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  • #46
    The Jaguars might surprise people. Remember, they're just a year separated from a great season that culminated in a successful playoff run.

    Now they've done some addition by subtraction and they've got their offensive line back, which was one of the top five or so in the league when it was healthy.

    The status of Vince Manuwai is key, but he expects to be back by training camp. If he is, then things might be interesting.

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    • #47
      New England Patriots
      Seattle Seahawks
      San Fransisco 49ers
      Jacksonville Jaguars
      New Orleans Saints
      Chicago Bears

      Those would be my 6 teams to look out for that didn't make the playoffs last year. Patriots should be a given with Brady back. They will turn in to instant contenders and possibly make another Super Bowl run. With Hasselbeck back and a healthy team with the additions of Housh and Curry, I think Seattle could surprise and make a run at the division again. Same thing with San Fran., they came close last year and should improve more this year. Jacksonville had an off year, and I liked that he improved their O-Line in the draft, and I'm expecting Garrard to have a bounce-back year. I think the Saints could surprise this year in the South. If they don't win the division, I could see them sneaking into a wildcard spot with around a 10-6 record. Chicago greatly improved with the addition of Cutler instantly giving them a shot at the division in my opinion. Even though he doesn't have great threats at WR, I think he will be able to get the job done well enough to possibly win the division with around a 10-6 record.

      BoneKrusher

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      • #48
        Oaklands season pretty much relies totally on Russell.The only improvement we made on defense was getting rid of Ryan.And even then it may not even matter.
        "The liberator who destroys my property, is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free."-Tyler Durden

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        • #49
          My sleepers for this season

          Jets
          Bengals
          Texans
          and

          Chiefs


          "O-H-I-O...its a four letter word."
          Mike Tirico

          Magilla Gorilla ain'ta killa, ...

          Roger Goodell's Beautify the NFL Campaign-No Violence-No Criminals-No Fun


          "(Ole Miss QB) Bo Wallace is one of those types of quarterbacks who is always trying to save the city but he's actually burning it down." -- NFC director of scouting

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          • #50
            Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
            I think San Diego is almost as likely to have a losing record as they are to make the playoffs. The only thing is their division is bad, so they probably only need to go .500 in the division to win it. Kansas City almost beat San Diego twice last year, and that was before they added Matt Cassel, Zach Thomas, Mike Vrabel, Tyson Jackson, and Bobby Engram - plus new coaches usually have big first years nowadays....so who knows, it's the NFL, anything can happen.

            I do think that since 5 to 7 teams always make the playoffs after missing the year before, that San Diego is one of the most likely teams to be miss this year and Kansas City makes more sense than Denver or Oakland to take that spot.


            Two obvious teams to watch this year for me are Seattle and Jacksonville. They were two of the best in their respective conferences just two seasons ago.
            I think it would take unprecedented and crucial injuries to get SD to miss. Last year they were 8-8, but really 9-7 without the Hochuli incident, and that was a season where they got absolutely no bounces. Merriman is back, and since Indy and New England didn't win their division, we get to dodge them this year. Everyone who think it's even a possibility that the Bolts do not continue owning the AFC West is underestimating the rebuilding projects in store for Denver, KC, and Oakland.

            That sounds pretty biased reading it back, but seriously all these teams are rebuilding. KC traded Gonzo for a pick NEXT year, Denver decided it didn't want a franchise QB. Only Oakland has the potential to do some damage if their offensive talent matures all at once and their D holds together. And that is something we have been saying for a while now.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by the decider13 View Post
              So telling you how the team improved is not enough to convince you how the team improved? Interesting.

              Wow...you did a good job refuting everything I said. Actually, all you did was attack the defense again. Sure they were very bad. I honestly don't think they can be worse. They definately won't be in the top half, but I could definately see them improving to around 20th.
              My point was you weren't naming any game changers added....just some guys who could possibly have some impact.

              a 20th ranked defense is the high end of what the Broncos can achieve...even if they hit that magical mark, with Kyle Orton at the helm the offense won't have the spark to make up for the D.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by doingthisinsteadofwork View Post
                Oaklands season pretty much relies totally on Russell.The only improvement we made on defense was getting rid of Ryan.And even then it may not even matter.
                Getting rid of Ryan is an improvement...but then they replaced him with Marshall, so they're kinda right back where they started.
                "Oh **** it's Kam, RUN!!!"

