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Danielle
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12/24/2012 12:37:20 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
So the playoffs are looking like:

Falcons
Packers
Niners

Redskins
Seahawks
Bears/Vikings

Texans
Broncos
Patriots
Ravens
Colts
Bengals

I bolded the teams that are more likely to win it all.

I was watching ESPN, and one of the analysts said that when looking at the team he thinks will go all the way, he has to look at a team's depth and a dimension: a team where one phase of the game can completely blow, and another aspect of the team steps up and makes it work. Speaking about the AFC, he said he believed the Patriots to be that team. Lol, wut? Aren't the Pats known for a crappy pass defense and having a team where Brady dominates and the defense usually lets him down? I think the Texans take that role in the AFC; they deserve to be in the Superbowl. Then again I didn't see the Pats/Texans game...

I think the Falcons "deserve" to go all the way this year, but they never seem to get it together in the playoffs. In that case the Niners should go. A Falcons/Texans Superbowl would be pretty rad though.

Wah, Giants. They didn't deserve it this year They haven't been clutch.
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12/24/2012 3:09:43 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/24/2012 12:37:20 AM, Danielle wrote:
So the playoffs are looking like:

Falcons
Packers
Niners

Redskins
Seahawks
Bears/Vikings

Texans
Broncos
Patriots
Ravens
Colts
Bengals

I bolded the teams that are more likely to win it all.

I was watching ESPN, and one of the analysts said that when looking at the team he thinks will go all the way, he has to look at a team's depth and a dimension: a team where one phase of the game can completely blow, and another aspect of the team steps up and makes it work. Speaking about the AFC, he said he believed the Patriots to be that team. Lol, wut? Aren't the Pats known for a crappy pass defense and having a team where Brady dominates and the defense usually lets him down? I think the Texans take that role in the AFC; they deserve to be in the Superbowl. Then again I didn't see the Pats/Texans game...

I think the Falcons "deserve" to go all the way this year, but they never seem to get it together in the playoffs. In that case the Niners should go. A Falcons/Texans Superbowl would be pretty rad though.

Wah, Giants. They didn't deserve it this year They haven't been clutch.

I would have said the 9ers had the best chances in the playoffs, but they haven't looked very good lately. Having momentum going into the playoffs is huge (something the Packers learned the hard way last year) and the 9ers just seem to be treading water lately with a QB change and a team that is telegraphing their weaknesses.

The Falcons are clearly a good team, but I'm not putting any money (figuratively) on them until Matt Ryan actually wins a playoff game, and I have strong doubts that he will this year.

I also wasn't aware people still used the word rad :P I think it's groovy though ;)

I don't think either the Texans nor the Falcons 'deserve' to get anywhere in the playoffs. They both have clear weaknesses but are certainly capable of doing something special if they get hot at the right time.

My pre-season pick was Packers (total homer pick as always) versus the Texans, (people said I was crazy) so I'm going to stick with that. The Packers seem to be hitting their stride at the right time, and I don't really see anyone else in the AFC as complete as the Texans. The Pats are solid, but have holes. The Ravens and Broncos might make a push, but I think the Texans will put it all together.

I guess we'll see.

Gotta give it up to the Redskins. I didn't think they had a shot at the playoffs and they have played really well lately. I don't think they'll win more than a wildcard game, but it's still impressive in a 'rebuilding' year. Ditto for the Seahawks and Colts.
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12/24/2012 3:28:15 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/24/2012 3:09:43 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 12/24/2012 12:37:20 AM, Danielle wrote:
So the playoffs are looking like:

Falcons
Packers
Niners

Redskins
Seahawks
Bears/Vikings

Texans
Broncos
Patriots
Ravens
Colts
Bengals

I bolded the teams that are more likely to win it all.

I was watching ESPN, and one of the analysts said that when looking at the team he thinks will go all the way, he has to look at a team's depth and a dimension: a team where one phase of the game can completely blow, and another aspect of the team steps up and makes it work. Speaking about the AFC, he said he believed the Patriots to be that team. Lol, wut? Aren't the Pats known for a crappy pass defense and having a team where Brady dominates and the defense usually lets him down? I think the Texans take that role in the AFC; they deserve to be in the Superbowl. Then again I didn't see the Pats/Texans game...

I think the Falcons "deserve" to go all the way this year, but they never seem to get it together in the playoffs. In that case the Niners should go. A Falcons/Texans Superbowl would be pretty rad though.

Wah, Giants. They didn't deserve it this year They haven't been clutch.

