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Who's your darkhorse?

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Would it be unfair to pick the best team in the worst division?

 

GO RAMS.

 

If the Rams can weather the storm of the early schedule (they could easily start 1-5) they could go on a serious run in the second half, and 9-7 will probably be enough to win this division.

 

Cautiously optimistic :wacko::tup:

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Houston ,,, the look good ,, look great on offense at all the skill positions top QB, RB, WR, TE

They will be scoring a lot of points this year and most teams will be playing catch up ,,,

I'm sure they are going to make the playoffs and once your in anything can happen.

 

I'm calling them my dark horse because they have the best chance of winning it all of the teams Vegas is offering 25 - 1 or better on.

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How's this for a reach... the Cleveland Browns grabbing a wild card spot. Here's how they get to 10-6 (games they win in bold):

 

1 Sep 11 CIN @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 705

2 Sep 18 CLE @ IND Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 708

3 Sep 25 MIA @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 707

4 Oct 02 TEN @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 705

5 Bye

6 Oct 16 CLE @ OAK O.co Coliseum 4:05 PM Tickets CBS 712

7 Oct 23 SEA @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 710

8 Oct 30 CLE @ SF Candlestick Park 4:15 PM Tickets CBS 713

9 Nov 06 CLE @ HOU Reliant Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 705

10 Nov 13 STL @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 714

11 Nov 20 JAC @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 707

12 Nov 27 CLE @ CIN Paul Brown Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 706

13 Dec 04 BAL @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 708

14 Dec 08 CLE @ PIT Heinz Field 8:20 PM Tickets NFLN

15 Dec 18 CLE @ ARI University of Phoenix Stadium 4:15 PM Tickets CBS 713

16 Dec 24 CLE @ BAL M&T Bank Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 706

17 Jan 01 PIT @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 707

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How's this for a reach... the Cleveland Browns grabbing a wild card spot. Here's how they get to 10-6 (games they win in bold):

 

1 Sep 11 CIN @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 705

2 Sep 18 CLE @ IND Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 708

3 Sep 25 MIA @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 707

4 Oct 02 TEN @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 705

5 Bye

6 Oct 16 CLE @ OAK O.co Coliseum 4:05 PM Tickets CBS 712

7 Oct 23 SEA @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 710

8 Oct 30 CLE @ SF Candlestick Park 4:15 PM Tickets CBS 713

9 Nov 06 CLE @ HOU Reliant Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 705

10 Nov 13 STL @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 714

11 Nov 20 JAC @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 707

12 Nov 27 CLE @ CIN Paul Brown Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 706

13 Dec 04 BAL @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 708

14 Dec 08 CLE @ PIT Heinz Field 8:20 PM Tickets NFLN

15 Dec 18 CLE @ ARI University of Phoenix Stadium 4:15 PM Tickets CBS 713

16 Dec 24 CLE @ BAL M&T Bank Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 706

17 Jan 01 PIT @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 707

:wacko:

 

In a weird retro old school Bernie Kosar sort of way, I'm dying for the Browns to be relevant again. They've been down too long.

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Detroit & Houston are my favorite underdogs this year.

 

 

Poor Detroit ,, on paper they have as much or more talent than any of the favorites ,,, but it's Detroit

 

How in the world can a team land that many high draft picks the last 10 years and still end up in the basement ??

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The Dolphins will snag a wildcard spot this year.

For the dolphins to get in, they have to finish ahead of either the lesser of Pittsburgh/Baltimore or the lesser of New England/NYJets ... and then hope the lesser of Indy/Houston isn't relevant ... Can a team who wanted Kyle Orton but couldn't get him make it through that maze? It certainly qualifies as darkhorse material!! Bold pick.

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Detroit & Houston are my favorite underdogs this year.

 

 

Wow I just checked Detroit's odds at Sportsbook.com and they are only 20 to 1 to win it all.

I said before they have a world of talent but just don't see them being favored over teams like Houston :wacko:

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Poor Detroit ,, on paper they have as much or more talent than any of the favorites ,,, but it's Detroit

 

How in the world can a team land that many high draft picks the last 10 years and still end up in the basement ??

 

Hurricane Matt

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My definition of a darkhorse is a team NOT mentioned by the media as playoff contenders. Thst eliminates the Texans, Cardinals, Rams and Lions. My darkhorse team is the Oakland Raiders.

 

Raiders COULD get 10 wins:

 

@ Denver - W

@ Buffalo - W

Jets - L (although this could be a W since they are home)

Pats - L

@ Texans - L

Browns - W

Chiefs - W

Broncos - W

@ Chrgers - L

@ Vikings - W

Bears - W

@ Dpolhins - W

@ Packers - L

Lions - W (this could be an L but it evens out with the flip flop on the Jets)

@ Chiefs - W

Chargers - W

 

That is 11 by my count. I think they go 5-1 in the division (a loss on the road to SD) and the only non-division games I see them having no chance are the Pats and Packers. I douby they will win 11, but 9-10 seems possible. If McFadden and Bush stay healthy and Campbell manages the game (I know a HUGE if) and connects on a few downfield strikes, they could surprise people. I have them finishing 2nd in the West to the Chargers but a WC could happen.

 

Again, it is a dark horse and thsi IS the Raiders so as much as 10-6 is a possibility, 4-12 is not out of the realm either. I am not a betting man, but if I was, I would throw a little cash on the Raiders and the over on their win total (I assume it is low).

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After a 6-10 season I think it only fair that I through in my Cowboys. After all last year was about as dark as you can get, given the expectations.

 

So I go with the Cowboys righting the ship and hope a rogue wave doesn't swamp it.........

 

 

let's face it...you would have throughn in your Cowboys if they were 10-6 the prior year

 

:wacko:

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I'm gonna be a homer and pick the Redskins. Yes, a lot depends on The John Beck Experiment, but their last-place schedule is reasonable and their defense is going to be A LOT better than people think this year. And if we have to throw in Grossman, he'll be alright.

 

The Skins play very winnable games against ARI, STL, CAR, BUF, SF, MIA, SEA, MIN. That's 8 games right there. The Giants are killed by injuries on D and are struggling on offense without a capable TE or #3WR, so I think the Skins can win at least 1 of those games, maybe even both. And if the Skins can manage to win just one of the 4 games against the Cowboys or Eagles, hey, that's a 10 or 11 win season.

 

The entire NFC East has a phenomenally easy schedule this year and could easily send 3 teams to the postseason. But of them all, I think only the Skins can be considered a "darkhorse". I know Dallas tied the Skins for last place but the difference is that expectations are much higher for the Cowboys, whereas nobody is expecting anything out the Skins.

 

Those of you picking DET and TB, I understand why, but they have a much more difficult path and will be hard-pressed to get even 8 wins each.

 

Those of you picking teams from the NFC West (Cards, Rams, Niners), your only shot is a division title, which means the teams are basically competing amongst themselves as opposed to the rest of the NFC. And since every single team in that division is terrible (except maybe the Rams), I personally don't see how any of them can truly be labeled a "darkhorse" since by default someone HAS to be division champ.

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