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Old 01-02-2013, 10:51 AM   #6335
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Originally Posted by MagicHef View Post
Indy also had an easier schedule, and San Diego was tied with Denver.

Actually, look at the 8 teams with the easiest schedules (ATL, CIN, IND, DEN, SD, PIT, OAK, BUF). What do they all have in common?

They all were forced to play the terrible, terrible Chiefs, bringing their SOS down. Some had to do it twice.
There's nothing that you can do about schedules. Hell, based on the SOS prior to week 1, I believe Denver had one of the 5 toughest schedules. Playing 6 games vs KC, OAK and SD with their horribly down seasons didn't help their cause.

Broncos were 6-0 in the division - a sad cast of characters indeed.
Broncos had 7 other wins:
- 2 against 10 win BAL and CIN
- 1 against 8 win PIT
- 3 against 7 win CAR, NOS, TB
- 1 against 5 win CLE

Denver had 3 losses to NE, HOU and ATL - 2 of those on the road, and they were a combined 37-11.

Denver wound up with the most wins in the AFC, that's all that matters and teams like HOU, ATL, NE - they all played their share of spare teams too. And, they all failed to win their own share of big matchups.

Patriots lost to AZ, BAL, SEA and SF... the friggin Cards in NE, BAL before their rash of injuries and then 2 legit contenders in the NFC. So, they didn't crush all the big teams either.

Houston? Lost to Packers, Patriots, Vikings & Colts... with the Jags and Lions taking them to OT. So, they lost to some big teams too.

Atlanta? Same deal there, but they lost to the Saints, Panthers and Bucs.

Of all the big teams at play here - the Falcons had the worse losses compared to HOU, DEN and NE.

But, you guys run with this however you like...

The road to New Orleans goes through Denver now for the AFC.
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