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"If they have to win on Sunday after don't they're out there. I mean, they have three game. It'd be behind two games in the tie-break tiebreaker with three games three games. The Cowboys would be in complete control of that division. That's a big game on Sunday four twenty five game on FOX, which I'm looking forward to. I wouldn't be shocked if they lose that game. You checked the shutdown Carson Wentz after that? 'cause about I haven't been hundred percents that knee. Let knee continue to heal and not take a chance of getting hit reinjured give Nick Folsom snaps. And again, you build up the value for Nick foles, maybe in the off season you move on and trade him for some choices. That assume Christians pre petrified of the eagles win that game. Because then they could be a playoff team in his prediction. Look terrible. Right. Is prediction of five and eleven. Now, the eagles are six and six and they've underachieved this year. They're they're a Super Bowl winning team. That's really laid an egg in their season trying to defend their title. Yeah. The only team I think that they could actually be going down the stretch because they play three teams with a winning record Washington at the end of the year the last game, maybe they'd beat Washington and go what seventy nine still pretty bad have yet to beat a team about five hundred years to beat the Redskins where when they were six and five but the six and six now, but other other winds were five hundred or less and they finish up at Dallas at the Rams poke very difficult games than Houston. At Philadelphia's one nine in a row, and they finish up and why not have fun schedule. They I mean it comes down to this week. They have to be Dallas period. If they if they do they're in contention to make the playoffs if they don't they're out of it. So. Yeah. Absolutely. And again, no one is repeated his NFC champ since two thousand four and it's incredible. Meanwhile, the patriots win the AFC every freaking year. Yes. There's a win. All winds scout no fake Quincy, or whatever. But the giants will gave them nineteen to three and they couldn't get more than three points. Second giants may be the second best team in the NFC east right now, they're playing pretty good ball. Manning's going up. Decent numbers. You got two. Awesome weapons on offense Barclay, no BJ business one thousand nine three lead in the second half. And they lost the game to Carolina on us. Sixty three yard field goal at the buzzer. I mean, the giants have been somewhat competitive down the stretch. I don't think that they look that bad going down the stretch and into next year depending on what they do with the quarterback. But in the AFC, this is this is huge this Sunday in Miami. It just obviously winning and then just showing you can win on the road. Something. Patriots. Really? I mean, they beat Chicago on the road this year, but you needed to special teams touchdowns to pull that off. You did beat buffalo that doesn't mean much. But you also needed a pick six to kind of solidify that game. I have not played well in voted no couple of wins. But not played. Well, the jets game was okay. They won by fourteen. But the jets were driving to cut it to seven. It was a close game until the third quarter. I thought the win over Minnesota last week. But it was at Foxboro was probably their most impressive win of the year against a really good team. And you you pretty much handle that team. Even though it's tied in the thirty fences looked better it has it has. And again, we'll see what happens with Miami. Miami's offense again Tanny hills back. He's been injured somewhat this year. I don't think they have a lot of weapons their their offensive line is I just I look at the dolphins like an usually rock fights with the dolphins. Now, my only thing with this game. I know you shouldn't need anything to get up for a football game. You should be up for every game. It's once a week. Join sixteen games every games that important, but this is a hat and shirt game. It is if the patriots win the AFC east champs again. So does that help them? Yeah. Generally when it's a hat t-shirt game. They finish it. I wanna see those numbers on when it is. That's a game to clinch. Late November early. Yeah. It's right right around. Now. It's now I mean in all seventy was even earlier when you go undefeated so three that we do they wrap things up. I mean when was the last time the patriots went into the last game of the season needing to win to win the division. It would be two thousand eleven two thousand eight. Weren't they? In with Matt Cassel? Yeah. Two thousand eleven. Two thousand seventeen dolphins and the patriots tied. Then this is the patriots. They haven't won the division twice with Brady Bill two thousand two and two thousand they still tied for the vision stone like they went five and eleven seven two the jets BT needed. The jets to lose the last game of the season. And they didn't I remember Brett farve had a horrible game. We're all rooting for the Packers to beat the jets. And he was just terrible. The jets got the division at nine and seven and then in any join the jets. A few years later the Minnesota now he's on a tractor trailer somewhere and sell copper socks. Yeah. Few stocks. But also that back thing, right. Yeah. Oh, yeah. So we can. See looks old. He's I think fifty here. Yeah. But the gray hair, but he kind of pulled that off. Of like