Originally posted by ECLaloosh:
Originally posted by midrdan:
Arizona has games against @SEA, SF, @Philly, Colts, and St. Louis, in addition to @ TENN and @ JAX. I highly doubt Arizona will finish the season better than 9-7.
TEN with no Locker, JAX is terrible, Philly is 0-4 at home, Colts got trashed by STL.
That's 4 games right there that are winnable (5 actually with STL). Not sure how you discount them at this point. If SF loses in NO and AZ wins against JAX, doesn't that put you guys at 6-4, tied for 2nd in the division (but having the tie breaker advantage)? I think it's about 100X more likely that SF finishes with a better record but it is what it is.
Carolina has a rough schedule as well so as I said before, SF is still in control of their own fate.
I am giving Arizona wins against Jax, and Tenn. I think St. Louis, Philly and Indy are all tough games for them but I'll give them 2 out of 3 ... I don't think they beat either Seattle or SF. I think 9-7 is very realistic for this team. .
Carolina will probably finish 11-5. I can see them losing 2 of 3 to NE and NO, but the rest of their schedule looks like wins. They will likely be the 5 seed unless SF beats either NO or SEA and wins the rest of their games.
I doubt either Chicago or Green Bay finishes better than 10-6 ... too many injuries for GB and Chicago is a very inconsistent team.
So, yeah, SF is in control of its own destiny. 11-5 seems realistic ... closing out with three wins, with a fully healthy team is all the momentum we need to carry us through to SEA for the NFC Championship. And we will win that game.