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Team that plays the best - not the best team wins in the palyoffs

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  1. cstjohn17

    cstjohn17 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    The past 4-5 weeks have created some clutch situations and really helped the team gain confidence. they will need to draw from these lessons win the playoffs roll around.

    On paper I think the Patriots are the strongest team in the playoff mix but all the entrants are good NFL teams and all have the potential to upset the Patriots.

    I expect the Patriots to win but they will have to play 2 very good games to make it to the Superbowl. Brady, BB and homefield are huge advantages for the Patriots.

    AFC Snapshot - (team with best chance of beating the Patriots at the top)
    Indy
    • I have a lot of respect for Indy, 12 wins for 5 years in a row is not easy. I really appreciate their schemes, both on offense and defense they have great systems.
    • Pros - Manning, schemes, coaching, defense - I think their defense this year is better than last year even without Freeney.
    • Cons - Defense can be run on, injuries on defense, O Line.
    Chargers
    • Pros - Talented team, if LT gets going they can keep it close.
    • Cons - Rivers is a big question mark and so is coaching. They will also be playing wild card weekend which favors the Patriots.
    Jaguars
    • Pros - Very good running team, QB is playing well.
    • Cons - Coaching, secondary. They will also be playing wild card weekend on the road.
    Steelers
    • Good matchup for the Patriots, they would have to cause a lot of turnovers to have a chance
    Browns
    • Pros - Offensive weapons, offensive line, QB has over performed.
    • Cons - Defense, experience. They will also be playing wild card weekend on the road.
     
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    xmarkd400x 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

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    I think you are sort of right. It's clear that the best team does not always win. For example: teams that win the super bowl every year are considered the best team in the NFL, yet usually have some losses.

    Where I think you are correct is that a team that is generally regarded the best, and has the better record may not win that game ('01 Super Bowl :) ).

    Where I think you are wrong, is that the team that plays the best that day and is therefore the better team on the field that day will win.
     
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    The team that plays the best, is the best team.

    I get your point, but if I beat you, I'm the best. Period. Finis.

    Bill Russell said it, "That's why they keep score".
     
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    and we were crucifying when kordell stewart said the same thing after we won the AFCCG in 2001
     
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    makewayhomer Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    Ray who was better in 1998:

    Denver, who finished 17-2 and won the Super Bowl, or the Giants, who finished 8-8?
     
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    I agree, if you win you are the best, end of discussion. My choice of words was poor, I hate it when other teams claim they are better even after a loss. See Steelers and others (Chargers and their whiny little b-tch LT)

    My point was more of 'on any given Sunday', and that the Pats will have to play 2 very good games to make it to the Superbowl.
     
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