In this part of the world, the two weeks leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl had the Denver Broncos as the favourite by a spread of 2-2.5 points.
If you had used your free bookie bets to back the Seattle Seahawks, you could have experienced a nice payday as the one-sided outcome of the game that featured the Seahawks accounting for the spread on the game’s very first play was an ominous omen of a day where the Broncos fortunes would plummet quicker than Peyton Manning could shout, “Hurry! Hurry!”
Elsewhere in the NFL, some of the historically better teams have fallen on hard times. Two cases in point are provided by the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
These two perennial powerhouses have fallen victim to the reality represented in today’s NFL by free agency. Players who are key contributors on both offense and defense are lost during their primes due to salary cap restrictions that make it economically unfeasible for teams that benefitted from their services to be able to afford to resign them once their initial contracts expire.
Premier quarterbacks, such as the Patriot’s Tom Brady and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger command so much of their respective teams’ available budget for players that productive veterans at key positions are lured away by teams with more money.
The result is that powerful teams are brought back to average status and the average teams that could afford talented free agents begin their ascension, only to see their eventual success impacted by the same effect.
To be objective, whilst this scenario is not great for fans, it does prevent the NFL from devolving into the sort of situation currently present in Major League Baseball, where the New York Yankees have been known to pay one player more than the entire player budget of some of the smaller market teams.
So, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in the current situation of paying quarterbacks near the end of their longevity whilst watching their talent level on the rest of the team dwindle until it is a mere shadow of what is was just a few years previous.
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