Originally Posted by Draft King
Packers/Falcons game will show you who is either the #1 or #2 team in the NFC depending on where you rate Philly.
While true, it doesn't really matter who the best team is on November 28 or even December 13th...... I clearly remember the 2007 season where in the NFC, you had both Dallas & Green Bay at 10-1, playing each other.... and into the playoffs they were CLEARLY the top 2 teams at 14-2 & 13-3, while the (4-4 over the final 8 games) NY Giants were not at their level.
And then come January the Giants won playoff games at both Dallas & the Packers and beat 18-0 New England in the most thrilling Super Bowl ever, many would say.
Last year down the stretch, most of the pundits in the month of December were proclaiming Philly to be the best team in the NFC, then they got spanked in week 17 by Dallas, and then round 1 of the playoffs by Dallas.
The Packers were red hot in the last half of the season going 7-1 with the only loss being a last-second miracle pass by Roethlisberger at Pittsburgh. Well our defense got lit up in Arizona and we were 1 & done.
I think in both the NFC and AFC that any team that gets in can go to the Super Bowl, with the exception of whoever wins the NFC West. That division is a joke. Every team in that division is under .500 except the 5-5 Seahawks, who are -48 net on the points scored/allowed this season.
In the AFC West, only San Diego would have a chance to advance to the Super Bowl in that conference, IMO, and even them it's a long shot.
I think any of these teams could go to the Super Bowl once they got in:
Jets, Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Colts, Chargers..... and I wouldn't really favor any a lot more than the others. Whoever plays cleaner and can go turnover-free will advance.
In the NFC, the Eagles, Giants, Saints, Falcons, Packers, and Bears.
I can't put Tampa Bay in as realistic because I don't think they can beat 3 GOOD teams.
True, we've seen 9-7 teams, #6-seeded teams advance to the Super Bowl before. I just don't see Tampa Bay as possible there.
Check out the overall points scored/allowed:
- Green Bay +106
- Pittsburgh +70
- New Orleans +65
- Atlanta +64
- NY Jets +61
- Tennessee +59
- Philly +58
- Baltimore +55
- Indianapolis +52
- New England +47
- Chicago +45
- San Diego +42
- Kansas City +36
- NY Giants +33
- Oakland +15
- Tampa Bay +3
That's it for teams that have scored more than they've allowed on the season.
FYI the bottom 10 are:
- Carolina -135
- Arizona -104
- Buffalo -63
- San Francisco -59
- Minnesota -54
- Jacksonville -50
- Denver -49
- Seattle -48 (1st place in their division)
- Cincinnati -47
- Houston -43
- Washington -43
- Dallas -42