Chew on this, the AFC West jinx
Since 2002, when we had 16 teams in each conference aligned into 4 divisions each, no team that is part of the AFC West or that has played the AFC West in its entirety has won the SuperBowl. The closest to get to the SB was the Oakland Raiders that lost to the Bucs in 2002. Below are listed the AFC and NFC divisions that all SB contenders played since the 2002 re-alignment.
2002 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AFC North, NFC North) vs Oakland Raiders (AFC East, NFC West)
2003 - New England Patriots (AFC South, NFC East) vs Carolina Panthers (AFC South, NFC East)
2004 - New England Patriots (AFC North, NFC West) vs Philadelphia Eagles (AFC North, NFC North)
2005 - Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC South, NFC North) vs Seattle Seahawks (AFC South, NFC East)
2006 - Indianapolis Colts (AFC East, NFC East) vs Chicago Bears (AFC East, NFC West)
2007 - New York Giants (AFC East, NFC North) vs New England Patriots (AFC North, NFC East)
2008 - Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC South, NFC East) vs Arizona Cardinals (AFC East, NFC East)
Plus, Tom Brady's worst years (not making the playoffs in 2002, losing to Denver in the divisional round in 2005, and blowing his knee in 2008) have all come when he played (or was supposed to play) the AFC West in its entirety. Go figure.
So, does that mean I can definitely say the AFC North winners or the NFC East winners are not going to make it to the SB (unless it is the AFC West winner Chargers themselves (assuming), like the Raiders in 2002):) ? It could favor the Chargers because the last 3 SBs have had the winner come from the NFC East or play the NFC East in its entirety. Chargers have a difficult schedule like the Steelers did last year and we all know what happened to the Steelers.
But then you have this pattern as well which excludes the AFC West:
2004 - AFC East vs NFC East
2005 - AFC North vs NFC West
2006 - AFC South vs NFC North
2007 - AFC East vs NFC East
2008 - AFC North vs NFC West
2009 - AFC South vs NFC North (????????????)
Patterns are funny.
We will have to see which one continues.[:)] (the last 3 year patterns favor the Chargers making it to the SB, the last 5 years favor the Colts making it to the SB). But one common theme in all 7 years, the AFC or NFC team playing the entire AFC West does not make it to the SB and an AFC West team does not win the SB.
Last edited by chad72 : 08-17-2009 at 11:18 AM.