2010 NFL Division Preview: NFC East

Yesterday I put up a post by Michael Wright that gave 15 thoughts he had about his New York Football Giants for this upcoming season. I hinted that my NFC East preview would be written in the near future so here it is. This is the third installment of my eight-part preview of the 2010 NFL season, breaking it down division by division. In each of these posts I will preview each team in the division and then at the end I will predict who will win the division and how the other three teams will end up behind them.

To read my other divisional previews just click on the appropriate link:

NFC South

NFC West

In the NFC East we have had a lot of drama this offseason. A face-of-the-franchise quarterback being traded to another team within the division. Big name veteran free agency signings. A team trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2009 season. A team trying to build on their first playoff win since 1996. We had a big name quarterback get bloodied in the preseason opener. There was a prima donna receiver refusing to carry pads. You get the idea. Let’s jump in.

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins Continue reading

Trying to Stay True to the Rules of Being a Fan

One of the many unwritten laws of being a sports fan is that when your team wins a championship you aren’t allowed to complain about the given teams success (or lack of) for the next five years. Well this rule -like many of the other- is hard to follow, and is often broken. Some people even go as far to say that it’s ten years, but that just seems flat out impossible to me. Bryan as a Rams fan being a prime example. What shouldn’t be as hard to do is not complain about your teams lack of success, when by “lack of success” you mean not winning another championship. Unfortunately for me, that’s exactly what I’m struggling with. My team (the Colts) didn’t fall off like the Bucs, who won the Super Bowl after the 2002 season and hasn’t won a playoff game since; we didn’t slowly crumble into oblivion like the Rams (sorry, Bryan) who won the Super Bowl after the 1999 season and then three years later had a sub-.500 season and has failed to rebound; heck we didn’t even do what the Steelers did last year, failing to make the playoffs the year after winning the Super Bowl. Continue reading

What does your team need to do to make the playoffs?

This post will be similar to all of the other posts I have done on this very topic. The only difference for this one is that I will have four categories (AI, COD, HAC, AO) instead of six. But I will still be laying out for each team what they need to do to make the playoffs, clinch their division, get a first-round bye, and/or get the #1 seed in their conference. First let’s layout what the NFL playoffs would look like if the season ended right now. Continue reading

What does your team need to do to make the playoffs?

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This post will be similar to the posts I did last week. I will be laying out for each team what they need to do to make the playoffs, clinch their division, get a first-round bye, and/or get the #1 seed in their conference. First let’s layout what the NFL playoffs would look like if the season ended right now.

In the AFC the seeding would be as follows: 1. Indianapolis Colts, 2. San Diego Charger, 3. New England Patriots , 4. Cincinnati Bengals, 5. Baltimore Ravens, 6. Denver Broncos… so the Bengals and Pats flipped and the Ravens jumped both the Jags and the Broncos, knocking the Broncos down to the 6 seed and the Jags out all together.

In the NFC: 1. New Orleans Saints, 2. Minnesota Vikings, 3. Philadelphia Eagles, 4. Arizona Cardinals, 5. Green Bay Packers, 6. Dallas Cowboys. Absolutely nothing has changed here.

However, six of the 12 teams I just listed are still in danger of not making the playoffs at all. To determine how much danger they are in and what the other teams in the league need to do and have happen from them to replace one of those teams I will be using the NFL’s official tie-breaking procedures to see who needs to win which games to reach the postseason.  I will be grouping the teams into six categories (AI, COD, HAC, CFH, MML, AO) you’ll see what it all stands for below) to separate them by mathematical probability of making it to the playoffs. Here are the categories: Continue reading

What does your team need to do to make the playoffs?

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This post will be similar to the posts I did last year. I will be laying out for each team what they need to do to make the playoffs, clinch their division, get a first-round bye, and/or get the #1 seed in their conference. First let’s layout what the NFL playoffs would look like if the season ended right now.

In the AFC the seeding would be as follows: 1. Indianapolis Colts, 2. San Diego Charger, 3. Cincinnati Bengals, 4. New England Patriots, 5. Denver Broncos, 6. Jacksonville Jaguars.

(NB: I was going to explain how the Jags still have the second wild-card spot but Paul Kuharsky -one of my favorite writers at ESPN.com- beat me to it, so I’ll just link you to that. To view it click here.)

In the NFC: 1. New Orleans Saints, 2. Minnesota Vikings, 3. Philadelphia Eagles, 4. Arizona Cardinals, 5. Green Bay Packers, 6. Dallas Cowboys.

However, nine of the 12 teams I just listed are still in danger of not making the playoffs at all. To determine how much danger they are in and what the other teams in the league need to do and have happen from them to replace one of those teams I will be using the NFL’s official tie-breaking procedures to see who needs to win which games to reach the postseason.  I will be grouping the teams into six categories (AI, COD, HAC, CFH, MML, AO – you’ll see what it all stands for below) to separate them by mathematical probability of making it to the playoffs. Here are the categories: Continue reading

Where Might I Find Michael Vick in 2009?

