NFL Trends: A Super Bowl XLVIII re-match?

Seattle can survive and flourish despite Jimmy Graham's injury
Seattle can survive and flourish despite Jimmy Graham's injury

The Denver bandwagon Neil Monnery has been on is being dragged back into public view and his love/hate/despair relationship with Seattle is currently listed as 'love'...

"Trending up with a rocket in their behind are Seattle. I picked them to win it all in the pre-season picks and have spent most of the season so far slapping myself with a rainbow trout. But Russell Wilson is starting to play out of his mind, Thomas Rawls is real good, the receivers are getting open and that defense is still going to be good."

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Denver Broncos

I forgot why I fell in love with Denver early in the season, but I remember now - that suffocating defense. They had a couple of iffy weeks but that coincided with injuries and suspensions on that side of the ball. On Sunday they kept a very good quarterback to three points and coupled with other results, the AFC might have to go through Mile High in January. I'm still not on the Brock Osweiler bandwagon. If Peyton had performed so poorly and led his team to only one touchdown drive against a poor defense in perfect conditions, then everyone would be saying Denver won in spite of his poor outing, with Brock they are saying he's a winner and led them to victory. Yet it might not matter as Denver's D is just that good.

Next up: home v Oakland


Seattle Seahawks

Trending up with a rocket in their behind are Seattle. I picked them to win it all in the pre-season picks and have spent most of the season so far slapping myself with a rainbow trout. But Russell Wilson is starting to play out of his mind, Thomas Rawls is real good, the receivers are getting open and that defense is still going to be good. At 10.09/1 to win the Super Bowl they might be a tad short but they will be the most dangerous wildcard team we've seen in a while. If the season ended today they would travel to Green Bay on wildcard weekend, sign me up!

Next up: @ Baltimore


Kansas City Chiefs

This is a simple case of looking at the schedule. They finish the season with home matches against San Diego, Cleveland, Oakland with a trip to Baltimore in between. They have won six on the spin and will be heavily favoured to win all four games left. They should finish 11-5 or 10-6 and travel to the winner of the AFC South on wildcard weekend, they might just be favoured in that game too.

Next up (for Washington): home v San Diego


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New England Patriots

I still like New England as the best team in the NFL when everyone is healthy, which they are expected to be for the play-offs. The issue is they aren't healthy now and they are facing the very real possibility of not having any home field advantage and playing on wildcard weekend. They can lose games between now and January and if the road to the Super Bowl goes through both Cincinnati and Denver then I would up the level of concern to 'mild'.

Next up: @ Houston


Detroit Lions

People were starting to say they could make a run at the NFC wildcard spots. They had the Green Bay Packers beaten. An iffy face mask penalty and a 62 yard Hail Mary pass later and they lost in the most Detroit of fashions in front of a national audience. Oh Detroit...

Next up: @ St. Louis


Chicago Bears

Let me get this straight, at home to the feeble San Francisco 49ers, they let Blaine Gabbert of all people come in and lead the visitors to a late game-tying touchdown and then decided playing defense in overtime was optional. They are big favourites in early trading on the exchange to beat Washington this week, I think that is crazy. I don't think anyone in the NFC East is any good but Chicago look like a team willing the season to end.

Next up: home v Washington


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