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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:07 am

Week 13

Thursday Night Football, 12/3
NONE - Moved because of Ravens/Steelers

Sunday, 12/6
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers

Sunday Night Football
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

Monday, 12/7 (Reschedule)
Washington Pigskins at Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday Night Football, 12/7
Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers (in Arizona!)

Tuesday, 12/8
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens

The days are getting shorter, but COVID is making the NFL week longer...sort of. At any rate, I'm picking 4 of the teams I picked last week, and 3 of them were good, so might as well stick with 'em. The Colts were the only team among the 4 to lose last week, but they still need to beat divisional opponents, so they stay on the list. I'm also taking the Dolphins for the same reason I chose the Giants last week. The Packers should be able to handle this Eagles team. If Philly pulls out a W, it would be a very bad exposure of GB's weaknesses. I'm also picking the Chiefs because they are still the Chiefs.

Notice I did *not* take the Steelers or Raiders this week. I fully believe those teams should win against some very bad opponents, but I seriously doubt the Steelers go undefeated and the Jets winless after 17 weeks (or 18 if additional delays happen), so these games (IMO) have high spoiler potential. Maybe things go as expected, but maybe they don't.
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:27 pm

Week 13 - Results

Thursday Night Football, 12/3
NONE - Moved because of Ravens/Steelers

Sunday, 12/6
Cleveland Browns 41 at Tennessee Titans 35
Las Vegas Raiders 31 at New York Jets 28
Jacksonville Jaguars 24 at Minnesota Vikings 27
Cincinnati Bengals 7 at Miami Dolphins 19
Indianapolis Colts 26 at Houston Texans 20
Detroit Lions 34 at Chicago Bears 30
New Orleans Saints 21 at Atlanta Falcons 16
New York Giants 17 at Seattle Seahawks 12
Los Angeles Rams 38 at Arizona Cardinals 21
New England Patriots 45 at Los Angeles Chargers 0
Philadelphia Eagles 16 at Green Bay Packers 30

Sunday Night Football
Denver Broncos 16 at Kansas City Chiefs 22

Monday, 12/7 (Reschedule)
Washington Pigskins 23 at Pittsburgh Steelers 17

Monday Night Football, 12/7
Buffalo Bills 34 at San Francisco 49ers 24 (in Arizona!)

Tuesday, 12/8
Dallas Cowboys 17 at Baltimore Ravens 34

EDIT: Told you I had a feeling...
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Re: NFL 2020

Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:19 am

Week 14

Thursday Night Football, 12/10
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, 12/13
Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals
Houston Texans at Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers
New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders
Washington Redtails at San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Chargers
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Sunday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills

Monday Night Football, 12/14
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Got an interesting week coming up. No more byes left, and even with a 7th seed, many teams are going to be scrambling to stay in the hunt. Also, will the NFC East Champions be somewhat competent? They're still on track for an 8-8 or 7-9 winner, but the Giants and Football Teamers beat good teams last week. Might want to start respecting what's going on in DC and Jersey.

At any rate, I'm picking the Jets to remain winless this week. Seattle are in close competition, so they need the home win. While Philly believes Hurts is the answer to all their problems, I remain unconvinced, so I expect the Saints to bring heartbreak to town. Finally, I'm picking Green Bay because the Packers tend to handle the Lions even when Detroit has a real head coach.

Hard to pick a good game to watch. You could go with the Cardinals--who have lost 3 straight after a promising start--against the aforementioned Giants. You could see the Chiefs return to Miami. Will it be a triumphant win for KC, or will Flores the the 'Fins upset? My main picks to watch are going to be Sunday and Monday Night Football(s). The Bills pulled off a pretty big win in Pittsburgh last year. Now both teams look better and we're in Buffalo. Plus the Steelers are coming off their first loss of 2020. MNF hosts the other relevant AFC North teams, where the 2nd place Browns (yes, really) are facing off against the 7-5 Ravens (who went 14-2 in 2019). It's an important game for each team, and will likely set the tone for the rest of the regular season.
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Re: NFL 2020

Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:39 am

Week 14 - League Status

Definitely had some division shuffling since Week 8. A string of trouble for the 9ers and Cards bumped the NFC West down a spot, allowing the AFC North to jump ahead. The NFC North also slipped a bit, tying them with the AFC West and NFC South at .521. The East remains on the bottom...probably for the rest of the season.

