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Geez, I'm looking at the Pats schedule & I'm still wondering; who in the hell is going to beat this team. Maybe when they play at the Giants, that could be a loss--Eli apparently owns Brady. Maybe the game at Denver is a potential loss.

So, 16-0 or 15-1--either way, the Pats look like a virtual lock for the #1 seed in the AFC.... 

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McCoy has a grade 2 strain of hamstring.  3-4 week recovery normally but he insists he will not be gone that long.  Unreal.  I still do not know who made the dumb ass decision to cut Brown.  They needed him.  Now they have two bums with Boobie Dixon.   Tyrod better do what Rich Gannon did one Monday night to the Steelers.  Went shotgun and passed 40 fucking times. Rex Ryan needs to stop with this predicable game plan.  I am getting tired of his fat ass and big mouth already.  Just fucking win baby.

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Geez, I'm looking at the Pats schedule & I'm still wondering; who in the hell is going to beat this team. Maybe when they play at the Giants, that could be a loss--Eli apparently owns Brady. Maybe the game at Denver is a potential loss.

So, 16-0 or 15-1--either way, the Pats look like a virtual lock for the #1 seed in the AFC.... 

I'm hoping my Broncos can beat 'em, but I doubt it. They can barely beat Minnesota.

I'd like to know who creates these bullshit fucking schedules. 

Seriously, you're going to pit the Super Bowl champions against JACKSONVILLE? And Washington, and Tennessee, and the Giants?

And that's after you add in their consistently soft division rivals.

Ridiculous.

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Let's look at last year's records for some of NE's non-divisional opponents: 

Jacksonville: 3-13

Washington: 4-12

Giants: 6-10

Tennessee: 2-14

 

Then we add two divisional opponents:

Miami: 8-8

Jets: 4-12

 

That's half of their schedule. All teams with losing records, with one divisional opponent having a .500 record.

 

Now we add Houston and Buffalo, two teams who finished with a record barely above .500. 

That's 11 easy, or relatively fucking easy wins. 

And of course, all of that scheduled before Tony Romo gets injured, before Peyton Manning decides to shoot commercials for Papa John's and Nationwide instead of lifting weights, before Indy gets decimated with injuries, and before Houston and Philadelphia fall asleep at the starting gun of the season.

Not to mention they get three home games in a row two weeks after their bye.

So yeah, NE probably will get 1st or 2nd seed, purely on the basis of a breezy schedule.

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So called "easy" regular season schedules can actually make a team complacent, come playoff time. At least teams that don't have Brady/Bellicheck, I should say? The Jets and Giants are improved over what their records showed last year. Both can stay in the game with just about any team.

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So called "easy" regular season schedules can actually make a team complacent, come playoff time. At least teams that don't have Brady/Bellicheck, I should say? The Jets and Giants are improved over what their records showed last year. Both can stay in the game with just about any team.

Yes, but you still get into the postseason because of your regular season. If there's a team in the playoffs who shouldn't be there, then that means there's a legitimately good team who should be there, and isn't. That's not fair.

If you win the Super Bowl, then you should get the toughest schedule in the league next season. And the Super Bowl loser should get the 2nd-toughest, and so on and so forth.

Basically, how the draft is ordered.

 

 

 

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If you win the Super Bowl, then you should get the toughest schedule in the league next season. And the Super Bowl loser should get the 2nd-toughest, and so on and so forth.

That would be hard to do,since you have to play other teams in your division twice a year.So what if your in a awful division?

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That's true - it has been kinda some sort of mandate that the Superbowl winner gets a tough schedule, in the following season. The Superbowl "hangover" that happened frequently, supported this. But you they must play their own division, two games against each team. The AFC East teams were all predicted to be much better, with personnel moves. And the NFC East had the Cowboys and Eagles predicted to be playoff teams, Eli Manning is a SB MVP twice, and the Redskins can run the ball. But yeah, teams like Jacksonville and Tennessee are questionable choices.

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That would be hard to do,since you have to play other teams in your division twice a year.So what if your in a awful division?

Teams that are in bad divisions should have tough schedules anyway. Take Indy. They have the longest win streak against divisional opponents in NFL history. Or maybe it's best win pct. I don't know, I saw some stat like that during Thursday's game.

