Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Originally posted by Ninerbowl6:
You only get one shot....it's not like the old days....the stars really have to align in your favor. People should also keep in mind the NFC is deeper than the AFC right now, much harder road to toe. We won't be back for at least 2 - 3 years.
Yeah the NFC has the Packers, Saints, Giants and 49ers. That's a tough conference.
The AFC has only the Patriots. The Ravens don't have much offense. The Jets have really dropped off. The Colts dropped off the earth. Honestly the Patriots could do it like 3 years in a row. There is NOBODY to challenge them in the AFC.
The Pats are good, but the Ravens & Steelers can hang with them on any day of the week. You'll remember the Steelers beat the Pats in 2011.
As for everyone else... well if the Chargers can pull their heads out of their asses, then maybe they can compete again the AFC Playoffs. The Bills beat the Patriots this year... had Fred Jackson stayed healthy, it's possible they wouldn't have stalled out (though their failings in 2011 has more to do that just Jackson, obviously). The Texans seem to finally be building something special, especially on defense.
Really, all it takes is one injury. If Gronk or Hernandez or Welker go down, suddenly the Patriots are pretty human.
Also, New England didn't beat a team with a winning record during the regular season in 2011... true story bro.
[ Edited by NickSh49 on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM ]