Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Super Bowl without the Patriots?

I know it might be a little too early to predict this years Super Bowl but isn’t everyone else already saying that the Patriots will be there and win?
So here is where I will rant on how this just might not be the case.

Let’s start with the AFC. The winners of the AFC divisions should be New England, Indianapolis, and San Diego and yes I feel it might just be the Cleveland Browns. The wild card teams would then go to Pittsburgh and Jacksonville.

Why the Browns to win their division? Let us take a look at the remaining schedule.

The Browns next five remaining games left are against the Cardinals, Jets, Bills, Bengals and 49ers. Cleveland already a 7-4 team can possibly win all 5 remaining games going 12 -4 on the season.

Pittsburgh has to play the Bengals, Patriots on the road, Jaguars, then both Rams and Ravens on the road. The Steelers who are 8-3 can possibly lose 3 of the next 5, especially since they way they are playing as of late and struggle on the road, might give them an overall season record of 10 – 4.

If this being the case then the fist round bye will go to New England and either Cleveland or Indy depending on how Indy finishes.

Now with all that said, San Diego lets face it is not all that great, Pittsburgh struggles on the road, Indy is all banged up, Jacksonville is sketchy, so that leaves New England and Cleveland.

The last time Cleveland played New England the Patriots ended up winning. This was largely due to Cleveland’s running back and wide receiver that got injured at the start of the game. Cleveland also turned the ball over 4 times while driving down the field.
I believe there is a blue print to beat New England and with a healthy Cleveland team, they have that blue print as long as they can hold on to the ball. The Browns have the second most potent offense in the AFC to get it done.

Now to the NFC!
Not much to talk about here.

The teams that should win their division are the Cowboys, Packers, Buccaneers, and Seahawks. Possible wild cards might be the Giants and Lions.

Do we really need to analyze this?
The outcome should be clear here with no surprises coming down to Dallas or Green Bay.
My pick for the NFC would be the Dallas Cowboys.

So now to the Super Bowl should be a piece of cake for the Dallas Cowboys as they roll easily on the Cleveland Browns.

Dallas 35 Cleveland 21.

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