National Football League (NFL) games on Monday night have been entertaining fans for the past forty-five years or so. Remember “Dandy Don” Meredith, Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell? They made “staying home” on Monday night something that became a “must-do” for fans of the sport. Of course, the NFL always seemed to schedule games between top teams.
That is no longer true. Consider the squads that will be competing in next Monday night’s contest, the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. These teams have lost far more games than they have won.
In fact, the visiting Bears, a team that is a member of the North Division in the National Football Conference (NFC) find themselves in third place, well behind the first place Green Bay Packers, with a Won-Loss record of just 2-5.
The situation is even worse for the home team San Diego Chargers. This squad, which is a member of the West Division in the American Football Conference (AFC), has managed to eke out just two wins in the eight games it has played.
So, if you’re a fan of professional football and you plan to tune in the game on Monday night, you will get to watch two squads that have managed four wins collectively while losing eleven games. Of course, true fans of the NFL enjoy watching every game that shows up on a TV screen, regardless of the won-loss records of the teams in the game.
That’s because it is the sport and the excitement it generates that gets people to “tune in and watch” far more than it is the quality of the teams that are playing.
The real truth is that every team in the National Football League (NFL), regardless of Won-Loss record, has the ability to put top-level professional players on the field. The difference between a winning squad and one that loses frequently is often slight.
In this quarterback-driven sport, a top signal caller can elevate the play of an entire team, even one that lacks lots of superior skill players.
The Bears and the Chargers line up on offense behind top-tier franchise quarterbacks. Injuries, sub-par performances, bad luck and even questionable officiating have played major roles in the losing records that have both of these squads already planning for next year.
Nevertheless, both Chicago and San Diego have the ability to perform well on the gridiron and produce a competitive game that excites fans and keeps them interested for sixty minutes of game time.
Individual and team pride will help determine which of these two squads emerges victorious in this game. And, despite the losing records of both teams, fans who pay for a seat can expect to watch a game that will produce its share of exciting plays and last minute drama.
Courtesy of ESPN