Some facts - NO's average margin of victory at home is 20.2 per game, Seattle's is 16 per game. Look it up if you don't believe me. These teams are good or even great at home, they are utterly dominant. Just being realistic, we are not going to win @ Dallas, then @ Seattle, then @ New Orleans, then beat the AFC champ. To think that we'd be able to do that is myopic almost to the point of being insane. The Giants and Ravens had tough roads too, but they each at least had one home game in the first round. And both needed ridiculous flubs by the home team (Kyle's 2 fumbles vs NYG and Raheem Moore breaking the # 1 rule of prevent defense with seconds left). We'd have to be MUCH BETTER AND MUCH LUCKIER than we've been so far to pull this off.
More facts - in the last few years the 11-5 Saints that had to go to the 7-9 Seahawks got beat down, and the 13-3 Colts that had to go to the 8-8 Chargers also lost. IMO this is largely because the home team gets so disrespected in these scenarios that they usually win despite inferior talent. So even if we are playing well, and roll into Dallas or Philly or wherever at 13-3 or 12-4 or whatever, we'd be anything but assured a win.
This is all outside of the fact that our passing game is not bad, but HORRIFIC. Even if it were to get much better, we're looking at a really, really tough road. I know this sounds like a bunch of negativity, but it's just reality. Is it possible that we pull it off? Yes. Is it probable or anything I would put any hope into? No. I'm not giving up but to expect that we are going to pull off what is required to win it all this year is setting yourself up for heartbreak.
[ Edited by bpg4980 on Nov 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM ]