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  • Top 6 teams who look to make the playoffs...

    ...after missing out in 2008.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn...c.php?t=549179

    Patriots
    Texans
    Chiefs
    Cowboys
    Bears
    Seahawks

    Obviously the Pats are going to be on there...same for the Cowboys. They have the talent to do it and were all but there last year.

    Bears were only a game out last year, they add Cutler, the o-line improves, the young guys on offense have another year under their belt, Lovie takes back over the defensive playcalling, and they're in a fairly weak division unless Minnesota suddenly finds a good QB.

    Seahawks, weak division, getting healthy after last year, makes sense.

    Then the Chiefs and Texans are some more out there ones imo. Chiefs I can see as that division can be downright terrible....like it says in there, a .500 record could get them in if the division goes like it did last year, and they could surprise like the Dolphins and Falcons did last year.

    The Texans though....no. They could go 10-6 and still be 3rd in that division and as we learned last year, that may not even get them in as a wildcard in the AFC.

    Thoughts? Notable omissions?

  • #2
    I have trouble seeing the Chiefs in the playoffs. Granted, they are in a bad division and did aquire a good QB this offseason (Cassel), but their O-Line has some question marks, their running game isn't up to par. Defensively, they are transferring to the 3-4, so most of the team will be learning new positions. They also lack a pass rusher which will make life hard for their young secondary. They did take Tyson Jackson, but he is a 3-4 DE, so he won't be putting up big sack numbers like a Jared Allen or DeMarcus Ware would. Personally, I think the Chargers have a good season, going 10-6 and taking the division.

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    • #3
      My six would be:

      New England
      Oakland
      Dallas
      Washington
      Chicago
      Green Bay

      Kind of going out on a limb with Oakland but the division sucks, so there's a chance.

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      • #4
        the saints have to be in this discussion imo.
        My list:
        Pats
        Boys
        Skins
        Sains
        Bears
        Seahawks (cuz of div strength, well lack thereof)


        Saints 2014 draft wish list:
        - No pass rusher till the fourth round (or preferably at all)
        - Corner or Wideout in the first
        - No reaching
        - No Kelvin Benjamin

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
          My six would be:

          New England
          Oakland
          Dallas
          Washington
          Chicago
          Green Bay

          Kind of going out on a limb with Oakland but the division sucks, so there's a chance.
          It would basically be the same argument as the Chiefs in the link. They manage to go .500 and they could win the division if it doesn't improve from last year.

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          • #6
            They forgot to mention injuries to Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram (and all their backups), Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Rob Sims, Chris Spencer, Sean Locklear (thats all 5 starting OL), Patrick Kerney, Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill and Marcus Trufant. Hasselbeck wasnt the only injured player.
            "Oh **** it's Kam, RUN!!!"

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            • #7
              I dont think Dallas will make the playoffs this year IMO. Philly and the Giants all improved. Washington's defense could be very nasty this season. I have a hard time believing that they will make the playoffs after they seemed to do nothing in the offseason while their counterparts improved.

              I could see the Texans making a push, along with the Bears if Cutler gets enough weapons.

              I think the Jags could surprise people this year with an improved team.

              If the Saints' defense improves, they will be in the playoffs IMO.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DeepToFitz11 View Post
                I have trouble seeing the Chiefs in the playoffs. Granted, they are in a bad division and did aquire a good QB this offseason (Cassel), but their O-Line has some question marks, their running game isn't up to par. Defensively, they are transferring to the 3-4, so most of the team will be learning new positions. They also lack a pass rusher which will make life hard for their young secondary. They did take Tyson Jackson, but he is a 3-4 DE, so he won't be putting up big sack numbers like a Jared Allen or DeMarcus Ware would. Personally, I think the Chargers have a good season, going 10-6 and taking the division.
                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.

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                • #9
                  My 6 would be:
                  Patriots
                  Saints
                  Bengals
                  Cowboys
                  Bears
                  Seahawks

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Strongside View Post
                    My 6 would be:
                    Patriots
                    Saints
                    Bengals
                    Cowboys
                    Bears
                    Seahawks

                    You stole my thunder. I was just about to make a comment on the Bengals to be a sleeper team.

                    If the Bengals don't act like the Bengals, I could see them coming close to winning a wildcard spot. The offense is going to be explosive, but I think their defense could be underrated this season.

                    With Baltimore losing Rex Ryan, I could see the Baltimore defense struggling, but still being dominant. They are also getting older, which hurts them. They really don't have many weapons for Flacco, which could end up hurting them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HinesWardJr View Post
                      You stole my thunder. I was just about to make a comment on the Bengals to be a sleeper team.

                      If the Bengals don't act like the Bengals, I could see them coming close to winning a wildcard spot. The offense is going to be explosive, but I think their defense could be underrated this season.

                      With Baltimore losing Rex Ryan, I could see the Baltimore defense struggling, but still being dominant. They are also getting older, which hurts them. They really don't have many weapons for Flacco, which could end up hurting them.
                      Yeah my thoughts exactly. If the Bengals defense can get some sort of reliable pass rush they could be pretty beastly.

                      And I wouldn't be too surprised if the North sent 3 teams to the playoffs this year.

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                      • #12
                        Gotta go kind of homer here, but Green Bay.
                        Also, look out for Buffalo if they can go a whole season like they start off.

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                        • #13
                          Well we got merriman back, so i dont see us doing as bad as we did last year. A lot of injuries throughout the year, going into the season pretty much healthy this time.


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                          • #14
                            New England
                            Green Bay
                            Dallas
                            Houston
                            Seattle
                            Chicago


                            Sig by Matthew Jones

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                            • #15
                              My top 6 teams would be:

                              New England Patriots: The had a very good Offseason, brought in a lot of good veterans, drafted good players and are getting Tom Brady back. The only team on this list that you would identify as a good bet for the Superbowl.

                              Houston Texans: Texans knocked on the door last year. This year there gonna have Super Mario knock it through. They have an easier schedule (play NFC West, Oakland and Cincinatti) and have massively improved their team in the Offseason. They could challenge for the AFC South and should definately make Wild Card.

                              New Orleans Saints: Saints have the best Offense in the NFL and have improved their Defense as well. The NFC South will be a difficult division next year but the Saints can outscore almost any Offense and by upgrading their D they will win more games next year. Again, could be a divisional winner but should surely make Wild Card.

                              Seattle Seahawks: Seattle play in a poor division, have strengthened their team in the Offseason and had a good draft. Combined with the fact that most Superbowl Runners-up tend to not play as well the following year, could mean that Seattle could sneak the division.

                              Chicago Bears: Chi-town were close to playoffs last year, have strengthened their O-Line, got Jay Cutler, drafted a WR etc means the should play better next year. Their only downside is that all 3 teams in their divison have strengthened themselves as well.

                              New York Jets: Jets have brought in a new Head Coach, have strengthened an all ready strong Defence, have a solid O-Line, good running backs, a Quarterback that isn't going to throw stupid interceptions etc. They could gain playoffs next year.

                              Honourable mention: Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.
                              Originally posted by George Carlin

                              In Football the object is for the Field General to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the Defence by hitting his Receivers with deadly accuracy, in spite of the Blitz, even if he has to use the Shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s Defensive Line.

                              In Baseball the object is to go home and be safe.

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