I would have said the 9ers had the best chances in the playoffs, but they haven't looked very good lately. Having momentum going into the playoffs is huge (something the Packers learned the hard way last year) and the 9ers just seem to be treading water lately with a QB change and a team that is telegraphing their weaknesses.

The Falcons are clearly a good team, but I'm not putting any money (figuratively) on them until Matt Ryan actually wins a playoff game, and I have strong doubts that he will this year.

I also wasn't aware people still used the word rad :P I think it's groovy though ;)

I don't think either the Texans nor the Falcons 'deserve' to get anywhere in the playoffs. They both have clear weaknesses but are certainly capable of doing something special if they get hot at the right time.

My pre-season pick was Packers (total homer pick as always) versus the Texans, (people said I was crazy) so I'm going to stick with that. The Packers seem to be hitting their stride at the right time, and I don't really see anyone else in the AFC as complete as the Texans. The Pats are solid, but have holes. The Ravens and Broncos might make a push, but I think the Texans will put it all together.

I guess we'll see.

Gotta give it up to the Redskins. I didn't think they had a shot at the playoffs and they have played really well lately. I don't think they'll win more than a wildcard game, but it's still impressive in a 'rebuilding' year. Ditto for the Seahawks, Colts and Broncos.

Just saw the Texans-Vikings highlights so let me amend this:

No one from the AFC deserves to win the SuperBowl this year... Though the Broncos seem to be playing the best headed into week 17.
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12/24/2012 7:49:06 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Seahawks should be bolded. Scored forty the last three weeks and blew out a very good SF team.

Patriots should handle Bengals at home, Indy @ Baltimore (hehe, grudge match) much tougher to call.

Winner of Manning vs Brady in Mile High should represent the AFC. Likely Broncos on current performance.

The NFC is more interesting because you've got a wildcard team that could do some damage, a no1 seed that isn't close to being the favorite, and two very good teams with completely different styles in Green Bay and the Niners. I'd expect the Hawks to be favored against the NFC East winner, even on the road, but not to the extent that an RGIII special would be completely shocking. Second wildcard's kind of a mess at the moment. If I were a betting man, I'd say it would be Da Bears though. Could be an interesting wildcard round if good Jay Cutler shows up.
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12/24/2012 9:07:44 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/24/2012 7:49:06 AM, DudeWithoutTheE wrote:
Seahawks should be bolded. Scored forty the last three weeks and blew out a very good SF team.

Patriots should handle Bengals at home, Indy @ Baltimore (hehe, grudge match) much tougher to call.

Winner of Manning vs Brady in Mile High should represent the AFC. Likely Broncos on current performance.

The NFC is more interesting because you've got a wildcard team that could do some damage, a no1 seed that isn't close to being the favorite, and two very good teams with completely different styles in Green Bay and the Niners. I'd expect the Hawks to be favored against the NFC East winner, even on the road, but not to the extent that an RGIII special would be completely shocking. Second wildcard's kind of a mess at the moment. If I were a betting man, I'd say it would be Da Bears though. Could be an interesting wildcard round if good Jay Cutler shows up.

Good points.

@ Airmax, I don't see the Pack making it this year, but I haven't followed them much... and I don't ever say rad lol it sounded right at the time though.
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12/24/2012 10:23:52 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/24/2012 10:20:31 AM, Koopin wrote:
Broncos are going to the Superbowl.

Either Seahawks or Packers.

Yeah. Seahawks v Bronocs Superbowl 2013.

I'm gonna take some heat for this pick, but the hawks are beast.
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12/24/2012 10:55:22 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/24/2012 10:23:52 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 12/24/2012 10:20:31 AM, Koopin wrote:
Broncos are going to the Superbowl.

Either Seahawks or Packers.

Yeah. Seahawks v Bronocs Superbowl 2013.

I'm gonna take some heat for this pick, but the hawks are beast.

K i read everyone's posts, here's my analysis:

AFC Championship
1. Denver Broncos
Broncos in the past 10 games. Nuff said.
Manning's QBR in the past 10 games, nuff said.
Broncos only lost to good teams, (Pats, Texans) at the BEGINNING of the season, before Manning's ultimate offense was fully established. (2-3, 10-0 in last 10 games)

2. New England/Houston (Toss Up, I honestly can't say)
Let's face it, both are dynamic teams, good offenses, good defenses. Both are INCREDIBLY inconsistent in their past 4 games, which is scaring me to the point of voting almost any NFC division winner to beat the crap out of either team.

Let's look at both though.

