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Bengals 10 @ Texans 31
Final
Sat, 1/7/12 3:30pm
7 Picks - 41% 10 Picks - 59%
Texans
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Texans
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Bengals
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Lions 28 @ Saints 45
Final
Sat, 1/7/12 7:00pm
2 Picks - 12% 15 Picks - 88%
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Falcons 2 @ Giants 24
Final
Sun, 1/8/12 12:00pm
7 Picks - 39% 11 Picks - 61%
Falcons
Falcons
Giants
Giants
Falcons
Falcons
Giants
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Steelers 23 @ Broncos 29
final overtime
Sun, 1/8/12 3:30pm
17 Picks - 94% 1 Pick - 6%
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Week Record2 - 2
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Season Record162 - 98
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Scotttime Record991 - 603
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No-Pack-Vike Record2517 - 1476
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Lifetime Record1668 - 993
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Week:1 - 3
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Bengals 10 @ Texans 31

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The "remember these are teams?" Bowl
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Really torn, but I think the Texans finished like 0-3 to close out the season, Bengals for the win!
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What a weird game this is. Texans aren't the same team today that earned the number three seed in the AFC. Now their third string quarterback is hurt but playing in this game. Meanwhile, the Bengals have a quarterback with the flu who will probably end up playing, I assume. The teams played a few weeks ago in Cincinnati and the Texans won by one point. They do have Andre Johnson back, but will there be anyone to get him the ball? The Texans still have a really good defense and a really good running game, but they still need to put up points to win and Cincinnati handles the run pretty well. For some reason, I just don't want to pick the Bengals. But at the same time, I'm really questioning the Texans.

Lions 28 @ Saints 45

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This isn't even going to be close.
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Jon
Drew Brees! Ah, it never gets old.

Falcons 2 @ Giants 24

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Falcons haven't beaten a decent team all year, and I've heard the Giants are on the rise.
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Uh, these two teams are incapable of inspiring any confidence in their abilities. I was pretty much set to pick the Giants. I'm really not high on the Falcons at all. Both teams have actually acquired most of their losses to good, or at least decent, teams this season. But shouldn't they have been able to win a few more of those games? Falcons are a much better home team, but it turns out the Giants aren't all that good at home. So a matchup in NJ is interesting. Eli Manning could break out for a huge game, but the Falcons have actually been getting to the quarterback lately. The Giants defense might give Matt Ryan some problems too. I think the key will be the Falcons' running game. The Giants have been shaky against the run this year, so I'd stick to the ground a lot if I were calling the plays for the Falcons. By the way, how cool would that be if I somehow got to call the plays for this game? I'm picking the Falcons, but with very little confidence.

Steelers 23 @ Broncos 29

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Jeremy
I forget who quarterbacks the Broncos.
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Oh Tebow, I wish it would happen, I truly do.
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This one seems like the easiest one to pick. But now it looks like Pouncey is out and Roethlisberger is going to play but is as questionable as ever in terms of what he can do. The Steelers have a really good defense, but does Tebow fit the mold enough to say that will translate to this game? I'm going to assume that the defense will be fine, but wonder what the Steelers' offense will actually look like in this one.
scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
01/03/2012 @ 12:28:17 PM
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Only 4 QBs have ever done it (Brees has done it twice), and 3 of those did it this season. The Lions-Saints game will be the first matchup in NFL history featuring two 5,000 yard passers.
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Scott perfected this at 01/03/2012 12:34:01 pm
scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
01/03/2012 @ 02:15:55 PM
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The last time the Bengals won a playoff game was 1991. The Texans have never been to the playoffs, and thus have never won a playoff game. Something is about to happen that hasn't happened for a very long time.

(when I find something interesting and unique about the other two games, I will post them as well.)
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Scott screwed with this at 01/03/2012 2:16:28 pm
scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
01/03/2012 @ 02:34:54 PM
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The Broncos started the season 1-4 and ended it 0-3, and are hosting the Steelers, who won 10 of their last 12 games.
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scott.jpgScott - Resident Tech Support
01/03/2012 @ 02:44:52 PM
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This isn't about a team playing this week, but I read this somewhere and of course I believe it.

