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NFL : 2008 Playoffs

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Steve615, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. fluffybear

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    I never liked the idea of allowing division leaders with either break-even or losing seasons to earn a place in the playoff's. I would not mind if there was some kind of rule which required playoff teams to actually post a winning record( and 8 is not a winning record in my book) . Failure to do so would mean forfeiting your spot.
    As a charger fan, I'm embarrassed by the 8and 8 record and don't feel like they are playoff material but thanks to a crap division, the chargers are there and the New England Patriots will be home..

    I really am not excited about the idea of adding another team or two to the playoff scenario. Personally, I would prefer that 4 best records in the conference move on to the playoff's.
     
  2. Jimmy 440

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    I would rather play Dallas during the playoffs.I think the Eagles would be a more dangerous team to play.
     
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    I would rather play Dallas during the playoffs.I think the Eagles would be a more dangerous team to play.Don't look at my avatar.I'm a die hard GIANTS fan from Central coastal NJ.
     
  4. JACKIEGAGA

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    This was a great last weekend for football a lot of different scenarios, Eagles making the playoffs were a big surprise. I am glad Chargers made the playoffs
     
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    JACKIEGAGA N.Y. FOOTBALL GIANTS

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    And the coaching carousel begins Jets Eric Mangini, Lions Rob Marinneli, Browns Romeo Crennel all got the ax. Who will be next?
     
  6. Steve

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    He says he's happy being on TV, but it looks like Bill Cowher is gonna make a lot of money somewhere next year. :) /steve
     
  7. Pepster

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    The N.F.L needs to adopt what the NBA finally had sense enough to do last year regarding which team actually gets the home field advantage. The Chargers were below .500 all season, then they finally get to .500 and win their division with an 8-8 record, The reward, they get to host a game against the Colts, a team that went 12-4.

    The NBA system for determining the seeding was unchanged BUT, in the second round, the team with the better winning percentage gets home court advantage. That way, season long mediocrity ISN'T REWARDED over season long excellence.
     
  8. JACKIEGAGA

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    A ton
     
  9. Steve

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    That's an excellent idea. This way you still get the excitement of division races.

    If you went strictly by record, then you would probably need to revert to lumping the whole league together into one each NFC/AFC "division". /steve
     
  10. dcowboy7

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    here is the rest:

    Saturday, January 10
    4:30 PM: TBA at Titans (CBS)
    8:15 PM: TBA at Panthers (FOX)

    Sunday, January 11
    1:00 PM: TBA at Giants (FOX)
    4:45 PM: TBA at Steelers (CBS)

    Sunday, January 18
    3:00 PM: NFC Championship Game (FOX)
    6:30 PM: AFC Championship Game (CBS)

    Sunday, February 1
    6:00 PM: Super Bowl XLIII (NBC)
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    The main gripe I have is that you want the best teams in the playoffs. Now, arguably San Diego is a talented team that underachieved and it coming in hot with 4 wins in a row... but it's hard to argue they are "better" than 11-5 New England who was hitting their stride with Cassel finally.

    Oddly enough, the 11-5 Patriots in Brady's first year won their Superbowl to start the dynasty... then missed the playoffs the next year at 9-7 on some final-week tie breaks as well... but then came on like gangbusters and won 2 more Superbowls after that plus last year's 18-1 record losing to the Giants... so I'm not crying too much for them.

    I'd have felt worse if Denver had gotten in at 9-7 than San Diego. The Chargers at least lost a couple of close games to good/hot teams (Carolina, Indy) and were robbed of one game early in the season against Denver... so I'm glad it went San Diego's way at least. I'd really have felt bad if Denver was in and New England out because Denver does not belong in this year's playoffs.

    I'm a little sick over Arizona and their late season slide backing into the playoffs on the NFC side... but, fortunately no clear team to feel like "missed out" with a better record over there so I'll live with that result.

    On the record front too... I think Pittsburgh was 11-5 in the regular season the year they won it all recently... and I remember a Buffalo team 11-5 going to the game (losing to Dallas that year I think)... and last year's champ the Giants were 10-6 in the regular season.

    Then again, the Patriots aren't the first 11-5 team to miss out.. and I also remember a really good 10-6 49ers team with Steve Young one year missing out.
     
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    One telling statistic is that an 11-5 hasn't missed the playoffs in 23 years (1985 Broncos) - until this year.

    The argument FOR an 8-8 team getting in via winning the division is that if you have a *killer* division, you're more likely to have records closer to .500 as the in-division teams would be beating each other up. However, Dan Marino pointed out on one of the talking-head shows that, since realignment and 4-team divisions, in-division games don't make up as much of the schedule.
     
  13. Stewart Vernon

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    That's one of the things in the back of my mind as well.

    The 5-team old-school (old for me anyway) divisions played 8 games in division, and 8 outside.

    The new 4-team divisions play 6 in division, and 10 outside.

    I've also brought up before the odd possibility of a team going 6-0 in division, but going 0-10 outside the division... and losing the division because someone else who was 3-3 or 4-2 in division had a better overall record.

    While I agree overall record should be part of the scenario, it's arguable that if a team goes 6-0 in their division they should win their division (since they did it on the field). Fortunately I don't think that is too likely as for it to happen requires teams to be way more schizophrenic than they typically are. It'd be hard to go 6-0 against familiar division foes and then lose all 10 outside. Not impossible, but certainly improbable.
     
  14. Steve615

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    per pft.com he got himself fired for refusing to fire his def. coord.

    shanny may be angling for the chargers gig especially if norv is 1 & done it says.
     
  16. Steve

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    That's surprising because I had heard Shanahan and the Bronco's owner were very close. He'd be an interesting choice for the Jets to replace Mangini. So would Holmgren, if Favre decides to play another year. /steve
     
  17. JACKIEGAGA

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    Arizona Cardinals moving on
     
  18. Steve615

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  20. Steve615

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    This is true.I based my prior post on the playoff tracker from CBS Sports.
    CBS must be thinking the Vikings are going to win tomorrow. :sure: :D
     

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