@Theodore, after witnessing both of their games against Denver I have to disagree about KC's defense. Their pass rush was ineffective against a good but not stellar offensive line, and they never sacked Manning in either game. I understand that they're down some secondary starters, and Manning made them pay over and over on Sunday. Now that could be that it's just Manning and Denver's offense (still tops in the league I believe), but they also lost to San Diego. The Chargers aren't terrible but they are the kind of team the Chiefs had no trouble with earlier in the season.
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Hell, they could not even beat my beloved Redskins, and the Skins really fucking suck this year.
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@Doug: I am a graduate of Loyola, only Illinois university to win NCAA BB championship, so fuck off too. And Cubs suck, yes.
Leg Before Wicket?
Way to show them the full .... 45.
Well, I was downtown around 1 o'clock this afternoon and saw a lot of people in Seahawks gear already in the area, so for many people it was a long day in the cold. (Guess they don't have to worry about jobs, though.)
But if the rest of the league wants to keep sleeping on the Seahawks, fine.
It was the weather. It was a "bad night" for the Saints. It was the Seahawks "getting hot at the right time." It was luck.
I wouldn't bet against the NFC team this year (unless the odds were really good)
Philadelphia is not even close to any of those teams you mentioned. They are on a hot streak now, but have lost games against worse opponents, and have been extremely streaky on both sides of the ball. We also have to keep in mind that Philly is operating on a last place schedule this year, since they ended in the NFC East basement in 2012.
Frankly I think the AFC and NFC are more balanced this yer than perhaps I have ever seen them. They both have a handful of dominant teams, and a handful of stinkers.
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@ Doug, OK, you win. UCLA, blahblahblah. Good thing Loyola helped integrate the game so Wooden could recruit Lew Alcindor.
Also, last Sunday vernon Davis got tackled by being pulled down by his dick. Though that is more funny than sexy.
The former Bears QB/high school coach is Josh McCown, AKA the Bears' current starting QB. The Saints backup is his brother, Luke.
I guess being an NFL QB for 11 years can teach you a thing or two about the game. Never seen Luke play though.
The Chargers record might not show it, but they are a tough, well balanced team, and Rivers can torch you if you let him.
They have not had the hardest schedule, but in today's NFL, any team that is 9-3 is not a weak team.
Not a weak team? How about overrated, or having a record that doesn't really reflect their overall power. Nobody ever rated them #1 on a power ranking that I saw, even when they were the last undefeated team. They're more of a 7-5 team if they played a more competitive schedule.
Philly are going to win their division, but they are pretty thin.
We can guess all day about how they would be with another schedule. On the flip side, they would likely be 11-1 if they did not have to play Denver twice. The speculations are kind of pointless. Keep in mind also that in both of those games, Kansas City came very close to victory, closer than most teams have, even with their D playing worse than they had all year.
Denver's O line has been one of the best in the league this year, regardless of how they look on paper. On grass, they are doing great, and that is what matters. Power rankings are silly nonsense that no one should pay real attention to. Power rankings exist to generate page views, nothing more.
We are just going to have to agree to disagree here, I think.
@36: Don't count out the Cowboys. They are a better all around team than Philly, and Philly has been hot and cold all year. Plus, they already have the lead on Philly with the tiebreaker. My gut says the Cowboys will take the NFC East (oh, it pains my heart to say), but not by much. Luckily they will choke in the first game and get booted out early.
And former UCLA basketball star Jackie Robinson (class of 1941) had retired from Major League Baseball by the time Loyola University fielded their all-black lineup in 1962.
Loyola helped integrate a game that was already on a road to integration paved by both UCLA and John Wooden.
Because my team suuuuuuuuuucks.
Will you guys please take Mike Shanahan back? Please? That guy is a cancer. A red faced cancer.
BTW I just found something in the Music section saying Megan Seling is leaving, which I don't think they announced in Slog. (It was published Nov. 20.) So can you handle hockey coverage too?
He still lives in Denver during the offseason. Owns a fancy steakhouse and all that. That's close enough. I hope Elway doesn't give him a job somewhere down the line...
You nailed Shanahan right on the head. His ego is too big to give control of any aspect of the team to others, even areas he is weak in like scouting, drafting, and defense. He believes firmly in nepotism, and only surrounds himself with yes men.
He also has a history of not caring about the health of his players, and it was on full display with Griffin in the Seattle game (although Griffin deserves some blame there too), and now when he refuses to upgrade our O-line to keep the kid upright. Our O-line is the worst, and can't pass block worth a damn.
He has one more year on his enormous contract, but I want him gone at the end of this year, with all his shitty yes man coaches.