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OK so here's the deal - I'm from Ireland where we don't do what you call football - we do rugby - but it turns out I'll be in the good ol' US of A on Superbowl Sunday.

What I've discovered is, its the last week of the regular season & there are play-off places at stake, a couple of which are already guaranteed.

Many years ago, in the days of Dan Merino & John Elway, I took a passing interest in football (if you'll excuse the pun) so I understand the game, but I'd be curious to know how you guys think it's all going to play out.

Will the Broncos get into the post-season?

How will they and/or and the Patriots fare?

Cheers,

CW :-)






(...sits back & waits for the flood of opinion...)
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The Broncos need help to get into the post-season, meaning they have to win their last game and hope several other teams lose their last game.  A little Google-ing found that this is their scenario:
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- Win over Chiefs plus losses by at least two of the following: Baltimore (at Oakland), Jets (vs. Cincinnati), Pittsburgh (at Miami)

- Win over Chiefs plus Jets loss AND wins by Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Houston (vs. New England)

- Win over Chiefs plus Houston win AND loss by either Baltimore or Jets

- Loss to Chiefs plus Pittsburgh loss AND losses by at least three of the following: Baltimore, Houston, Jacksonville and Jets

- Loss to Chiefs plus losses by Baltimore, Houston, Jacksonville and Jets

The only reason the Broncos are still in contention at all is that they won their first six games   They've been terrible ever since their seventh game.  So if they manage to get a playoff berth, they probably won't win a playoff game.

As for the Patriots.  My command of the English language is insufficient to express how much I hate them.  I can't imagine a better playoff scenario then watching them lose the Super Bowl on the last play of the game.
post #3 of 13
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Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the opinion - I see there are many scenarios, but from what you say, I tend to agree the Broncos days are numbered.

I see you're from Massachussetts. I have visited with friends who live about 20 miles west of you. So why the hatred of the Patriots?  I'm probably way out of touch here, but isn't Mass part of New England?

CW :-)
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Broncos need lots of help getting into the play offs. If they do would expect them to disappear in the 1st round, which is all they deserve this year (they are not that good).  Unfortunately I am a Bronco backer.

New England, always a threat.  You do not have to like them, but you do have to respect them; Brady and the boys are so damn good.  They are very reminiscent of the Raiders of a by gone era, "just win baby".

Personal dream match up Colts vs Saints.
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Originally Posted by cardweg View Post

I see you're from Massachussetts. I have visited with friends who live about 20 miles west of you. So why the hatred of the Patriots?  I'm probably way out of touch here, but isn't Mass part of New England?

Yep, Massachusetts is part of New England.  New England consists of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  However, I was born and raised in Pennsylvania as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Work, along with a longer ski season, brought me here to Massachusetts.  My football loyalties will forever remain in Pittsburgh.
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My football loyalties will forever remain in Pittsburgh.
 
Me too.  Born and raised there, lived all over the place including Denver (during the famed "Orange Crush" era), New York (still have a soft spot for the Giants & Jets), and Washington (poor poor Seahawks) yet remain true-blue, died-in-the-wool Steelers fan. 

As Kevin points out, there's a bit of hope that the Broncos can make it, probably a slighter greater chance that the Pats will do well.  Personally, I'm rooting for the Colts.  If the Steelers die the early death I fear, then I'm with Baltimore all the way.  I'd like to see a Colts/Saints or Colts/Vikes SB.  Vikes have been struggling of late, so me thinks it'll be the Saints or even the Eagles.

Enjoy your CO trip--Greg will have "the skis" w/him in Utah: sorry!
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Yep, Massachusetts is part of New England.  New England consists of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  However, I was born and raised in Pennsylvania as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Work, along with a longer ski season, brought me here to Massachusetts.  My football loyalties will forever remain in Pittsburgh.
 

Fair enough Kevin - I can live with that. It seems you're not the only Steelers fan on the board :-)

CW :-)
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Me too.  Born and raised there, lived all over the place including Denver (during the famed "Orange Crush" era), New York (still have a soft spot for the Giants & Jets), and Washington (poor poor Seahawks) yet remain true-blue, died-in-the-wool Steelers fan. 

As Kevin points out, there's a bit of hope that the Broncos can make it, probably a slighter greater chance that the Pats will do well.  Personally, I'm rooting for the Colts.  If the Steelers die the early death I fear, then I'm with Baltimore all the way.  I'd like to see a Colts/Saints or Colts/Vikes SB.  Vikes have been struggling of late, so me thinks it'll be the Saints or even the Eagles.

Enjoy your CO trip--Greg will have "the skis" w/him in Utah: sorry!


 

Sugarcube,

I knew the skis would be in Utah - just wondered how long it would be until someone picked me up on it :-)

Happy New 2010

CW :-)
post #9 of 13
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Chilling on the sofa I thought I'd have a wee look in on the playoff games.

Ravens took the Patriots apart quite convincingly, but that Cardinals v Packers game was really excellent :-)
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Exciting-yes.  Excellent-no.  Not quite sure how GB has the #1 ranked defense in the conference.  It's Ironic that neither team could make a defensive play all game and the game is won on a defensive score.  The other games were not close, but there should be some good ones next weekend,.
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Originally Posted by cardweg View Post


Chilling on the sofa I thought I'd have a wee look in on the playoff games.

Ravens took the Patriots apart quite convincingly, but that Cardinals v Packers game was really excellent :-)

What is with everybody thinking that high scoring games are "excellent"?  There are three phases to every game -- special teams, offense, and defense.  When neither defense shows up, it's hard to call the game "excellent" or "exciting".  Whoever has the ball last wins.  If I wanted to see that, I'd watch a basketball game.
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NFC Baby!
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What is with everybody thinking that high scoring games are "excellent"?  There are three phases to every game -- special teams, offense, and defense.  When neither defense shows up, it's hard to call the game "excellent" or "exciting".  Whoever has the ball last wins.  If I wanted to see that, I'd watch a basketball game.
 

KevinF - come on... give me a break. I live in IRELAND, where we play RUGBY!  What do I know about the finer nuances of American Football? That's why I entitled the thread NFL #101.

I saw a game that had one team ahead by a significant margin, then the other team fought back to a draw and it had to go to a sudden death overtime. The highest (ever?) scoring wildcard game, so a commentator said.

OK, maybe I should have used northeasterner's adjective "exciting" or even "entertaining" rather than "excellent" but I enjoyed watching it & I'm looking forward to being stateside for Superbowl Sunday.

CW :-)
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