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Offline Nimrod  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 4, 2017 7:31:09 AM(UTC)
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Pick the top 1, 3, 5, 10...or rank all 36 Super Bowl LI combinations.

Here are your 6 AFC and NFC teams you have to pick from for Super Bowl LI arranged by seeding


1. New England 14-2
2. Kansas City 12-4
3. Pittsburgh 11-5
4. Houston 9-7
5. Oakland 12-4
6. Miami 10-6


1. Dallas 13-3
2. Atlanta 11-5
3. Seattle 10-5-1
4. Green Bay 10-6
5. NY Giants 11-5
6. Detroit 9-7

*Wild Card Round

In the AFC wild card round, the only game I have an interest in seeing a team advance is Oakland. Whether you're a fan or not, it had to break your heart to see Carr go down with a broken leg in Week 16 and watch their home field in the playoffs be snatched away along with all likely possibilities of a SBLI appearance. A good friend of mine is an Oakland fan, so for his sake I was hoping the Raiders could go deep into the playoffs. The league is always better when the Raiders are in the postsseason, it's just too bad a freak occuracne kept them from being at 100%. They still stand a good chance to beat the 9-7 Texans who have QB issues of their own, but it would be upset central if they could take down the Pats or Chiefs in the divisional playoff. They'll definitely be the team to look out for in the AFC in the 2017 season.

In the National Conference, I'd really like to see Seattle get back on track as they host Detroit in primetime Saturday night. They've been two different teams at home at Century Link Field and on the road. Detroit lost their final 2 regular season games, so I could see this being the most lopsided game of the Wild Card weekend. I'm indifferent on the GB/NYG contest, but a Giant win (along with a Seattle win) would set up an intriguing 3rd matchup of the season between 13-3 Dallas and their interdivision Achilles heel Giants, who gave Dallas their only 2 regular season losses (in which they were at full force - the week 17 loss to Phily was hardly that). It would definitely be interesting to see if the Cowboys could finally come up with a gameplan to upend the G-Men, or if they fall victim to a clean sweep, 3-0.

*Divisional Round

As for the Divisional Playoffs, I'd again be on the Raiders' bandwagon, hoping they could pull off a miracle of all miracles, Carr-less in Foxborough. But unlikely to say the least. That would leave me to put all my AFC marbles in the basket or Kansas City to defeat another perennial juggernaut that boils my blood in Pittsburgh. This one has a much better chance at happening, as KC has home field and is at full strength. However, Pittsburgh is too, and I feel they've got the most momentum on their side in the conference, just behind NE. The Steelers destroyed KC in Week 4 by the score of 43-14. I hardly think we'd see a repeat performance in the divisional round if these 2 were to clash again. KC has come way too far to suffer a 30-point blowout at Arrowhead. Their home turf mistake has certainly faded with losses to the Bucs and Titans, but those were hardly stompings. I would like Pittsburgh in a close one, decided by 3-6.

In the NFC, I just can't bring myself to root for "America's Team", the Dallas Cowboys. Don't mistake that as me being unimpressed, however. To go 13-3, grab the #1 seed with rookies at QB and RB is nothing short of a tremendous feat. And they're the clearcut favorite to win the NFC, if not SBLI. It's hard to find a weakness on Jerry's squad. Running away, they have the best o-line which has set up Ezekiel Elliott to become possibly the first rookie to win MVP since Jim Brown. With all that said, I just can't see a team with that much inexperience being there in the end, so I will go with Green Bay in the upset. Aaron Rodgers has had the Packers playing red hot, and Ty Montgomery has gotten something resembling a running game going. When the Pack get going late, it's really hard to discount them. Remember Super Bowl 45?

Atlanta vs Seattle would be possibly the most difficult game of the playoffs to pick for myself. Atlanta has a notoriety for always choking in the playoffs, no matter how good of a regular season they had or how high their playoff seeding. Matt Ryan has stepped up with a MVP-caliber season and the defense looks to be legitimate, despite not having many household names. On the other hand, Seattle beat them in Atlanta in the regular season (no matter how controversial it may have been) and Russell Wilson was also in the MVP discussion too for a while. Seattle just doesn't seem to be able to pull it together on the road this season, but that could all quickly change in the playoffs. I would take Seattle in a barnburner here. I just see the Legion of Boom creating 1 too many turnovers and that making the difference.

*Conference Championships

Though it's far from the AFC Title game I want to see, I have it shaping up to be #3 Pittsburgh @ #1 New England. The Pats are nearly unbeatable in Foxborough, but if there's a team who could pull it off, it's the Steelers. They have Le'Veon Bell running on all cylinders, the ever-dependable Ben Roethlisberger and his receiver weaponry led by Antonio Brown. The defense is tied for 7th in the league in yards allowed, led by the fountain of youth personified, James Harrison, Timmons, Shazier, Dupree, Mitchell, Burns, Heyward, etc. I think the Steelers make a good argument for being the best all-around team in the league. We all know it's all about going into the playoffs at the right time, and Pittsburgh is the co-hottest team in the league, riding a 7-game win streak alongside equally hot NE (GB has won 6 in a row). I know it's almost a given to write the Pats into the Super Bowl if they have a home field path straight to Houston, but I have to believe the Gronkowski injury catches up to the Pats at some point. And the Steelers are like Baltimore in that they don't fear the Pats and you have to give then as good of a chance as anyone. Recapping: in the game I want to see (Oak @ KC), the Chiefs win the AFC. In my realistic version, Pittsburgh upsets the Pats.

Coming off a huge upset in the Divisional Round, Aaron Rodgers outlasted Dak Prescott in a high-scoring shootout (I'd say around 37-35) at AT&T Stadium. GB took a 30-16 thumping at the hands of Dallas in Wk 4 and don't think for a second that they wouldn't have revenge on their minds. As we've seen before, the Pack knows how to get hot at the most perfect of times heading into the playoffs. I give the winner of the 4 GB/5 NYG matchup more than a fair shot to knock off the 1 seeded Cowboys. As for the other side of the NFC Divisional Round? It was 3 Seattle upending 2 Atlanta in the Georgia Dome in in another shootout type game (we'll call it 31-27). Seattle's defense has the ability to make all the difference in any given game when they're firing on all cylinders. Russell Wilson is still among the league's elite qbs compliments like Baldwin, Graham, Rawls, Prosise, and the studs on F minus injured Earl Thomas are still Lombardi-worthy in my mind. Perhaps a Dallas vs Atlanta NFC CG is more realistic, but I refuse to bank on the same old boring cookie cutter bracket will be followed this year that results in 1 vs 2 conference title games and another pair of 1 seeds in SB LI.

*Super Bowl LI

So for those of you in this forum that can remember back to our preseason Super Bowl picks, you can see that my teams have not changed, but the winner has. I still believe Seattle has the experience to outlast the rest of the NFC. However, if they do make it to Houston, I've swayed a bit and think they'll meet their match in the Steelers, Patriots, or even Chiefs. They've just taken a slide this season especially on the road. Whereas, if they do in fact make it to their 3rd SB in 4 years, they'll in all likelihood be facing a team riding a much better wave of momentum. Even some teams in their own conference could have them beaten in that department (Atlanta, Green Bay, Dallas), but again I side with their experience factor. When it all boils down to it, I have to go with a Super Bowl XL rematch with the Steelers coming out on top once again, 23-20.

Edited by user Wednesday, January 4, 2017 7:45:39 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline Rizzo  
#2 Posted : Friday, January 6, 2017 9:44:01 PM(UTC)
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Lol, no one is going into NE and beating them
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