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Old 11-18-2011, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

Its about games lost, not games won.

When I think about the playoffs and what it takes to make it into the post season, the first thing I count is how many games a team has lost. Mathematically speaking, another loss hurts more than a win helps.

So the Steelers sit at 7-3. I believe they can only lose two more times. And every time they lose, it makes the remaining games that much more important. So obviously that means right now Pittsburgh must win at least four more with six games remaining.

And this is without considering the impact of which teams the Steelers lose to, and how it plays in seeding or tie breakers.

Who will beat the Steelers?

Chiefs
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Will 11-5 even make the playoffs?
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:57 AM   #2
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Default Re: Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

I believe we'll go 12-4 with a loss to SF if we keep our foot on the gas. I think we'll be fighting till the very end of the season, so no weeks off by having anything locked up. We might even beat SF; there's that mystique about traveling from one coast to the other, but we'll have 11 days between Cle and SF.

That being said I most definitely foresee a few 11-5 teams being in the playoffs.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

11-5 will make the playoffs. Everybody in the west and south have 5 losses already except the Raiders and Texans. The Raiders will lose more than one and Leinart will probably lose 4 or 5 of the remaining 6. The jets just lost their 5th game and the Bills are going downhill. We still have a chance at winning the division. The playoff race is really within our division.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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Default Re: Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

i think 10-6 will make it this year, although maybe with tie-breakers involved.. there's just too much mediocrity in the AFC this year.

the Bills and Titans are both 5-4.. highly likely they both lose at least 2 more games with the way they have been playing.

Jets and Broncos both at 5-5.. again, highly likely they both lose at least one more game.

then you have teams like the Raiders at 5-4, currently in first place.. highly likely they drop two more. the Chargers are reeling at 4-5, little to no chance they run the table. Texans just lost their starting QB, at 7-3, they'll probably drop a few more.

Steelers at 7-3, Ravens and Bengals both at 6-3. i expect 2 of those 3 to finish with less than 6 losses. i don't know if the Bengals will be able to finish strong with their injuries and Andy Dalton possibly reaching the rookie wall. i believe one of those teams could finish with 6 losses and still make the wild card.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

considering that the jets are now 5-5 and the bills aren't looking that hot at 5-4, and in the west, the 2nd place team is tebowmania, 11-5 is a sure lock for a wildcard. both wc teams will be from the AFC north
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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Default Re: Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

I honestly see us losing only one more, two TOPS if we hiccup just an ounce. I think we finish 12-4 and win the division. My prediction as is for the AFC NORTH is this:

Pittsburgh: 12-4
Baltimore: 10-6
Cincinnati: 9-7.

Just a gut and a hunch that Baltimore will experience some sort of collapse. Cincy twice, San Fran and then San Diego, not to mention Cleveland always playing them tough regardless.
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I honestly see us losing only one more, two TOPS if we hiccup just an ounce. I think we finish 12-4 and win the division. My prediction as is for the AFC NORTH is this:

Pittsburgh: 12-4
Baltimore: 10-6
Cincinnati: 9-7.

Just a gut and a hunch that Baltimore will experience some sort of collapse. Cincy twice, San Fran and then San Diego, not to mention Cleveland always playing them tough regardless.
I think if baltimore loses this weekend, they will have a collapse. the letdown against seattle, then dropping one to the bengals at home, with all those attitudes they have on that team, someone's gonna snap.

at this point we should hope the pats slip in 1-2 games. I don't like the idea of going to gilette stadium in the postseason.

13-3 is possible if we stay hot. The more I look at that SF team, I don't think they match up well against us. Our boys can pull off that win if the travel cross country doesn't get to them. Our biggest risk to lose another game is probably the bengals at home IMO
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Default Re: Will 11-5 make the playoffs?

I don't think we lose again, quite honestly. Maybe Cleveland if it's meaningless by then. We beat the Bengals in Cincy, which was the "hard" one, next one should be easier, to say the least. San Fran... I'm not a believer yet. I know that sounds weird given their record, but I will be shocked if they are still a one-loss team when we meet.

Baltimore has had difficulties beating any team not based in Pittsburgh, and Flacco's too stupid to figure out 4-3 defenses, and he has three decent ones coming up: Cincy twice and San Fran. They could conceivably miss the playoffs, and then we'd get to watch the glorious spectacle of Harbaugh blaming everyone else for it. That will be nice.
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I don't think we lose again, quite honestly. Maybe Cleveland if it's meaningless by then. We beat the Bengals in Cincy, which was the "hard" one, next one should be easier, to say the least. San Fran... I'm not a believer yet. I know that sounds weird given their record, but I will be shocked if they are still a one-loss team when we meet.

Baltimore has had difficulties beating any team not based in Pittsburgh, and Flacco's too stupid to figure out 4-3 defenses, and he has three decent ones coming up: Cincy twice and San Fran. They could conceivably miss the playoffs, and then we'd get to watch the glorious spectacle of Harbaugh blaming everyone else for it. That will be nice.

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Watch sound FX tonight, Ben says were the team to beat......Im glad he's confident and he should be!
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