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Old 12-19-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Emmaus, PA
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So far
1. Philadelphia
2. Minnesota
3. Los Angeles
4. New Orleans
5. Carolina
6. Atlanta


Week 1
Atlanta @ Los Angeles
Carolina @ New Orleans
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The NFC is a gauntlet and I honestly believe anybody can win the conference. I truly believe it! Whoever the 6-seed is, whether the Falcons hang on or the Lions, Seahawks, or Cowboys sneak in, Miss Susan can you tell me a year you've ever seen a more competitive conference in all your years following the game? I've been watching the game for 18 years and have never seen such a loaded conference!
Is it really that loaded compared to other years?
I haven't paid as much attention as past years, but I'm not real excited for these playoffs. We'll have lots of new teams, which is much needed but without playoff experience that could be surprise 1 and done's like the Cowboys last year under Dak & Zeke.

Vikings, Saints (minus Brees & Payton), Rams, Eagles don't have much playoff experience if my memory is correct. But I'd rather one of those teams go to the super bowl over a team that's been there recently (Falcons, Panthers, Seahawks.)
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Old 12-24-2017, 02:26 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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The upcoming Seahawks/Cowboys game becomes even "huge-er" now that both Atlanta and Detroit have lost. The winner of this game will be in a great position to overtake the Falcons for the final wildcard spot.

The Seahawk/Cowboy winner will still need Atlanta to lose next week, but that is very conceivable since they're playing Carolina.
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Old 12-24-2017, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Christmas present number 1....check. Cowboys out!

Christmas present number 2...Eagles win and number 1 seed tomorrow night.
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Old 12-25-2017, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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A changing of the guard per NFL Research:

2017 will mark the first time in Super Bowl era the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Packers, and 49ers all missed the playoffs.

The last time all 5 of those teams missed the postseason was in 1964.

Congratulations to teams in the playoffs that did not make it last year! Good luck to your team!
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Old 12-25-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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A changing of the guard per NFL Research:

2017 will mark the first time in Super Bowl era the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Packers, and 49ers all missed the playoffs.

The last time all 5 of those teams missed the postseason was in 1964.

Congratulations to teams in the playoffs that did not make it last year! Good luck to your team!
Interesting. Regarding those franchises, they combined to win all eleven Super Bowls between the 1986 and 1996 seasons. As well as 14 of 16 dating back to 1981. Now there is some 'old school' to these playoffs that stands out to me despite all the upheaval this year. The Rams and Vikings seemed to always meet in the playoffs in the old days. They probably are still the most successful NFL franchises in the SB era without a championship if you exclude the Rams stint in St Louis. The Vikings lost 4 Super Bowls, mostly to some of the greatest heavyweights ever (70s Dolphins, Steelers, Raiders). The Rams upset the other 70s heavyweight, the Cowboys, twice in Dallas in the divisional round in the 70s. It was not until the 2nd one in 1979, that paved the way to an overdue SB appearance, ironically after a 9-7 season that was among the worst in the Rams recent history.
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Old 12-25-2017, 07:58 AM
 
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A changing of the guard per NFL Research:

2017 will mark the first time in Super Bowl era the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Packers, and 49ers all missed the playoffs.

The last time all 5 of those teams missed the postseason was in 1964.

Congratulations to teams in the playoffs that did not make it last year! Good luck to your team!
For what it's worth, if we were to add the Raiders and Broncos, every franchise that won a SB from 1980 thru 1998 is eliminated this season.
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Old 12-25-2017, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Emmaus, PA
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So far
1. Philadelphia
2. Minnesota
3. Los Angeles
4. New Orleans
5. Carolina
6. Atlanta
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Old 12-25-2017, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I hope Carolina beats Atlanta next week.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:56 AM
 
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By far, the most stacked conference I can remember for many years, at least since the era of free agency and salary cap football came to fruition. Very tough to make a prediction; everybody except Atlanta/Seattle has a realistic shot to make it to the Super Bowl. The records may be some what inflated at the expense of a horrible AFC after the top two, maybe three teams. But you rarely see any conference like this year's NFC with as many competitive teams and realistic Super Bowl contenders in this era.
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