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Old 12-30-2001, 02:42 PM   #1
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Now I know division leaders aren't for sure yet, but we know who is gonna be in and who isn't. Pretenders and contenders are not for sure though:

AFC:

West-Oakland
Central-Pittsburgh
East-New England

Wild Card-NY Jets, Miami, Baltimore

Pretenders: Miami- They have lost two straight and have not scored a TD in those games. Their run game is absolutley dead, and all they talk about in Miami is Chris Chambers and Jay Fiedler, and Fiedler isn't doin' so good.

NY Jets- With passing ability that they don't use, ala throwing the ball down the field, and recievers that aren't always dependable, it doesn't matter how many games the Jets win going into the playoffs, it's how many 300-yard passing games. Against wild card teams like Miami and Baltimore, they won't be able to run, and when they start to throw, success is the key their.

Contenders: Pittsburgh-Arguably the best team in the leauge, they are on the rise ( they have been teh whole season though) even without their best player, Jerome Bettis, Kordell sTewart is back to his 1997 form and the D is stingier than ever. All is well in Steeler-town, and all will be well in the playoffs for Pittsburgh. The road to the Super Bowl runs through Pittsburgh in the AFC.

Oakland- Just barely, Oakland is not on the rise and is fighting to get a first-round bye, but they will come back these next two games and rest the first week of the playoffs. They need to focus on the run these next two games, they have yet to have a 100 yd rusher this season and it would be great to go in to crunch time with two straight. Garner will have to be the focus of it. Total yards have been his main stat this season, and he will have to focus on rushing today and next Sunday. There is no doubt he will be an effective weapon in the playoffs, possibly the biggest all-around weapon for his team in the playoffs in the AFC. But the Silver and Black need to give him more carries now and in the playoffs. But Charlie garner need to have the ball in his hands, whether it's through pass or run, at least 27 times in week 16, 17 and definatley in the playoffs.

New England- This selection changes if Tom Brady doesn't throw the ball 35+ times next week. They know they have the run, and that's great for the playoffs, but they have to get Tom Brady back to his old form, he needs to have a breakout game next week and throw for over 300 yds,just to have playoff teams like Baltimore and Miami ready to defend him. If he does that, NE can go deep into January.

Baltimore is not on either list because they will probably win their Wild Card game, depending on who they play , and most definatley lose in the second round. Elvis won't do much and they can'r run so...

NFC:

West-St. Louis
Central-Chicago
East-Philadelphia

Pretenders:

Philadelphia- The biggest pretenders in the playoffs, they don't give Duece Staley enough carries and Donovan McNabb is being told to stay in the pocket when he is in trouble. He will start to use his instincts and run the next three games, and by the third game, he will be so focused on scrambling and getting out of the pocket, he will be absolutley lost. And so will Philly.

Tampa Bay- Buc Ball is the key. They've shown passing is not working. Brad Johnson has the most atempts in the leauge, he may have 3,000 yds, but he has almost as many INT's as TD's. Not good. If they don't pound the ball effectivley, their done.

Contenders:

The rest of the teams in the NFC are all contenders, although St. Louis and Green Bay are the strongest teams, I wouldn't be suprised to see those two in teh NFC championship game. As much as I would like to see San Fransisco, I don't think it's gonna happen.

Here's a look at my opinion on the playoffs:


New England over NYJ 24-17
Baltimore 28 to 13 over Miami

Oakland 31-21 over New England
Pittsburgh 14-13 over Baltimore

Oakland over Pittsburgh 27- 25 over Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay over Philadelphia 22-14
Green Bay over San Fransisco 28-24

Chicago over Tampa Bay 17-14
Green Bay over St. Louis 35-34

Green Bay over Chicago 27- 26

Super Bowl: Oakland over Green Bay 31-27

I've turned in my ballot and here is my list of awards:

MVP: Rich Gannon
Offensive MVP: Rich Gannon
Defensive MVP: Michael Strahan
Offensive Rookie of the Year: LaDanian Tomlinson
Defensive Rookie of the year: Kendrell Bell
Coach of the Year: Bill Bellichek
Comeback Player of the Year: Garrison Hearst
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Old 12-31-2001, 01:53 AM   #2
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I seriously doubt Oakland will get anywhere near the Super Bowl after the slump they've been on.

Also, I think that Seattle will sneak in and bump out the Jets from the playoffs after next week.
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J, I would definitely pick Shaun Alexander over Tomlinson. If we had to pick after Week 5, my answer would change, but Tomlinson's play has gone down with his team in their losing streak.

Back to the playoffs, I sure hope you're right about Green Bay. After the first half vs. the Vikes, I was a little bit scared, but they looked good in the fourth yesterday.

And I agree with Ross; Oakland won't get anywhere near the Super Bowl unless they get out of their slump. First, they couldn't play defense. Now, their offensive is in a slump!
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Old 12-31-2001, 01:07 PM   #4
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Shaun Alexander isn't a rookie. Last season was his first season in the NFL.
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Pittsburgh all the way in the AFC-I see no team that can beat them-even Oakland.

I see St. Louis all the way-their offense is too explosive, but now I like Tampa Bay's chances somewhat-defense has really gotten strong. I could see Tampa Bay going all the way if it wasn't for Brad Johnson
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I think you are right, Keith. I wouldn't be suprised with a Pittsburgh-St. Louis Super Bowl matchup at the end of January.
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Like bostonsportsfan said, Shaun Alexander isn't a rookie. Tomlinson's production may have gone down, but A-Train has been on and off, Chambers made a strong case but late in the season and Kendrell Bell will win D ROY. One player I wanna point out though is Chris Weinke. He may have had a 11/16 TD-INT ratio, but 2,787 isn't bad for a rookie starting QB. He must cut down quickly on the INT's though, because at 29 he's got about 7 years left, not a lot these days in the NFL.
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One player I wanna point out though is Chris Weinke. He may have had a 11/16 TD-INT ratio, but 2,787 isn't bad for a rookie starting QB. He must cut down quickly on the INT's though, because at 29 he's got about 7 years left, not a lot these days in the NFL.
I don't think QBs on 1-15 teams win ROYs too often.
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I agree with Ross. Weinke may have some decent numbers, but not being able to help your team out doesn't improve one's rating very well.
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That maybe true, but remember, he didn't have a running game, that would have helped a lot. Just MO.
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That's true, as well.
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The Jets have a better shot than the Raiders.....The Rams vs The Steelers is the way it is shaping up!

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The Jets have a better shot than the Raiders.....The Rams vs The Steelers is the way it is shaping up!

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I would have to disagree there; the Raiders, when functioning on all cylinders, are still a very good team, and better than the Jets, whose offensive is terrible. But I'll give you one thing: both teams are struggling right now.
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The Jets get in with a win over Oakland or a Seattle loss.
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One question, If the Jets beat the Raiders today and end 10-6 like Oakland, you would say that Oakland is better?

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