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I predict that one of the following teams will be in the Super Bowl.... Colts, Steelers, or Patriots. I've made the same prediction for the past 11 years and have been right 10 times....
I have no idea who is coming out of the AFC, but I am 107.63% certain it is not going to be the Colts.
I find a salary cap to be hilarious in an American game that claims to be red/white/blue while basically enforcing the most radical and restrictive socialist structure in the U.S, and not actually bothering to bring parity to the league.
Also, I wish I could see the Bears winning it all, but I think this is maybe a 9-10 win team. I expect they'll get a wild card berth, but the O-line and defense are going to be problematic, and they won't get past the first round.
His teammates gush about his intensity and how he runs with a mean streak, and in one recent practice he set the tone by bowling over reserve cornerback Teddy Williams, sending him to the sidelines with a concussion
very negative on san fran
surprised you are giving the packers this level of success. as a packer fan i acknowledge the good fortune in terms of how the team received turnovers and won close games. i do not think the defense will advance enough to offset the obvious step back in those other areas. and the offensive line is very thin. one serious injury and the passing game changes significantly.
this is not poormouthing. the packers season could go south pretty easily
I'm not a huge fan of the QB but they play defense, run well, the receivers are reasonable and special teams are a positive.
not actually bothering to bring parity to the league.
I had a heck of a time picking a second AFC wild card team; I wish I could slide the Bears over there.
I think the only way to deny that there is parity in the NFL is to focus on a few arbitrary selected criteria.
Philadelphia def. New England
1 GB def. 3 Philadelphia
their receivers are old and dreadful so i find your assessment puzzling.
Man you guys are going to be disappointed. And I say that as an Eagles fan. I have doubts they'll even have a winning record.
Let's take the proffered date range of the last 11 years (2001 - 2011).
Chiefs in AFC Championship.
the afc has several teams that i perceive as having too much age at key positions like baltimore, the jets, and pittsburgh. i have to think these teams will take a step back.
I would happy bet a bb-ref sponsorship on them winning more than four games.
The Chiefs topped out in 2003, losing in the divisional round to the Colts.
Packers 34 Texans 14
Packers def. Texans
GB def. Houston
But if the Jets really disappoint and are playing like a 3-4 win team early, Sanchez will be benched and Tebow will get them a few wins.
I really like what Buffalo has done on defense and they have a better offense than the Jets.
I am probably just a homer, but I think Detroit is probably going to be as good as they were last season, if not better. If that is good enough to make the playoffs, I don't know. But they had little turnover (return 21 of 22 starters) and have a young nucleus that should improve instead of regress.
Something I don't understand is why Joe Vitt has been coaching the Saints.
Of course, I'm following the Saints real closely with the TV copy and the coaches tape and all those other things.
Is that the all-22 tape? Because that's available to the public starting this season.
I get why the Saints would have him be the coach, he was Payton's right hand man. What I don't get is why the NFL allowed a suspended coach to be the interim head coach (once he returns from suspension). Which is probably quibbling since it seems that Sean Payton is still in charge:
That's because the salary cap isn't intended to create parity, it's intended to keep payroll costs down and increase profits to the owners, which it does.
So over that span 14 of 16 NFC teams have come close to winning it all, even historically bad franchises like Tampa and Arizona.
Here 10 of 16 have made the championship, two bad teams (Buffalo, Cleveland), three others semi-competitive, and one expansion team that is up and coming (Houston).
Seems pretty parity-filled to me.
I would have fired him just to avoid this situation. When a man has that much control despite being suspended, the whole system is out of whack.
Between the suspensions, the fine, and the loss of draft picks, it's inexplicable that they didn't fire him. How do you justify that? He's a good play-caller? Not good enough.
Because he won a Super Bowl, so Tom Benson loves him.
the indefinite suspension of their DC
Williams was gone already.
Sure, but lots of coaches have rings. He caused the loss of their head coach for a year, the indefinite suspension of their DC (who, granted, was really bad at his job, but no one seemed to realize that previously), the loss of another key coach for 6 games, and the loss of multiple high, extremely valuable draft picks.
Sure, but clearly Tom Benson doesn't want to lose him. His opinion is really all that matters.
Well, yeah, I get why he's still employed: the guy who signs the paychecks didn't fire him. I'm just saying he clearly should have. Super Bowl winning coaches get fired for going 9-7. Payton caused measurable damage to the franchise. Benson is an idiot.
This had me in tears: 2012 NFL preview in 16 animated gifs
Art Modell has died, which will probably not trouble too many of our Ohio-based NFL fans.
"I have a great legacy, tarnished somewhat by the move. The politicians and the bureaucrats saw fit to cover their own rear ends by blaming it on me," Modell said. "They built a new ballpark, a new arena, a science museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I couldn't get running water in the upper deck."
The Ravens now play in a lavish new stadium—as do the expansion Cleveland Browns.
How you feel about that punchline—and the $550 million of public money smoldering beneath it—is a pretty good test of how much of a schmuck you are. Today's obituaries mostly assume schmuckhood. The AP assures us that Modell was "beloved in Baltimore." Do tell.
That's really going to make Goodell look bad.
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