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November 21, 2010 9:54:34 PM

Alright, with the NFL regular season more than half way through, who do you think has the best shot at winning the Super Bowl? In comparison to previous years, there's a lot parity in the NFL this season, so it seems pretty wide open at the moment. That is, unless someone really comes through to solidify themselves as the main contender in the coming weeks.

I'm a die hard Bears fan, so I have to go with them, even though I highly doubt they will. If I were a betting man though, I'd probably put my money on the Patriots at this point. That could change though.

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November 22, 2010 5:13:49 PM

The New York Jets
November 24, 2010 12:07:07 AM

buwish said:
Alright, with the NFL regular season more than half way through, who do you think has the best shot at winning the Super Bowl? In comparison to previous years, there's a lot parity in the NFL this season, so it seems pretty wide open at the moment. That is, unless someone really comes through to solidify themselves as the main contender in the coming weeks.

I'm a die hard Bears fan, so I have to go with them, even though I highly doubt they will. If I were a betting man though, I'd probably put my money on the Patriots at this point. That could change though.


Steelers and I have a $25 bet at the MGM Grand at 17 to 1 on them. :) 
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November 24, 2010 12:54:22 AM

dfusco said:
The New York Jets


I forgot about the Jets. After last year's performance in the playoffs and based upon their season thus far, they do have a legitimate shot of making it through the playoffs in the AFC.
November 24, 2010 12:59:26 AM

stillerfan15 said:
Steelers and I have a $25 bet at the MGM Grand at 17 to 1 on them. :) 


At 17:1, what do you think that'll pay out if all goes well?
November 24, 2010 1:09:56 AM

buwish said:
At 17:1, what do you think that'll pay out if all goes well?


Probably around $500 or so. One can only hope. Are you from Chicago? I am from Pittsburg and have actually attended some AFC playoff games there.
Dave
November 24, 2010 9:41:25 AM

I'm about 70 miles south of Chicago. My old man has been a Bears fan his whole life and needless to say, I guess it's in the genes. I've been to countless Bears games myself (nothing better than freezing your butt off eh?- least beer helps), including post season games, i.e. 01 and 06. The NFC Championship game in 06 was awesome. No other way of describing it.

I assume you've been a Steelers fan your whole life?
November 25, 2010 1:08:59 AM

buwish said:
I'm about 70 miles south of Chicago. My old man has been a Bears fan his whole life and needless to say, I guess it's in the genes. I've been to countless Bears games myself (nothing better than freezing your butt off eh?- least beer helps), including post season games, i.e. 01 and 06. The NFC Championship game in 06 was awesome. No other way of describing it.

I assume you've been a Steelers fan your whole life?


Yes I live in Dallas now but I grew up in Pittsburg and went to 2 playoff games at 3 rivers stadium. Still and always a Steerler fan and your dad is right - it is in your genes. Maybe our teams will meet in the SB. Go Steelers Go Bears!
Good luck.
Dave
November 25, 2010 4:21:47 PM

It would be a classic matchup, especially defensively speaking!
December 2, 2010 2:56:19 PM

dfusco said:
The New York Jets



I'm a Pats fan, been living a bit south of Boston for 30 plus years. The Jets are a little better on paper than the Pats this year, but we have and know how to win.

If not this year then certainly in the near future for the Patriots. They have five starters on defense that are rookies, wait until the team gels and matures a little.

Being a homer I'll say the Pats, but the Ravens or the Steelers would be my logical pick.
December 2, 2010 5:40:14 PM

Understandable. It's hard to go against your "heart" in such situations, but if you HAD to put money down, you'd probably think with your head. The Pats are solid this year, no doubt about that, but what gets me about them are the previously mentioned rookies and their leaky defense. Yes, they can score points in heaps, but if they run into a good defense, especially in the playoffs, they may be on the losing end. The Bears and Pats play in a few weeks I believe, so that should be a good test for the Pats O against the Bears D. The Monday Night game should be a good one though (Jet-Pats), which is sorely needed on MNF- usually the games are blow outs.
December 2, 2010 6:10:07 PM

^ Absolutely the Patriots are ranked around the bottom of almost every defensive category, if they continue to improve maybe they have a shot, right now I will put them in the AFC championship game and that's it. Will see what their defense can do in the next few weeks should shed some light on things.