1st 2nd: AFC North: 29-18-1 (.615)
2nd 1st: NFC West: 27-21 (.563)
T-3rd 4th: AFC West: 25-23 (.521)
T-3rd 5th: NFC South: 25-23 (.521)
T-3rd: NFC North: 25-23 (.5521)
6th 7th: AFC East: 23-25 (.479)
7th 6th: AFC South: 21-27 (.438)
8th: NFC East: 16-31-1 (.344)

ALL AFC: 98-93-1 (.513)
ALL NFC: 93-98-1 (.487)

The New Head Coach situation does look a bit rosier now thanks to recent wins by Rivera and Judge, boosting the overall record from .371 just a few weeks ago, and although the New New HCs are still boasting a better overall record, I'm willing to chalk some of the Cowboys' trouble up to a terrible, terrible QB situation.

Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns: 9-3 (.750)
Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers: 4-8 (.333)
Joe Judge, New York Giants: 5-7 (.417)
Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys: 3-9 (.250)
Ron Rivera, Washington: 5-7 (.417)

ALL New Head Coaches: 26-34 (.433)
Minus McCarthy and Rivera: 18-18 (.500)
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:48 pm

Week 14 - Results

Thursday Night Football, 12/10
New England Patriots 3 at Los Angeles Rams 24

Sunday, 12/13
Minnesota Vikings 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26
Arizona Cardinals 26 at New York Giants 7
Kansas City Chiefs 33 at Miami Dolphins 27
Tennessee Titans 31 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Dallas Cowboys 30 at Cincinnati Bengals 7
Houston Texans 36 at Chicago Bears 7
Denver Broncos 32 at Carolina Panthers 27
New York Jets 3 at Seattle Seahawks 40
Indianapolis Colts 44 at Las Vegas Raiders 27
Washington Redtails 23 at San Francisco 49ers 15
New Orleans Saints 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 24
Atlanta Falcons 17 at Los Angeles Chargers 20
Green Bay Packers 31 at Detroit Lions 24

Sunday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers 15 at Buffalo Bills 26

Monday Night Football, 12/14
Baltimore Ravens 47 at Cleveland Browns 42

Well that's a surprise spark out of the Eagles to stay alive in 2020! Combined with GB's win, the Saints are now the #2 seed in the NFC thanks to the Week 3 tiebreaker. Speaking of the Packers, today's win clinches the NFC North for them, while KC's win in Miami (despite 3 Mahomes picks) seals the 5th straight AFC West title. The Colts haven't quite secured their postseason, but a definitive win in Vegas keeps them in the running for the AFC South title with possible Wild Card safety.
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:51 pm

C'mon, 2 of Mahomes' picks were receivers popping the ball up for grabs.
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:48 pm

Captain Ned wrote:
C'mon, 2 of Mahomes' picks were receivers popping the ball up for grabs.

True and fair. I really wanted it noted because Mahomes went into the week with 2 for the whole season and Miami managed to double it in the first half. Sure, they were tips, but there is a bit of an art a defense's ability to follow-up on those tips.
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Re: NFL 2020

Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:49 pm

Week 15

Thursday Night Football, 12/17
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders

Saturday, 12/19
Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers

Sunday, 12/20
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redhawks
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints

Sunday Night Football
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants

Monday Night Football, 12/21
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

I know I said that the Jets would probably win a game this year...but looking at the schedule, I might be wrong. They have the Rams this week--who I pick to win--the Browns next, and to close the season, the ailing Patriots in New England. Adam Gase might be 0-16 #3.

