Originally Posted by jamo
These were my playoff picks before the season started:
1. Denver Broncos 13-3
2. New England Patriots 12-4
3. Houston Texans 11-5
4. Cincinnati Bengals 10-6
5. Kansas City Chiefs 9-7
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8
1. Seattle Seahawks 13-3
2. San Francisco 49ers 13-3
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5
4. Chicago Bears 10-6
5. Green Bay Packers 10-6
6. New York Giants 8-8
So the Bucs pick isn't looking too hot.
Patriots sucked yesterday for the most part. Defense was okay - one TD was on that Ridley fumble return and another was after a turnover that left the Bills only a few yards from the end zone, and the Bills took advantage of the Pats basically playing prevent defense with just a few seconds to go in the first half. Other than that, the Bills only had one big, sustained drive that led to a TD. But they looked sloppy.
Dennard looked good, but he's in legal trouble, and could face jail time. That would force Kyle Arrington (who is actually pretty darn good as a nickel CB, but sucks on the outside) to matchup against a WR1 or WR2, which is scary.
I thought during the preseason that the Bills had a chance to be pretty good (I picked them at 7-9, and thought that the over was more likely than under), and I really liked EJ Manuel.
On the other hand, the Pats' offense was brutal. Ridley deserved his benching, and although Vereen was awesome, he's going to be out a month. Sudfeld pulled a hamstring at some point, but it's not like he was doing anything anyway. Thompkins was brutal.
I'm still amazed that Brandon Lloyd is a free agent. I know he had fewer YAC last year than I did, but they had Thompkins run almost Lloyd's exact role in the offense from last season, and he just couldn't make the same catches. Amendola looks great if he can stay on the field.
And I swear to Tebow if meenman comments on this with anything vaguely spygate- or Hernandez-related, I'll delete it in less time than Brandon Spikes was on the field before being taken off with dehydration (about 10 minutes).