PDA

View Full Version : First Look at the AFC



Oviedo
09-07-2008, 08:48 PM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games
2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8
3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson
4. Beginning of the end for the Pats
5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB
6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road

NKySteeler
09-07-2008, 08:59 PM
1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games

... One game does not a season make..... Just my opinion.

AkronSteel
09-07-2008, 09:08 PM
1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games

... One game does not a season make..... Just my opinion.

:Agree , but if the Steelers go into Cleveland and smack the Clowns next week the division may be over already! I don't see enough talent in the division besides the Steelers. I think the divsion is wrapped up in Baltimore in December.

buckeyehoppy
09-07-2008, 09:41 PM
1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games

... One game does not a season make..... Just my opinion.

:Agree , but if the Steelers go into Cleveland and smack the Clowns next week the division may be over already! I don't see enough talent in the division besides the Steelers. I think the divsion is wrapped up in Baltimore in December.

The Steelers simply need to play their game against the Clowns.

When I say their game, what I mean is that the Steelers need to do the following:

They must control the tempo of the game on both sides of the ball. Be misers with the ball on O and hawk for it on D. In short, couple long drives on O with fast D series.

Ben should be at least as efficient as he was this week. I don't necessarily think he'll need to throw a zillion times, but he should find his spots if he must.

FWP will gain over 100 yards against the Clowns both times they face off, assuming no injuries and how much the team will need him for the last game. The fact that he'll gain 100 will be a help in and of itself.

Precision is key on O and they don't need to be monkeying around with a lot of long, drawn out plays. That will feed right into the Clowns hands.

The D needs to swamp the Clowns with a variety of stunts and looks right out of the box. I suspect the Clowns will be looking to make a statement early, so punching their OL in the mouth off the first play is necessary and repeating that 'til they get the message would help.

The secondary doesn't need to do a lot of blitzing and it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep Troy at home to patrol the middle.

The Clowns will be looking to do something fast. The way the LB corps plays will tell a lot of the story in the early portion of the game. I suspect that they will impose their will and control what the Clowns will be doing for the balance of the game.

Chadman
09-07-2008, 10:31 PM
As Chadman has mentioned before in the past- the REAL competition to the Steelers is the Ravens- and they will only go as far as their defence takes them.

The Browns can't put two good games together, let alone 2 seasons & the Bengals are on the downward spiral that won't end until they change the way they do business.

Steelers might have a tough road ahead, but they are still the best team in this division.

Iron Shiek
09-07-2008, 10:32 PM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games
2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8
3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson
4. Beginning of the end for the Pats
5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB
6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road


I'm right there with you on the Jags. Go to the Division Winners prediction thread for my thoughts. Synopsis: They got a lot of off field issues that are clouding that team and they aren't as good as people think. Lack of any meaningful WR will hurt and Garrard isn't this wonderboy everyone thinks he is. I can't believe people pick them to go to Super Bowl. That is odd. I don't even have them making the playoffs. Say what you will about Vince Young, but people overlook the Titans. I think that is a better team (I know they don't have WR's either).

papillon
09-07-2008, 10:41 PM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games
2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8
3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson
4. Beginning of the end for the Pats
5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB
6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road

7. The Ravens will only be as successful as their defense.
8. Don't count the good teams out after 1 week!

Pappy

Iron Shiek
09-07-2008, 10:47 PM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games
2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8
3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson
4. Beginning of the end for the Pats
5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB
6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road

7. The Ravens will only be as successful as their defense.
8. Don't count the good teams out after 1 week!



Pappy


No kidding on number 8. Look at the Chargers last year. They were like 1-4 and then never looked back. But they choked in the p-offs like usual....

Jom112
09-07-2008, 11:06 PM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games


Sounds about right.



2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8


Our defense wasn't the problem today. Although it definitely still has issues.



3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson


I wasn't to fond of Carson's Drew Bledsole impersonation today but it still only week one.



4. Beginning of the end for the Pats


Something tells me they will still find* a way to win a decent amount of games but they done in terms of winning the SB this season.



5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB


You take away the run and Garrad will look bad. If the Jags can get the running game going Garrad will do fine.



6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road

I'm not sold on the Titans yet...

BIG FAN
09-08-2008, 01:48 AM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games
2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8
3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson
4. Beginning of the end for the Pats
5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB
6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road

7. The Ravens will only be as successful as their defense.
8. Don't count the good teams out after 1 week!

Pappy

Gotta go with you here Pappy.
Lot of football to go.
While I would be loathe to piz on a victory parade, I think there are some teams out there besides our beloved Steelers that just might have got a chip put in thier mouth today that they may wear on the shoulder next week.
The stains might just be one of them, but we will dismantle the "darlings" if we play like we did today.

Oviedo
09-08-2008, 08:50 AM
Well week 1 is over and it is early, but looks like the following predictions are going to hold true:

1. Steelers win the AFC North by at least 2 games
2. Browns and Bumgals both suck on defense and will struggle to be 8-8
3. Carson Palmer is probably the second most over rated QB in the NFL right behind Derek Anderson
4. Beginning of the end for the Pats
5. As I predicted, the Jags are finding out they really don't have a QB
6. Titans will be tough to beat on the road

7. The Ravens will only be as successful as their defense.
8. Don't count the good teams out after 1 week!

Pappy

Gotta go with you here Pappy.
Lot of football to go.
While I would be loathe to piz on a victory parade, I think there are some teams out there besides our beloved Steelers that just might have got a chip put in thier mouth today that they may wear on the shoulder next week.
The stains might just be one of them, but we will dismantle the "darlings" if we play like we did today.

I agree lots more to go, but teams rarely reinvent thenselves as the season goes on. What we saw this week show the essence of what some of these teams really are. The Steelers will hit bumps along the road--I actually predict this week in Cleveland may be one.

As long as we stay healthy I think we can put a good run together to 11-5 or 10-6.

Anyone else sick of ESPN treating Brady's injury like the president got assasinated. or a repeat of 9-11 I thought Berman was going to start to cry in the post-game show.