The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

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    The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

    Post by lilgame on October 25th 2011, 7:11 am

    XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition


    Every season, teams battle for six chances in each conference to get to one goal...a shot at reaching the XML Bowl. Six XML Champions have been crowned, and a seventh is only weeks away from being the next. With the season winding down, its time to break down the playoff picture and show what each team can do to clinch a playoff spot, and a chance at getting to the 7th XML Bowl. This thread will cover the AFC side of the XML. Click the link at the bottom to see the NFC Playoff Picture.

    x - Clinched playoff
    y - Clinched Wild Card
    z - Clinched Division
    * - Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage


    AFC Division Leaders (W-L-T, Conference Record, Division Record)
    1.) New England Patriots (10-2, 8-1, 4-0)
    2.) Tennessee Titans (10-2, 7-2, 3-0)
    3.) San Diego Chargers (9-3, 7-2, 5-0)
    4.) Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1, 6-3-1, 2-3)

    AFC Wild Card Leaders
    5.) Houston Texans (9-3, 6-3, 2-2)
    6.) Miami Dolphins (8-4, 5-4, 1-2)

    AFC Teams "In The Hunt"
    7.) Baltimore Ravens (8-4, 4-4, 3-1)
    8.) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6, 5-5, 3-1)
    9.) Denver Broncos (6-6, 4-5, 2-3)
    10.) Oakland Raiders (5-7, 5-5, 2-2)
    11.) Indianapolis Colts (5-7, 3-5, 1-2)

    The AFC, just like in previous seasons of the XML, is very top heavy. Therefore, the playoff picture isn't as foggy as the NFC playoff picture is through Week 14. The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans have been the class of the AFC thus far. The Patriots started off their season 10-0 behind a powerhouse offense led by Tom Brady, and alternating roles from TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. When Gronkowski went down, Hernandez stepped up and is now top 10 in receiving in the league. But they've lost their last two games which has allowed the Dolphins to gain some ground. Things could get interesting if they were to falter a loss to the Redskins or Broncos before their week 16 matchup in Miami. But with 3 of their 4 remaining opponents having a .500 record or worse, the Patriots are likely to wrap this division up soon. From there, they'll have to fight off the Titans and Chargers for homefield advantage.

    The Titans remained quiet early in the season, with all eyes on Houston, Jacksonville, and Indy. But through mid-season, it would be the Titans and the Texans battling for position in the AFC South. In their week 7 matchup, the Titans blew the Texans away with a 34-13 victory, taking sole possession of the division, and they havent let it go since. They do meet again in week 17, which could be interesting should both teams continue their winning ways through the remainder of the season. That should be easy for the Titans, with their other 3 opponents having a .500 record or less. But two of those opponents are the Jags and Colts, who are hungry to play spoiler for their division rivals.

    The San Diego Chargers started their season off 1-3, and many thought that it was going to be over. But since that 1-3 start, the Chargers have won 8 straight to claim the title as the hottest team in the league. It would appear they are going to be able to run away with their division, with their spectacular division record. But they'll have to win at least one more game to officially clinch the West. They'll look to do that in Week 14 against the 2-10 Buffalo Bills. Three of their last four opponents have a losing record.

    The Cincinnati Bengals are a team in flux right now. They started their season off 7-0-1, but have since lost their owner and now have dropped 3 of their last 4. Though they hope to find new ownership soon, the Baltimore Ravens caught a lot of ground on them. Their tie with the Jaguars is helping them stay in front for now. They'll meet with the Texans in Week 14.

    The Texans started off 6-0 and were praised by many as being apart of the AFCs elite. But since their loss to their division rival Tennessee Titans, they haven't won two games in a row, leaving them at a 9-3 record. They still have a chance to keep up with the Titans, which could lead to a week 17 showdown for the division title. But 3 of their last 4 opponents have winning records (Bengals, Panthers, Titans), and their other opponent is a revenge ridden Colts team, looking for payback from their Week 1 meeting that resulted in a 55-35 thumping for Houston. With that tough of a schedule, it could be tough for the Texans to even keep up in the wild-card race, let alone their division title race.

    The Dolphins, like the Chargers, got off to an extremely slow start. Drew Brees and the offense were not clicking through the first seven weeks. But in their last six games, they are 6-0, giving them a 8-4 record. Mark Ingram has been the staple of the offense, allowing Drew Brees to work at a much better pace. They gained big time ground on the Patriots and could put them on for a scare if they are to continue their winning ways, but it'll be tough as they face the Eagles, and then have rematches with all three of their division rivals.

    The Ravens are yet another team that has made a big time turnaround. They lost four of their first six, but since have won six straight, also bringing them to a 8-4 record. With the Bengals struggling to find ownership, the Ravens are primed to take over the division lead. But their final four opponents won't make it easy for them. The Colts, Chargers, and Browns should all be able to put up a fight with them, before their week 17 matchup with the current division leading Bengals. It will be interesting to see how things shake up by then.