But I'm also taking other picks against bad teams this week, including the Ravens over the Jags and Steelers over the Bengals. The Indy pick is a little middling, since it is an in-division game, but the Colts already got the win in Houston, and they need another for a shot at the division. I also like the Packers over Panthers. That brings us to KC in New Orleans. Here are two teams fighting for a #1 seed. Sean Payton is good, but the Chiefs have been super reliable this year. Regardless, this is my game of the week. Should be the most fun to watch.

If you're looking for something else to watch, how about the technically-still-alive Eagles against the Cards in AZ? Or you could check out the Browns and Giants, who are both in serious playoff contention. Yes, despite the losing record in Jersey. The game with the highest potential for drama is in DC, though, where the Washington TBD's continue their playoff bid against one of the NFC's best, and with how their defense has been playing, they've got a real shot at downing the 'hawks.

As a final thought going into this week, we might get the Washington Football Team's new name soon. I figured the earliest reveal would be if/when they made the 2020 playoffs, and now they are the only NFC East team who could (possibly) score a winning record (Giants could only break even). It would suck to enter the postseason without a real name, and unless Dan Snyder has been sitting on his hands this whole time, the team should have a new name mostly figured out by now. Guess we could see in a couple weeks.
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:58 pm

Week 15 - Results

Thursday Night Football, 12/17
Los Angeles Chargers 30 at Las Vegas Raiders 27

Saturday, 12/19
Buffalo Bills 48 at Denver Broncos 19
Carolina Panthers 16 at Green Bay Packers 24

Sunday, 12/20
San Francisco 49ers 33 at Dallas Cowboys 41
Seattle Seahawks 20 at Washington Redhawks 15
Chicago Bears 33 at Minnesota Vikings 27
New England Patriots 12 at Miami Dolphins 22
Jacksonville Jaguars 14 at Baltimore Ravens 40
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 at Atlanta Falcons 27
Detroit Lions 25 at Tennessee Titans 46
Houston Texans 20 at Indianapolis Colts 27
Philadelphia Eagles 26 at Arizona Cardinals 33
New York Jets 23 at Los Angeles Rams 20
Kansas City Chiefs 32 at New Orleans Saints 29

Sunday Night Football
Cleveland Browns 20 at New York Giants 6

Monday Night Football, 12/21
Pittsburgh Steelers 17 at Cincinnati Bengals 27

...What were the Rams doing? What were the Jets doing?! The Jags, 13 losses in a row, are now in position to steal the #1 overall draft pick and Trevor Lawrence, and if I'm Trevor Lawrence, I'd rather be in Jacksonville than Jersey. The team is about as functional as the Jets, but at least the weather is nicer.
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Re: NFL 2020

Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:55 am

Merry Christmas!

Week 16

Christmas Football, 12/25
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Saturday, 12/26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders

Sunday, 12/27
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs
Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets
Carolina Panthers at Washington RedCTRLV
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday Night Football
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers

Monday Night Football, 12/28
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

I'm guessing all the Chiefs want for Christmas is a #1 seed, and I think they secure that by beating the Falcons. While the Texans don't have long been eliminated from playoff contention, I think Watson's mobility will notch him an extra win against the Bengals. Over in Baltimore, I don't want to count out the Giants entirely, but with such a narrow window, I think the Ravens will sharpen themselves enough to stay alive for another week. Finally, I am picking the Bills over the Patriots, who have missed the playoffs for the first time in forever.
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:27 pm

Week 16 - Results

Christmas Football, 12/25
Minnesota Vikings 33 at New Orleans Saints 52

Saturday, 12/26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 47 at Detroit Lions 7
San Francisco 49ers 20 at Arizona Cardinals 12
Miami Dolphins 26 at Las Vegas Raiders 25

Sunday, 12/27
Indianapolis Colts 24 at Pittsburgh Steelers 28
Atlanta Falcons 14 at Kansas City Chiefs 17
Chicago Bears 41 at Jacksonville Jaguars 17
Cincinnati Bengals 37 at Houston Texans 31
New York Giants 13 at Baltimore Ravens 27
Cleveland Browns 16 at New York Jets 23
Carolina Panthers 20 at Washington RedCTRLV 13
Denver Broncos 16 at Los Angeles Chargers 19
Philadelphia Eagles 17 at Dallas Cowboys 37
Los Angeles Rams 9 at Seattle Seahawks 20

Sunday Night Football
Tennessee Titans 14 at Green Bay Packers 40

Monday Night Football, 12/28
Buffalo Bills 38 at New England Patriots 9
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Re: NFL 2020

Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:05 am

Well the games for next Sunday are locked in, so I'll throw this up. I'll spin out a few picks later. Here is your complete clinching scenarios for the week.

