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The NFL Thread 2016: New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LI

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Who will win Super Bowl LI?

New England Patriots 51 47.66%
 
Kansas City Chiefs 3 2.80%
 
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5.61%
 
Other (AFC) 3 2.80%
 
Dallas Cowboys 10 9.35%
 
Atlanta Falcons 15 14.02%
 
Seattle Seahawks 5 4.67%
 
Green Bay Packers 5 4.67%
 
Other (NFC) 4 3.74%
 
Scoreboard 5 4.67%
 
Total:107

I was promised a shocking surprise. I already knew that Arkaign didn't log in for like 3 days before the first game and it looked like he didn't log in until mid game day.



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Miguel_Zorro said:
I was promised a shocking surprise. I already knew that Arkaign didn't log in for like 3 days before the first game and it looked like he didn't log in until mid game day.

Obsessive behavior, tracking your opponent's moves.

But okay, failure on Arkaign's part most likely doesn't surprise anyone anymore.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Rol's super-duper power rankings

Welcome to a new round of power rankings. Since all of the top 4 had a bye week and none of the teams below blew anyone's mind, there are no changes at the top. Numbers in parantheses indicate changes in ranking. The grade shows the probability of a Super Bowl win.

1. New England Patriots - (-), Grade: 5/5
2. Dallas Cowboys - (-), Grade: 4/5
3. Atlanta Falcons - (-), Grade: 4/5
4. Kansas City Chiefs - (-), Grade: 4/5

5. Pittsburgh Steelers - (-), Grade: 3/5

The Steelers showed off their strengths in a convincing win against Miami, but said win by a high margin didn't really surprise anyone. The Dolphins weren't a high quality opponent, so there's no reason to be more hyped about the Steelers' chances to win the Super Bowl now. Big Ben suffered an ankle injury late in the game, but he expects to play. He doesn't move much, so such an injury isn't really detrimental to Pittsburgh's chances either. The Steelers celebrated a blowout win against the Chiefs in Pittsburgh earlier this season.

6. Seattle Seahawks - (+1), Grade: 3/5

The Seahawks took care of business against the Lions. Their ground attack and defense impressed, plus they seem to have the referees on their side, an advantage that shouldn't be underestimated. They beat the Falcons in the regular season in Seattle and their roster has a lot more playoff experience than Atlanta's.

7. Green Bay Packers - (-1), Grade: 3/5

Green Bay drops not only because they suffered a clear defeat at the hands of the Cowboys in the regular season, but also because three of their starters (Nelson, Montgomery, Martinez) got injured to a degree that will probably sideline at least two of them in the divisional playoffs. While the Packers still have enough offensive depth to compensate for the loss of Nelson and Montgomery (Cobb is finally healthy again after many weeks of limited playtime, Michael gets better integrated with each passing week), the defense doesn't have the same luxury. With already shaky cornerback play, the loss of a linebacker hurts. The fate of this team rises and falls based on the quality of Aaron Rodgers' play. He has been on a hot streak with 22 TDs to 0 INTs in the last eight games, but the first 25 minutes against the Giants were abysmal.

8. Houston Texans - (+4), Grade: 1/5

Houston's defense is Super Bowl ready, but their offense is far away from that, despite a mistake-free performance against the Raiders. Consistency has been a major problem all season long. The Texans were shut out (27-0, I believe) in Boston in the regular season and that was before Brady took over at QB. This is the textbook example of an uphill battle.

Overall, the teams ranked 2nd through 7th aren't far apart, so every team has a realistic shot at advancing to the championship game. Only Texans@Patriots looks like a clear affair this coming weekend.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Man, hard to remember a worse WC weekend in the NFL playoffs. Only game remotely interesting imho was Miami/Pitt, but Miami kept shooting themselves in the foot once they got in scoring range.

Divisional round on paper looks better, except the Pats basically get a second bye week.



So Oakland fired its OC after two seasons and the 6th best offense by yards this season. I'd call this a stupid decision, but after seeing the play calling in the Wild Card game...I'm honestly not that surprised by it.



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MTZehvor said:
So Oakland fired its OC after two seasons and the 6th best offense by yards this season. I'd call this a stupid decision, but after seeing the play calling in the Wild Card game...I'm honestly not that surprised by it.

I'd still call it a stupid decision. Getting rid of continuity because the team lost with a third string QB at the helm, that's just too reactionary.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

RolStoppable said:
MTZehvor said:
So Oakland fired its OC after two seasons and the 6th best offense by yards this season. I'd call this a stupid decision, but after seeing the play calling in the Wild Card game...I'm honestly not that surprised by it.

I'd still call it a stupid decision. Getting rid of continuity because the team lost with a third string QB at the helm, that's just too reactionary.

wow that is pretty pathetic. But, I guess it depends on plays, structure he's directing vs what Carr is doing in-game to win. Maybe he was an obstical and Carr/others wanted him out.



superchunk said:
RolStoppable said:

I'd still call it a stupid decision. Getting rid of continuity because the team lost with a third string QB at the helm, that's just too reactionary.

wow that is pretty pathetic. But, I guess it depends on plays, structure he's directing vs what Carr is doing in-game to win. Maybe he was an obstical and Carr/others wanted him out.

From what I've read, it was a situation similar to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers a few years back; except there were tensions between the OC and the HC instead of the HC and the GM. Soon as they found an excuse to get rid of him, they went with it.



~6 hours before the first game of the divisional playoffs, these people have yet to submit predictions:

Top 16 - FatedReality, Miguel_Zorro, amp316
Consolation round - Level1Death, theRepublic

Just like last week, most names aren't a surprise.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Picks are in.



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