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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00

Steph, where are you from?

I grew up in Hudson and Durand, if that means anything to ya.

And its REALLY nice to see the Pack predictions rollin' in!



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#22 Posted on

Here ya go:

Rams 45 Pack 28- Love the Pack, but the Rams will win the SB

Bears 24 Eagles 10- Eagles will fly low, get eaten by hungry Bear

Ravens 20, Steelers 6- Because (and it's a well kept secret) the Steelers really suck.

Oakland 35 Pats 17- Blowout city.




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#23 Posted on
I'll give it a go...

NFC

Philadelphia 20, Chicago 13

At some point Jim Miller is going to look around and realize where he is. I think having previous playoff experience will help the Eagles a lot, and that the Bears might have actually been better off had they had to play last week and keep their intensity up instead of having the bye week to sit around and think about how they were actually in the playoffs.

St. Louis 42, Green Bay 20

No stopping the Rams this year. Had it been Warner-to-Bruce instead of Garcia-to-Owens last week, no Mike McKenzie tip, no Tyrone Williams pick, just six Rams points baby. I don't even think it'll be close.

AFC

Baltimore 12, Pittsburgh 10

Watching the Ravens dismantle the Dolphins last week, I thought of last year when the Ravens were as good and I doubted them every week (including in Super Bowl - wish I could have those bets back). Not this year friends. The road from last year's Giants to this year's Steelers, offensively, is not that long. Four Matt Stover field goals do it.

New England 24, Oakland 17

This just in...the Jets are not that good. Oakland should've won that game by three touchdowns. I also give the Pats the nod here because unlike Jauron and the Bears, Belicheck has been in the playoffs as a head coach with the Browns and I think it will make a difference. If the game was in Oakland, I might take the Raiders, but I'll go with the hotter Patriots at home.
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#24 Posted on
Originally posted by JayJayDean
I'll give it a go...

NFC

Philadelphia 20, Chicago 13

At some point Jim Miller is going to look around and realize where he is.


You mean just the way Trent Dilfer did last year, right?



There, I feel better now.
Sec19Row53
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#25 Posted on
Stephanie sez: (Sec19Row53 - if you're wondering how the Bears react to being down, why don't you ask DB Mike Brown?)

I'm talking about more of an early game deficit, not a scrambling our butts off, nothing to lose end of game, "Hand of God" break.

& - Mind you, I'm obligated by state law to cheer for the Pack. I believe that it was written into my last lease.

UW - '87. Met my future wife while working about 6 blocks from Camp Randall. My life revolves around sports.



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#26 Posted on
Hey! You may only use the term "Hand of God" in reference to a Diego Maradona goal in the World Cup! Anything else is just improper and wrong.



There, I feel better now.
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#27 Posted on
Coming in late:

Eagles
Raiders
Steelers
Packers

No, I'm not going to justify these picks



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DrOp
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#28 Posted on

right behind ya~!

Ravens -- cuz I'm from B-more
Eagles -- cuz I like McNabb against UrLACKer
Raiders -- Rice, Brown, nuff said
Packers -- cuz I HATE STL more than I dislike Favre? =)






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DrOp, you LOVE Bret Favre. Admit it.



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Since: 11.1.02
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#30 Posted on
Gotta go with my heart on the first one,

Bears 20- Eagles 9

Jerry Rice, at 39, still too much for the young and inexperienced Tommy Brady and the Pats.

Raiders 34- Patriots 24

Rams, at home, on turf, are very tough. But the Pack have Brett Favre to keep it close. Unfortunately, Freeman, Schroeder, Bradford, and Driver are no Bruce, Holt, Hakim, Proehl/Conwell. So I'll go with

Rams 28- Packers 27

And the last game, the enigma that is the Steelers. Will the Bus be running like he did earlier? Will it matter against a solid defense such as the Ravens'? Will Elvis get some confidence back? Sadly, I think so, so I say,

Ravens 17- Steelers 14

Bears-Rams for NFC Championship
Ravens-Raiders for AFC

It's nice to see some fellow Chicago fans out there. We had some lean years, but hopefully we are past that now. I can't wait til they come down here to play next year. Hopefully I'll get to see the championship banner put up over Memorial Stadium. Plus, we are supposed to get some upgrades here, like a video board and more seats. Illini on Saturday, Bears on Sunday- a perfect weekend.



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#31 Posted on
Originally posted by spf2119
Originally posted by JayJayDean
I'll give it a go...

NFC

Philadelphia 20, Chicago 13

At some point Jim Miller is going to look around and realize where he is.


You mean just the way Trent Dilfer did last year, right?



There, I feel better now.



Actually, I would give Dilfer more credit for being a better QB than Miller. I will say that I am definitely prepared to take it all back if the Bears win it all. (Which they won't.)
DrOp
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#32 Posted on

210 said:
DrOp, you LOVE Bret Favre. Admit it.

Loving Bret Favre is NOT an option.



I only know that I can change; everything else just stays the same.


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#33 Posted on
The Bears will beat the Eagles. Playoff experience is overrated, especially these days with players switching teams so often. If playoff experience was that big of a factor, the St. Louis Rams would have never made it and won the Super Bowl 2 years ago, and the Baltimore Ravens would have not made it and won the Super Bowl last year. McNabb doesn't have a running game (well, unless you count McNabb!), so he will have to do it on his own. I don't think he can against the Bears defense. (And since the Bears are my team, I'm biased!....so sue me!)

Bears 24 Eagles 10
Rams 27 Packers 17
Patriots 17 Raiders 35
Steelers 13 Ravens 6
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#34 Posted on
As much as i like Brett Favre and with the Packers being so close this year.... they are going up against THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.... how do you expect any team to compete with the SHOW when they are all healthy?... and it's not like they have the same defense as last year.... they have upgraded quite a bit.... and even when we piss favre off his alter ego still wont be enough to counter the mvp and his crew...

others:

Bears over Eagles... for once chicago has a good team out there!