Week 17

Games with No Playoff Teams
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos

Games with a Playoff Team, but no Major Playoff Significance
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Games with Playoff Significance
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Sunday Night Football, Regular Season Finale
Dan Snyder's Disaster at Philadelphia Eagles

Few surprises this week for me. For starters, I expected fewer meaningful games, but with the NFC East being the NFC East and a whopping FIVE AFC teams sitting at 10-5, there are a lot of moving pieces on Sunday. I'm also a bit surprised that KC are in a completely meaningless game, having locked up the #1 seed. I think most of their AFC opponents could beat the Chiefs in the playoffs, but it sure feels like KC is headed back to Florida in February.

The last surprise is the choice in Sunday Night Football. I know it's the game with the biggest potential impact, but it's still the NFC East, and Philly could already be eliminated by kickoff are only playing to spoil the Football Team's chances. It will be the most 2020 game of the season, even though it will be played 3 days into 2021.

EDIT 1: JAE pointed out that Philly are already out.

EDIT 2: Picks are in.
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Re: NFL 2020

Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:44 pm

Philadelphia has already been eliminated from the playoffs.
If the WTFs beat the Eagles, then they'll be the NFC Least champions.
If the Eagles win, then the winner of the Cowboys-Giants game will be the NFC Least champions.
If both home teams win on Sunday, the Giants will set a new low-water mark of 6-10 for a division champion.
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Re: NFL 2020

Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:24 pm

And I knew that...don't know why I thought Philly were still playing for anything.

Anyway, after getting cut and unclaimed, Dwayne Haskins is officially a free agent. A good chunk of his problems were playing for Dan Snyder's Disaster under Jay Gruden's leadership, so I am curious about where he will land. I'm definitely keeping an eye on it because the Colts have QB questions, and I do think Frank Reich could help foster a positive environment (not that I necessarily want that risk).

But then there's also the QB question in Philly. How far is Carson Wentz willing to go to get out? The Eagles already owe him a small fortune (which I believe is guaranteed even if cut or traded), but if things are that bad, maybe the two parties can figure something out (if only to minimize the damage). This might provide another QB option for Indy, as the Wentz/Reich relationship in 2017 led to an MVP-caliber season. If the opportunity presented itself, maybe it's worth exploring.
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Re: NFL 2020

Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:56 pm

superjawes wrote:
Week 17

Games with Playoff Significance
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Sticking with real games for Week 17. The Bills are already playoff-bound, and the Dolphins need a win to keep their playoff hopes in their hands, but knocking out a good divisional rival is the correct move, and I think Buffalo earned their status as contenders. Over in LA, we basically have a "win and in" situation for both teams. As improved as the Cardinals have been this year, they've got some prevent injuries that will hold them back. Coming back to the Midwest, I think Green Bay can and will secure their bye in Chicago with the added bonus of preventing a division rival from getting in. Finally, I have to take the Colts. Jacksonville got their only win of the season against us in week 1, so we should win it for pride. There are a few solid paths to the postseason if we get help in Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo, or even Cincinnati, but before that happens, we need a win on Sunday.
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Re: NFL 2020

Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:41 pm

Week 17 - Results

Games with No Playoff Teams
New York Jets 14 at New England Patriots 28
Minnesota Vikings 37 at Detroit Lions 35
Las Vegas Raiders 32 at Denver Broncos 31

Games with a Playoff Team, but no Major Playoff Significance
Atlanta Falcons 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 44
Los Angeles Chargers 38 at Kansas City Chiefs 21