No team ranked last in the league in yards allowed has ever made the playoffs. Only 4 teams that ranked 2nd to last in the league in yards allowed have ever made the playoffs. The Packers ranked last in yards allowed, finished 15-1, and are the number one seed in the NFC. The Patriots ranked 2nd to last in yards allowed, finished 13-3, and are the number one seed in the AFC.
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scott.jpgScott - If you aren't enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.
01/03/2012 @ 02:49:02 PM
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Home Field Advantage? The New York Giants finished the season 4-4 at home. The Atlanta Falcons finished the season 4-4 on the road. The Falcons play at the Giants this weekend.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
01/03/2012 @ 02:52:02 PM
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There, now you know all you need to know about all of this weekend's games, plus a bonus tidbit about 2 other playoff teams.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
01/03/2012 @ 07:03:40 PM
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I posted this on facebook a few months ago, but I'm not sure if I posted it on NutCan.

During a 16 game stretch that spanned the last 10 games of 1995 and the first 6 games of 1996, Brett favre threw 49tds, 7ints, and 4243 yards. Including the Super Bowl, in his Last 16 games, Rodgers has thrown 48 touchdowns, 6 ints, and 4947 yards. Their statistics are fairly similar up to this point in their careers, but before Rodgers can be called the best QB ever (by which I mean the best qb in Green Bay history), he needs to play a few more years at a similar level. Although, another Super Bowl or two might help escalate that title.
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Scott perfected this at 01/03/2012 7:03:58 pm
l_ad719f619e5ad7f4b593814445bf63ec.jpgRUFiO1984 - 219 Posts
01/04/2012 @ 07:11:30 AM
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"Sarah
This isn't even going to be close."

So what you are saying is the Lions have a chance!!!! WOOHOO!!!
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l_ad719f619e5ad7f4b593814445bf63ec.jpgRUFiO1984 - Go Lions!!!
01/04/2012 @ 07:51:53 AM
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Scott,
Florio must be reading your posts...

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/04/saturdays-playoff-games-will-make-history-in-two-ways/
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
01/04/2012 @ 08:25:02 AM
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Why wouldn't all football analysts be reading my posts.
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sarah.jpgSarah - 4091 Posts
01/04/2012 @ 06:03:44 PM
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RUFiO1984 Wrote - Today @ 07:11:30 AM
"Sarah
This isn't even going to be close."

So what you are saying is the Lions have a chance!!!! WOOHOO!!!


Sure... whatever lets you sleep at night. It could actually be close, but I doubt the Saints are sitting all their awesome players.
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scott.jpgScott - If you aren't enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.
01/05/2012 @ 09:22:50 AM
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2011 NFL Season By The Number
I found this partiularly stunning:
22.2 -- Points per game scored by the average NFL team in 2011 (teams averaged 34 passes, 27 rushes).

23.1 -- Points per game scored by the average NFL team in 1965 (teams averaged 28 passes, 31 rushes).

23.2 -- Points per game scored by the average NFL team in the leather-helmet season of 1948, a record (teams averaged 26 passes, 38 rushes).


For all the talk about offense, scoring apparently hasn't actually changed that much. If I'm interpretting this correctly, that is. If I am interpretting it correctly, then the assertion is that scoring hasn't changed, just the manner in which scoring occurs, I suppose.

Also, maybe considering that the highest scoring teams have scored more in recent years, perhaps the discrepency from the best to worst is becoming greater over time.
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jon.jpgJon - infinity + 1 posts
01/06/2012 @ 05:16:34 PM
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Scott Wrote - 01/03/2012 @ 02:15:55 PM
The last time the Bengals won a playoff game was 1991.


For clarification, it was in 1991, but was actually the 1990 season. You know who they beat? The Houston Oilers.

The CITY of Houston's last playoff win was the following season, though it did come at the end of the same calendar year of 1991.

So Houston actually has the more recent playoff victory despite not having an NFL franchise for 5 seasons.

Then again, you could argue that Cincinnati hasn't had an NFL franchise for about two decades, am I right?? Remember to tip your waitress.
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sarah.jpgSarah - 4091 Posts
01/08/2012 @ 07:12:41 PM
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TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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scott.jpgScott - Ma'am, can you make sure your computer is turned on?
01/09/2012 @ 02:11:21 PM
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Umm, it's almost been 24 hours since Tebow Mania shattered Twitter, and we still can't make picks for next week's games! Clearly an anti-Tebow conspiracy, and if it was any other player to have won last night's game, next weeks picks would have been up right away. NUTCAN BIAS!!!emoticon
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