Patriots over Raiders... i agree with everbody's thoughts on this one with them playing at home

Steelers over Ravens... tough defense but with Bettis healthy it's a done deal


Rams- Super Bowl Champs



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#35 Posted on
I don't know why the amount of people picking the Bears is outnumber the Eagles by so much. The Bears are a great team and all, good combination of great defense and just good enough offense. But the Eagles are the same thing. Bears might be slightly better on defense, but Eagles are better on offense. Sure Bears are at home, and they were (I think) 7 - 1 this year on at home. Meanwhile, the Eagles were 7 - 1 on the road this year. So, no real advantage there either. As a matter of fact I just saw a stat on ESPN that said the Eagles only gave up 8 points per game on the road this year. That's the least amount of points given up on the road since 1942. So what's up with the Philly haters?

Oh well, as long as one of them beats those stupid Rams and wins the Super Bowl i'll be happy.
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#36 Posted on

Originally posted by The Big Kat
It's nice to see some fellow Chicago fans out there. We had some lean years, but hopefully we are past that now. I can't wait til they come down here to play next year. Hopefully I'll get to see the championship banner put up over Memorial Stadium. Plus, we are supposed to get some upgrades here, like a video board and more seats. Illini on Saturday, Bears on Sunday- a perfect weekend.



-The Big Kat
"It's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care." -Peter Gibbons, Office Space



The best part about the Bears coming here is that I will have a PRESS BOX PASS for the PACKERS-Bears game. YAHOO!



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#37 Posted on
Okay, I've been hearing this 8 pts/road game that the Eagles have this year, and I was impressed, at first. Let's look at who they did this against and that teams PPG.

Seattle (18.8)
NY Giants (18.4)
Arizona (18.4)
Dallas (15.4)
Kansas City (20.0)
Washington (16.0)
San Francisco (25.6)
Tampa Bay (20.2)

With the exception of San Francisco, all these teams have a lower PPG than the Bears (21.1). And San Francisco was the game they lost.





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#38 Posted on
Ok, so you want to play the stat game. Well here we go.
Let's forget just home games or just away games and focus on the whole season both home and away.

First of all the Eagles defense only gave up 5 points more than the Bears, but the Eagles scored exactly 5 points more than the Bears. So they pretty much even out right?

So let's look at the offenses that these teams had to play.

Philadelphia played (teams points per game are in parenthesis)
Rams (31.4 ppg)
Seahawks (18.8)
Cowboys (15.4)
Cardinals (18.4)
Giants (18.4)
Raiders (24.9)
Vikings (19.1)
Cowboys (15.4)
Redskins (16.0)
Chiefs (20.0)
Chargers (20.8)
Redskins (16.0)
49ers (25.6)
Giants (18.4)
Bucs (20.2)
Cardinals (18.4)

If you average all those together the Eagles played teams that average 19.825 points per game

Bears played (team's points per game in parenthesis)
Ravens (18.9)
Vikings (19.1)
Falcons (18.2)
Cardinals (18.4)
Bengals (14.1)
49ers (25.6)
Browns (17.8)
Packers (24.4)
Bucs (20.2)
Vikings (19.1)
Lions (16.9)
Packers (24.4)
Bucs (20.2)
Redskins (16.0)
Lions (16.9)
Jaguars (18.4)
The teams the Bears played averaged 18.165 points per game

Now let's look at the defenses these two teams played.

Eagles
Rams 17.1
Seahawks 20.2
Cowboys 21.1
Cardinals 21.4
Giants 20.1
Raiders 20.4
Vikings 24.7
Cowboys 21.1
Redskins 18.9
Chiefs 21.5
Chargers 20.1
Redskins 18.9
49ers 17.6
Giants 20.1
Bucs 17.5
Cardinals 21.4
So the teams the Eagles played gave up 20.13125 ppg

Bears

Ravens 17.5
Vikings 24.7
Falcons 23.6
Cardinals 21.4
Bengals 19.3
49ers 17.6
Browns 19.9
Packers 16.6
Bucs 17.5
Vikings 24.7
Lions 26.5
Packers 16.6
Bucs 17.5
Redskins 18.9
Lions 26.5
Jaguars 17.9
so the teams the Bears played gave up 20.41975


So like I said the Bears and Eagles were equal in points scored and points given up, but the Eagles played against better offenses and better defenses.
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#39 Posted on
Actually, I'm not playing the stat game, I'm trying to go against it. Everyone was making a big deal about the Eagles doing this 8 pts/road game thing. My point was, they did it against weak offensive teams, with the exception of San Francisco, and they lost that game. I just used the Bears offensive output as a Mendoza line, so to speak.

And the point about better competition (based on offensive/defensive output of opponents) would be a little heftier if the Eagles had won as many games as the Bears did. So yeah, by that standard, the Bears had easier competition, but they also won more games.

I'm not saying the Eagles aren't good, not by any means. The only point I have is that lots of teams would've loved to have the road schedule that the NFC East had this year. The Eagles were the only ones who could take advantage of it, that doesn't mean they have the best road defense since 1942.





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#40 Posted on
Originally posted by Keith Myath
So yeah, by that standard, the Bears had easier competition,



yeah...

Originally posted by Keith Myath
but they also won more games



because they played an easier schedule

that doesn't mean they have the best road defense since 1942


Sure, i'll agree with that, but I think they are just as good as the Bears defense who gets all the credit while nobody even mentions Philly's defense. And to 90% of the people i've heard it's a forgone conclusion that the Bears will be in the NFC Championship

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