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Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:11 pm
 
If you're the Detroit Lions, you hope Green Bay doesn't play its starters in the season finale. In fact, you say a prayer the Packers don't.

No Aaron Rodgers would lessen the chances of a Green Bay win, and that's critical to Detroit's playoff future. Even though the Lions are headed to the playoffs, they don't want the sixth seed ... and neither does Atlanta. The reason: You have to go to New Orleans, where the Saints don't lose.

Draw the sixth seed, and say goodnight.

New Orleans doesn't just beat opponents at home; it clobbers them, with Monday's rout of Atlanta the latest example. The Saints are built for the Superdome and excel there, with the Saints four times putting 40 or more points on oppnents and once sticking 62 on Indianapolis.

Atlanta doesn't want to meet them there, and neither do the Lions. So the rush is on for the fifth seed, and Detroit holds it -- pending, of course, the outcome of Sunday's game in Green Bay.

The Falcons' hope is that Rodgers and the Packers' first team not only play but play long enough to win. The Lions' hope is that Rodgers and the first team don't play ... or play so little that the Lions can prevail.

Bottom line: Detroit needs this game. So does Atlanta. Only the Falcons need Green Bay to win.

The fifth seed would play at Dallas or the New York Giants, and tell me where you'd want to play: There or in New Orleans. Uh-huh, so would I. That's why the jockeying for the NFC's fifth seed is one of this weekend's biggest stories.




Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Okielou-  does that mean Tim Tebow is a good QB.  I won my FFL superbowl with himSmile  



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Every year pundits, blogsters and fans on these posts blast their prepared blather based on various stats, ad nauseum. So let me say this about that: 2011 Sants vs Seahawks. Anyone remember how badly the Saints were going to destroy the Seahawks? Ok, the Saints aren't the same team they were last year and they play at home which for them will be huge I suspect but the salient point is, the playoffs are a whole different season. Tendencies will be analyzed, weaknesses identified, one on one matchups created and the playoffs are a whole new season. Look at the Packers last year, who saw that coming? I guarantee virtually no one here, not even an honest Packer fan. So for anyone who believes the outcome of any of these games is a foregone conclusion (ok, maybe the Steelers over the Broncos) just look at all the first round upsets through the years. Good luck to the Lions and Bengals. welcome back.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Lions are a good team this year. I had Stafford on my FFL team and won my Super Bowl with him. The fact remains that they are still NR3 or 4 in the NFC. Which team plays the Saints be it Lions or Falcons and if one of them is good enough to win, which I am not saying they can't win, who ever wins will still have to play the Pack and I don't see either one of them being good enough to win both games. Tough schedule. If Saints win they go to 49ers, if Lions or Falcons win they go to Green Bay. Tough games. All of them. I still think with the Home field the Saints will pull it out, but it won't be like Monday nights game Brees won't run up the score because he is going for the record. HA HA HA. CRY Falcons CRY.





Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Yatsailor, are you talling me the lions dont have a player on their roster that could crack the top 4
at each position in New Orleans????Please tell me I misinterperated your last statement.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Listen I'm from Detroit and have been a Lions fan out the womb but come on man be realistic because you are being overly optimistic.  Can what you sy be done...sure it can the top seed doesn't always win in the end but your just wishing for too much to happen here.  I think Detroit has just as good a chance to win as any other team in the playoffs(any given Sunday right) but my money is on the Saints or the Packers in the Superbowl...they are both very strong teams and I feel no one from the AFC can beat either of them.  Now if you are right(in my dreams) Detroit may just party in the streets for 2 weeks straight!!!    



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

I'm thinking Rodgers will play at least the first half. Keep in mind though that facing his back-up isn't necessarily easy. Flynn is good and almost beat NE in Foxboro last year. Personally, I'd like to see Atlanta play NO as it's really hard to beat a team 3 times in 1 season. Atlanta would have to play way better than they did last week (quit your crying guys)



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

LOL of Swoosh. I'm calling my bookie to place those bets right now. Of course I can count on you to cover any losses???? LMFAO !!!



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

swooshing, is that the sound the wind makes when it goes through your ears?  The Saints beat the Vikings by 22 points.  That's not "barely getting by". 

I'm not even going to get into the rest of your absurd comments.




Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

THe Saints learned their lesson from last year.  After being down to their 8th running back, with other significant players out with injuries when they played Seattle, they stocked up on so much talent in the backfield that Detroit just signed a back off the Saints' practice squad.  Now the Lions have a player on their active roster who couldn't crack the top 4 at his position on N.O.  Let's play the game.  Every team is glad to be in the position to win.  2009 was a rare year when the #1 seed played for the trophy!



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

That'll never happen bro!  The aints have 7 wins in a row, but they haven't been blowing teams up like Detroit has.  They barley got by the Vikings, Titans, Atlanta (the first game) and Detroit hung with them without Suh in the lineup.  Don't be suprised if the Lions beat them (if they play each other).  Detroit should beat Green Bay (starters will sit for the most part) and the Giants will beat Dallas.  The Saints will lose to the Falcons and the Lions will beat the Giants.  The Lions will then beat up the 49ers (pay back for Schwartz) and the Flacons will beat Green Bay.  Detroit will beat Atlanta and head to Indy for the Super Bowl.  It's really pretty simple.  The Lions can only beat themselves.  Stafford to Johnson hook-up is too lethal for any team to handle.


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