ALL THINGS STAY THE SAME

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ALL THINGS STAY THE SAME

Postby MarylandFalcon1 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:23 pm

As for preseason picks, drafts, free agents, etc, all one can say is 'let's roll the dice'. Truth be told nobody, and I mean NOBODY knows what is going to happen in any given season. The NFL is a league of injury, heart, and team. The Rams were 200 to 1 odds of winning the Superbowl in 2000. The Falcons were picked last in the division in 98. Drew Bledsoe goes down and the Patriots win it all in 02. All anybody knows are these facts:
1. Somebody will be MUCH better than anyone thought.
2. Somebody will be MUCH worse than anyone thought.
3. A 'tough' division will become an 'easy' division.
4. Several 'key' players will go down with injury.
5. One team will be crippled with the 'injury bug'.
6. A coach will be fired during the season.

After that, it is anyones guess, so I just hope the Falcons are the #2 on that list :wink:

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Postby meggles » Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:32 pm

I'm praying that the "better" team will be us. I hope to have a SB win before I expire, and I don't have that much longer to wait. :D

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Re: ALL THINGS STAY THE SAME

Postby PB21 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:16 pm

MarylandFalcon1 wrote:1. Somebody will be MUCH better than anyone thought.
2. Somebody will be MUCH worse than anyone thought.


After that, it is anyones guess, so I just hope the Falcons are the #2 on that list :wink:

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lol The Falcons are being said to be an 8-8 team by many this season. Surely you meant you hope the Falcons are #1 on that list.;)

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Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:50 pm

I'll try my hand at predicting some of those things.

1. Well, I would guess that I should pick a team that I currently believe is not going to be in the playoff chase to be significantly better than I thought. Right now, I would wager the Packers, Saints, and Bills to be teams that could surprise even myself. As for teams that I think have wildcard potential, but possibly could find a way to win 10 or more games this year, I'd pick the Cardinals, Ravens, Rams, and Chiefs as those teams.

2. Well, I guess I should stick to the teams that are potential playoff teams. But I think this is going to be effected more by injury than just poor play, so this will tie into #5. But teams that I think are particularly vulnerable are Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, and Seattle.

3. Well I consider the two toughest divisions to be the NFC East and NFC North, possibly with the AFC North coming in at 3rd. So one of these divisions as you say will become a patsy division.

4. WEll Roethlisberger is already down. 1 starting RB will probably tear his ACL in training camp and a few more during the season. A few more starting QBs will go down. At least a few star WRs will be hurt, thus reuning many people's fantasy seasons. :)

5. Of course impossible to predict, but it'll probably be a team like Denver or Indianapolis, basically a team that was predicted to be a division winner that gets injured and thus opens up opportunities for teams that weren't considered much in the equation.

6. I would probably say that Billick and Jeff Fisher are probably on the hottest coaching seats. A freefall by the CHargers could merit Schottenheimer out the door. But I'd argue that because there are 10 new coaches around the league, the chances someone gets fired before the season ends is much lower than usual.
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Postby BirdBrain » Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:47 pm

Way too early to predict anything...even Big Ben appears to be ready for training camp, and will be fit for the preseason.

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Postby Pudge » Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:23 pm

I'd be willing to bet anyone that Big Ben will play only a single series during the preseason.

This seems to be exactly the case of the 2003 Falcons, when they said all the right things in order to make Vick's injuries appear only slight.

I read one article in which the investigating officer said that if Big Ben wasn't in great football shape, he wouldn't have survived the crash. Frankly, I don't believe people get over that sort of accident in just 3 months.

I look at Kellen Winslow and Jamie Henderson as bike accident victims. Henderson was out for 2 years, and Winslow a year. I'd be shocked if Big Ben starts and plays in more than 10 games this year.
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Postby BirdBrain » Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:09 am

Pudge wrote:I'd be willing to bet anyone that Big Ben will play only a single series during the preseason.

I'd be shocked if Big Ben starts and plays in more than 10 games this year.


I'll take that bet Pudge....just let me know what you want to wager. :lol:

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Postby AngryJohnny51 » Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:36 am

BirdBrain wrote:
Pudge wrote:I'd be willing to bet anyone that Big Ben will play only a single series during the preseason.

I'd be shocked if Big Ben starts and plays in more than 10 games this year.


I'll take that bet Pudge....just let me know what you want to wager. :lol:


Ya, I think Big Ben will play quite a bit int he preseason, he has a lot of damge control to do for his image.

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Postby BirdBrain » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:16 pm

BirdBrain wrote:
Pudge wrote:I'd be willing to bet anyone that Big Ben will play only a single series during the preseason.

I'd be shocked if Big Ben starts and plays in more than 10 games this year.


I'll take that bet Pudge....just let me know what you want to wager. :lol:


You are lucky Pudge that you didn't wager with me...Big Ben is fit and ready to go.

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Postby Pudge » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:20 pm

Ok, so I'm wrong once. :lol:
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