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So I want to talk a little bit about the FC playoff picture because me and Kurt ah hah Mr Talked about it on the first episode of the NFL on rap pop.
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Um, and we talked about the FC playoff picture a little bit in depth, and it's got me think, because this week is incredibly important, especially for one division in particular.
North, because when you look at the upcoming schedule for each team, who's kind of in the mix, obviously bottom or top division right now they're sitting at five and to Pittsburgh at three and four right now.
Cleveland not doing too well at two and five, Um, the Ravens started tough stretch of games today.
They go, obviously, the host New England tonight.
I think they lose that game.
That takes him down to five and three.
I picked the Steelers to win today against Indianapolis at home, so that takes Pittsburgh to four and four, so that keeps them in game and 1/2 behind Baltimore because Baltimore did beat Pittsburgh earlier in the year in overtime.
So you look at the rest of the Ravens scheduled a t least their next, um, this next stretch it.
They have kind of their marquee games.
They have New England tonight.
Then they get kind of a pass against Cincinnati, although those games having competitive, um, in recent years.
So don't roll out Cincinnati to kind of play spoiler for Baltimore that then they have Houston.
They go on the road against the Rams.
They host the 40 Niners.
They traveled to Buffalo, go to Cleveland and then at home for Pittsburgh.
There's about remaining marquee games.
You look at the rest of scattered for Baltimore.
I think that they lose tonight.
That's five and three.
I'm gonna give them win against the Bangles just cause the bangles been bad.
So it's a six and three.
I think they lose to Houston six and four.
I think they lose to the Rams six and five.
I'm gonna take the 40 Niners to beat him. *** and ***.
I might give them a win against Buffalo just cause I think overall.
Um, I thought that I don't believe in the Bills.
I just think that the offense for the Ravens is more dynamic than the Bills.
So I think I'll put them at seven and six over Buffalo.
But then at Cleveland, I think the Browns are gonna be rolling at that point.
They already stopped him once this year on the road.
I'm gonna give the Browns that win.
So we'll say seven and seven.
And then I believe they play still play the Jets.
I haven't let me find that other game in Baltimore schedule, because that will bother me, and I want to make sure I do this as clearly as I possibly can.
But I think Pittsburgh will also give them loss because I think they're gonna split that syriza's.
Well, um, Pittsburgh should have won that first game if you remember, Um, and over time they differed.
Got a quick three and out of Baltimore, got the ball back, and then you just missed.
Rooster fumbled the game away, which I'm always gonna be salty about is known Steeler fan.
Um, as I pull up the rest of Baltimore schedule, stick with me here, folks.
But as of right now, we've got him at eight and seven, depending on who that remaining game is.
Um, they could be either nine and seven or eight and eight own van How the rest of the schedule goes, Um, again, everyone wants to say I'm a Lamar Jackson hater.
I'm not a limb or Jackson hater.
I'm just Omar Jackson realist on the rial factors.
They against the Adam, completed nine passes.
And yes, he ran all over the place.
But in terms of being an efficient quarterback, I'm not there to say that he is yet.
And yes, that remaining game is against the Jets.
It is home, and I think I'm gonna give them a win there.
So we'll say I'm gonna pick the Rams to finish nine and seven on the year.
But then you look at the rest of Pittsburgh schedule as we pull that up.
Because Pittsburgh schedule is a lot easier than Baltimore schedule is um, when you look at the strength of schedule for them down the stretch? Cleveland is pretty easy as well.
But we look at the rest of Pittsburgh schedule.
They have the Colts today, which I think they went to move him to four on four.
After that, they do host the Rams.
They're gonna lose that game.
So that taking down to four and five, I'll say they go on the road to Cleveland.
I think they're going to split the games of the Browns, so I'll say that they lose on the road.
So it's a four and six.
Then they go to Cincinnati.
I'll say five and six.
That's where they get that win back.
All say six and six for Pittsburgh and then at Arizona.
Now that one is becoming more interesting as time goes on, because the Cardinals look great this past week against the 40 Niners, even though they lost, it was a lot of rookies to it was Kyla.
Murray was Andy Isabella.
