So what they were underdogs. They were playing an undefeated team on the road. The Niners have had the most difficult schedule of all the 5-1 teams (including the team they just beat on their home turf that you rank 7 spots ahead of them). Does that mean anything? It's the fact that you still think the Lions and the Bengals are better teams than the Niners even though the Niners beat both teams at their home fields, that you lose credibility (assuming you had some to begin with). It's quite convenient that you say the Titans can be ranked higher than the Niners because they've played different teams, but when the Niners play teams (like the Lions and Bengals) and beat them, it seemingly means nothing. So what is it? Does it matter the teams have played or not? Because it's obvious there is a huge contradiction in your statement and your rankings. I'm seriously wondering if you've actually watched any Niners games this year aside from the Lions and maybe a few highlights. This team is legit and your twenty years handicapping means nothing if you can't note that, or how dominant their defense and special teams have been.
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM, Scott Cullen wrote:
And the Niners were what, 4.5-point underdogs? You think that one game suddenly means that San Francisco would be favoured? I?ve been handicapping NFL games for 20 years and, I assure you, that?s not how it works.
Why would Tennessee?s record automatically mean they are worse than San Francisco? They haven?t played the same teams.
I don?t like to make generalizations either, so I won?t. It?s more credible that way.
Make all the mental notes you like. No one?s forcing you to read my rankings. If you don?t want to read them, don?t; you won?t be missed.
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From: Dan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 4:33 PM
To: Scott Cullen
Subject: Really, Really?
Do you even watch football? How on earth are the Niners ranked lower than two teams they beat on the road?! It's hard to take your rankings seriously when you have the 3-2 Titans ranked ahead of the 5-1 Niners. And how convenient you have the Lions ranked the same even after they lost to the Niners at home. What a joke. I don't like to make generalizations, but maybe you should stick to hockey, eh? I've made a mental note that Scott Cullen is a complete joke when it comes to football analysis. Seriously, you're getting paid for this?
[ Edited by AmpLee on Oct 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM ]