Push to the Playoffs
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 7th, 2012
We are nearing the time of year every football fan is waiting for: the play-offs. The play-offs are the time of year when great teams collide, players are tested, and ultimately, one team is crowned champion.
Anything can happen during the playoffs. Teams favored to win at the end of the regular season can crumble under the pressure and other teams that had just barely made the bracket can rise to accomplish greatness.
It is a time for number one seeds to keep dominating, or else be embarrassed. It is a time for teams with mediocre records, like last season’s New York Giants, to rally and achieve greatness. It is a time for fans to move their dinner tables into the living room to watch their team with the season on the line, and a time for schoolwork to be finished during Monday Morning Assembly because the game was more exciting than that English essay.
This year, the Patriots have had a solid season, particularly in the last 6 weeks during which they have enjoyed a six game winning streak and a blowout win against the NY Jets. With last Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins the Patriot’s have clinched the AFC East remarkably early in the season.
Do not be too confident, however. Winning the AFC East in the past decade is like taking a Biology test – if you care and want to, you’ll succeed.
According to Will Medina (II), an avid supporter of the New England Patriots, the Pats seem to be in great condition with their offense finally “clicking”. He adds, “You can never underestimate a Bill Belichick team, their [the Patriots] offense is the best it has been since the 2007 season.”
The favorites at the moment are the Houston Texans in the AFC and the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC who have both played to near perfection with records of 11-1. In two weeks time, the Pats face off against the Texans at home, a likely preview to the AFC championship game.
With only four weeks left, it is time for teams to make their final push for the playoffs. If the season ended today, the AFC would include the Houston Texans (11-1) and Baltimore Ravens (9-3) with first round byes, and the New England Patriots (9-3) and Denver Broncos (9-3) round out the division winners. As for the wild card, the Indianapolis Colts (8-4), led by rookie phenom, Andrew Luck, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) would squeeze into the playoffs.
As for the NFC playoff picture, the Atlanta Falcons (11-1) and the San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1), would be the top two seeds with the Green Bay Packers (8-4) and New York Giants (7-4) being the divisional winners with the Chicago Bears (8-4) and Seattle Seahawks (7-5) winning the wild card spots.
Friendships will be tested here in Milton, as students root for many different teams though Look for Tom Brady and the Patriot’s to get it done in the post season.
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