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Stakes are High? Yes
Posted By Corey Rioux On Dec 31 2011 @ 5:23 pm In Cleveland Browns | No Comments
The 2011-12 NFL Season has been more than we expected after the unexplainable lockout situation, started by the, “A bearded Harvard QB will give you a 5-1 start then steal a $59 Million dollar extension and then tank the rest of the season crushing all future hope” dilemma. That’s the besides the point because Week 17 finally means something again, playoff seeds including Home-Field Advantage are at stake as well as the AFC West and NFC East Division Champions (AFC North doesn’t make a difference). Also, the 2 wild card spots are undecided in the AFC and do we really want to see Mr. Rex Ryan himself explode in front of the media about why his team didn’t make the playoffs? Yes. Are we capable of watching Marvin Lewis take his team to the playoffs only to lose in the 1st round then to win only 5 games in 2012? Obviously. Is this the the last week Tim Tebow matters in the NFL? Most Definitely (God feels sorry for Kyle Orton).
Week 17 might also be the last week we ever see Tom Coughlin grunting on the sideline in New York, yet do we believe in Tony Romo? And with much debate, will Joe Flacco finally shave his out-of-work porn star mustache? Man, I hope so. Yet, I’m only here for one reason and that is to explain the situation in northern Ohio and all signs point to one word———> Lose.
I know this isn’t typical Corey, because I want to beat the damn Steelers finally and what a better way to do it in Week 17 to diminish Pittsburgh’s N0.2 seed hope? But, if the Cleveland Browns lose this week and the Vikings out of Minnesota pull out a win without star RB Adrian Peterson against Chicago, then the Browns will lock up the N0. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft almost guaranteeing WR Justin Blackmon out of Oklahoma State University. Last week, Cleveland had an opportunity to beat Baltimore, but Seneca Wallace decided to run the ball with 10 sec left and no timeouts while in the redzone. It has been the story of the Browns season with 1st year Head Coach Pat Shurmur and a possible 8 win season turned into a top 5 pick in the draft….
Even though Week 17 may contain the greatest slate of storylines we have seen all season, I will be wearing my Cleveland Browns gear hoping for the best and quite honestly I have no idea what that means.
With nothing left to say, now is a good time to reveal my Playoff Predictions:
I believe and you might call me crazy, but the New York Jets will find a way into the playoffs on Sunday, this might erase my previous scenarios up top but, remember they are still possibilites. In order for Rex Ryan’s team to make the playoffs they obviously have to defeat a spoiler Dolphins team AND:
1) Cincinnati has to lose at home to the Ravens
2) Tennessee has to lose to a determined Texans team that is looking for momentum
3) And finally the Broncos OR Raiders have to lose in their games against KC and San Diego.
On Sunday, ALL of these circumstances will happen and the New York Jets will make the playoffs for the 3rd straight year.
With that your AFC playoff teams will look as follows: 1) New England Patriots, 2) Baltimore Ravens, 3) Houston Texans, 4) Oakland Raiders, 5) Pittsburgh Steelers, 6) New York Jets
I have Kyle Orton defeating his old team and the Oakland Raiders winning one against San Diego in Norv Turner’s final game as the Chargers head coach. Baltimore will also win their 1st division title since 2006 to secure the No.2 seed and a first round bye.
The New York Football Giants will hand the Cowboys their 8th loss Sunday Night to take the NFC East Championship and to keep Tom Coughlin’s job, as well as Championship hopes. I think the Packers will “fear the Schwartz” this week and rest Aaron Rodgers therefore most likely getting their 2nd loss in 3 weeks giving the Lions the 5th seed in the playoffs while leaving the Falcons at No. 6.
The Saints will win this week, but the 49ers will also win in St. Louis (Hello Top 2 pick) therefore keeping the Niners at the N0. 2 seed and getting a first round bye while New Orleans will stay at the 3 seed with 13 wins.
Therefore your NFC playoff teams will look as follows: 1) Green Bay Packers, 2) San Francisco 49ers, 3) New Orleans Saints, 4) New York Giants, 5) Detroit Lions, 6) Atlanta Falcons.
January 1st will live up to the hype.
Happy New Year.
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