Friday, October 21, 2011

The 49ers are the new Jets

Playoff Predictions, Power Rankings, Week 7 Picks

Under coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have hit their stride and now, at 5-1, have a stranglehold on the NFC West. The way that Harbaugh has turned San Francisco around is a little similar to the formula the New York Jets have used the last two years: smash mouth football. With quarterback Alex Smith, the 49ers are limited with that they could accomplish offensively. Harbaugh has managed what he asks Smith to do and has not allowed him to lose games for the team as he's done so well in the past. The game is placed in the hands of running backs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and the stingy 49er defense. You saw evidence of this in the Philly and Detroit games, when despite trailing they struck to their run game, having faith their defense could keep the game close. Both times they were right, and both times they came back and won the game. The Niners know that they cannot throw the ball around the field and because they know and abide by their limitations, they've been winning. Still, don't think Harbuagh has been able to turn Alex Smith around, if they re-sign him next year they will be in trouble. Until they find a quarterback that will allow them to open up their offense, they won't go far. Just ask the New York Jets.

Playoff Predictions:

In my 2011 pre-season predictions I had New Orleans winning the Super Bowl over New England. With the season almost halfway over, it's time to re-evaluate those predictions.

1. Green Bay Packers (15-1)
2. San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
3. New Orleans Saints (12-4)
4. Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
5. Detroit Lions (11-5)
6. New York Giants (9-7)

Wild Card Round- Saints over Giants, Cowboys over Lions
Divisional- Saints over 49ers, Packers over Cowboys
NFC Championship- Packers over Saints

1. Baltimore Ravens (13-3)
2. New England Patriots (12-4)
3. San Diego Chargers (12-4)
4. Houston Texans (10-6)
5. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)
6. Buffalo Bills (10-6)

Wild Card Round- Chargers over Bills, Bengals over Texans
Divisional- Patriots over Bengals, Ravens over Chargers
AFC Championship- Ravens over Patriots

Super Bowl-

Ravens over Packers

Power Rankings:
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. New Orleans Saints
4. New England Patriots
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. San Diego Chargers
7. New York Giants
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Detroit Lions
11. Oakland Raiders
12. Philadelphia Eagles
13. Tennessee Titans
14. San Francisco 49ers
15. New York Jets
16. Buffalo Bills
17. Houston Texans
18. Atlanta Falcons
19. Chicago Bears
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Carolina Panthers
22. Washington Redskins
23. Kansas City Chiefs
24. Indianapolis Colts
25. Denver Broncos
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. St. Louis Rams
28. Arizona Cardinals
29. Minnesota Vikings
30. Cleveland Browns
31. Miami Dolphins
32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 7 Picks (last week 11-2)
New York Jets over San Diego
Chicago over Tampa Bay
Seattle over Cleveland
Atlanta over Detroit
Tennessee over Houston
Carolina over Washington
Denver over Miami
Pittsburgh over Arizona
Kansas City over Oakland
Green Bay over Minnesota
Dallas over St. Louis
New Orleans over Indianapolis
Baltimore over Jacksonville

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