three hundred consecutive lanes. Yeah. And you're on you, take it. Yeah. Diagnosed. Likes Aaron Rodgers at the beginning there. Okay now, but they're two totally different cats. I mean, my God could you find two more totally different guys a guy from the south who's kind of beer drinking beer guzzling. Just slinging around the yard good old boy. And then you've got Aaron Rodgers went to Cal northern California. Smart guy, very high opinion of himself. You sing Brett farve is not smart. I don't think I don't think he did. He he played more on feel. I think I'm Rogers kind of plays on field too. But I mean, I, but they've they've grown closer very very entertaining quarterback to my God wasn't. He just didn't Patrick Mahomes is Ben compared to Brett farve. I think that's a good thing. Because sometimes they throw these crazy picks. But they're going to do things that you go. Holy crap. What was he thinking there? And then when it's an interception you go. Holy crap. What was he thinking there? But nonetheless. And then a way back to the patriots. They go eleven and five tie with Miami for the division. The dolphins went on a tiebreak. They've the patriots have never played like a meaningless game. Sarah. I mean every game for the last eighteen years has been meaningful even in two thousand and seven. Because they're always competing for the one seed for the most part, right? And they almost always win their division. Save for the two years. You mentioned. Yeah. You go back to all five. Remember they were playing. I think it was the dolphins again in Foxborough in five. And a lot of people think they didn't want to win that game because they wanted to play Jacksonville in the wildcard rather than Pittsburgh in the wildcard. So by being the four seed instead of the three seed Jacksonville instead of Pittsburgh. So people think they kinda like that game and the year two thousand two. Yep. They had nine wins. Sensible hanging the NFC east. It's like a runaway victory. And had a bad year. This is crazy. This is the only two teams that you could count on in sports having years where you know, the basketball team wins fifty games in the football team wins. Ten more games patriots and Spurs in this year. That's not happening with the Spurs. Now still going to have the patriots. So it's like, they they might do it until both was die. I'm almost like. Keep playing bell Jack's going to be coaching. And every other team doesn't have a coach that doesn't in the interesting position this year where because they've played poorly on the road. And because it's so bunched up at the top of the AFC, they there's a big difference in terms of where they could finish for such a small margin there. They can have first round they have a bye throughout the postseason. They could play on wild card weekend is a very slim margin for error here because there's a bunch of other teams who are competitive, right? They could be one two or three. I can't see them at four because the Steelers now have four losses that tie kind of screws everything up. I mean, it's the Steelers are on the table. They go eleven four and one. Are you going to go eleven and five that means you split you last four games? I don't know. A couple must win. Orleans in a couple of weeks. And they haven't won the division yet. They're only up a half a game over Baltimore. So that that divisions dot over. Pittsburgh's really jolly games to the patriots in the saints. And they probably won't be favored to win both lows. I would oh they could be nine six one play themselves. Is that possibility because Pittsburgh is at Oakland this week? It seems like Oakland's playing every good team down the stretch. Then they play the patriots add New Orleans Cincinnati. So they should beat Oakland in Cincinnati. I'm sure Pittsburgh figuring if they can split the patriots New Orleans back to back games than any up ten five and one that should give them the division. So the patriots are going to be one two or three. I can't see them falling to four. I just can't. I just whoever wins the north is not going to have a better record in the patriots. And that time really does kind of mess up any potential tiebreakers because you don't need a tiebreaker when one team as a die, right? So they're going to be one two or three difference huge difference between one and two. Because one means you're home for the playoffs to means. You may have to go to Kansas City who wherever the chargers, maybe that's not as difficult as. Kansas City two days since not the Houston shouldn't be that difficult. But look the patriots. They haven't played well on the road this year three times they've lost on the road. And I know they don't play many road playoff. Did is he doing the hierarchy of places? The don't want to go one one. Yeah. Then I would say Houston to and then the chargers three because tried to play before twenty thousand ungodly hot a it'd be in Brady struggles when it's eighty five degrees. And it's usually not in not January October. They're hot month. Yeah. Yeah. Southern california. Hot month is told me so yeah, it's gonna be interesting to see what happens with the patriots and dolphins this Sunday. And then of course, patriots go to Pittsburgh next weekend. At that point. I think we'll have a much better idea of exactly what their steals with the standings are going to be going forward in the playoffs. We're going to be joined on the other side by Armando Salgueiro who is with the."