Games with Playoff Significance
Dallas Cowboys 19 at New York Giants 23
Pittsburgh Steelers 22 at Cleveland Browns 24
Baltimore Ravens 38 at Cincinnati Bengals 3
Miami Dolphins 19 at Buffalo Bills 56
Seattle Seahawks 26 at San Francisco 49ers 23
Arizona Cardinals 7 at Los Angeles Rams 18
Jacksonville Jaguars 14 at Indianapolis Colts 28
Tennessee Titans 41 at Houston Texans 38
Green Bay Packers 35 at Chicago Bears 16
New Orleans Saints 33 at Carolina Panthers 7

Sunday Night Football, Regular Season Finale
Dan Snyder's Disaster 20 at Philadelphia Eagles 14

Well unless we get a new name tomorrow, I am going to have to dip into my reserve list of not-names for the Washington Football Team...
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Re: NFL 2020

Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:08 am

It feels like someone is missing from this list of teams. Must not be that important.

2020 AFC Playoff Teams

1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2), AFC West Champions:
The inevitable seems to be happening in KC. They only had one real loss this season (to the Raiders), and they look almost as good as they did last year. I say "almost" because some teams are figuring out how to punish Mahomes for his scrambling shenanigans, and there are some strong defenses in the AFC who could punish him. Still, they seem rightfully favored to win the Super Bowl at this stage.

2. Buffalo Bills (13-3), AFC East Champions:
After their loss to the Texans last year, I said that Josh Allen was the limiting factor for the Buffalo Bills. Needless to say, he's no longer a limiting factor. This is McDermott's third trip to the playoffs, and it's the strongest looking yet. They earned their division title, and their spot at #2, and their legitimate contender status.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), AFC North Champions:
If there's one mystery among playoff teams, it's the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was a noted skeptic of their 11-game win streak since many of their wins came against very bad teams. Then they dropped three straight to the eventual NFC East Champs, the Bills, then the Burrow-less Bengals. They definitely have flaws, and the best thing going for them is that they get to play a familiar team next Sunday. The worst thing going for them is that they've played four of the remaining AFC teams, who are all as good or better than the Browns.

4. Tennessee Titans (11-5), AFC South Champions:
I definitely underestimated the 2019 Titans, and the 2020 Titans are a straight improvement. I'd be tempting fate to write them off again, so I won't, but I will say that they had a rough back half of the season. After losing to the Steelers, they lost to the Bengals, Browns, and split games with Indy. Now, everyone in this AFC list is dangerous as heck, and they have a rematch next Sunday with the Ravens, who...

5. Baltimore Ravens (11-5):
Somehow seem even scarier this year? They were 14-2 last year, but seemed completely lost in the Divisional round. The Ravens are the kind of team that play better when they're under-estimated. On top of that, they are running the ball well against everyone, their defense is still good, and everyone seems wiser after that embarrassment, and they have a chance at redemption this year.

6. Cleveland Browns (11-5):
Hallelujah and/or Hell hath frozen over! The longest active playoff drought has finally come to an end in Kevin Stefanski's first year as head coach. The Browns are definitely a good team, and they deserve this spot in more ways than one. Even though Pittsburgh effectively chose their Wild Card opponent, the Browns have a real shot as winning a playoff game. Not sure if they will get that win, or how much they'll manage after, but I'm happy for Cleveland.

7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5):
And here, for the first ever 7 seed in the AFC are my Colts, who have a path through Hell if they want to make it to the Super Bowl. I genuinely think that we would be favorites and virtually unstoppable if Andrew Luck weren't retired. Even with the O-line issues of the last two weeks, they're making adjustments to remain effective, they run the ball well, and they have one of the best defenses in the league. The Colts kick off the postseason on Saturday, in Buffalo, for a chance to play the current Super Bowl champions in KC. Not sure my blood pressure can take it.