    The Steelers, Broncos, Colts, and Raiders are all alive in their division races. But wins by their division leaders over the next couple of weeks could knock all four of them out by the end of Week 15.

    The Bills, Jets, Jaguars, Chiefs, and Browns have all been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011.




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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

    Post by Soopershake95 on October 25th 2011, 12:43 pm

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    SUCK FOR LUCK campaign in full effect

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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

    Post by indo501 on October 25th 2011, 7:09 pm

    awesome write up
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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

    Post by lilgame on October 28th 2011, 6:49 pm

    XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition


    WEEK 15 UPDATE

    x - Clinched playoff
    y - Clinched Wild Card
    z - Clinched Division
    * - Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage


    AFC Division Leaders (W-L-T, Conference Record, Division Record)
    1.) New England Patriots (11-2, 8-1, 4-0)
    2.) Tennessee Titans (11-2, 7-2, 3-0)
    3.) (z)San Diego Chargers (10-3, 8-2, 5-0)
    4.) Cincinnati Bengals (9-3-1, 7-3-1, 2-3)

    AFC Wild Card Leaders
    5.) Houston Texans (9-4, 6-4, 2-2)
    6.) Miami Dolphins (8-4-1, 5-4, 1-2)

    AFC Teams "In The Hunt"
    7.) Baltimore Ravens (8-5, 4-5, 3-1)
    8.) Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6, 6-5, 4-1)
    9.) Denver Broncos (7-6, 4-5, 2-3)
    10.) Indianapolis Colts (6-7, 4-5, 1-2)

    The Patriots just keep on winning. They handled the Redskins in Week 14 to move to 11-2 on the season. But they have to beware because the Titans and Chargers are breathing down their backs for the number 1 seed. And they have two tough match-ups ahead of them against the Denver Broncos (7-6) and their division rival Miami Dolphins (8-4-1). If they can defeat the Broncos this week in Denver, they can finally clinch the division.

    The Titans rolled through the Saints last week to continue their five game win streak. Now they finish the season up against all of their division rivals. First stop...an angry Colts team in Indy. Followed up by a rematch with the Jaguars, who felt they had a game stolen from them back in week 1. This all sets up a week 17 game in Houston against the Texans. If the Titans don't slip up against the Colts and Jags, they should have the division clinched before their trip to Texas.

    The San Diego Chargers officially claimed the 2011 AFC West Division Title with their Week 14 win over the Buffalo Bills. With the division clinched, and spot in the playoffs secure, they only have one more goal remaining, getting a playoff bye. They'll have to do their part first by getting wins over their next three opponents in the Ravens (8-5), Lions (3-10), and Raiders (5-8). Then they need a little help from the Patriots and Titans opponents, and that goal just might be reachable.

    The Bengals, despite all their ownership issues, continue to win. A win over the Houston Texans last week keeps them ahead of the trailing Baltimore Ravens, who lost in week 14. They face two NFC West teams in the next two weeks who are each still in their division race, before a week 17 showdown with the Ravens. Can the Bengals keep it up?

    What is wrong with the Texans? Since suffering their first loss of the season, the Texans have yet to win back to back games, and its hurting them in the playoff race. Especially considering they have the hardest schedule of all the teams fighting for a wild card spot. If they can get to 10 wins, it should be enough to secure them in one of the two spots. But they'll have to get that 10th win against either the Panthers (10-3), Colts (6-7), or Titans (11-2). The Dolphins and Ravens helped them out with neither of them nabbing a win in their week 14 games.

    The Dolphins are headed to Buffalo to take on a Bills team that has double digit losses. But this could turn out to be your classic trap game if the Fins' let their week 14 tie with the Eagles carry over into this match-up. Tie games are depleting and exhausting, so if any of those effects remain, the Bills could steal one from the Dolphins, officially taking them out of the division race, and leaving them barely hanging on in the wild card race. If they can escape Buffalo, they'll have to head to take on the Patriots in New England, before returning home to finish the season against the Jets. If the Pats were to lose out the remainder of the season, and the Dolphins win out, they could win the division.

    The Ravens were upset by the Colts in Week 14. And that was a setback they did not need in a division race thats getting tighter. The Bengals and Steelers won in Week 14, so they sit right in between both of them in the division race. Now, they face the newly crowned AFC West champions under the lights in San Diego. The Chargers havent lost a game since September. The Ravens will have to hope to be the team to end that streak. If they can do that, they'll finish the season against the Browns and Bengals, hopefully setting up a battle for the division crown in Week 17 in Cincinnati.