The Texans... Jesus
5th overall offense
7th overall defense

Yet they get creamed, (Pats and Vikes) almost lose to bad teams (Jacksonville, Lions (YES THE LIONS ARE A BAD TEAM, MEGATRON DOESNT CARRY THAT TEAM, although Stafford is slightly underrated b/c he's actually a good QB))

Now the Pats...Ugh

They make a strong case over the Texans, considering I'm looking at the head to head matchup. There's no reason the Texans, with all their starters, should have lost that badly to the Patriots, although I did predict the Pats would win, but by only one possession, (1TD at the most).

Conclusion: It could go either way, I'm betting the Texans are alot more laid back at this point, and are trying to avoid injuries until the playoffs, which is Gary Kubiak's best bet. At the same time, they aren't benching any starters, allowing their starters to play for as long as possible. Just hoping the Texans will shine again in the Playoffs. The Patriots are a good team, and there's no doubt Bill Belichick will cry his heart out just for that top seed position. If Gronk can get back in 4 weeks, the Patriots will have the slight advantage over the Texans, if not, then i'll pick the Texans.

WHO WINS AFC- Denver Broncos, Nuff Said. There's nothing for me to like about the way the Pats and Texans have been playing in their last 3 games (excluding the Pats W over the Texans). Almost losing to Jacksonville is pretty bad for both teams, but maybe Jacksonville's secret talents lie in being able to give good teams a run for their money?

NFC Championship


1. Seattle Seahawks nuff said.
Russel Wilson has been the best Rookie QB in the past 6 games.
Marshawn Lynch is still top 10 RB, maybe number 6.
Amazing, extremely underrated defense (I say underrated b/c they have no superstar players, and b/c people say the 9'ers have a better defense)
They have beaten good teams, and are relatively consistent. They don't lose by massive margins, and seem to be getting better and better as the season goes on.

2. GB/SF (Another Toss Up)
Can't... I just can't. Everyone ruling out the 9'ers, I honestly think Harbaugh should and will start Alex Smith, he has playoff experience, and he's still 4-0-1 in his past 5 regular season games.

49'ers:
They lost badly to the Seahawks, but then again the Seahawks are a good team. Their defense is still top 3, but Seattle's is better.
Their offense is struggling between two QB's. Kaepernick's time to shine is over, just start Alex Smith and you should be fine in the playoffs.
Michael Crabtree is incredibly inconsistent, Frank Gore is still top 10 RB.

Packers:
The so called, Good team destroyer. Ended the Texan's undefeated record relatively early in the season. Bounced back from a 2-3, which should have been 3-2 record to now winning the division, and a very tough division considering the Bears and Vikes are both 9-6. They are 5-0 in their division. 9-1 in their last 10.

Conclusion- Another "it could go either way" scenario. It's going to 100% be the Packers if Alex Smith isn't the 9'ers starter. If he is, It's a toss up.

WHO WINS NFC- The Seattle Seahawks, the Cinderella story of football. The Most underrated defense in the league (Even if you put them at number 1), it's doing them an injustice, considering they have no superstar players, just a good secondary and amazing overall defense. Russel Wilson won't get Rookie of the year, but he will get the NFC Championship trophy, which seems just a bit better.

SUPERBOWL- Broncos, nuff said. Quite honestly. The AFC sucks, and we all know it. The Broncos are the only team from the AFC i would rank in the top 5 (At number 1). I think almost any top 5 NFC team could beat the Pats or Texans. Also, Manning deserves another Superbowl (Or 3)
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12/24/2012 3:48:34 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/24/2012 10:23:52 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 12/24/2012 10:20:31 AM, Koopin wrote:
Broncos are going to the Superbowl.

Either Seahawks or Packers.

Yeah. Seahawks v Bronocs Superbowl 2013.

I'm gonna take some heat for this pick, but the hawks are beast.

IT'S BECAUSE OF THAT GOD DAMN STADIUM. Hawks will not have home field advantage I'm already eliminating them cause of this fact. My Super Bowl prediction is a NE vs Niners Super Bowl.
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12/28/2012 8:10:34 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Where have the past four months gone? Oh, yeah, work. Thank heavens for DirecTV Sunday Ticket. :)

For amusement, I thought I would post my preseason projections and compare to reality. The following were posted in another thread between 9/3-5/12:

@ Playoffs:
As always, this will come down to which teams get injured and which stay relatively healthy. All things being equal, this SHOULD happen:

NFC: San Fran, NYG, Green Bay, NOLA, Chicago, Ghettroit

AFC: Pittsburgh, Denver, Baltimore, New England, Houston...uh, San Diego?

