Re: First-Round Bye...
posted at 11/22/2009 10:02 PM EST
In Response to Re: First-Round Bye...
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: First-Round Bye... : Z, does it slide to victory or does division schedule come into play? The rules don't have a specific application to seeding, so I am looking at the WC three team rules which would make it based on strength of victory as you indicate. But ESPN seems to have it based on Division record which actually falls in line with SOV. Of course, NFL.com hasn't even updated the Pats and SD wins and Cincy losses yet.
Posted by EnochRoot[/QUOTE]
Divisional records are only counted as tiebreakers in divisional ties. As this is a seeding procedure they use the three team wild card tie-breakers.
Essentially, NE needs Cincy and
SD to drop a game, and they need to win out. NE really scr3w3d the pooch last week losing a game they essentially dominated for 3.5 quarters.
But their bed is made.
Here is the good news:
NE's toughest remaining game is against an NFC opponent.
Cincy and Denver play each other, which means ONE conference loss is automatic, or in the case of the improbable, a sweet tie would do the trick.
Cincy also has to play the Vikings in Minny, which very well could be a loss.
SD has to play in Dallas and in Tennesse against a team that a.) runs well and b.) is getting red hot. Hence, there is ample chance for either team to drop two contests.
Even if NE coughs it up in the Big Easy, they can win out, and with a very tiny bit of luck will secure a first round bye, and at least one game at Gillette.
NE does not have an easy schedule down the stretch, with essentially five out of six being what I would consider quality opponents, and four out of six being on the road.
But then, having road games this late in the season down south probably helps NE as they can continue to deploy their wide open passing game later into the season than they typically enjoy.