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Week 11 (Really) Short NFL Recap – Sponsored by TURNING LEFT!!!!!

Like REALLY short recap. Full disclosure, I watched very little football on Sunday afternoon due to being very busy with the kids. Usually this isn’t a problem since I can tape a highlights show and get a decent look at what happened. Not this time though. Thanks to NASCAR’s late start on their Fandangled Yee-Ha Championship Race, the Sunday Night Football pre-show was basically gone. So I saw about five minutes of highlights, followed by another ten or so the following morning. Not enough to do a proper recap. I did see a good amount of the Bills-Pats game last night as the Bills tried their best to lose that game (and succeeded!). Are we heading straight into an obvious Panthers-Patriots showdown for the Super Bowl? History tells us not a chance. Usually one of the two dominant teams falters in the playoffs to a scrappy underdog (the Giants) and that scrappy underdog (the Giants) will somehow win the Super Bowl (the Giants…twice) against the other dominant team that was left (the Patriots…twice).

So instead of recapping me being very wrong about the Packers and wondering how the Lions are winning games, I will go straight into the playoff predictions. As of right now, this is how I see the playoffs shaping up at the end of the season.

AFC NFC
Division Champs Division Champs
1 New England (East) 1 Carolina (South)
2 Cincinnati (North) 2 Arizona (West)
3 Denver (West) 3 Green Bay (North)
4 Indianapolis (South) 4 NY Giants (East)
Wild-Card Spots Wild-Card Spots
5 Pittsburgh 5 Minnesota
6 Buffalo 6 Seattle

 

All the AFC spots stay the same despite the Buffalo loss. I could replace the Bills with any one of five other teams but what would be the point since it feels like all those teams are trying their best to fall out of the second wild-card spot rather than earn it. I feel the Bills are trying a little less than most at that, so that’s why they get the #6 spot. In the NFC, I have moved Arizona up to the #2 spot and a first-round bye. Carolina and Arizona seem to be the class of the NFC and they are widening the gap between them and the rest of the conference. I could honestly see Green Bay and Minnesota fighting for the division title and neither getting to 11 wins, which would still be enough to beat out the NFC East champ which should be awful. The #6 spot in the NFC is looking a lot like the #6 spot in the AFC in that no one seems to really want to grab it. So whoever fucks up the least the rest of the way should get it (and probably at 9-7). Right now I have Seattle since I still have no belief Atlanta will even have a winning record at the end of the season.

Alright, tonight we have one college game on the specialty pack. Then….Thursday (American Thanksgiving) starts the football explosion! Here’s how the numbers break down (at this point):

  • Thursday – 3 NFL games, 1 college game
  • Friday – 10 college games
  • Saturday – 28 college games
  • Sunday – at least 7 NFL games
  • Monday – 1 NFL game

Yes. A lot of football. I am going to be in a coma by Sunday night I think. And I don’t care.

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