Ah, lot of young guys really getting in and making a difference against that daunted 40 Niners defense.
So that game is looking less and less like a Give me for Pittsburgh, so well, see there.
But at six and six, the kind of rolling I might give the edge to Pittsburgh, I just got their defense.
I think it's gonna keep kind of Marine checks will say seven and six hosting Buffalo.
I might go seven and seven.
I think they beat the Jets eight and seven and then Baltimore.
That's gonna be division decider, possibly, and I think that they might lose that game.
I think they'll win that game because I think they'll split.
So I think that both Pittsburgh in Baltimore could very well be nine and seven by the end of the year.
Um, again, depending on these kind of up in the air games, I think that either one of them could finish eight and 89 and seven.
Um, then you look at Cleveland.
Cleveland isn't out of it either, even though they're sitting at two and five.
I talked about the beginning of the year that Cleveland was gonna have a brutal start to their schedule.
But then down the stretch, that second half of the schedule, it is just I'm not gonna see a cakewalk because nothing is a cakewalk in the NFL.
But there's close to a cake was, as you can get.
They start off today against, um, Brandon Allen and the Denver Broncos on the road.
I think that's gonna be, Ah, big coming out party for the Browns.
They're gonna get that big win that they need.
I think it's gonna be a 17 point victory on the road.
That's gonna be something that they need to kind of start this, you know, second half stretch, get them 23 and five.
Right after that, they host the bills again.
It's not that I don't believe in the Bills.
I just think that they're often sings a lot of work in terms of putting up points.
And I'm really done that too well this year.
So I'm gonna give the Browns that one as well, moving to four or five.
I think they beat Pittsburgh at home, five and five.
Then they host the Dolphins that gets into six and five.
And then I think they come down Earth a little bit against the Steelers that both teams will be at six and six at that point.
Then they host the Bangles.
I think seven and six, they also play the Cardinals in Arizona.
I think I put them.
I think the Arizona's gonna be either Cleveland or Pittsburgh, and I think that maybe they could get a winner of the Browns will say seven and seven, maybe for Cleveland.
I think they beat the Ravens again, eight and seven, and then they host Cincinnati.
I'm gay. They go to Cincinnati nine and seven.
So when we talk about this division, we could have three teams finishing between eight and 89 and seven.
This is by no means over for any team right now.
Baltimore has a hard, hard schedule down the stretch again.
They play the rest of the NFC West, where they go to Los Angeles, where they play the host San Francisco.
It's not gonna be an easy game.
They already beat the Cardinals and the Seahawks, but they almost lost you, the Cardinals, who kind of had that late game surgeon, as they've been doing throughout the season.
Um, I don't think the card is gonna be an easy out for the Browns or Steelers.
I think they beat one of them, but you look at the strength of schedule for Cleveland and Pittsburgh compared to Baltimore, I'm gonna believe in the Browns more than Pittsburgh just because I don't believe in Mason Rudolph.
Maybe I don't believe in Mason.
Ralph is the fact that I don't believe in the play calling for Mason.
Look, he didn't play well, are particularly well to start out against Miami.
Threw that interception, Um, early on on the first drive for Pittsburgh, and that kind of put them in a hole.
The Steelers won 14.
Nothing to Miami at one point down in the game.
Obviously, Rudolph turned things on later through the Dutch ambassador.
Jews you threw the touchdown pass to was that I got the other touchdown pass was it was a fiance, Johnson, and might have been beyonc. Johnson.
Um, but I just don't believe in the play calling.
That's given to Mason Rudolph, Randy feeding or not doing too good of a job.
Just let the dude fling it.
And I'm surprised they didn't, um, let him fling it this past week too much against Miami.
You know, if there's any team that you can try to get your young quarterback's confidence up, it's against a team that's lacking, um, a good secondary.
It's a team that's sitting at oh, and seven, and they just didn't really do that too much. Obviously.
Later on in the game, he started getting more of a confidence through two touchdown passes.
Um, so I I like, Mason wrote up.
I just wish that they could give him more freedom in that offense.
I think Devlin Hodges had Wood more comfortable when he played against the Chargers.
