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Top Seeds and Week 17 and the Bandwagon

The Skins feel the bandwagon large non-trademarked non-Kornheiser-conceived vehicle filling up with the fair-weather folks. They know who you are people.

"It seems like everyone's jumping on the bandwagon, but that's cool, we'll take 'em," Chris Samuels said. "Our true fans, we love them for sticking with us through the tough times."

"Don't jump on the bandwagon," Rock Cartwright said. "Let us be the Redskins, let us play football."

Anyhow, after I missed my flight to Minneapolis (sorry bosses!) I instead came up with this handy chart on how top seeds have done in Week 17 after alreadyh clinching home-field advantage by Week 16. My new idea is that I can re-use the data today. Smart, right? But check back this afternoon for some more exciting items.

These were all the instances I could find over the past nine NFL seasons. The nothing-to-play-for teams have gone 5-4 in Week 17 over that time. A little worrisome?

PS: Some WaPo staffers are already booking hotel rooms in Seattle. Anyhow who believes in curse-type things, you might want to ask them to stop.

1998: Nothing-to-play-for Denver beats Seattle, 28-21. John Elway plays throughout. The Broncos go on to win the Super Bowl.

1998: Nothing-to-play-for Minnesota wins at Tennessee, 26-16, setting the all-time scoring mark in the process. Randall Cunningham plays throughout. The Vikings go on to lose in the NFC championship game.

1999: Nothing-to-play-for St. Louis loses at Philly, 38-31. Kurt Warner plays into the third quarter. The Rams go on to win the Super Bowl.

2001: Nothing-to-play-for Pittsburgh beats Cleveland, 28-7. Kordell Stewart plays one half, poorly. The Steelers go on to lose in the AFC championship game.

2004: Nothing-to-play-for Philadelphia loses to Cincinnati, 38-10. Donovan McNabb and tons of other starters do not play. The Eagles go on to lose in the Super Bowl.

2004: Nothing-to-play-for Pittsburgh wins at Buffalo, 29-24. Ben Roethlisberger does not play. The Steelers go on to lose in the AFC championship game.

2005: Nothing-to-play-for Seattle loses at Green Bay, 23-17. Matt Hasselbeck plays one half. The Seahawks go on to lose in the Super Bowl.

2005: Nothing-to-play-for Indianapolis beats Arizona, 17-13. Peyton Manning plays one series. Tons of other starters play sparingly. The Colts go on to lose in the AFC divisional round.

2006: Nothing-to-play-for Chicago loses to Green Bay, 26-7. Rex Grossman plays one half, horribly. The Bears go on to lose in the Super Bowl.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 26, 2007; 12:29 PM ET
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Larry Michael booked hotel rooms in Seattle, Dallas, Green Bay, and Phoenix.

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