Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Playoff Predictions



Well it's time to look like a genius! Throw down your playoff predictions with scores and we'll see who knows the road to Jacksonville the best!

10 Comments:

Blogger RED said...

Here are my predictions: In the 1st round starting with the AFC, Jets 13 Chargers 24. Broncos 20 Colts 42
The NFC 1st round: Rams 27 Seahawks 20. Vikings 28 Packers 42.
2nd Round AFC Chargers 7 Steelers 24. Colts 34 Patriots 27.
NFC 2nd round Rams 14 Falcons 21. Packers 21 Eagles 13

AFC Championship Colts 30 Steelers 14
NFC Championship Falcons 14 Eagles 6
Superbowl
Colts 48 Falcons 14
Colts win!!! Unless Denver wins then this bracket is all messed up.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Ouch, predictions w/scores? Give me some time to think about this in detail. I guess for all intensive purposes, don’t be stupid and say if Denver wins they will face Pittsburgh in the next round. For all other posts, please make sure you know how the NFL Playoff structure works (Lowest seed plays at the highest seed).

AFC Wild Card
San Diego 24 – New York Jets 16
Indianapolis 31 – Denver 27

NFC Wild Card
St Louis 27 – Seattle 24
Green Bay 34 – Minnesota 27

AFC Divisional Round
Indianapolis 27 – New England 23
Pittsburgh 16 – San Diego 13

NFC Divisional Round
Green Bay 27 – Atlanta 21
Philadelphia 23 – St Louis 16

AFC Championship
Indianapolis 27 – Pittsburgh 23

NFC Championship
Green Bay 31 – Philadelphia 27

Super Bowl XXXIX
Indianapolis 35 – Green Bay 23

3:14 PM  
Blogger CosmicPal said...

AFC

Sandy Eggo over the Jets
Indy over Denver

Sandy Eggo over Pittsburgh
Indy over New England

Indy over Sandy Eggo

NFC

Green Bay over Minnesota
St. Louis over Seattle

Philly over Green Bay
St. Louis over Atlanta

Philly over St. Louis

THE SUPER BOWL: Indy over Philly

Good gawd, I can't believe I'm picking Indy! I loathe Manning and Indy, but I simply believe they have too much firepower on offense to get them past even the toughest of D's. Crybaby Manning doesn't make very mistakes and runs a very efficient offense. As suspect as their D is, they still have too much offense to contend with.

I'd give anything to see Philly beat them. But, more importantly, and I loathe the Broncos as well, but I'd give anything to see Denver knock Manning out of any chance to get to the Super Bowl.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Just for clarification too, here are the seeds according to the NFL

AFC
#1 - Pittsburgh
#2 - New England
#3 - Indianapolis
#4 - San Diego
#5 - New York Jets
#6 - Denver

NFC
#1 - Philadelphia
#2 - Atlanta
#3 - Green Bay
#4 - Seattle
#5 - St Louis
#6 - Minnesota

3:20 PM  
Blogger CosmicPal said...

OK...upon review of the seedings, I messed up.

Green Bay over Atlanta and Philly over St. Louis

Philly over Green Bay for the NFC Championship game.

3:24 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Wow 3 people pick the Colts to win it all! What if Denvewr beats Indy, will they go all the way?

3:53 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

No...as much as I will pray for the Broncos, I don't think offensively they are consistant enough to win 3 games on the road. If Denver beats Indianapolis, I don't see Denver beating Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh then probably going on to face the Patriots in NE. Is it possible? Sure, it's the NFL, anything can happen on any given Sunday, but from performances on the field this season, Denver has been inconsistant on all 3 phases of the game.

However, I was thinking the same thing when the Broncos proved me wrong and won Super Bowl XXXII. Beating the Chiefs in KC and the Steelers in Pittsburgh were quite unbeliveable.

I also think 3 people picked the Colts because you know they are offensive power houses. Even against a solid defense, they can score a lot of points (loss to NE 1st game of the season, loss to Jax week #7 and loss to KC), scored 24 against NE defense who only gives up 16 pts/game, Jax defense gives up 17.5. Two very solid defenses, yet the Colts were able to move the ball well. Colts tossed up 450 yards against Jax and another 450 against NE. Weren't for costly turnovers in both games, Indy is sitting at 14-2 and the #2 seed.

Here is some more icing for the cake. Indy's defense rankes #19 in the NFL (scoring defense). But 11 teams ahead of them in the rankings are NOT in the playoffs. Therefore their defense ranks 8th out of the 12 playoff teams.

Not bad, here's another factor to consider, Indy ranks first in +/- turnover ratio with a +20. Sure their defense gives up a lot of yards, but a +20? Your team gave the ball away 15 times (less then 1 per game) yet got 35 turnovers from the defense, which is roughly more then 2 per game. And I think we can all agree that turnovers will make or break a game (I.E. Indy loss to NE in week #1).

9:23 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Yep I agree. I still think the Broncos will have a good shot at taking it all if they can get passed Indy because that will inspire some confidence in the team. I also think the dark horse in the NFC is the Packers. If Brett Favre shows up in the playoffs like we all know he can we might see them take it all, I think it would be pretty cool to see that happen.

I really feel bad for Andy Reid, coach of the Eagles. he has been dissapointed for 3 strait years in the NFC championship and it's likely he will be dissapointed yet again.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Well...I wouldn't consider GB the darkhorse team, I think they are actually one of the teams to beat. I wouldn't be so concerned with Farve as I would be their defense. If they can shut down the pass, the Packers will be in Jacksonville. Their defense just has to play a touch better...basically not allowing Culpepper to toss for 4 TD's and 300 yards. Quite frankly, I think they have the easy way to the Super Bowl, beating a horrible Vikings team, then playing (I feel over-rated) Falcons team, then probably back home for the NFC title as I think Reid won't get past their first game.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this hatin' here with my Broncos... THIS IS THE YEAR. If somehow we don't have to go to Indy (Which few teams could win there), we have an excellent chance this year. They are deeper and better at WR this year than in Jake Plummer's 2 previous years. With a better D, more passing, and the usual running game, Denver will have success this season. We finally don't have to play Indy in the regular season. If they can get knocked off before we would have to play them, we'll be alright. I like our chances against Pitt and N.E. too. Historically, the Broncos have always played them both well, especially under Shanahan. They haven't won the West since 98. It's our turn...

11:22 PM  

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