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NFL poll: Who's the biggest challenger to the Patriots in 2015?

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As of 2/8/15 @ 6:08pm EST, out of 176578 votes, the poll looks like:

26% Seahawks
29% Packers
13% Cowboys
4% Colts
28% Other

I just find it funny NFL.com put the Colts on there at all. The guy who does those polls has a real sense of humor. I went ahead and voted for the Colts anyways for the lulz.

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The first three teams are all NFC. They won't challenge the Pats unless they meet in the Super Bowl.

 

I would go with Ravens, Colts, Denver and then the East division opponents. If any of them actually get a decent QB they could give the Pats a run for their money.

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A healthy Aaron Rodgers brings the Packers back into the mix.   I think Denver, if Peyton returns.  Maybe Seattle.

 

Baltimore will be a challenge for them.  I think Indy has the capability and even the talent but their O and D schemes are so disorganized that they do not have an identity and play far too inconsistent.  Games like NE, Pitt, and Dallas are examples.   

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Barring some significant personnel shakeups, BAL will remain NE's toughest AFC matchup and SEA or GB overall.

 

As for actually challenging NE for the AFC title, I don't see anyone actually doing it. Again, barring something significant like Revis signing elsewhere or some such.

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At the risk of gettin' cheeky ...i submit to you that there is only ONE TEAM that can realistically challenge the Pats ...

 

 

 T H E     _ A      R  _ O  T _

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At the risk of gettin' cheeky ...i submit to you that there is only ONE TEAM that can realistically challenge the Pats ...

 

 

 T H E     _ A      R  _ O  T _

Lol

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I would say it's way too early to say who is going to be good. There seems to be 5 teams a season who play a lot better than most thought and just as many who don't. There are way too many variables that can change between now and the start of next season.

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Let's be honest. The patriots didn't deserve to win that game. We all saw it. The better team lost on a freakish bonehead play. This thread should be who is the biggest threat to seattle. Patriots won't even make the AFCCG next year.

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Let's be honest. The patriots didn't deserve to win that game. We all saw it. The better team lost on a freakish bonehead play. This thread should be who is the biggest threat to seattle. Patriots won't even make the AFCCG next year.

 

Are you serious? The Patriots came back vs 10 against Seattle. 

 

The team who's defense was ranked #1 in the league and gave up 4 TD's to Tom Brady and couldn't stop him, that's who deserved to lose. If it weren't for that miraculous circus catch that put Seattle down there at goal line, they wouldn't have even been there. And if they win, Brady gets blamed for the loss even though he played his butt off. 

If Wilson don't get picked off, everyone would have been calling that play a genius move. 

 

They've been in the AFCCG every year now since 2011. 

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Who will be a threat to them is going to be Buffalo or Baltimore.

 

The patriots have issues with the Ravens. Always have. As for Buffalo, Rex has made it his duty that he wants to beat them really really bad. He's like that mythical detective that turns his entire life into an obsession with a case. 

 

They will have no problem with Denver, just look at the last time they played them. The Colts match up very poorly vs them, so that's no question.

 

I don't think Seattle or Green Bay will recover from this year. This has to really hurt the Packers more, cause they deserved to be in that Super Bowl far more than Seattle who needed a total meltdown to get there. The NFC could become very unpredictable next year. 

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Who will be a threat to them is going to be Buffalo or Baltimore.

 

The patriots have issues with the Ravens. Always have. As for Buffalo, Rex has made it his duty that he wants to beat them really really bad. He's like that mythical detective that turns his entire life into an obsession with a case. 

 

They will have no problem with Denver, just look at the last time they played them. The Colts match up very poorly vs them, so that's no question.

 

I don't think Seattle or Green Bay will recover from this year. This has to really hurt the Packers more, cause they deserved to be in that Super Bowl far more than Seattle who needed a total meltdown to get there. The NFC could become very unpredictable next year. 

Or Sydney's obsession with the Maltese Falcon. It's a fake!

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The colts currently have the secondary to beat the Pats. The problem is that they havent been able to slow down NEs running scheme. Once that is finally slowed down then the Colts will be much more competitive.

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The colts currently have the secondary to beat the Pats. The problem is that they havent been able to slow down NEs running scheme. Once that is finally slowed down then the Colts will be much more competitive.

Brady threw for 226 yards, 3 TDs, and a 100.4 passer rating versus the Colts secondary. He did better against the Ravens in terms of yards and averages, but I still think the Ravens are the only ones that could realistically challenge New England next year. That could change after the Draft and free agency, though.

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Brady threw for 226 yards, 3 TDs, and a 100.4 passer rating versus the Colts secondary. He did better against the Ravens in terms of yards and averages, but I still think the Ravens are the only ones that could realistically challenge New England next year. That could change after the Draft and free agency, though.

yeah who knows- could be the Texans..................

