duus Posted December 10, 2005 Report Share Posted December 10, 2005 OK, I know that every game is critical this time of the year, and that anything can happen on a given Sunday, etc. No doubt about that.But looking at the contenders for the AFC playoffs, and eliminating games that I think are at least a 90% chance the 'obvious team' will win/lose, I come up with the following records, with deciding games making up the difference for each team, respectively (I'm leaving out the Colts because it almost doesn't matter at this point):Broncos - 12-3 (1 game outcome 'unknown')Bengals - 12-3 (1 game outcome 'unknown')Jaguars - 12-4 (0 game outcomes 'unknown')Chargers - 10-6 (0 game outcomes 'unknown')Chiefs - 9-4 (3 game outcomes 'unknown')Steelers - 10-5 (1 game outcome 'unknown')The 'unknown' outcome games are as follows:Week 14 - Chiefs at CowboysWeek 15 - Broncos at Bills; Chiefs at Giants; Steelers at VikingsWeek 16 - NoneWeek 17 - Bengals at ChiefsOn the surface, the Broncos at Bills and Steelers at Vikings might be able to be eliminated, but I think both of these places are very difficult on the road, so my 'wishful thinking' puts them in the 'unknown' category. (might be very wishful)And there are surely other games not mentioned here that I have put into the 90% probable outcome category that folks will want to dispute (i.e. Bears at Steelers in Week 13; Chargers at Colts in Week 15; Chargers at Chiefs in Week 16; etc.). In any case, that's one fan's thinking as we sit today. So, for me, the Chiefs at Cowboys is the big game in the AFC this week if all you were interested in was 'most critical to playoffs in general'. Week 15 has the biggest matchups that I think will separate everyone. Then, after the Broncos play on the last Saturday of the season (December 31), the Bengals at Chiefs on January 1 will be the final biggest game of the year, probably deciding who goes home (hopefully Steelers) and who plays on (anyone else).One fans opinion. A bit confusing, but interesting to look at nonetheless. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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