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    #24 Jersey

    At first this article seemed a bit silly to me, but after thinking it over for a minute it may very well be much better to drop to the #4 seed to gain matchups that may be more favorable.

    That would of course, mean losing out in the finale at home vs MIA, as Belichick would obviously wait and see what shakes out this week depending on DEN/CLE, HOU/MIN, and possibly most importantly---BAL/NYG.

    If we have the ability to drop down to the #4 seed, a decent case is stated to do so.

    It would mean we'd host INDY and then go to HOUSTON (with the #4), as opposed to hosting PITTSBURGH/CINCINNATI, and then going to Mile High to play Manning and DENVER (with the #3).

    Thoughts???


    It Is What It Is » What NFL history says about (un)importance of Nos. 3 and 4 playoff seeds
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    I was waiting for this to come out, either in an article or in a thread here. I say just get healthy for the playoffs. Whatever seed they end up with, so be it.
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    This is the time of year where superstition reigns supreme. Everyone has obscure stats about why a team is more or less likely to win. Patriots really hurt themselves by dropping the bye and HFA vs. Denver. Bottom line is, they need play championship football in the playoffs, and play championship football consistently. They'll have some tough matchups, and they'll need to win them.

    I think it's well-documented that most of the recent Super Bowl championships had to go through hell just to get there.
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    My only issue with this thinking it is a false sense of control. Sure Cincy sounds great in round one, but what if the Colts falter? I know we did a number on them, but I am not sure I want to play a team with absolutely nothing to lose and playing strong for their coach.

    There are just so many things that can happen in the playoffs, which is why the easiest decision is to just win, not worry about the rest and show up when you need to.
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    I am still expecting Baltimore to be the 6th seed. I see them losing out. No matter what, I don't see Balt, Indy,Cinn or Pitt beating Houston or Denver. The Pats have to play both of them away, so I don't see how the order matters.
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    I'll take whatever path leads to the superbowl but it would seem like a good choice to avoid superbowl winning qbs in ben and peyton. So if we magically lose out I will not panic and assume the club agrees with this as well.
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    Lets wait and see if Cleveland can beat Denver this week. The Browns are playing well and the Broncos may just mentally relax now that the Pats lost.
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    BB has 'dropped' a game before in 2006 when he played cassel vs dolphins(flutie drop kick game) so we could avoid pittsburgh and play jax.
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    Meh **** all of this. Sure a bye and homefield would be good but we dropped games. Either we go on the road and prove we are the best team or we fall short. Nothing more to it.
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    Well sure, I am not advocating losing both games, but possibly resting the starters vs MIA in the last game to drop down.

    It's on this week in JAX for sure, next week vs MIA those decisions will have to be made if Belichick sees it that way.
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    Exactly, and had it not been for the greatest comeback in AFCCG history from a 21-3 deficit, we'd probably be the SB champs again.

    I certainly wouldn't put it past him to give this a strong thought if/when the time comes next week.
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    The main problem I have with purposefully losing in week 17 is that we won't know the outcome of the Denver 4:30PM game. There is the potential that Denver could lose and we could have been the #2 seed and get the bye. If we lose at 1PM then Denver will have nothing to play for besides trying to keep momentum.
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    That's why the choice would have to be made next week, to see how the games shake out on Sunday.

    It isn't as much the worry of who we play in round one, but the ability to avoid going to Mile High vs Denver in round two.
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    #11 Jersey

    would you rather lose to Denver in the divisional round or AFC Championship?

    Or if you think we can take Denver, would your rather play PIT, @DEN, @HOU or IND, @HOU, @DEN?
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    Yep...............
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    The dropped game was actually in 05.
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    That is a fair point.

    Belichick tends to favor the odds though, so he may/may not take the extremely low odds of KC upsetting DEN into the equation.

    If I had to guess right now, I would say that he won't purposely rest the starters in week #17...however, if next week shows that it may be beneficial I certainly wouldn't put it past him.

    Not only could we potentially gain a better matchup, but they could use the last week as a 'bye' week anyway, seeing as how we have so many guys who are hurt. It may be beneficial in both aspects.
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    Oh okay, my bad then. I remember it happening, but could not remember if it was 2005 or 2006. Sometimes posters incorrectly state the season as the calendar year rather than the actual season year too.

    Either way, he's done it before. I imagine it will be considered at the very least. We'll have to see.
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    The thinking could be that there would be one more game for Denver to have to play just to get to the AFCCG.

    That game would potentially be against Baltimore at the moment.

    While Baltimore isn't putting the fear of God into too many fans these days, they still could be a tough out come playoff time for Denver.

    To answer your question, I would rather host IND, then go to HOU, but that is obviously just my opinion.

    Like I said, at first the article seemed a bit silly to me, but once I went over the scenarios an argument could be made for sure.
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    There is still an outside chance of getting the bye. Denver could lose to Cleveland this week and if the Pats beat JAX, then this whole point is moot. I am ofcourse hoping for that, then the Pats control their destiny again and play lights out against the dolphins.
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