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Falcons should be #2 IMO but we shall see....

3. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons—Snatching Quinn away from Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle was the smartest coaching hire of the off-season, but he’s not the only reason why I’m this high on the Falcons’ chances to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Three words: Strength of schedule. Atlanta has it going on in that department.

The Falcons, of course, play in the NFC South, which last year featured Carolina winning the division at a lowly 7–8–1. So there’s that. And then there’s this: Atlanta in 2015 also draws the middling NFC East (just one playoff team last year) and the weak AFC South (just one playoff team last year). Add it all up and the Falcons were gifted with the softest schedule in the league this season, with their opponents playing at a .409 clip last year, and just four games this season coming against 2014 playoff teams: at Dallas, home against the Colts, and their home and home series with the sub-.500 Panthers.

A reminder for you: In the past five seasons, teams with one of the five easiest strength of schedule ratings have made the playoffs 50 percent of the time. In the NFC South, which only last year featured a repeat division champion for the first time in the division’s existence, making big strides in the standings is standard procedure. With Matt Ryan and quality offensive firepower still in place in Atlanta, and Quinn’s defensive imprint hopefully shoring up the Falcons’ weak link, nine or 10 wins and a postseason berth seems within reach.

Playoff chances: 40 percent.

1. Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos Playoff chances: 65 percent.

2. Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills Playoff chances: 50 percent.

4. Todd Bowles, New York Jets Playoff chances: 33 percent.

5. Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders Playoff chances: 25 percent.

6. Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers Playoff chances: 20 percent.

7. John Fox, Chicago Bears Playoff chances: 10 percent.

Read the whole story here....

http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/05/26/nfl-coaches-playoff-odds-gary-kubiak-rex-ryan-john-fox

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Falcons should be #2 IMO but we shall see....

3. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons—Snatching Quinn away from Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle was the smartest coaching hire of the off-season, but he’s not the only reason why I’m this high on the Falcons’ chances to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Three words: Strength of schedule. Atlanta has it going on in that department.

The Falcons, of course, play in the NFC South, which last year featured Carolina winning the division at a lowly 7–8–1. So there’s that. And then there’s this: Atlanta in 2015 also draws the middling NFC East (just one playoff team last year) and the weak AFC South (just one playoff team last year). Add it all up and the Falcons were gifted with the softest schedule in the league this season, with their opponents playing at a .409 clip last year, and just four games this season coming against 2014 playoff teams: at Dallas, home against the Colts, and their home and home series with the sub-.500 Panthers.

A reminder for you: In the past five seasons, teams with one of the five easiest strength of schedule ratings have made the playoffs 50 percent of the time. In the NFC South, which only last year featured a repeat division champion for the first time in the division’s existence, making big strides in the standings is standard procedure. With Matt Ryan and quality offensive firepower still in place in Atlanta, and Quinn’s defensive imprint hopefully shoring up the Falcons’ weak link, nine or 10 wins and a postseason berth seems within reach.

Playoff chances: 40 percent.

1. Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos Playoff chances: 65 percent.

2. Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills Playoff chances: 50 percent.

4. Todd Bowles, New York Jets Playoff chances: 33 percent.

5. Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders Playoff chances: 25 percent.

6. Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers Playoff chances: 20 percent.

7. John Fox, Chicago Bears Playoff chances: 10 percent.

Read the whole story here....

http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/05/26/nfl-coaches-playoff-odds-gary-kubiak-rex-ryan-john-fox

While it may seem like a good thing to think about the playoffs, it is premature, and does not help the Falcons in the long run. So let's say the Falcons do get into the playoffs because of the easy schedule and smashes into a actual contender. Well we seen it before. The fans get their hopes high only to watch the team look unprepared for real competition.

I'd rather see a battle tested team make it the playoffs and have a good chance to make a deep run than a team slide by because the competition is comparatively weak.

This team still needs more time to build. 1 Draft is not enough, no matter how good we may think it is, to plug all the holes and add the needed depth to make it through a whole season and stocked well enough to be strong enough come playoff time, if they do make it.

It's a bit too soon to worry about the Super Bowl yet. Let's just start with having some consistent winning seasons first before we assume the team will go from doormat to Super Bowl contender.

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Why does everyone want to mention our strength of schedule when projecting what we will do? Doesn't every team in the NFC South play the majority of the same teams with the exception of two or three? If we go to the playoffs and win it will be because we had the easiest SoS. That's B.S. The whole SoS thing is a joke. How many teams have actually had the easiest schedule and went on to win the SB? This is nothing more than off season downtime drivel.

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I'm cool with just about everyone, but the Bills shouldn't really be at 50% to make the playoffs. They were 9-7 last season, and with their QB situation, there is no reason to think they'll better that record. It almost looks like they went pretty much by the records with the sole exceptions of the Niners (they don't like the coach) and the Bears (they don't like the QB). Sort of lazy journalism, but I can't say I think we have a better than 40% chance to go to the playoffs this season.

