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Forums - Sports Discussion - The NFL Thread 2016: New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LI


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%
superchunk said:
Ugh I'm not looking forward to this season. BEARS are going to suck balls again. Ah well, will be some good games though.

As long as they have the dignity to do what they are supposed to (lose both games against Green Bay, they failed at that last year), it will be fine.

Are you going to stay out of the prediction league for another year, Mr. I Am Always Right?

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

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I'll participate....

Maybe it will get me to watch a NFL game again, been a while.


Check out my lastest games review: Fast RMX and  Snipperclips: Cut it out Together

Here is Dan Hanzus' guide to watch preseason football:

Don't worry about the final score


By the time the fourth quarter rolls around in these games -- i.e., the time when a football game is decided -- half the roster is populated by future UPS drivers, personal trainers, club bouncers and reserve linebackers for the Dubrovnik Dragons. Special teams jobs, not real games, are won and lost in preseason crunch time.

Do check the injury report


A crappy reality of the preseason: The games might not matter, but large humans running at full speed toward each other will always lead to cart rides and MRI exams. Just ask Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who now knows what it would be like if his arm were constructed like a defective McFarlane statue. Wait, you really want to watch that play? Do you own all the "Saw" movies on Blu-ray or something? Have at it, sicko.



Don't fall in love too fast


If you watch your team closely enough this month, there probably will be a young guy who jumps off the screen. Be intrigued, be excited, but keep it all in perspective. Preseason and regular-season action are distant cousins. Yeah, that undrafted running back just broke 17 tackles on his 64-yard touchdown run, but who was actually trying to tackle him? For everyThomas Rawls, there are six Zach Zenners.

Pay attention to position battle


This is where the real competition is at. Every snap matters. Look no further than the defendingSuper Bowl champs, who have an old-fashioned quarterback battle in SANCHEZ vs. SIEMIAN. Goosebumps, people. QB battles also can be found in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland. (You're not really buying RGIII as the no-doubt Week 1 starter, are you?) Also, kicker and punter battles are fun and the easiest to judge from home.

Do accept free tickets ... with stipulations


The biggest scam in sports has to be season-ticket holders being forced to pay full price for two preseason tilts. Not surprisingly, these are the tickets most likely to be offered to you for free or at nominal cost. Fun fact: My dad took me to approximately 35 Jets preseason games during my childhood.

Given the weather (hot, humid, gross) and quality of games (see above), I only accept these tickets with a series of escalating qualifiers. This is my NFL preseason football attendance rider:

1) The tickets must be free. 2) A parking pass must be included. 3) The other guy -- whoever that other guy is -- must drive. 4) I will supply the cornhole boards, football, frisbee etc. for tailgate fun at no cost, but you must supply all beer/mixers/ice/Tito's® brand vodka and all necessary grilling goods and supplies. 5) I will buy your first beer inside stadium (craft selections excluded).

OK, who's picking me up?

And here is my guide:

Don't watch it and waste your time with that abomination.

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

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This looks fun. I'm in.

I'll fill out my predictions on Monday.

As for pre-season, the first quarter of a game can be somewhat valid if the majority of the first string on each side of the ball is playing. After that, it's just people fighting for roster spots on special teams and coaches testing scenarios.

Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

Wouldn't miss this for the world. This year is indisputably looking like it will exist.

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RolStoppable said:
Bracket Prediction #1 #2 #3 #4
#1 Draft Pick SD - - -
AFC Playoff Teams 1-4 NE DEN BAL IND
AFC Playoff Teams 5-6 PIT OAK - -
NFC Playoff Teams 1-4 GB DAL CAR SEA
NFC Playoff Teams 5-6 ARI MIN - -
AFC Divisional Playoffs NE DEN BAL PIT
NFC Divisional Playoffs GB DAL CAR SEA
AFC Championship Game NE BAL - -
NFC Championship Game GB DAL - -
Super Bowl LI NE GB - -
Super Bowl Winner NE - - -

The Packers already look like a Super Bowl contender. They beat the Browns 17-11 and had Crosby convert two 54 yard field goals. The defense was also beasting and scored more safeties than the offense did touchdowns. There's no reason to worry about the offense though. Rodgers didn't play, neither did Cobb and Nelson.

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

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Sign me up again, though I will not be able to watch many games. Gotta participate and lose anyway, just like the 49ers!

Dak Prescott looked pretty good, hope he continues to develop into a good QB to replace Romo over the next couple years.

noname2200 said:
Wouldn't miss this for the world. This year is indisputably looking like it will exist.

Much to our chagrin, yes.