    The Steelers had a sluggish season, but they find themselves right in the thick of things with the Ravens, Texans, and Dolphins not getting Week 14 wins. Their match-up with the Niners in Week 15 is going to be a tough one, but if they can pull it out, and the Ravens and Bengals both drop their Week 15 games, things will get extremely interesting. The Steelers swept the Bengals, which would give them the automatic advantage in any tie breakers against them. They split the season series with the Ravens.

    The Broncos seem to finally be finding their gel. And its not too little too late just yet. The only problem is that they'll need a lot of help from opponents of the teams above them. If they defeat the Patriots in Week 15, they have a relatively light schedule remaining against the Bills and Chiefs which could allow them to win out and get to 10-6. But they'll only get a playoff spot if the teams above them start taking a few losses. And if those teams are smart, they won't lose, because the Broncos are the last team that anyone wants to sneak into the playoffs, because they are getting hotter and hotter each week.

    As crazy as it is, the Colts aren't yet dead in the wild card race. If the Colts were to win out, they could finish 9-7. They would have a winning conference record that would likely help them in tie breaker situations, should any of the teams above them falter in the final 3 weeks. But before they can worry about any of that, they have to do their part to keep their hopes alive by winning in Week 15.

    The Bills, Jets, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, and Browns have all been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011.

    Games to Watch in Week 15
    Miami Dolphins (8-4-1) @ Buffalo Bills (2-11)
    Tennessee Titans (11-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (6-7)
    Carolina Panthers (10-3) @ Houston Texans (9-4)
    New England Patriots (11-2) @ Denver Broncos (7-6)
    Baltimore Ravens (8-5) @ San Diego Chargers (10-3)
    Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (5-8)


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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

    Post by indo501 on October 28th 2011, 9:59 pm

    The Chargers are on a mission to get that number 2 seed
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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition

    Post by lilgame on November 3rd 2011, 9:08 pm

    XML 7 Playoff Picture: AFC Edition


    WEEK 17 UPDATE

    x - Clinched playoff
    y - Clinched Wild Card
    z - Clinched Division
    * - Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage


    AFC Division Leaders (W-L-T, Conference Record, Division Record)
    1.) (z)New England Patriots (13-2, 10-1, 5-0)
    2.) (z)Tennessee Titans (13-2, 9-2, 5-0)
    3.) (z)San Diego Chargers (11-4, 8-3, 5-0)
    4.) (x)Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1, 7-3-1, 2-3)

    AFC Wild Card Leaders
    5.) Houston Texans (10-5, 6-5, 2-3)
    6.) Baltimore Ravens (10-5, 6-5, 4-1)

    AFC Teams "In The Hunt"
    7.) Miami Dolphins (9-5-1, 6-5, 2-3)

    The Patriots continue their dominance with a win over the Dolphins. They now get a shot to sweep the division when they play the Bills in Foxborough. With a win or a Titans loss, they will finally clinch the AFCs number 1 seed, forcing the road to the XML Bowl to go through New England in January, which would mean both number 1 seeded cities are cold weather cities and brings the possibility for snowy playoff goodness. With a loss and a Titans win, they'll fall to the 2nd seed.

    The Titans would love to see the Pats slip up against the Bills. If they were to, a win over the Texans this week would not only secure them a sweep of the division, but a number 1 seed, forcing the AFCs road to the XML bowl to go through Nashville Tennessee's LP Field. Regardless of a win or loss though, they are guaranteed a 1st round bye.

    The Chargers have no shot at a first round bye, but still need to win to secure the 3rd seed. A loss and a win by either the Bengals or Ravens would push them to the 4th seed, forcing them to face the 5th seeded wild card team.

    The Bengals lost to the Cardinals last week, and the Ravens defeated the Browns, forcing a one game playoff for the AFC North Division title. With a Bengals win, they will win the AFC North, and can get a 3rd seed with a Chargers loss. With a Bengals loss, The Ravens will win the AFC North. With a Bengals loss, they'll still have a wild-card spot, regardless of what happens to the Texans or Dolphins.

    The Texans had a big time chance to lock a wild card berth once the Dolphins fell to the Patriots. But they failed to get a win against the Colts, and now find themselves in a tough spot. With a loss to the Titans, their only hope to make the playoffs is a Dolphins loss to the Jets. With a win over the Titans, they can lock the 5th seed regardless of what happens with the Dolphins, Bengals, or Ravens.

    The Dolphins also blew a big time chance at locking a wild card spot with their loss to the Pats. Now their only hope is to win, and hope that the Texans or Ravens fail to win their games. If the Dolphins lose, they will be eliminated.

    The Bills, Jets, Colts, Jaguars, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Steelers and Browns have all been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011.

    For the NFC Playoff Picture, click here =>>> http://xml12.forumotion.com/t368-the-2011-12-xml-7-playoff-picture-nfc-edition#1882

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