Well, if this were a casino, I'd exit with more than when I entered. NYG may still make it, but they have uncharacteristically struggled late in the season. For some reason, I think Dallas will sneak in this weekend, THEN lose. The offseason Sean Payton buzz-that-may-become-a-saga could be interesting.

So long, Norv Turner. Someone's offense will improve next year because you'll be its coordinator; that team will not be the Chargers.

Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisburger worked out fine, until Ben: got hurt, came back too soon, and subsequently stunk. I suspect TH will be politely let go after this weekend, just because Pittsburgh is not an organization that fosters Drama; and I doubt they'll side against Ben.

@ Jets:
Rex's novelty has dissolved. He doesn't have year-long captains, and he sends his players to leadership seminars? That indicates a lack of strong leadership from the top. I "get" the interest; I share none.

As for the Jets, I think Rex's attitude was a good charge for the team, at first; but like any novelty, attitude wears off when a lack of substance is exposed. He has the substance of a great defensive coach, but perhaps his leadership (of an entire team) has been exposed as novelty. When the hype continually outweighs ... the performance---and don't forget, the hype has been Super Bowl guarantees for several seasons---patience wears thin. When the Giants don't talk, yet find leaders to help them win (driven by a great leader for head coach), it carries more weight than "Well, we made it to two conference championships!"

Bingo! (p.s. The "bumble" (butt-fumble) was one of my favorite plays of the year, for what it's worth.)

As for the Falcons, I don't see them making much noise. I could be wrong, and I'm not hating on them, but I just don't see how they've improved; they somewhat seem like wheels spinning in mud, hoping their expectations carry them forward. Matt Ryan is solid, but I'm not sure he's great; this season will determine if he is relaxed and confident, or feeling the pressure to live up to his rookie season.

FUMBLE! I hope I was playing with house money there.... So the Falcons continue to play well at home, but shaky on the road; but they find ways to win. Again, being a solid regular-season-only team means little, so we'll see what happens moving forward. But I was completely wrong about their regular season. Good job, Atlanta.

@ Seattle:
Seattle is my sleeper team, not because everyone suddenly finds them sexy. I was one of five people who publicly said they had the "steal of the draft" when the picked Wilson last spring.

I did say that!

As for Russ Wilson, don't forget that he played great behind a Wisconsin O-line that averaged taller and heavier than the average NFL O-line last season. All the hype of him not being tall enough to throw down NFL-level sight lines was, and is, balogna. Plus, Seattle has a pretty good back-up in Matt Flynn, in case Wilson gets hurt/struggles. Lynch just needed to stay healthy, and a solid backup RB would help keep Lynch fresh. Seattle's D should be strong, if healthy, especially in the backfield.

Nailed it.

Maybe Seattle will beat San Francisco once, but I'm not sure they'll win the division over the 49ers. I've been to a pro football game in Seattle, and that crowd/stadium is fantastic. It's known as the loudest stadium in the league (when the crowd has reason to cheer). The 12th Man will be back this season, I suspect. I think Seattle will finish second and possibly be a wildcard team due to number of wins. However, I won't be surprised if they don't make the playoffs this year; they should show big improvement this season, nevertheless.

Book 'em, Dan-o.

I'm rooting for the 'Hawks to win it all. Yesterday, news leaked out that DB Rich Sherman won his appeal, so he won't be suspended for four games. That helps. Pete Carroll has that defense FLYING to the ball with enthusiasm, purpose, and discipline (not penalized much). Go, Russ! Beast Mode, Skittles, whatever---Marshawn Lynch is one of the best, most reliable, durable backs in the league in his prime. Ride that train, Seattle!

Finally, @Browns:
I'm going out on a huuuuuuge limb here, but I predict the Browns will be bad. They likely will have another top-5 pick in April. RB Richardson likely will get hurt this year because, hey, this is Cleveland. (He already had surgery during training camp!)

Cleveland played tough in all its games this year, but they fell just short with "closing" numerous games (typical of young teams, except the aforementioned Seahawks). Richardson has had bruised ribs since midseason, and now Brandon W. is out, too. He played like a rookie usually plays (unfortunately, four other rookie QBs played much better than typical rookie QBs, including two for the Redskins).

The new Browns owner likely will clean house this offseason, which may not be the best move; these players played hard for Shurmer each week, and the current GM has assembled strong, young talent. Nevertheless, we'll see what happens; Pittsburgh continues to be the model of franchise consistency, and (purely as coincidence, of course) they have the most Super Bowl wins to show for it (three head coaches, six VL trophies in the past 40 years).

Well, enjoy the end of the regular season and all of the playoffs, everybody. May your team play well.

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!