The NFL Midpoint - CONTENDERS

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  1. Patrick Larkin

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    Here we are, going into Week 9. Some strange things have shaken out.
    AFC contenders:
    Who knows? OAkland and New England have both swooned. Miami lost their QB. Only San Diego and Denver look to be solid. At this point, I'd have to give the edge to Denver unless Miami can get their QB together.
    NFC contenders:
    IMO, clearly the stronger conference at this point.
    1. Eagles - the ONLY NFC team that is solid all around. Tough defense, awesome QB, solid running game, and a potent passing attack. Special teams are pretty damned good as well. The #2 Offense in the NFC and the #2 defense. Eagles are also the #1 rushing offense in the NFC.
    2. Green Bay - questions at the WR and on defense. Brett Favre iscarrying the team.
    3. New Orleans and SF - good offense but lacking on defense - big time.
    Super Bowl Prediction: Philadelphia beats Denver
    What do YOU think?
     
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    The Cowboys are so bad, that I plan to start following hockey and basketball earlier than normal.
     
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    I think the AFC is still the stronger conference. While Oakland and New England have stumbled lately, I think the Raiders are still a viable contender. Fiedler should be back for Miami in a few weeks, and they are not a big passing team anyway. Denver looks solid, and San Diego continues to impress. Schottenheimer can certainly get teams to the playoffs -- he just doesn't know how to win once he gets there. Don't laugh, but Pittsburgh is still a contender. They have no competition in their division and have been playing better since switching to Maddox at QB (who would have believed benching Kordell would help? [​IMG] ). Indy looked decent, but they will struggle if the Edge is lost with this latest injury.
    The NFC appears to be Philly's to win or lose. Gruden has not been able to jump start Tampa's offense, Green Bay has Favre, Green and not much else (but wins the division by default), and St. Louis dug themselves too deep a hole. That leaves San Fran and New Orleans as the best competition for the Eagles. The rest of the conference is complete garbage (or devout cowards, per Matt Millen [​IMG] ).
     
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    If you glance at my sig, you can probably figure out what I think.

    "Favre, Green and not much else"????? Um, Glenn, Driver, and Franks spring immediately to mind. Not to mention the All-Pro safety, and All-Rookie other Safety.
     
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    With regards to green bay, they do have Brett Favvvruh and Ahman Green, but Terry Glenn? Bubba Franks? Glenn is a friggin' headcase moron, and Franks, while ok, is in no way a top 10 NFL Tight end right now. I mean, Shannon Sharpe had more yards in 1 GAME than Franks has had all season. But Farve can bring Green Bay to at least the NFC championship game, and maybe into the super bowl, if he still has the magic left in him. Here are my predictions for playoff teams:
    AFC:
    1.Denver
    2.Miami
    3.Pitt
    4.Indy
    5.San Diego
    6.Buffalo

    NFC:
    1.Philly
    2.New Orleans
    3.Green Bay
    4.San Fran
    5.Tampa
    6.St. Louis

    1St Rd:
    AFC:
    Buffalo Beats Pitt
    San Diego Beats Indy
    NFC:
    Green Bay beats St.Louis
    San Fran beats Tampa

    2nd Rd:
    AFC:
    Buffalo beats Denver
    Miami beats San Diego
    NFC:
    Philly beats San Fran
    Green Bay beats New Orleans (But McNabb gets Hurt)

    Conf. Champ:
    AFC:
    Denver beats Buffalo
    NFC:
    (With McNabb Hurt)
    Green Bay beats Philly
    (With McNabb Healthy)
    Philly beats Green Bay

    Super Bowl:
    NFC wins (either Green Bay or Philly)
     
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    IF the Eagles play anyone in the NFC title at the Vet, they are a lock. Same can be said for Green Bay at Lambeau.
     
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    I like Denver(if Miami can not lose too much ground than maybe them) in the AFC and Philly in the NFC.
    The Bronco's are the most balanced team right now.
    San Diego hasn't played anyone, and the best team they played(Bronco's) dominated the entire game. But with Seau back I want to see what they can do with there tough schedule ahead.
    Steelers are really coming around but really, how far will Tommy Maddox take them?
    Miami If they stay in contention with Lucas at the QB position and an awesome defense this team really scares me. Just for the fact that they beat my Bronoco's in Mile High.
    The Colts that team is not going anywhere, especially with no run defense. Edge is not back yet but neither is Rhodes, plus Edge had no where to run last Sunday.
    Raiders did they start their late swoone early this year?
    Buffalo Their offense is awesome but will the defense pick up their play? Nobody wants to play at Buffalo. Still another year away.
    NFC(don't follow as closely as the AFC)
    Philly They play awesome defense and with McNabb he will buy time and make something out of nothing.
    Green Bay They are playing great ball right now but I am just not sold on this team. At least not enough to think they will be Superbowl bound.
    N.O. They look good but will the defense come around to the form of a couple years ago?
    S.F. I don't know, they are good but I just don't think it's their time yet.
    Atlanta Are we going to see Vick take average teams to the Superbowl like John Elway did? Vick is sick.
     
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    With Love,
    T.O.
    Me, I love the 49ers.
    So I say San Fran all the way [​IMG]
     
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    Actually Tommy Maddox polished his game in the Arena league, just like Warner. He credits the fast-paced arena football as to why he can get the ball away so quickly. I was talking him up in preseason and was just overjoyed when they finally got rid of Kordell. Watch the Steelers as I believe they are playing as well or better than any other team ATM.
     
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    Actually, Atlanta is very close to being 6-1 this year, they had 2 very close early losses. If Vick can stay healthy, he'll keep the Falcons in a lot of games.
     
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    One thing for sure, it's been an interesting year; I feel fairly good about the Chiefs for next year; too bad their defense is so bad this year. If they had even just a slightly better Defense, they would be incredible.. but as it is, when you basically require 40+ points to win on most weekends, hard to accomplish. Good performance from them to nod up the season.

    I'm not totally counting out the Raiders, but I think if they get pummeled by SF this weekend, they are in real trouble. I'd love to say they are getting older and more experienced.. but they are just getting older.

    Right now, I'm most concerned with Houston.. I just hope they can beat the Bengals this time round. Someone has to go 0-16!!!
     
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    No one has mentioned the Kansas City Chiefs. After their victory over the Raiders last week, I think they are contenders. Even before last week, I think we should consider they have lost 2 games in OT (by a mere FG at that), and 1 game by a point, and their lost to Jacksonville was also last minute, they could easily be better than .500 right now.
    And Dick Vermeil knows how to win.
    Of course I say the Chiefs will do great every year, but this time......[​IMG]
    Seriously, they are one of the leagues top scoring teams (also right up there with giving points away), they have Priest Holmes, who is a league leader for rushing, and a receiving arsenal to be reckoned with.
    I think they will surprise everyone and make the playoffs.
    I will post my predictions tommorow or the next day. (if anyone cares. [​IMG] )
     
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