2020 NFC Playoff Teams

1. Green Bay Packers (13-3), NFC North Champions:
Another year brought more improvement for the Packers, and this time they get home field advantage. Aaron Rodgers put up another MVP-caliber season while his defense continues to hold up their end of the bargain. Their biggest problem is losing David Bakhtiari extremely late in the season. The line seemed to hold up against the Bears, but playoff football is playoff football. At least they have an extra week to work on that position.

2. New Orleans Saints (12-4), NFC South Champions:
FOUR straight NFC South titles, and this was the second year in a row Brees missed games due to injury, only for the team to keep on pace. They deserve to be on this list, and they're just as capable as years past. They also start in a solid place, getting to host a rematch against the Bears and having won both their games against Tampa. I don't know if they will manage a second ring for Brees, but they could do it.

3. Seattle Seahawks (12-4), NFC West Champions:
Welcome back, Seahawks. This year marked a big change from Seahawks Past, letting Russell Wilson cook on offense instead of relying on the now-defunct Legion of Boom. Their defense still seems solid, though, and they get at least one game in Seattle. This team has a good core and are solid contenders.

4. Washington [Replace This When We Finally Figure Out a New Name] (7-9), NFC East Champions:
Despite the record, Ron Rivera's team are not the biggest losers of the 2020 playoffs Alex Smith has earned his chance to play in another playoff game, and the quick turnaround (relatively speaking) for this team is admirable. They are still deeply, deeply flawed--something that will not change as long as Dan Snyder owns the team--but I wouldn't count them out against the Bucs just yet.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5):
Bruce Arians does a pretty good job. Yeah, yeah, Tom Brady is getting top billing because sports media love him, but this team is more than a QB, and they were playing good decent offense before #12 arrived (not counting interceptions, at least), and they wouldn't in the playoffs without a solid defense. That being said, the game in DC isn't a guaranteed win, and getting said win only guarantees a divisional trip to Green Bay, New Orleans, or Seattle. I think they'll be stopped short of playing a Super Bowl at home.

6. Los Angeles Rams (10-6):
If there's a second mystery among playoff teams, it's the Rams. They've had ups and downs this year, with losses against good teams and a loss against a very bad team (how do you lose to the Adam Gase Jets at home?!), and now their starting QB is dealing with a thumb injury while preparing for a date in Seattle. They could manage a strong run, but that only happens if their defense steps up to shut down Russell Wilson on Saturday, giving Goff extra time to recover. They will need to score more points if they want to beat the Packers or Saints in later rounds.

7. Chicago Bears (8-8):
Sneaking into the playoffs is a worst case scenario for the Bears. This team does not deserve a playoff berth. They need to rip off the band-aid and completely overhaul their offense, but Arizona's loss means Nagy's squad is headed to New Orleans. If, by some miracle (curse?), they upset the Saints, they face Green Bay for a third time. At Lambeau. In January. The best they can do is secure the #19 place in the draft, which is bad enough for a team who needs the draft capital.
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Re: NFL 2020

Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:52 pm

Wild Card Weekend

AFC
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Whys
Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints

I only think two games are locked in this weekend, and that's the Steelers and Saints. Pittsburgh made it competitive last week even while benching some starters, and a COVID outbreak is going to leave the Browns under-prepared for the rematch. And like I said on Monday, the only team that truly doesn't deserve a playoff berth (and is actively hurt by making it to the playoffs) is the Chicago Bears, who head to the Superdome to play the Saints, who continue to be perennial contenders. Beyond that, I think games look pretty good. Washington will surprise Tampa Bay. Maybe not enough to win, but with how good their defense is paired with Alex Smith, they aren't DOA. Seattle/LA would be the best of the week if Goff wasn't dealing with an injury.

