Chiefs vs Seahawks: Week 10's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just under two months remain in the season. All teams have won a game now, though Kansas City has yet to lose. Ed Reed has been waived by the Texans. Carolina has been making noise. Detroit is in sole possession of the NFC North late in the season for the first time in some time. The Wildcard races remain very tight as well. In fact, there are logjams aplenty in the NFL, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 12: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 10 »

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Chiefs vs Seahawks: Week 9's prediction for the Super Bowl

With every team now through at least eight games, nobody is slowing down yet. The injury bug just doesn’t stop, now keeping Aaron Rodgers out for a few weeks; might a Matt Flynn redux in Green Bay be in the works? Kansas City remains without a loss. The NFC especially is producing plenty of close races, including a three-way tie in the NFC North. The AFC has its division leaders pretty close to each other as well. With plenty of room left to maneuver in the final eight weeks, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 5: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 9 »

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Richie Incognito (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Miami Dolphins just went changed their colors from orange and teal to perhaps the only certifiably uglier color combination of black and white. In lieu of guard Richie Incognito’s voicemail left for Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team; just days after Martin left the team for undisclosed reasons and the team placed him on the non-football-related illness list.

This incident has, of course, already begun to spawn the thinkpieces and hand-wringing we expect from the media. This incident will inevitably be placed into a larger context and will be used as a reason to examine everything from the mentality of football players and the culture of a locker room to race relations in America. Continue reading The Hidden Damages of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin »

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Chiefs vs Seahawks: Week 8's prediction for the Super Bowl

The NFL season is now half over for many teams, and while many divisions have a clear leader, nobody has really carved out a definitive niche for themselves thus far. The Broncos and Chiefs continue to be the premier race. The Wildcard races for the final seeds are particularly hot, as it’s looking like .500 could be enough to make the postseason, particularly in the AFC. With everyone still jockeying for position, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 29: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 8 »

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Chiefs vs Seahawks: Week 7's prediction for the Super Bowl

Seven weeks into the season, there is only one unbeaten team left (Kansas City) and two winless teams (Tampa and Jacksonville). The AFC is starting to clump up. The NFC East finally has a team with a winning record. The Packers are making a run of things with Chicago and Detroit having issues. The NFL is quite volatile right now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 22: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 7 »

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Chiefs vs Saints: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Six weeks are gone in the NFL schedule, and plenty of teams are still shifting around, especially in the AFC. New England recovered enough to topple New Orleans with five seconds left. The Jaguars, Giants and Buccaneers are still win-less, while only divisional rivals Kansas City and Denver remain unbeaten. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are vying for control of the NFC East; both have won three conference games and lost three non-conference games so far. Despite losses, Baltimore and Cleveland remain in contention with Cincinnati for the AFC North. Houston is still in a nosedive, and is now down Matt Schaub, which drew cheers from the Houston crowd. With injury bugs starting to make their way around the NFL in general, it’s almost anyone’s ballgame now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 15: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 6 »

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Broncos vs Saints: Week 5's prediction for the Super Bowl

It’s now five weeks into the season, and the standings are getting rattled. New England and Seattle have finally lost. Denver, Kansas City and New Orleans continue to dominate. Three AFC North teams are 3-2. The NFC East is led by a sub-.500 team. It’s a very tumultuous time indeed, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 8: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 5 »

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