and last year the Titans finished dead last.
The Patriots and Bengals both won games by double digits, and both ended the season tied.
It’s clear that fans are tired of the NFL, and with a new season approaching, they’re going to show it.