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Old 12-26-2016, 04:27 AM
 
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Panthers have NO excuse as for broncos well its trevor siamons first year! People need to give it time,having one bad season as a starter doesn't mean he sucks!

I still think next year denver will be back on top,cj anderson be healthy and i believe elway will get trevor in a better position to be a leader..
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Old 12-26-2016, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think every team has excuses but no team uses them. You only hear them from the media and the fan base. Its fair to argue them.. Its not uncommon for 1 of the Super Bowl teams to miss the playoffs the following season, in fact its becoming quite common.. but for both to miss.. this might be a first?

As some one who is a fan of the constant NFL Churn... I have no problem with the Broncos/Panthers missing the playoffs...
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Old 12-26-2016, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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There is a playoff thread for all comments as a sticky at the top of the page plus the team pages so there aren't all these individual posts pushing the team posts further back. Just a thought.
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Old 12-26-2016, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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The unpredicabilty of the NFL when compared to college foorball or the NBA is reason #136 why the NFL is the most popular sport in America.
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Old 12-26-2016, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Panthers: They got several bones last year with facing the weak AFC South and NFC East last year for schedule and facing AZ with a injured Carson Palmer in the NFC championship game. They missed Josh Norman more than they would think because of a lack of a capable veteran replacement and they were too hopeful for the trenches specifically to match their same performance last year which didn't happen.

Broncos: They faced much stronger Kansas City and Oakland teams this year, the O-Line decreased their quality of play from last year, and the loss of CJ Anderson didn't help a so-so quarterback situation at all.

This is what free agency is designed to do IMO, keep parity in the year-to-year super bowl picture and reward the GMs who play the draft game correctly.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:26 AM
 
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No excuse for a team that won the Super Bowl the prior year to miss the playoffs. It will help with parity in the NFL, but speaks more to how that team was built. Kansas City made a statement last night by stomping Denver.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg/Virginia Beach, VA
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It happens. Both the Panthers and Broncos were on a good run and that sort of thing comes to an end (or temporary break hopefully) for every team eventually. Even for the Pats. In their case it has helped that the AFC East has been exceptionally bad most years. That won't last forever.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:35 AM
 
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It happens. Both the Panthers and Broncos were on a good run and that sort of thing comes to an end (or temporary break hopefully) for every team eventually. Even for the Pats. In their case it has helped that the AFC East has been exceptionally bad most years. That won't last forever.
Except that's an incorrect statement. The AFC South has been the weaker AFC conference over the last decade. You also probably don't know the Patriots have won 80% of their games vs. the NFC over the last 16 years, 82% of their games vs the AFC South in the last 16 years. 78% of their games vs. the AFC North in the last 16 years and 63% of their games vs. the AFC West in the last 16 years.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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It happens. Both the Panthers and Broncos were on a good run and that sort of thing comes to an end (or temporary break hopefully) for every team eventually. Even for the Pats. In their case it has helped that the AFC East has been exceptionally bad most years. That won't last forever.
Except that's an incorrect statement. The AFC South has been the weaker AFC conference over the last decade. You also probably don't know the Patriots have won 80% of their games vs. the NFC over the last 16 years, 82% of their games vs the AFC South in the last 16 years. 78% of their games vs. the AFC North in the last 16 years and 63% of their games vs. the AFC West in the last 16 years.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg/Virginia Beach, VA
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Except that's an incorrect statement. The AFC South has been the weaker AFC conference over the last decade. You also probably don't know the Patriots have won 80% of their games vs. the NFC over the last 16 years, 82% of their games vs the AFC South in the last 16 years. 78% of their games vs. the AFC North in the last 16 years and 63% of their games vs. the AFC West in the last 16 years.
None of that changes the fact that the Pats haven't faced consistently good competition in their division really in the BB-Brady era. That has no doubt contributed to the Pats success. It doesn't take away anything from the Pats; they still had to win their games, but it certainly helped them that the rest of the division was perennially and collectively an 8-8 or worse division over the 15 or so seasons.
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