I wish they would have kept Duck Hodges, and to be honest with the I love what I saw from Duck, and I really wish that here's to the starting quarterback, so we'll see how Pittsburgh does.
But I think that 889 and seven for Pittsburgh is totally doable right now.
Same thing for Cleveland, though.
I mean, like I said, you look at their schedule.
They start a very good today against Brandon Allen, who has never played in the regular season game for the Broncos.
I think this is where they start.
This is where they put their name on the map.
They start living up to all this hype.
They say, Look, we weren't just talking, we can do this.
I think the wind by at least 17 and then they host Buffalo next week.
That would be a big statement game for them.
Having Josh, Alan and Baker Mayfield to guys who came in the league together.
I think that Baker wants to prove a lot there because, you know, right now he's sitting at six touchdown swell, 12 interceptions.
Josh Alan's team is sitting, what, five and two.
And they're in a wild card spot.
Everyone's kind of saying, Well, maybe the Brown should've gone.
Josh, Alan, Um, I think Baker's gonna want to silence all those critics.
And I think Buffalo gets I'm Cleveland gets a win over Buffalo there, and then they hopes Pittsburgh, which I think they also wins a home game.
We're gonna keep the momentum going.
Gotta put him at six and six following that week when they play Miami.
Um, so after Miami, they should be around six and six or six and five and then six and six after they lose to Pittsburgh on the road at Pittsburgh.
So six and six there and then the bangles.
I don't know if the Bangles are gonna get away, because now they're starting Ryan Finley the best. Andy Dalton.
They didn't trade a J Green that in trade Andy Dalton for anything, so they got nothing at the trade deadline.
They didn't even try to move.
Guys like Gino Atkins or Carlos Dunlap guys who they could have got draft picks for.
There aren't even doing a rebuild right.
They can't tank right.
They suck it winning.
They suck it losing right, too.
So the bangles are just a tire fire in that division right now.
I think there is gonna get steamrolled by everybody.
And like I said, the Cardinals, I'm liking When I say if you saw my tweet, when are losing us? The 40 Niners, they look so much better and they're getting better as time goes on.
Kyla Murray looks comfortable.
Andy Isabella made a play healing, and that was only his third catch, and his third covers an 88 yard touchdown on the season.
So Andy, Isabella, Good Christian Kirk.
I'm a guy who they're trying to take the ring.
They got Kenyon Drake, who looked very good.
Um, I didn't really do anything with the Dolphins this year, and then as soon as he comes over to Arizona and they put him in a good spot in that offense is a good offense for Kenyan drink.
They're playing well defensively.
Obviously their secondary's been pretty bad.
That's something that they need to fix if they wanna play better.
Especially when you got Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
You haven't made too much noise.
But after this stretch, once they get to Arizona on December 15th I think that's where they're gonna have to be worried.
Because Patrick Peterson, he obviously missed the 1st 6 weeks of the season.
And I think that has a lot to do with the fact that their secondary numbers are looking too great.
Um, but he can't cover both at the same time.
But eventually one of these guys and then you look at cream Hunt's gonna be back by that point to go along with Nick Chubb.
You eventually, I think, isn't joking back yet.
I don't think the joke is back yet.
I could be wrong.
If you know if the joke is back yet or when he gets back, Um, but even then they're gonna have a lot of offense.
Um, and a lot of weapons on that offense against Arizona, it's gonna be on the road.
So I think that I'll be making a lot more competitive because Arizona fans love their football, they love their cardinals.
So, um, but this division, man, it's far from over.
You look at the rest of the A F. C playoff picture.
I think the path you're gonna keep rolling their remaining schedule at Baltimore today, next week at Philadelphia could be a good game.
I think eventually they're gonna get snubbed by somebody, and I think it's gonna be at Houston.
Watt Scott, but the thing that the things that the Shawn Watson has done this year, I think he's an M v p candidate.
Um, I don't think he gets enough love going on the road at Houston.
Shawn Watson almost beat the Patriots last year in New England.
Um, so our members two years ago? I don't remember it was it was the New England does not want to play great.
Um, the fact that he's just playing out of his mind this year.