But if you're in a soft division, you should get a tougher schedule to compensate.

Besides, I don't like the division system anyways. Teams can have a good season, but get shut out of the playoffs, simply because the other teams in their division played well also.

Take last year for example. Philly finished 10-6, and SF 8-8. And yet both missed the playoffs, while Carolina finished with a losing record(7-8-1) and made it in, just for winning their division. There have been other countless instances of this throughout league history.

And do we really need teams to play the same team twice each season? I say no. We don't need this six games against division rivals stuff. We should have more opponents in the schedule. It would make things more interesting.

I'm of the opinion that the NFL scheduling system should get a complete overhaul. And, at the very least, be fair.

But, for the purposes of this discussion, the winner of the Super Bowl should have the toughest non-divisional schedule in the league, and so on and so forth.

 

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^ There's an awful lot of things being experimented with or changed in the NFL lately, and it seems none are going over well. I wouldn't want to see less divisional games - part of the fun is hating on divisional rivals, and anticipating these games, regardless of record. I think all sports rewards division winners with a playoff spot, and it's only happened twice that a team with a loosing record got in. To me, the NFL playoff system is about as perfect as any sport has - just the right number of teams get in, to be fair. Maybe a 7-8 division winner hosting an 11-5 wild card team should be reconsidered? 

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^ There's an awful lot of things being experimented with or changed in the NFL lately, and it seems none are going over well. I wouldn't want to see less divisional games - part of the fun is hating on divisional rivals, and anticipating these games, regardless of record. I think all sports rewards division winners with a playoff spot, and it's only happened twice that a team with a loosing record got in. To me, the NFL playoff system is about as perfect as any sport has - just the right number of teams get in, to be fair. Maybe a 7-8 division winner hosting an 11-5 wild card team should be reconsidered?

Fair point. But let's forget the losing record thing. I know there have to have been a lot of instances of teams with worse records than others, not necessarily losing records, just worse, getting into the playoffs while the other doesn't.

Let's just say, for example, Philly finishes 9-7 and SF finishes 11-5. Philly gets in, while Frisco doesn't. I don't think that is fair. You should get in purely on the basis of your regular season record. Not on how well you place in your division. Besides beating your division opponents yourself twice a year, there's nothing else you can do to control the outcome of your rivals' season.

As I said, it's not right if a team works hard all season and earns a good record, and still misses out on the postseason, simply because of the division mechanics.

With the division games, that's another fair point. I guess it could be exciting to see rivals duke it out twice each season. So maybe we need to lengthen the season to allow for more games? Or shorten the preseason?

You see, I love feeling out the unknown. Without exploration, and experimentation, life gets quite stagnant. Change can be a good thing. And the world is constantly changing.

We shouldn't be averse to something simply because it's new. Sure, not every idea is a good one. But you've got to try it out first.

Take the new extra point rule. I love that rule. It made the dull, redundant, almost certain to succeed extra point process interesting. More kickers are missing extra points now, which has led to more 2-point conversion attempts.

It has spiced up the game.

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I guess it could be exciting to see rivals duke it out twice each season. So maybe we need to lengthen the season to allow for more games? Or shorten the preseason?

Aren't you a Broncos fan? The NFC West is an exiting division, I would think. Unless the Broncos aren't getting enough competition for you?

Keep in mind the time zone thing, too - teams in the same division are mostly in a similar zone, so less travel time and game start times make more sense for the players and fans watching. And division rival's fans can attend road games that are doable, travel wise.

Not sure what time zone Alaska is in, but more games outside their division would probably mean more 1 AM eastern games that you would be getting up early to watch. I am not into this morning football idea, at all. Skipped the Jets in London, last week...

 

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The formula is simple:  6 division games, 3 against the teams in you conference who finished in the same place as you, 3 against the remaining rotation of conference opponents that weren't the same place as you and 4 against the opposite conference, rotating division.

 

So the Pats play the other first place AFC teams, the remaining AFC South opponents and the NFC East this year.  

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Watching Jim Harbaugh's Univ of Mich destroy another opponent.  What does SF think now, and how long before another NFL team entices him back to the big leagues?  Sorry, but SF was stupid to get rid of him, he clearly has talent as a coach.

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