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NE sent no one into a tailspin. What a crock of absurd horse ****. Did you type that with a straight face? They last played the Jets in Week TEN. The Jets lost their next game against the Broncos then won three in a row.
If you are going to lie do it about an obscure topic.
This is why I was reluctant to share everyone else's glee when the Broncos beat the Steelers. I can't stand the Steelers, but they would have at least had a decent chance at beating NE tonight.
Exactly. I don't know of any team that has ever had an easier path to a SB than the 2011 Patriots. They were giftwrapped the #1 seed by playing a marshmallow soft schedule and lucked out by getting the 8-8 Broncos in their first playoff game.
NE is obviously playing well but the bottom line is Denver just sucks. They looked like crap in the last few weeks of the season and got into the playoffs by default. They then magically caught fire a week ago at home against a beat up Steelers squad a la the Seahawks against the Saints last year.
I wanted to root for Houston tomorrow, who, despite being a conference rival, I have a soft spot for, but now? I'll probably have to go with Baltimore, for the same reason people were pulling for Pittsburgh over Denver last week: They have a better shot at beating New England.
Then again, Houston has an excellent defense and a beastly running back...
Does it really matter enough to call people liars over a trivial issue such as strength of schedule? There is, THANK GOD, no BCS system to determine an NFL champion by polls.
Every single game on your schedule is determined by formula:
6 games against division opponents,
4 games vs. the teams in one division in the other conference (rotating on a 4 year cycle),
4 games vs. the teams in one division in your own conference (rotating on a 3 year cycle),
and then two games against the two teams in the other divisions in your own conference that finished in the same position last year as you did in your division.
There is nobody "giving" you an easy schedule or hard schedule.
However, many of their opponents were worse than expected, especially late in the year when the Eagles, Jets, Chargers, Cowboys, and Raiders all fell out of playoff contention after being very much in playoff contention at the time when they played the Patriots.
Those are just the facts, dude
After beating the Ravens, the Patriots schedule strength by Sagarin ratings is now 20th, with an 8-2 record vs. the teams that are, by his formula, in the top half of the league. ""Pure points" has the Pats a 2.8 point favorite vs. the Giants. Don't shoot the messenger, I am just relaying data. Link if you think I am lying somehow: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagar...terstitialskip
Last edited by Slick Pinkham; 01-24-2012 at 11:29 PM.