Definitely looking forward to MNF, should be a good one.
December 3, 2010 12:04:24 AM

sportsfanboy said:
^ Absolutely the Patriots are ranked around the bottom of almost every defensive category, if they continue to improve maybe they have a shot, right now I will put them in the AFC championship game and that's it. Will see what their defense can do in the next few weeks should shed some light on things.

Definitely looking forward to MNF, should be a good one.


Pats vs Jets and Steelers vs Ravens this week. Major AFC playoff implications. Good luck and go Steelers!
Dave
December 3, 2010 12:09:00 AM

Yeah it's a good week for football, I might need more snacks than usual, lol
December 3, 2010 10:51:09 AM

Indeed. We'll have some epic battles in the AFC this week and I look forward to watching them both- as I'm sure you guys are.

My Bears play the Lions, so in theory it should be a wash, but the Lions have been darn tough at home this year and are much better than their record would indicate. Not to mention that I'm expecting a let down after the Eagles game, but hey, that's why they play the game!
December 4, 2010 5:15:12 AM

Atlanta vs Green bay in NFC Championship.
Bears are pretenders Cutler is soooooo inconsistent but when he's on they are worthy and its likely that Rams could win the terrible NFC west.

New England vs Balitmore for AFC, I still don't think Sanchez is ready for the big stage and Pittsburgh seems to reliant on a Shaky/injured Big Ben.

ALL in all this weekend will clear things up alot!
December 6, 2010 12:43:02 AM

buwish said:
Indeed. We'll have some epic battles in the AFC this week and I look forward to watching them both- as I'm sure you guys are.

My Bears play the Lions, so in theory it should be a wash, but the Lions have been darn tough at home this year and are much better than their record would indicate. Not to mention that I'm expecting a let down after the Eagles game, but hey, that's why they play the game!


Looks like your bears have won and my stillers are down 7 - 0 early. We shall see.
December 6, 2010 12:47:56 AM

shineon2010 said:
Atlanta vs Green bay in NFC Championship.
Bears are pretenders Cutler is soooooo inconsistent but when he's on they are worthy and its likely that Rams could win the terrible NFC west.

New England vs Balitmore for AFC, I still don't think Sanchez is ready for the big stage and Pittsburgh seems to reliant on a Shaky/injured Big Ben.

ALL in all this weekend will clear things up alot!


Don't count out the Saints yet - they are on a roll. And a Michael Vick Eagles team could be a real contender.
Dave
December 6, 2010 12:54:02 AM

BTW Kevin, this thread could have some serious interest. Thanks.
Dave
December 7, 2010 1:05:33 PM

Did the Patriots play that well or did the Jets choke or what?
December 7, 2010 9:17:05 PM

It was a good weekend, even though the Bears bombed it against the Lions. No doubt the Lions are tough, but they could have played better. The Steelers/Ravens game was excellent and it was nice to see the Ravens screw up and attempt a pass. They won't do that again.

Yeah, the Jets were just annihilated. I think ol' Bill and Brady had the Jets figured out based off of their first meeting. I'm not looking forward to watching the Bears play em on Sunday...
December 7, 2010 9:34:30 PM

The Ravens had that game if they played it cool and smart. Good game non the less. I'm just concerned as a pats fan that the win was a bit of a gift.
December 8, 2010 12:11:53 AM

sportsfanboy said:
The Ravens had that game if they played it cool and smart. Good game non the less. I'm just concerned as a pats fan that the win was a bit of a gift.


Agreed but the Steelers had the 1st game until the very end - I'm guessing Steelers Pats for the AFC.
Falcons Saints Eagles Packers Bears for the NFC. Thoughts?
Very interesting.

I"m betting Steelers vs Pats and Saints vs Packers for a trip to the SB.