Last year around this time I wrote a post (I’m actually just one week short of it being the exact same date) breaking down each team’s quarterback situation. You can check that out here. This post is going to be similar except it will be to specifically address whether or not each team has a need for Michael Vick and if they do, how much of a need it is. Some teams may need him simply because they need a quarterback, while others might be looking to use him in the Wildcat formation. Just today on ESPN.com’s NFL rumors section they said that the Redskins may be interested in Vick. I’d be interested as to what our commenter, Michael, who is a Redskins fan, thinks about this. Continue reading

Weller’s Fantasy Baseball Team

As you may recall, I am attempting to become a baseball fan this year. I took a big step in that direction by joining a fantasy baseball league on Yahoo. It’s a standard public league with 12 teams/managers and head-to-head scoring. My first real shock came when I found out that I was in a live draft league. I had actually thought that I’d signed up for a league with an automated draft because I knew that I wouldn’t have heard of enough of the players to pick my team, and I certainly wouldn’t know enough about the players that I had heard of to know which to draft and when. I was wrong, it wasn’t a auto-draft league. Here’s the story: Continue reading

February 2009 – Important Events

This is something new that I’m going to try to do each month. I will give each date and list important events, games and/or something in sports history that have happened on that date. I will do my best to provide at least one thing for each day. If I forget anything feel free to let me know if a comment. Without further ado, here it is: Continue reading

Raheem Morris Named Bucs New Head Coach

“What?”

“Who?”

Those might be two of your first thoughts after reading that heading, and nobody should hold either reaction against you. Less than a month ago Raheem Morris was the defensive backs coach for Tampa Bay, and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator after my Vols hired Monte Kiffin, who had been the Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator since 1996. Bryan wrote a post yesterday about Jon Gruden being fired as the Bucs Head Coach. This was a big enough shock for me, but now, the very next day they announce that their new Head Coach will be Raheem Morris, a 32 year old, who just over three weeks ago was a positional coach, I don’t even really know what to say. Continue reading

What Does Your Team Need To Do? (Part II)

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I thought I’d put up another one of these, seeing how a lot of things happened during week 16 that either solidified team’s positions or eliminated their playoff hopes. So here is what everyone else needs to have happen to make it in. Unlike last time, I am much more confident in what I have found out. Again, by using the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures, this is what I have come up with.

On the NFC side of things the Giants and Cardinals have clinched the East and West divisions respectively. The Giants have also clinched the first seed, giving them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Panthers and Falcons have also each clinched playoff spots, though neither has actually clinched their division. The Lions, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, and Redskins have all been eliminated from the playoffs.

Here’s how things can play out for those who still have something to clinch in NFC:

Carolina Panthers:
The Panthers will clinch the NFC South and the NFC’s second seed (also giving them a first round bye) if they win in New Orleans against the Saints or if the Falcons lose to the Rams.

Atlanta Falcons:
The Falcons will clinch the NFC South and the NFC’s second seed (also giving them a first round bye) if they beat the Rams and the Panthers lose to the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings:
The Vikings will clinch the NFC North and the NFC’s third seed if they beat the Giants or if the Bears lose in Houston to the Texans.

Chicago Bears:

The Bears will clinch the NFC North and the NFC’s third seed if they beat the Texans and the Vikings lose to the Giants. However, if the Bears fail to win their division, they can still clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Texans and both the Cowboys lose in Philly to the Eagles and the Buccaneers lose at home to Oakland.

Dallas Cowboys:
The Cowboys will clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles:
The Eagles will clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Cowboys and both the Buccaneers lose to the Raiders and the Bears lose to the Texans. The Eagles will also clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Cowboys and both the Buccaneers lose to the Raiders and the Vikings lose to the Giants.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Buccaneers will clinch a wild-card spot if one of the following three things happen:

  1. They beat the Raiders and the Cowboys lose to or tie with the Eagles.
  2. They tie with the Raiders, the Cowboys lose to the Eagles and the Vikings lose to or tie with the Giants.
  3. They tie with the Raiders, the Cowboys lose to the Eagles and the Bears lose to or tie with the Texans.

In the AFC the Titans and Steelers have clinched the South and North divisions respectively and both have also clinched first-round byes. The Titans have also clinched the AFC’s first seed, giving them home-field throughout the playoffs, and leaving the Steelers with the AFC’s second seed. Oh, and my Colts clinched a wild-card spot and the AFC’s fifth seed! The Bengals, Browns, Texans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, and Bills are still the only teams in the AFC to have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Here’s how things can play out for those who still have something to clinch in the AFC:

Denver Broncos:
The Broncos will clinch the AFC West and the AFC’s fourth seed if the beat the Chargers in San Diego.

San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers will clinch the AFC West if they win at home against the Broncos.

Baltimore Ravens:
The Ravens will clinch the remaining wild-card spot and the AFC’s sixth seed with a win at home over the Jaguars.

Miami Dolphins:
The Dolphins will clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third seed if they beat the Jets in New York.

New England Patriots:
The Patriots will clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third seed if the beat the Bills in Buffalo and the Dolphins lose to the Jets.

New York Jets:
The Jets clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third see if they beat the Dolphins at home and the Patriots lose in Buffalo to the Bills.

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