AFC 1. Kansas City (7-0) AFC West leaders 2. Indianapolis (5-1) AFC South leaders 3. New England (5-2) AFC East leaders 4. Baltimore (3-3) AFC North leaders 5. Denver (5-1) Wild card 6. Tennessee (5-2) Wild card 7. Miami (4-2) 8. Buffalo (4-3) 9. Cleveland (3-4) 10. N. Y. Jets (2-4) 11. Houston (2-4) 12. Pittsburgh (2-4) 13. Cincinnati (2-4) 14. Oakland (2-5) 15. Jacksonville (1-5) 16. San Diego (1-5)
NFC 1. Minnesota (6-0) NFC North leaders 2. Carolina (5-1) NFC South leaders 3. Seattle (5-1) NFC West leaders 4. Dallas (5-1) NFC East leaders 5. St. Louis (4-2) Wild card 6. Tampa Bay (3-3) Wild card 7. Philadelphia (3-3) 8. Green Bay (3-4) 9. San Francisco (3-4) 10. New Orleans (3-4) 11. Washington (3-4) 12. N. Y. Giants (2-4) 13. Detroit (1-5) 14. Arizona (1-5) 15. Chicago (1-5) 16. Atlanta (1-6)
Wild Card Matchups: AFC: Tennessee at New England, Denver at Baltimore NFC: Tampa Bay at Seattle, St. Louis at Dallas
First-round byes: AFC: Kansas City, Indianapolis NFC: Minnesota, Carolina
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At 5-2 with no QB for the next few weeks, Denver appears to be done, and Kansas City would need a monumental collapse to not win the division and a bye. The way things look now (with the Denver QB situation): 2nd in AFC South and East appear to be the Wild Card teams.
Am I the only one who thinks it would be very fitting, given how crappy the AFC North is, to have the Bengals put together a decent string and win the division? They're playing as well and, more important, as consistently as anyone else out there.
Miami is still the power in the AFC East...screw the luckbag Pats.I think the last four losses by the Dolphins have all come on last-second field goals dating to last year.If they would just stop letting teams hang around in games and put them away they would be fine.They need the killer instinct and a passing game for christ sake!I still dont see why they signed Junior Seau when Wide Reciever is where they are the thinnest.
Um did you watch that game Sunday? The Pats owned them in the second half. Just what until they some of their 9 injured starting players back. This team has the same feel as they did in 2001. And don't get my started in those refs. They were lucky that the pats won or it would have been Coin-flip-gate all over again.
Originally posted by calvinh0560Um did you watch that game Sunday? The Pats owned them in the second half. Just what until they some of their 9 injured starting players back. This team has the same feel as they did in 2001. And don't get my started in those refs. They were lucky that the pats won or it would have been Coin-flip-gate all over again.
Owned what, exactly? I watched that game too and nobody owned anybody in that game. If they had, it wouldn't have gone to overtime. I give the Pats credit for a good play, but without a FG block that game probably doesn't go to overtime (no way Mare misses that kick twice). The Pats made one TD drive in the second half, that's it, and at the end of the game when they really needed their D to step up the Dolphins were able to move the ball. That doesn't sound like the Pats owned anybody to me.
OK, owned was maybe a little harsh of a word. The shutting down of R.Williams was what I was talking about when I said owned. He average 4.7 yards per play in the first half to only 2.7 for second half and overtime.
Game stats nfl.com (nfl.com) I do wish they had second half stats instead of making me use excel :)
Ricky's done that in a few games this year. He hasn't played up to last year by a long shot. The key, though, has been that at the end of the game when the Dolphins need a play he comes through. He scored the late TD against the Bills, he moved the ball against Jacksonville after Leftwich tied the game, and he got them into FG range against the Pats. I won't kid you, though, it'd be nice if he could put up a full game like he was doing a year ago.
Maybe its time to give Brian Griese his shot.The Fins NEED to get the passing game going big time and could use Ricky to do that.Fiedler has just been too inconsistent again this year and it showed on the interception in overtime.I know Fiedler is hobbling right now, and maybe Griese could get a good chance like Tim Couch did (Although he obviously squandered that against San Diego Sunday).Miami also needs to get the ball to Randy McMichael more!This guy is coming along more and more each week.
It's hard to justify pulling the QB when your team is 4-2 and, at least in the loss column, tied for the lead in the toughest division in football. I agree, though, taking a look at Griese wouldn't be a bad idea. The two games the Fish have lost this year have resulted from untimeley interceptions, and Fiedler hasn't had what I would call a good game yet this season. Unless Fiedler has a couple of bad games in a row resulting in losses (or gets hurt) I don't think we'll see Griese starting. As long as the team is winning, they won't want to mess with the chemistry of the squad by starting a QB controversy.
I dont know. 4-2 might not be good enough for the Fish right now. Their last 5 games are killer with games at Dallas, New England, and Buffalo while having home games agianst Philly and the JETS. I cant see them going better than 2-3 during that strech. So they need to at least Split the upcoming Colts/Titans and Sweep the Chargers, Ravens, and Redskin games. Their week 4 Bye will kill them this year.
The ordering of the Fish's games this year is less than favourable. Getting the Pats and Bills at home in their first six games but they're going to Foxboro and Orchard Park in December? I hate how it always seems to work out that way. It's almost as if the scheduling people get a kick out of the fact that they can't win in the cold.
In other news, Joe Theisman (sports.espn.go.com) is an asshole: So he's a "disgrace," but at the same time a "good kid?" First off, Ricky Williams turns 30 this year. So I guess that makes Theismann "Grandpa.