Dave
December 8, 2010 2:13:15 AM

I'm still reserving my official guess for the championship games, even though it looks like New England is a sure winner to be one participant. I want to see how the Bears do against the Pats and Saints in the coming weeks before making my guess in the NFC, even though the Falcons seem like a sure bet, depending on how the Saints continue to do.
December 8, 2010 11:19:22 AM

The Bear have a very tough schedule coming up. The Jets (who are going to be mad), the Pats, and the Packers. You'll learn something about them in the next few weeks or so.

December 9, 2010 5:58:06 PM

Da Bears! I'm a Bears fan myself.
But during the off season I called the Jets to win it all this year, and I'm sticking to it. Even after that horrible game against the Pats
December 10, 2010 1:50:37 AM

sportsfanboy said:
The Bear have a very tough schedule coming up. The Jets (who are going to be mad), the Pats, and the Packers. You'll learn something about them in the next few weeks or so.


I agree. Every Bears fan out there will see if they are for real or not in the coming weeks. I hope they are, but that's why they play the games...
December 13, 2010 9:31:06 PM

It would appear that the Pats are the sure fire favorite to win the Super Bowl at this point. Simply put, they are that good...
December 13, 2010 9:46:05 PM

I've been pleasantly surprised at what the Pats defense have been able to do the last couple weeks. That's been their weakness till now, maybe not anymore. It will be interesting to see what this young defense can do when the pressure really is on the line in the playoffs.
December 14, 2010 2:22:05 AM

I agree. They have shut the Jets and Bears down, even though both aren't exactly offensive power houses. I expected the Bears to put up more than 7 points myself, but due to the pats d, they didn't, plain and simple. And yes, it'll be interesting to see how the Bears do in the coming weeks against the tough competition. The Packers are struggling right now though, especially with the possibility of Rodgers being out next week.
December 14, 2010 11:45:06 AM

The Bears have a decent chance of winning out the last few games. The Vikings are the Vikings, the Jets are good on paper, but completely rattled right now, and the Packers with Rodgers most likely being out.
December 16, 2010 3:36:09 AM

Ah, isn't the NFL great when it gets down to the "nitty-gritty?" :D 
December 17, 2010 11:01:09 PM

Football, women, and food, not necessarily in that order :) 
December 18, 2010 5:45:30 AM

That's debatable. In my experience women tend to nag the most during a football game. ;) 
December 21, 2010 3:29:25 AM

Ah, the Bears blew the Vikings out tonight! North Division Champs!
December 21, 2010 11:20:16 AM

Now beat the Jets next week and we'll both be happy.
December 21, 2010 10:53:22 PM

buwish said:
Ah, the Bears blew the Vikings out tonight! North Division Champs!


Congrats to Da Bears! With a home field game they have a great chance of going deep into the playoffs.
Dave
December 21, 2010 10:56:11 PM

sportsfanboy said:
Now beat the Jets next week and we'll both be happy.


The Pats have owned my Stllers and Da Bears this year. I want revenge. :D 
Dave
December 22, 2010 11:48:05 PM

I'm open to whether or not the bears get the 2 seed. They've been better on the road, so if they don't get it, it's not a big deal, but if they do, I'll take it. It would be nice to see em' finish off the season strong by beating the Jets and Packers, but that remains to be seen. At the least I'd like them to beat the Packers simply because they are the Packers and it would be the first time since 1987 any NFC North/Central team has swept the division. Seeing that they're in the playoffs now, I guess we'll see what they bring to the table against the Jets.
December 27, 2010 3:29:39 AM

Excellent win by the Bears today over the Jets 38-34. Like most, I thought that it would be a defensive game, but it turned out to be a bit of an offensive showdown. If the Vikings can somehow beat Philly on Tuesday (the first Tuesday NFL game since 1948 due to the crap weather out East), the Bears will have the 2 seed. If not, it would be nice to see them beat the Packers next week.

