I was reading an SI column about Miles Austin being injured when I re-realized the point about the NFL season.
It h as nothing to do with skill.
It has everything to do with survival.
Your team isn’t that great? You still have a shot to win if you can keep your guys standing upright. Your team is loaded? You have a chance to win it all.
If your team gets guys banged up, you are done. Period. The one time Green Bay won a Super Bowl with a bunch of guys banged up was an aberration. It’s not going to happen much if at all anymore.
Its a battle of attrition.