The best game of the week looks like a tossup right now.The Colts would be clear Super Bowl contenders (maybe favorites) if Andrew Luck was their QB. Even without him, I think they still make a compelling case with how well rounded they are. Still, Buffalo earned their #2 seed by playing some of the best football of 2020, so this matchup is solid. That just leaves the Ravens/Titans rematch in Nashville. Tennessee deserve a slight edge for consistency between seasons and improving their record over 2019, but Baltimore seem more intimidating the lower seeded they are. If there's a close shootout to be had, it will be here, and it'll be mostly on the ground. One Derrick Henry versus Baltimore's multi-headed monster attack on the ground.
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Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:17 am

The only teams that can win a Super Bowl is Kansas City, Buffalo and Green Bay. Everyone else is just glad to be there
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Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:40 pm

Wild Card Weekend - Results

AFC
Indianapolis Colts 24 at Buffalo Bills 27
Baltimore Ravens 20 at Tennessee Titans 13
Cleveland Browns 48 at Pittsburgh Steelers 37

NFC
Los Angeles Rams 30 at Seattle Seahawks 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 at Washington Whys 23
Chicago Bears 9 at New Orleans Saints 21

...what the hell happened in Pittsburgh? They got beat by coach in his basement!


Divisional Weekend

AFC
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

NFC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers
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Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:26 am

idchafee wrote:
The only teams that can win a Super Bowl is Kansas City, Buffalo and Green Bay. Everyone else is just glad to be there



I've been cautiously optimistic about The Bills this year. The playoff wins have not been pretty but who cares.
If i were to keep my pessimism about them , they'd face Tampa Bay in Super Bowl , and lose to Brady yet one more time.
As is, I think they can beat any remaining team in the playoffs.
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Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:39 am

Divisional Weekend - Results

AFC
Baltimore Ravens 3 at Buffalo Bills 17
Cleveland Browns 17 at Kansas City Chiefs 22

NFC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 at New Orleans Saints 20
Los Angeles Rams 18 at Green Bay Packers 32

Gotta say, Divisional Sunday kinda sucked. Brees fell short of making the NFC Championship in his last game, and Patrick Mahomes got a scary concussion that could keep him out of what should be one of the best games of the year. Still, Andy Reid is Andy Reid, so hopefully that game is good. Also, major kudos to Matt LaFleur to coaching the Packers into a second-straight NFC Championship game in his only two seasons as a head coach. I'm sure Mike McCarthy is a nice enough guy, but it really feels like he squandered some of Aaron Rodgers' best years.


AFC Championship Game
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

NFC Championship Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

The Packers got beat pretty badly in Tampa earlier this year, but I think it was one of their learning experiences to prepare them for a matchup like this. Plus, it's up at Lambeau in January. I like the Bills/Chiefs game better on paper, but like I said above, if Mahomes misses this game in concussion protocol, it really puts a damper on the whole thing.
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Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:19 am

Also of note, Phillip Rivers hung up the cleats today.

And a Bills/Packers Super Bowl simply has to be played in the snow.
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Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:35 am

Captain Ned wrote:
Also of note, Phillip Rivers hung up the cleats today.

And a Bills/Packers Super Bowl simply has to be played in the snow.



While snow in Tampa is unlikely for a GB/Bills Super Bowl, after what I've witnessed lately, why not?
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Missed the point entirely.
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Captain Ned wrote:
Missed the point entirely.



Thats makes us even
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Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:24 pm

Football in Jan/Feb NEEDS to be played in the snow.
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Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:05 am

Interesting times! Good luck to the Buccaneers; they've already made history, can they double down and get the win?

It's still basically 2020, so that must be a foregone conclusion...
 
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I'm sure the NFL will ensure a Brady victory.
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Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:06 am

AFC Championship Game
Buffalo Bills 24 at Kansas City Chiefs 38

NFC Championship Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 at Green Bay Packers 26

Barf. There was one team that I didn't want to see in the Super Bowl...heck, one player I didn't want to see, but here we are. If you thought NFL media were insufferable before...

Super Bowl LV
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anyway...gotta pick the Chiefs. They deserve it more, and two in a row for Reid and Mahomes is way, way, WAY more desirable than another one for TB. Plus, the Chiefs did with this matchup (in Tampa) earlier this season, and they played their best game of the year against the very good Bills last night. I also think Reid is smart enough to build in motion for his QB so he doesn't get sacked five times.
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