None the less, the Jets clinched a spot, the Pats secured the 1 seed in the AFC, KC won the West, and the Ravens clinched a spot. Active day in the NFL, eh?
December 27, 2010 9:46:46 AM

There has been a lot of games this year that were supposed to be low scoring and ended up being the opposite. I'm still a little nervous of the Pats defense against good offenses but we will see.
December 27, 2010 1:03:04 PM

The Pats appear to be the closest to a juggernaut this season, though I continue to cling to hope that the Ravens can at least last through one round or more of the playoffs. Flacco may be a human popsicle stick in terms of personality, yet he has gone deep into the fray in all his years of play, and the Ravens have yet to really gel as an offense. With Boldin, Mason AND Hoosh (spelling is not gonna happen right now), it seems like they really have it in them to hang with anyone... especially the Pats. Let's not forget, we crumpled the Pats last year with only one viable receiver, and Flacco seems to be getting more emotional (if not more efficient as a passer) as this season closes. I hate to predict, but I could see a Falcons Ravens super bowl... more likely is Falcons Pats, but one can hope :=}
December 27, 2010 1:18:57 PM

As an addendum, the fact that the Giants totally floundered away any hope of the post-season makes me all kinds of happy. I was a Bills fan during the Norwood "wide-right" era, not to mention a believer that Coughlin is a complete moron. Eli might someday be ok to great, but not as long as his coach views time as "5 minutes early means on time - which makes me... ummm.... Spiderman?" Such a maroon. The Bills really should have won that game (I, know none of this is really related)... I still see the Jim Kelly Bills as a dynasty of at least minor proportions. Four super bowls in a row is a serious accomplishment. That a kicker blew it for them is perhaps apropos of a franchise that will soon be in Toronto. Western NY is unlike any other demographic... we support our horrific teams even now. Don't even mention NYC to us... them folks is not like us. They play in freakin' Jersey!
December 27, 2010 1:26:08 PM

Brady wasn't right last year, he was playing hurt most of the time. Not to mention no Wes Welker and a bunch of other good players. Like I said, the Pats defense still makes me uneasy. There are five rookies starting, they are maturing quickly, but have zero playoff experience or big game experience for that matter.
December 27, 2010 9:55:46 PM

If the Pats-Ravens play again in the playoffs, I'd be nervous if I were a Pats fan. As mentioned, the Ravens gave it to them last time they met in the playoffs and with concerns on defense yet, the Ravens could win if Flacco and Co. have a great game. For some odd reason, I'm thinking that KC had a chance to do what the Jets did last year, especially seeing that Cassle has had a great year. They probably won't make the SB, but they could ruin it for others who think that they are a "walk over."

Ah, yes, I recall the Bills powerhouse era when they were the team to beat in the AFC. Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and others were amongst the best at the time at their particular positions and it showed with their SB appearances. Trouble for them was that the Cowboys were a bit better and as mentioned, Norwood blowing it on the wide right field goal attempt. That's the trouble with games coming down to the kicker, i.e. it shouldn't all fall to one man in a team sport like football.

That's why I'm glad they changed the rules in OT to give the other team a possession if the original receiving team kicks a field goal. Eventually though, they should just move to the college OT rules.
December 28, 2010 2:59:41 AM

I agree 100 percent that college rules are better no question. I think in the Pats case there is more than just Brady leading the charge but they do have some holes so, it will be interesting.
December 28, 2010 7:09:35 AM

Statistically he isn't having as good of a year as he had in 07, but his stats are impressive none the less. Heck, he set the record for the most consecutive pass attempts without an INT on Sunday.
December 28, 2010 11:35:24 AM

Your right in 2007 he was an absolute beast. This year he is ridiculously careful with the ball but not the same offensive numbers as 2007.
December 28, 2010 11:20:27 PM

Less turn overs=more wins ;) 
December 28, 2010 11:22:08 PM

sportsfanboy said:
Your right in 2007 he was an absolute beast. This year he is ridiculously careful with the ball but not the same offensive numbers as 2007.


Most TDs ever if I recall correctly. Bring on the playoffs!
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