2009 AFC Prognostications

Falcons, Bears, Eagles, Seahawks, Packers, Saints.  Who joins them in the 2009 postseason?

#1 Seed - San Diego Chargers
Be honest.  How many games can you see the Chargers losing to the Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos this season?  I'm setting the over/under at half-a-game and taking the under.  That means Rivers & Co. will only need to go 6-4 over their next ten to finish 12-4. 

#2 Seed - New England Patriots
You know what?  This team is flawed.  I don't put a lot of stock in the preseason but one noticeable trend developed: Tom Brady took shots from both the Bengals and the Redskins.  This offensive line is not great and I wouldn't be surprised to see Brady settle for a lot of underneath stuff to Welker and Chris Baker as a result.  And I know Belichick is the best but can this defense really lose Bruschi, Vrabel, Seymour...etc. and not miss a beat?  Awful lot of a criticism for a two seed, ain't it?

#3 Seed - Pittsburgh Steelers
There's been a surprising amount of media members picking against the Steelers for what feel like arbitrary reasons.  "Big Ben had a strange off-season.  Post-Super Bowl hangover.  Blah, blah, blah."  Based purely on the roster, this is the best team in football and I'd pick them to finish at the top of the conferene if they didn't have Baltimore twice, Minnesota, Chicago, Green Bay, Tennessee and San Diego on the schedule.

#4 Seed - Tennessee Titans
Bob Sanders is missing the first five games of the year for the Colts.  The Texans are an awkward tackle away from the Rex Grossman era.  I'll take the best coach and most reliable defense/rush game in the division.          
#5 Seed - Baltimore Ravens
Because the play football the way the Chicago Bears used to...

#6 Seed - Indianapolis Colts
Because I think, overnight, the AFC has no depth.

WILDCARD ROUND
Pittsburgh Steelers over Indianapolis Colts (Colts lack rush defense...)
Tennessee Titans over Baltimore Ravens (Titans avenge loss in 2008.)

DIVISION ROUND
San Diego Chargers over Tennessee Titans (Titans can't keep up...)
Pittsburgh Steelers over New England Patriots (Tom Brady sacked 4 times.)

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Pittsburgh scores a fourth-quarter touchdown to cut San Diego's lead to 27-21 with about 8:14 left on the clock.  After a touchback, Phil Rivers leads the Super Chargers on an eleven play, seven minute drive - sealing the game with a short fieldgoal.  San Diego 30, Pittsburgh 21.

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  • I've been thinking Chargers for the same reason. Although, the Merriman situation could cause some problems, so we will see.

    A Bears-Chargers Super Bowl would be interesting...and it would play into the Rivers-Cutler fued as well. You know the NFL would love that story line. Can you imagine how many more Bears fans would make the trip to Miami than Chargers fans? That would be quite a site.

    OK, back to reality...and week 1. It's fun to dream though, no?

  • Very interesting.

  • Those are as good as any arguments I could make though I bet a Charger fan might tell you "Never underestimate the power of Norv Turner to screw up a good thing".

  • The NFL (and which ever between Fox or CBS has the game) LOVE any Super Bowl matchup that contains the word BEARS!

  • I think our special teams are going to play a big part in our victory on sunday night. I just feel like we are going to have a big punt block or return that gets things going early.

    It is only Wednesday i can't stop thinking about the game coming up. I should be working but i can't stop reading articles and predictions about what is going to happen. Can we get to Aaron Rodgers? Are they going to slant us to death? If they run the slant right into Pisa or Briggs will there be a turnover? All of these thoughts are making me giddy. At least there is a game on Thursday night to tide me over until Sunday.

  • Work? No way. Exhibiting uncharacteristic foresight, I took this entire week OFF! Packer week PLUS Face-to-Face Fantasy Football Draft in about 3 hours! Wish me luck gang. We're out to defend our the title with last season's league champs, THE WHITE ELEPHANTS!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Good luck, Al! (maybe a few minutes late)

  • From Da Site: "I have heard that the Bears defense was on the field for more snaps than any other defense last year. Is that true?"

    "Yes, it

  • The Bears defense could assist themselves by playing better, as well. A lot of being on the field for a long time has more to do with not stopping the other team on any down. 3rd down conversions are easier if you're not gashed for 7 on first down every series.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff,
    Whats your take on Peanut dont you think he will hurt us more than help us sunday?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If anyone still needs verification of how much of a bloody, brutally sodomized asshole Brett Favre is:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d81279c05&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true

    The headline is "Favre says he 'may not' be able to play every Vikes game."

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    What a tool...

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Well look guys not only are alot of people picking the Packers to go to the super bowl but they also pick them to win on sunday night. I swear our Bears will never get any kind of respect. The analyst on inside the nfl actually were questioning our Oline sayin that it might now be able to hold up against Green Bays D....... Jeff this is Packer week!!!!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I translate that "FavreSpeak" into English as.."Ew. Too cold for me toplay outside today!"

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I don't know about you guys, but to me it feels like the Bears are gonna kill Green Bay. I know Rodgers is good, and his receivers are excellent. They have decent O that looked amazingly sharp in the fake games. Their D has been revamped by Capers who has an excellent track record when introducing the 3-4. But this Cutler thing trumps all that. Even with Orton and that 1st and 2nd round pick I would have been sorta confident we could beat the Pack, but with Cutler avoiding pressure and firing darts, opening up the O and taking pressure off the D, this shit is in the bag! The Bears are built to win with D. Lovie's system works if the DL gets pressure on the QB and that's going to happen. Tommie showed glimpses of being effective last year and seems stronger this year. If he can bring it, it's over. BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Yay! Someone FINALLY said it. Also, how many times did the Bears D last year give up an opponent's first down on FIRST or SECOND down?

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