The thing is, 40% is a pretty good chance for a team that went 4-12 and 6-10 the last 2 seasons.

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Why does everyone want to mention our strength of schedule when projecting what we will do? Doesn't every team in the NFC South play the majority of the same teams with the exception of two or three? If we go to the playoffs and win it will be because we had the easiest SoS. That's B.S. The whole SoS thing is a joke. How many teams have actually had the easiest schedule and went on to win the SB? This is nothing more than off season downtime drivel.

Look at last season, we won 5/6 divisional games, there's the weakness of our schedule right there. Now, if all the teams had over a .500 record for the season, our schedule would be "considered" much harder.

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The Bills have no LB'ers, and their offense won't be improved nearly enough to cover it. Don't see them making the leap this year, especially with how the rest of their division improved.

That's pretty much why I feel the Falcons should be #2 on this list also looking at their QB situation, but like I said.........We'll see......

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While it may seem like a good thing to think about the playoffs, it is premature, and does not help the Falcons in the long run. So let's say the Falcons do get into the playoffs because of the easy schedule and smashes into a actual contender. Well we seen it before. The fans get their hopes high only to watch the team look unprepared for real competition.

I'd rather see a battle tested team make it the playoffs and have a good chance to make a deep run than a team slide by because the competition is comparatively weak.

This team still needs more time to build. 1 Draft is not enough, no matter how good we may think it is, to plug all the holes and add the needed depth to make it through a whole season and stocked well enough to be strong enough come playoff time, if they do make it.

It's a bit too soon to worry about the Super Bowl yet. Let's just start with having some consistent winning seasons first before we assume the team will go from doormat to Super Bowl contender.

Sorry Bro I gotta think this team regardless of realism or not has to aim high.I just don't see the point in the fact that we hold on to a rebuilding mentlity.We as fans and the organisation every year should have the mind set of winning it all to have anything else why would you even bother.

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Like him or not I have to go with what Cowherd always says.

Bet on the team with the QB.

I agree with the Broncos being #1 because we have all seen how good Peyton is in the regular season. Unless he gets hurt he should be good enough to get them back to the playoffs and their defense doesn't suck.

I think what's scaring everybody away from the Falcons is that we didn't go out and get a superstar on defense so they assume our defense will still be terrible.

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Bills won't make the playoffs until they find a QB. If Peyton's arm falls off, which is possible, the Broncos don't have the firepower outside of him to do anything.

The Bills went 9-7 last year. They added some key players like Shady McCoy, Matt Cassell, Richie Incognito, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. They also added Karlos Williams and Nick O'Leary in the draft. Their offense should improve. Their defense was already good (4th). Rex will probably take em to beast mode. I think they have a good shot at at least a wild card spot.

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The Bills went 9-7 last year. They added some key players like Shady McCoy, Matt Cassell, Richie Incognito, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. They also added Karlos Williams and Nick O'Leary in the draft. Their offense should improve. Their defense was already good (4th). Rex will probably take em to beast mode. I think they have a good shot at at least a wild card spot.

I agree. The Bills got better and the Patriots got a little worse and will lose Brady for a month. The Bils definitely have a shot. Edited by FentayeJones
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Why does everyone want to mention our strength of schedule when projecting what we will do? Doesn't every team in the NFC South play the majority of the same teams with the exception of two or three? If we go to the playoffs and win it will be because we had the easiest SoS. That's B.S. The whole SoS thing is a joke. How many teams have actually had the easiest schedule and went on to win the SB? This is nothing more than off season downtime drivel.

i think the problem is the playoff seeds are decided by those 2 or 3 games

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Sorry Bro I gotta think this team regardless of realism or not has to aim high.I just don't see the point in the fact that we hold on to a rebuilding mentlity.We as fans and the organisation every year should have the mind set of winning it all to have anything else why would you even bother.

Well I am sure that idea you have comes with being a good fan. My attitude is to be positive but not get my hopes too high. If I am wrong and the team does well not just in the regular season and the playoffs, my mistake will result in a pleasant surprise.

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The Bills went 9-7 last year. They added some key players like Shady McCoy, Matt Cassell, Richie Incognito, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. They also added Karlos Williams and Nick O'Leary in the draft. Their offense should improve. Their defense was already good (4th). Rex will probably take em to beast mode. I think they have a good shot at at least a wild card spot.

These three combined will probably hurt more than help, and keep in mind Rex kills offenses. The Bills defense's numbers are deceiving too, they're good if they can get a lead and sit on it with the other team needing to pass to catch up, because their passrush is so dominant. If the other team is allowed to keep their run game going though, they're ****** because their LB'ers are so atrocious that if the RB gets past the D-Line he's gone. It was that was last year and it will only be worse this year because they lost their only above average LB'ers.

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