It's been a rather interesting week of football talk among the Water Cooler Quarterbacks. It was a week in the NFL which brought no real surprises. Well, with the possible exception of the Browns beating the Bengals on Cincinnati's home turf. And, perhaps, with the red hot Steelers managing to play down to their competition by falling to the Jets.
NFL Picks: The Broncos will be #1 again
It's Week 11 in the NFL which means that picking the winners and losers of every game simply can't wait any longer. I will give a bonus "confidence" ranking at the end, so keep reading.
So, much of our discussion centered around college football. We have a Stanford fan, a TCU fan and two Notre Dame fans in the group. The Irish fans were not pleased to see their team not only fall to Arizona State, but get royally drubbed by the Sun Devils. Our Stanford fan is taking consolation in the fact that his teams mediocre showing means he will be able to get good seats for a reasonable price when he makes his annual foray north to watch them. Your's truly, here, is the TCU fan in the group and has been thrilled to see how they're doing and that they were ranked 4th (at least for this week) by the College Football Playoff Committee. If you ask nicely, I might even share why I believe TCU's ranking above the next three contenders (Baylor, Alabama, Arizona State) is currently deserved.
In any event, you came here to read about the NFL and not college ball. With that in mind, and with the fact that it was a relatively uneventful week in the NFL, we thought we'd share a brief blurb on each of the teams that are avidly followed by the members of the Water Cooler Quarterbacks (presented in no particular order)
Kansas City Chiefs, 6-3-0, 2nd in AFC West, currently 5th seed in the AFC
Chiefs fans should be feeling good about their team. The Chiefs are playing solid ball and have now won four straight games. Most of our group are predicting that Kansas City will go 6-1 in their remaining games to finish with a 12-4-0 record, a 2nd place finish in the AFC West and will hold on to that #5 seed.
Cleveland Browns, 6-3-0, 1st in the AFC North, currently 4th seed in the AFC
Yes, we DO have a Browns fan in the group. Cleveland is the surprise team of the 2014 season for our group. They have now won three straight games, including an upset win in Cincinnati. Despite that, most of the group thinks that the Browns will go 5-2 in their remaining games to finish with an 11-5-0 record, a 2nd place finish in the AFC North and will drop from the #4 seed to the #6.
Miami Dolphins, 5-4-0, 3rd in the AFC East, not currently seeded
Our Miami fan says that "Hope springs eternal." The Dolphins have won three of their last four games but most of our group is thinking that they will go 4-3 in their final games to finish with a 9-7-0 record, a 3rd place finish in the AFC East and will just miss out on the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys, 7-3-0, 2nd in the NFC East, currently 5th seed in the NFC
Strangely enough, it is our Cowboys fan who is having trouble believing in his team. The Cowboys won their last outing but have dropped two of their last three after a 6-1 start to the season. Despite this, most of the group (sans our Cowboys fan) believe that Dallas will go 4-2 in their remaining games for an 11-5-0 finish, a 2nd place finish in the NFC East and a playoff berth as the #5 seed.
San Diego, 5-4-0, 3rd in the AFC West, not currently seeded
Most of us are fearing that San Diego is in the process of imploding for the 2014 season, though we are willing to wait to see what the Chargers do coming out of their bye week. They started with an impressive 5-1 run but have lost three straight games since then. We're thinking that the Chargers will go 4-3 in their remaining games for a 9-7-0 finish, a 3rd place finish in the AFC West and will just miss the playoffs.
Denver, 7-2-0, 1st in AFC West, 2nd seed in the AFC
Most of the Water Cooler Quarterbacks have become closet Broncos fans. They have been impressed by the fact that this Broncos team appears to be a more complete than the 2013 version. Denver has won five of its last six games and the group believes that they will close out the season with a 6-1 run to finish with a 13-3-0 record, a 1st place finish in the AFC West and will lock up the #2 seed.
San Francisco, 5-4-0, 3rd in the NFC West, not currently seeded
Our San Francisco fan is leading the charge to say that the 49ers are done for 2014. They won their last game but have lost two of their last three and their remaining schedule does not look easy. We predicting that San Francisco will go 4-3 to finish with a 9-7-0 record, a 3rd place finish in the NFC West and will miss the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers, 6-4-0, 3rd in the AFC North, not currently seeded
We were starting to think that the Steelers were on the upswing, but then came the crash and burn versus the Jets. Now we don't know what to think. On the upside, Pittsburgh has won three of their last four games. We suspect that the Steelers will manage a 5-1 run to finish with an 11-5-0 record, manage to steal 1st place in the AFC North from the Browns and sneak into the playoffs as the #4 seed.
Feel free to add your playoff predictions in the comments section and have a great week of football.