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  1. So, the 2019 Chiefs...

    This. The narrative that the Pats success is because of their division is so beat to death. (And wrong) Like almost no team in the NFL has a decent record against the Pats. Even the other good AFC teams like the Steelers, Ravens and Colts have really terrible records against Brady/Belichick. I think the 2/5 Pats losses had a lot to do with the head coaches of the Lions and Titans being Belichick disciples. Not saying I think either is going to be a good NFL head coach, but they certainly are familiar with Belichick and that's a big advantage. Chicago game was also on the road btw.
  2. Was Tony Dungy an elite head coach

    It really depends what your definition of elite is. He was a very good HC no doubt. Do I think he belongs in the HOF? Eh. To be fair the only head coach of the last 15-20 years that I think of as elite is Belichick. You can make cases for guys like Reid, Coughlin and maybe even Jim Harbaugh but I can point out obvious holes/flaws in all them. Reid's teams always come up short in the playoffs. Coughlin won championships but he had his fair share of very middling to medicore teams as well, Harbuagh didn't coach in the league that long.
  3. NFC North: Who wins it this year?

    I think it will be. Just because a lot of teams have potential doesn't necessarily mean they will all end up being good. Chances are at least one of the teams you mentioned will have their season derailed by injury or will just be a lot worse than expected. It happens every year. People last year were saying how much of a powerhouse the NFC was supposed to be and the AFC actually ended up being the better conference in terms of head to head record in interconference games and having more teams above .500.
  4. NFC North: Who wins it this year?

    I'll go 1) Packers (11-5-0) 2) Bears (10-6-0) 3) Vikings (8-8-0) 4) Lions (5-11-0) I don't see any of these teams winning more than 11 games because I think they will beat up on each other. All of them are solid, but none are a world beater.
  5. So, the 2019 Chiefs...

    Regression is a realistic possibility for any team. The Patriots are the only team that is the exception to this, but even then with a 42 year old QB you can't rule it out entirely.
  6. Run Game is largely irrelevant

    I think being able to run the ball well is like the equivalent to having a good bullpen in baseball - it will help you maintain leads and win close games. Is it the most important thing in the game? Of course not. I think saying it's irrelevant is hyperbole. It's certainly not irrelevant if you have a 3rd & less than 2 that you need to convert. It's not irrelevant when you have the ball a couple yards from the goal line. It's not irrelevant when you need to run out the clock. It's not irrelevant if you want to dominate the TOP and keep an opposing offense off the field. If you want to argue that teams shouldn't be taking RB's top 5 (Like the Giants) or give them huge money (Like the Rams) that is one thing and I'd probably agree with you. As a Chargers fan I think Gordan probably needs to be the cap casualty in order to resign guys like Bosa/King/Henry. But with that being said, teams shouldn't just start neglecting having a good run game just because the passing game is more important.
  7. I'm not going to lie that I hate that we have to play there early in the season. Miami's stadium is really brutal for visiting teams to play in during day games early in the year when it is hot. The stadium is literally designed so that the home sideline is in the shade and the visiting sideline is in the sun. That and the Chargers haven't won there since like 1981.
  8. Are the 2009 Rams the Worst Team of the SB Era?

    Another team that deserves to be in this conversation is the 1990 Patriots. Scored: 181 Points Allowed: 446 points Point Differential: - 265 Finished 1-15.
  9. They will go 3-13 but will still beat the Pats in Miami.
  10. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    I get that's how you feel, that doesn't make it any less incorrect. Like nobody was picking us to go to the SB from 2011-2017. People may have talked about us as a playoff contender in some of those seasons, but that's a very different matter from being a SB contender. And it's not like most of these teams were talented teams that underperformed either, the Chargers had a serious void in talent towards the end of the AJ Smith/Norv Turner era that carried much into the Tom Tolesco era. That isn't to even mention how terrible of a HC Mike McCoy was. Only in 2017 did you actually begin to see talented Chargers teams again.
  11. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    I mean you realize that Keenum made a throw that was a very high % throw in terms of it being a completion but it ended up being a TD because the DB whiffed on a tackle. That play had nothing to do with Keenum making an amazing throw and everything with a missed tackle. 99% of the time that play would've resulted in the clock running out and the Vikings losing. The Saints this year were just flat out screwed. The game is essentially over if the refs call that pretty blatant PI.
  12. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    The Chiefs go to their first AFC Championship game in 25 years and you act like your franchise is the Patriots. The Chargers were neck and neck with the Chiefs last year and nothing that has happened this offseason suggests that will be any different this year. The Chiefs could easily be among the AFC's elite, or they could miss the playoffs. Same for the Chargers. Nothing about your roster or team is inherently superior to the Chargers.
  13. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    Not sure why people say this. Before 2018 nobody had seriously talked about us as a SB contender since like 2010? - 2017 we were mostly picked to finish last in the division. - 2016: we were mostly picked to finish last. - 2015: we were picked to finish 3rd behind the Chiefs/Broncos - 2012-2014: We were seen as a team that would finish around .500 and maybe steal a wild card. Nobody thought we were beating the Peyton Manning Broncos for the division in any of these seasons. - 2011: We were picked to win an incredibly bad division that ended up being won by the 8-8 Tebow Broncos. I don't think anyone saw us competing with the Ravens/Pats/Steelers for the AFC going into that season. I hear this narrative a lot and it's really annoying because it's flat out wrong. 2018 was the first time in almost a decade that we were being talked about as a team that could contend in the AFC and we ended up going 12-4.
  14. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    Sorry I wasn't aware Rivers gave up 35 points on 5 straight TD drives to the Pats offense to start the game. People act as if Rivers is Andy Dalton who flat out tanks in postseason games. Narratives are always a certain way until they aren't.
  15. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    You realize that Vegas odds are like a horrific predictor of anything right? Look at some of the preseason odds of previous years and see how laughable some of them are. Obviously there are always going to be teams that surprise in both ways, but Vegas odds are made based on how oddsmakers think the public will bet. The general public is not necessarily the smartest when it comes to making predictions.
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