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B2chiefsfan
11-27-2005, 09:39 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/9065785


By Shannon Sharpe (http://www.nfl.com/writers/sharpe)

(Nov. 27, 2005) -- The AFC rankings are virtually set. Obviously, Indianapolis is the top team and Denver is a close second and will battle them for home field throughout the playoffs. The Colts have too many weapons on offense and defense, though. Cincinnati is playing well and will get in, as it should. Carson Palmer (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/396173) is having a great season. Chad Johnson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235222), Rudi Johnson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235094) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235086) also are playing well, as is the defense. Throw in the AFC East and you get your fourth division winner, the Patriots. They have injury after injury, their running game is shaky at best right now, and they force Tom Brady (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/187741) to throw 50 times a game. That is not exactly what makes up a championship team. The good news for them is the other teams in their division are the Bills, Dolphins and Jets, and they're going nowhere this season. After that, it gets a bit tricky. Pittsburgh has a tough road ahead. It will play Indianapolis on Monday night, then Cincinnati at home, Chicago at home and at Minnesota before finishing it out against Cleveland and Detroit. Those next four games obviously are going to be tough, to say the least. Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493043) has missed four games this season, and the Steelers are not the same team without him. If I had to guess, I would say they aren't going to make the playoffs. So who does that leave? Kansas City and San Diego. http://images.nfl.com/photos/img9065797.jpg As long as LaDainian Tomlinson keeps dazzling defenses, the Chargers should return to the playoffs. As we all know by now, the Chargers started off the season 0-2, then 2-3. Now they sit at 7-4 and have the key ingredients for a top-quality team: a strong running game and a good defense. We don't even need to talk about how great LaDainian Tomlinson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235249) is. The guy simply is unbelievable and can go the distance at any moment, as evidenced by his game-winning run against the Redskins. On the other side of the ball, San Diego can stop the run. I would feel a little more secure in the Chargers if they had a better pass defense. Their only two losses since September came by two points to Pittsburgh and three points to Philadelphia. Kansas City's defense is not as good as San Diego's, but the Chiefs can score. With Trent Green (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1599) putting the ball up and Larry Johnson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/396164) running with it, they will be OK. Jacksonville is in the mix as well, but I just think San Diego and Kansas City are better teams. So the way I see the AFC shaking out is: Indy, Denver, Cincinnati, New England, San Diego and Kansas City. NFC interesting and fun to watch

Chicago is the best team. I know a lot of people don't want to say that because the Bears offense is led by a rookie quarterback and doesn't put up a lot of points. However, that defense can flat out play. I've said it before and I'll say it again: As long as your quarterback doesn't mess things up, the defense can win it for you. My Super Bowl ring from the 2000 season with Baltimore is proof of that. Trent Dilfer (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1065) doesn't get enough credit, but we didn't need him to light up the scoreboard. Every game is a battle of field position and the Bears defense, like ours in 2000, is the key. They have given up only four touchdowns in 88 possessions. That's pretty hard to fathom, isn't it? http://images.nfl.com/photos/features/img9065803.jpg Kyle Orton's numbers have been paltry, but he hasn't done anything to lose any games lately. Show me a front four better than Adewale Ogunleye (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/188505), Tommie Harris (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/492957), Ian Scott (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/396078) and Alex Brown (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/301991) and I'll show you a Pro Bowl team. There is no better lineman in the game right now than Alex Brown. He is playing tremendous football. The rest of the conference isn't as confusing as it seems. The reality is that there are only five real wild-card possibilities. There will be Dallas or the Giants -- whichever doesn't win the East. And in the South, there's Carolina, Tampa and Atlanta -- two of those three will get in. The problem with the South is that in the last five weeks of the season, the teams will play each other four times. Atlanta will face Carolina twice, New Orleans and Tampa Bay -- plus Chicago. Tampa Bay will play New Orleans twice, Carolina and Atlanta -- plus New England. Carolina will go up against Atlanta twice, Tampa Bay and New Orleans -- plus Dallas. And here's the kicker: Michael Vick (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235253) is 5-0 against Carolina. But Atlanta can't beat Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers can't beat the Panthers. And Carolina can't beat Atlanta. This should be a pretty fun round-robin tournament.

Mile High Mania
11-27-2005, 09:45 PM
I don't know... even with Leftwich out, the Jags at 8-3 with that remaining schedule are a lock in my mind for one of the wildcard spots.

keg in kc
11-27-2005, 09:45 PM
Highly doubtful. Den, KC and SD can all knock each other out.

TenLap
11-27-2005, 09:45 PM
Screw the wildcard. I want to win the division outright and have a home game in the playoffs. Is that asking too much?

plbrdude
11-27-2005, 09:49 PM
Screw the wildcard. I want to win the division outright and have a home game in the playoffs. Is that asking too much?


that is absolutely asking too much. though i would be fine with that

KCJake
11-27-2005, 09:53 PM
Screw the wildcard. I want to win the division outright and have a home game in the playoffs.
Me too! We just need to beat Denver Sunday. Will see what happens after that.

BigRedChief
11-27-2005, 09:53 PM
Another point.The record of the teams that we play the rest of the way..............38-17

keg in kc
11-27-2005, 09:54 PM
That doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot.

TenLap
11-27-2005, 09:55 PM
that is absolutely asking too much. though i would be fine with that
Really?! I didn't even ask for a playoff win. ;)

tk13
11-27-2005, 09:56 PM
I agree with him that SD and the Chiefs might be the two best wild card teams, but Jax's schedule really helps them. They have played down to their competition all year though... lost in St. Louis when the Rams were missing like 6 starters, Houston played right with them, Tennessee they beat by a FG, and today they beat the Cardinals by 7. They're winning ugly games against bad teams but they're winning.

beer bacon
11-27-2005, 10:11 PM
In regards to SD having a better defense then ours, they are still slightly better then us, but we have been closing on them for a while. After today's game our defense is giving up 20.9 ppg. SD is giving up 19.9 ppg. The difference between SD and us is that SD hasn't given up 30 points or more the whole season. On the other hand we gave up 30 to Denver then 38 to the Eagles.

Big Chief Homer
11-27-2005, 10:11 PM
but now with leftwich out i can see the jags drop a couple of those close ugly games.We just have to start rooting against pittsburgh awefully hard as well.

beer bacon
11-27-2005, 10:12 PM
but now with leftwich out i can see the jags drop a couple of those close ugly wins.We just have to start rooting against pittsburgh awefully hard.

I wouldn't mind Cinci dropping some games so that our final game of the season decides if we are going to playoffs or not.

Chiefs Pantalones
11-27-2005, 10:13 PM
So we should root for the Colts tomorrow night?

Big Chief Homer
11-27-2005, 10:16 PM
I would think rooting for the colts would be a good thing.eventhough Id love to see them loose,we need pittsburgh to lose more.

Id rather see cinci win and and leave pittsburgh to battle for the wildcard.

StcChief
11-27-2005, 10:16 PM
Win AFC div/conf games.

NYG game (dungver tiebreaker)

we will still need help.

beer bacon
11-27-2005, 10:17 PM
So we should root for the Colts tomorrow night?

I have been rooting for them whenever they are playing against someone we are in competition with for the WC. It feels me with self-loathing.

B2chiefsfan
11-28-2005, 08:49 AM
F**K the wildcard!!!

Win the Division!!!!

It will be awfully difficult, though......

The Chiefs have to get through a five game gauntlet. Just getting a spot in the playoffs is going to be nothing short of a miracle. The Chiefs can go 4-1 (11-5 overall) and still not make it......damn......:banghead: