Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NFL Playoff Picture: Week 13

Hello, campers! It's time to toss out the current playoff picture from my position in the Hampton Inn in Dallas. It's really warm here... I was warned I should have a coat because "it might hit the high 40s". Oh my gosh! 49 degrees! I'll start massaging my legs to keep the circulation going!

In other news, I'm excited I'm not in Winter Wonderland, otherwise known as Seattle, having to deal with thousands of drivers who have absolutely no idea what ice looks like.

As to last week, most playoff teams did a very poor job, especially in the NFC, of winning games against bad teams. While I don't mind as a Seattle fan, it did affect the final standings of our friend the Scientific Method, who could have had an insane week if not for Carolina et al...

Week 12 Results
Scientific Method: 11-5
Petey Prisco: 10-6
Bill Simmons: 9-7

Season Standings
Petey Prisco: 111-65
Scientific Method: 109-67
Bill Simmons: 94-82

Well, time's running out for the Method to make its final move. I will NOT let Colin live it down if Petey wins. I can guarantee this.

On to the playoff picture!

AFC

1. Indianapolis (10-1)
2. Baltimore (9-2... beat San Diego earlier)
3. San Diego (9-2)
4. New England (8-3)
5. Denver (7-4)
6. Kansas City (7-4)

That's right, so far three AFC West teams are in the playoffs. Denver gets the nod over Kansas City because of their superior conference record (7-3 to 3-4... a bad Achilles heel for the Chiefs). As I mentioned before though, the Broncos have two very tough games left. I think they will drop at least one of their next two, opening the door for challengers, especially Cincinnati, who has a HUGE game this week against the Ravens. The Chargers still have the look of a championship contender, although the game against Oakland shouldn't have been so close. The Patriots would feel better about themselves if they could hold on to the football. Also, welcome back to the NY Jets to the playoff picture, only one game out.

Indianapolis - at Tennessee, at Jacksonville, vs Cincinnati, at Houston, vs Miami Baltimore - at Cincinnati, at Kansas City, vs Cleveland, at Pittsburgh, vs Buffalo
San Diego - at Buffalo, vs Denver, vs Kansas City, at Seattle, vs Arizona
New England - vs Detroit, at Miami, vs Houston, at Jacksonville, at Tennessee
Denver - vs Seattle, at San Diego, at Arizona, vs Cincinnati, vs San Francisco
Kansas City - at Cleveland, vs Baltimore, at San Diego, at Oakland, vs Jacksonville

Jacksonville - at Miami, vs Indianapolis, at Tennessee, vs New England, at Kansas City
NY Jets - at Green Bay, vs Buffalo, at Minnesota, at Miami, vs Oakland
Cincinnati - vs Baltimore, vs Oakland, at Indianapolis, at Denver, vs Pittsburgh

If I was a Jacksonville fan, I wouldn't feel too confident about making the postseason at this point. Miami is playing hot, then the Colts, Patriots, and Chiefs are still left to play. Unless they really pick up the pace, this team will be out of the postseason. The Jets have a fairly easy route, if they can play consistent ball they will threaten. Cincinnati has almost as tough a road as Jacksonville, except that Denver is now going with a backup QB and Pittsburgh is playing really bad football. The division leaders are probably already set, so the wild card race is all that interests me (although the game tomorrow could change that).

What about the NFC?

NFC

1. Chicago (9-2)
2. New Orleans (7-4)
3. Seattle (7-4)
4. Dallas (7-4)
5. NY Giants (6-5)
6. Carolina (6-5)

The Giants have a better conference record than Carolina, but have a showdown in a couple of weeks. The big game this week has to be Dallas at NY Giants. The G-Men are a desperate team. Either they are going to implode and open up the postseason to St Louis or San Francisco or they are going to win a few games on the backs of the immense talent they possess. Speaking of those teams, I hate to keep 5-6 teams in the picture, even if I have to. Why does Carolina keep losing to bad teams? They could be in the picture for a bye, but instead have decided to be a decidedly mediocre, incredibly disappointing squad. It just means that we have a lot of teams still in the race who don't deserve to be. Pretty much every 5-6 team sucks. There... I said it.

Chicago - vs Minnesota, at St Louis, vs Tampa Bay, at Detroit, vs Green Bay
New Orleans - vs San Francisco, at Dallas, vs Washington, at NY Giants, vs Carolina
Seattle - at Denver, at Arizona, vs San Francisco, vs San Diego, at Tampa Bay
Dallas - at NY Giants, vs New Orleans, at Atlanta, vs Philadelphia, vs Detroit
NY Giants - vs Dallas, at Carolina, vs Philadelphia, vs New Orleans, at Washington
Carolina - at Philadelphia, vs NY Giants, vs Pittsburgh, at Atlanta, at New Orleans

Philadelphia - vs Carolina, at Washington, at NY Giants, at Dallas, vs Atlanta
Atlanta - at Washington, at Tampa Bay, vs Dallas, vs Carolina, at Philadelphia
San Francisco - at New Orleans, vs Green Bay, at Seattle, vs Arizona, at Denver
St Louis - vs Arizona, vs Chicago, at Oakland, vs Washington, at Minnesota
Minnesota - at Chicago, at New Orleans, vs NY Jets, at Green Bay, vs St Louis

Here's one statement I think I can make. The Vikings have it too tough to eke into that final slot. Also, San Francisco has some tough ones, as this game at New Orleans is a lot tougher than it used to be. I think the Rams have the best shot at being the team making its way in, because the Eagles will be off this list next week after losing to Carolina.

What games am I looking forward to?

Week 13
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Arizona at St Louis - The Rams will blow this one.
Dallas at NY Giants - The top two teams in the NFC East face off for the crown.
Carolina at Philadelphia
San Francisco at New Orleans
Seattle at Denver
Minnesota at Chicago
Jacksonville at Miami

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