I think that that's where I think that will be a loss for the Patriots.
They also play Dallas.
That would be a home game.
They play the Chiefs that played the bills.
The remaining teams on their schedule are gonna be in the playoff hunt.
So it's not gonna be an easy road for the Patriots.
I think they'll get at least two losses.
I think Philadelphia could be one if they got other weapons.
Just Sean Jackson is getting closer and closer to playing.
I think Houston's gonna be a loss.
I think Dallas could be a loss, depending on how well they run the ball, which will be, obviously, contribute.
How will they pass the ball? I think the chief's once Patrick Holmes gets back.
That's going to be a home game again.
Remember last year, the home game? Ah, the chief's kind of came alive in the second half, gave him a little run for their money but couldn't quite get the job done.
I think the chief's could be a loss on the Bills.
Earlier this year, they almost beat New England, even when they had four interceptions and Matt Barkley was in a quarterback.
And even then they were still in a position to try to win the game on the final drive.
So Buffalo won't be an easy out.
I think the pages have finished around that 13 and three range 14 into Um like I said, I think they will lose to Houston.
I think Philadelphia could be the most likely second loss on that resume.
Another codes currently set atop the A F.
C South at fighting, too.
But the way they've won games, all of them have been way too close.
Each of their games has been decided by less than seven points.
So I think they lose today to the Steelers.
Then you look at the rest of schedule.
Jacksonville been at Houston at New Orleans, Carolina at Jacksonville.
So, like I think that the Colts there gonna be a playoff team.
I don't think they're gonna win that division.
I think that the Texans kind of takeover and eventually, um, dethrone them atop the A F C South.
Ah, and then I talked about the A C. North.
I don't know who's gonna win the apes and what I said on the podcast, can I just kind of like a question mark in there for the A C word? Because I think it could be either the Ravens, Browns or Steelers.
Um, if I had a bet right now, I might that Cleveland, just because they have an easy second half schedule, I don't believe in masonry rough enough for the Steelers, even though I love their defense and I think the Baltimore she's gonna get tortured down the stretch when they go to Los Angeles, when they have to play a New England a night when they have to play teams like us, they got on their schedule.
They got San Francisco at Buffalo at Cleveland Steelers again.
I think that that was gonna be too much for them to handle around believing Lamar Jackson enough as a passer.
And I think that that's where it's just gonna become kind of a downward spiral for, um, the Ravens.
So my FC predicted playoff picture.
As of right now, goes the Patriots at number one.
I'm gonna put the Texans at the two seed just because Patrick Holmes injury.
He's not playing again today.
Get to Minnesota and I think the Vikings win that game, so that'll send the Chiefs down another game on then third, I'm gonna put the Chiefs.
I think once petrol pumps coming back, they're gonna regain.
That division is kind of weak this year and then whoever wins the A C North number four and then I think the coats and bills.
Whatever order you want to put them in, they'll be the wild card teams.
Um, for the A C.
This year, I'm not gonna count out teams like Tennessee.
You go who seem to have new life on that offense with Ryan Tannehill finally a competent passer in the offense that Marcus Mariota never was.
I'm not gonna count out Jacksonville.
I just think that as a very slim chance that getting you look of the rest of their schedule Houston at Indianapolis at Tennessee, the Chargers at Oakland at Atlanta, Indianapolis.
So that's not gonna be easy.
Stretch for the carbon are sorry for the Jack, the Jacksonville Jaguars either.
Um, but I give them slim chance of making the playoffs.
I think it's gonna be the Bills, and Colt is the wild card teams.
And then whoever wins the A C North, there's not another team.
So it's on one team race so far for the all racing for the division title, because if they don't win the division in the icy north, I'm not getting it.
Unless something catastrophic happens to the Bills and or colts, then that'll free up some space.
I'm not giving up on the Chargers quite yet, either.
I think they'll be in the mix as well.
Um, down the stretch, I think they've beat Green.
Beat Green Bay today at home.
So we'll see how that works out there.
Missing German James, obviously, but ah.
Yet as of right now, Patriots, Texans Chiefs, winner of the A C North Bills Colds will be my playoff teams in the A f. C.
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