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                • #53
                  If KC makes the playoffs in 2009/2010 season I will never post on SWDC again. Sig that bitches!
                  my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                  <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                  <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                  <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                  Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                  What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by bored of education View Post
                    If KC makes the playoffs in 2009/2010 season I will never post on SWDC again. Sig that bitches!
                    you already lost one, u really wanna keep doing this?

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by *** Ork Wang View Post
                      you already lost one, u really wanna keep doing this?
                      This is a battle i'm willing to lose!
                      my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                      <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                      <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                      <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                      Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                      What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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                      • #56
                        The bears will get nothing and like it.

                        Why 6 teams?

                        What do the vikings and marijuana have in common? Every time you put them in a bowl
                        they get smoked.

                        2010-2011 Super Bowl Champions
                        Hint:Not the Bears.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by TitleTown088 View Post
                          The bears will get nothing and like it.

                          Why 6 teams?
                          Because from year to year, about half the teams (6) usually change from who made the playoffs one year to the next.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Ness View Post
                            I expect my team to be in the mix. Perhaps it's a little homerism, but playing in the NFC West where a 9-7 record can get you into the playoffs, I feel a little optimistic here. Especially since Shaun Hill was playing like dynamite for the eight games he started. I just hope he can turn that potential into a full time gig. I feel really good about our receiving corp as well. Bruce is still a B+ receiver, Josh Morgan is now healthy and according to reports he is tearing it up in camp more than he was last season, and we have Crabtree as well. Even Jason Hill, our fourth string receiver looks like a young Isaac Bruce type with a little less speed. If we avoid injuries, we should have a great season.
                            Unfortunastely Hill just isn't a really talented QB. Remember, Martz got 4000 passing yards out of Kitna, a career backup, for 2 consequative years. Hill withouit Martz, is far more likely to be a disaster rather than a success story.
                            And proud of it!!!

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by DenverDex View Post
                              There is no way our defense can be worse than last years. Getting Rid of Bob Slowik the worst defensive coordinator of all time ensures that. Even without Cutler, our offense will still be productive as Orton is a capable starting QB in this league even if he doesn't have the potential Cutler had. I can't say I disagree that McDaniels hasn't handled some of the players properly, but to say he's going to be a failure as a HC is premature.

                              I think you and a few others need a reality check on Orton. Orton is not a QB who can generate points. He is a game manager who just gets by as long as he has a defense that doesn't give up a lot of points and can keep the game close. Just doesn't sound like Denver's defense to me.
                              By the way, coordinaters are usually scapegoats for the GM and HC. Every fan on every poor team insistys his DC is the worst in pro football yet many go to other teams in the same position and produce winning defenses when they are provided with enough talent to win.
                              Oh and we still do have a 1st rounder next year.

                              Yeah, but it isn't very likely to be a high 1st rounder. Chicago will be one of the favourites with Cutler at QB.
                              The Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers all have way more potential than Oakland does. The Broncos will win at least 8 games next year, while the Raiders are the ones that will continue to be the bottom feeders of the AFC west.

                              I agree, the Chargers are head and shoulders above any AFC West team and KC has the look of a team on the rise under their new GM and HC. I just happen to think Oakland is a more experienced team right now than KC and if Russell continues to develop(not a sure thing), Oakland will have enough to finish second.
                              Raiders are the ones that'll be lucky to win 4 games next year. But I'd expect nothing less from a team that went 24-72 over the last 6 years.
                              If Russell continues to develop, Oakland will be vastly improved and to finish 2nd they likely only need to win 7 games.
                              Denver's defense last year was about as bad as you can get and that is talent my friend not just coaching. Their offense had a lot of potential but replacing Cutler with Orton is not likely to produce half the points Cutler put up. Add in a HC whose relationship with his players is suspect and you have a recipe for disaster just waiting to happen. All roads for Denver lead to last place IMO and 4 wins looks about the best you can hope for.
                              And proud of it!!!

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by BeerBaron View Post
                                Because from year to year, about half the teams (6) usually change from who made the playoffs one year to the next.
                                Actually, it is more like 5-8 teams every year.
                                And proud of it!!!

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