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I would rank the playoff teams in the NFL like this looking forward: AFC: 1. AFC East NE 14-2 2. AFC North Pitt 13-3 3. AFC West Denver 12-4 4. AFC South Indy 11-5 5. Wild Card San Diego 11-5 6. Wild Card New York 10-6 NFC: 1. NFC East Eagles 13-3 2. NFC Central Minnesota 11-5 3. NFC South Atlanta 10-6 4. NFC West Seattle 10-6 5. Wild Card Green Bay 10-6 6. Wild Card St Louis 9-7 Playoffs: 1st round: St Louis over Atlanta Green Bay over Seattle (GB takes the ball, and scores Denver over Jets Chargers over Indy 2nd round: Eagles over Rams Packers over Vikings Pats over Chargers Steelers over Denver 3rd round: Packers over Eagles (it's the championship game, what do you think is going to happen?) Pats over Steelers (in foxboro) Superbowl: Pats over Packers (Rematch of XXXI) MVP: Peyton Manning FWIW Defensive Player of the Year: Ray Lewis Rookie of the Year: duh, BR
post #2 of 21
Dz, What did your total W-L for NFL predictions finally end up? I would pick Atlanta over St. Louis. Mike Martz is the stupidest genius I've ever seen coach. And, I just think the Rams just aren't an elite team anymore. And, I'd go with Indy over the Chargers. The Chargers are riding a hot streak, but I don't see them winning a game in the playoffs. Its funny that they have to now choose between Brees or Rivers.
post #3 of 21
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They made their choice between Brees and Rivers when they signed Rivers to a $35M contract. Brees will be the hottest free agent next spring. Green Bay desperately wants to sign Brees, and may even try to do a sign/trade. I don't believe in Vick and I think the Falcons defense is overrated and will give up some serious points when they play real teams. The Rams aren't good but they have some serious weapons and can beat any team at any time if they get hot.
post #4 of 21
I'm sticking with my original Steelers/Eagles Super Bowl pick. koji
post #5 of 21
I know one thing. My boys, the Redskins, will continue to suck. But I will remain faithful, as hard as it is.
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They made their choice between Brees and Rivers when they signed Rivers to a $35M contract.  Brees will be the hottest free agent next spring.  Green Bay desperately wants to sign Brees, and may even try to do a sign/trade. I don't believe in Vick and I think the Falcons defense is overrated and will give up some serious points when they play real teams.  The Rams aren't good but they have some serious weapons and can beat any team at any time if they get hot.
Hey I could not agree more, I am a Falcons fan, and talking of serious points, lest us not forget the Kansas City game, I hink Vick is overrated, though he is fast and getting better, the Falcons are still in the infancy of what a good mature team can be, Mora has a great strategic way of coaching, and if he stays and continues to build the team, Vick may as well mature into a top rated quarterback, but he is still young and growing...but don't count them out totally, they seem to have incredible luck, remeber when they went to the Bowl after beating a Minnesota team that was truly a better team on the field as well as off.
post #7 of 21
Ray Lewis isn't even the best defensive player on his own team this year (Ed Reed). Green Bay may find itself in a bidding war with Washington for Brees - at least Green Bay likely has Favre for another year or two - Washington is screwed until they get a serviceable QB.
post #8 of 21
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Washington is in serious salary cap trouble right now, I doubt they will be able to match GB's bid for them, I don't think Favre will stay around past 2005 (which his contract is up) and GB will have lots of money to sign him as they let McKenzie go for just this reason. Reed is a good player, but IMO DFPOY will almost always go to a lineman/linebacker, if only for the gaudy tackles figure.
post #9 of 21
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Hmm, I am beginning to think Indy may beat SD when they meet in the playoffs, but not sure though, as Indy will put up points in bunches and I don't think they will be stopped, but SD may score just as many and have a better D.
post #10 of 21
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Updated projections: AFC: 1. AFC East NE 15-1 2. AFC North Pitt 13-3 3. AFC South Indy 12-4 4. AFC West San Diego 11-5 5. Wild Card Denver 11-5 6. Wild Card Baltimore 10-6 NFC: 1. NFC East Eagles 13-3 2. NFC Central Green Bay 11-5 3. NFC South Atlanta 11-5 4. NFC West Seattle 10-6 5. Wild Card Minnesota 9-7 6. Wild Card St Louis 8-8
post #11 of 21
I'm really shocked, to say the least, about how good SD is this year. There's no way you completely rebuild your O line with 5 new players, and do this well. They might even win a playoff game. If so, it would be hard to jettison off Brees. You could always make him the franchise player, and keep one for a year. Next year, Rivers would only count 3M against the cap, and that would be bearable. As for Pittsburg vs. NE, it all depends who's got home field advantage. Right now, they've got the same record. If its in NE, then NE wins. If its in Pitt, then Pitt will win.
post #12 of 21
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I think NE will win regardless of where it is when they have Poole, Law, and Dillon at full strength after a first round bye.
post #13 of 21
Watch out for Indy.  Their defense is terrible, but it may not matter.  The Indy O reminds me of the Dallas Cowboys circa early '90s, only with more weapons.
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Watch out for Indy.  Their defense is terrible, but it may not matter.  The Indy O reminds me of the Dallas Cowboys circa early '90s, only with more weapons.
Or a bit like Vermeil's Super Bowl winner in St. Louis. Poor defense but the offense just outscored everyone so it didn't matter. Don't forget indy had the Patriots beat, dead to rights, in Game 1 this year. But Edge fumbled on the goalline and Vandergat (SP?) shanked a field goal attempt. Their loss to KC was a fluke, but did expose their main weakness -- stopping the run.
post #15 of 21
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Indy had the Pats "beat" during the 2003 season as well, and couldn't score on four tries from 1st and goal on the 1 yard line... they also had them "beat" during the 2003 conference championship game, except Peyton threw 4 INTs... they also had them "beat" in the 2001 Super Bowl season as well, but somehow lost... Their record in the conference championship game (in the years that they have made it there) have been every bit as bad as Philly's... I think they won't make it past Pittsburgh though, the way it looks like it will play out. Here's my prediction for the playoffs: 1st seed Pats 2nd seed Steelers 3rd seed Colts 4th seed San Diego 5th seed Denver 6th seed Jets Wild card Round: SD over Denver Colts over Jets Divisional Round: Pats over Chargers (close one) Steelers over Colts Conference Championship: Pats over Steelers (at Foxboro) NFC: 1st seed Eagles 2nd seed Falcons 3rd seed Packers 4th seed Seahawks 5th seed Vikings 6th seed Rams Wild Card Round: Packers over Rams Vikings over Seahawks Divisional Round: Packers over Falcons Eagles over Vikings Conference Championship: Packers over Eagles Super Bowl: Pats over Packers. Super Bowl:
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