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yeah who knows- could be the Texans..................

I like the sound of that...we'd have to add another two or three pieces to the defense and of course QB needs to be addressed...but if Mallett can play up to his potential I think you're right. Don't want to get my hopes too high up though haha

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Who will be a threat to them is going to be Buffalo or Baltimore.

 

 

 

This. Bills within the division, Ravens within the conference. Depending on what Baltimore does with their off-season they'll be a tough team to beat in '15. 

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Honestly I think its injuries....injuries at the wrong position whether qb, te, cb is the most likely cause for derailing them. To me if they re-sign their guys and stay healthy they are my favorite to win again....they were my favorite last offseason too. That said I think Seattle and Green Bay would be the most likely to play against them and in the AFC its too early to say...Colts or Baltimore depending on how the offseason shapes up.

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At the risk of gettin' cheeky ...i submit to you that there is only ONE TEAM that can realistically challenge the Pats ...

T H E _ A T R _ O T _

Who are the Fat Riots?

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Who are the Fat Riots?

Reminds of that girl group in Russia called <can't say here> riot. They are so cool and brave after getting horse whipped by the Cossacks ( who still live in their dreams) at the Sochi Olympics.

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Who will be a threat to them is going to be Buffalo or Baltimore.

 

BAL is always a tough matchup for NE and can beat them head to head. A threat at being a higher seed, though? Eh...I don't see it.

 

As for Buffalo.......who is their QB again? I can see them maybe getting a wild card but not an actual threat. BUF is a well rounded team with no QB, NE is a well rounded team with a GREAT QB and better coach.

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I don't see the Bills as a threat unless they get a decent QB. Same goes for Jets. Fins will give us the best run at the division especially if Tanny keeps improving.

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As of 2/8/15 @ 6:08pm EST, out of 176578 votes, the poll looks like:

26% Seahawks

29% Packers

13% Cowboys

4% Colts

28% Other

I just find it funny NFL.com put the Colts on there at all. The guy who does those polls has a real sense of humor. I went ahead and voted for the Colts anyways for the lulz.

The most "interesting" thing about that list is that the Broncos aren't on it!  But, that's probably correct.  The Donkeys are gonna have big issues with FA's, they're going to be transitioning to a new HC, Welker might retire (and should if he's concerned about having his mental faculties intact when he's 50) and it's actually a fair question to ask whether they'll be better or worse off if Peyton returns.  He threw up air ball after air ball in the Division Game, but the lure of breaking a couple of Favre's records will probably be too much for him to resist...and $19 million plus a boatload of endorsement income for one more year is not to be ignored.  Problem is the fans could turn on him if he's putting up stats with short passes but they're not winning big games in November and December and he's pretty well demonstrated that he rarely wins big games in January (one and done nine times is not a diss on Peyton, it's just stating a fact).

 

The most "wrong" thing about that list is that the Ravens aren't on it.  They have the Patriots' number in January.

 

While none of their opponents in the AFC East should be ready to challenge them for the Division title next year, only a fool wouldn't put BUF, MIA and the NYJ down for combining to win two of the six games they collectively play against the Pats.  That means New England can probably only afford to lose two of their other ten games if they're going to get a Bye and have a shot at the Number One seed.

 

So, a lot is ignored in that poll.

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It's hard to tell but from what we saw last season, Seattle and Green Bay can give them a good game.  

 

I think the Colts are still a ways away.  

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Let's be honest. The patriots didn't deserve to win that game. We all saw it. The better team lost on a freakish bonehead play. This thread should be who is the biggest threat to seattle. Patriots won't even make the AFCCG next year.

Don't you think the 'better' team got in the red zone on a 'freakish' play?  Their offense was a bunch of hail marys.  

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Reminds of that girl group in Russia called <can't say here> riot. They are so cool and brave after getting horse whipped by the Cossacks ( who still live in their dreams) at the Sochi Olympics.

Tatu?

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Tatu?

I can't say the whole name here- see my PM. Google one of their videos too- hilarious

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I really think that Seahawks team is going to melt. You have to have a better passing game than what they showed me. Those WR's are mediocre, and between the GB game and the Super Bowl I thought Wilson got exposed. When you play disciplined, contain defense and force him to go through his reads, he's not going to beat you. He throws a good deep ball I guess, and they connected on enough of them to keep them in the Super Bowl, but I just don't think they can rely on that. If the Cardinals get settled at QB next year, that's the team I watch out for in the NFC.

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The Ravens or any other team from the AFC East.....they have a lot more experience dealing with the Pats.

Ravens couldve beat them this year, if they didnt deflate the balls...

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To tell the truth, I think the colts, packers, or patriots are the biggest threats

Not with our "defense" unless they pull a 2006 and show up for a 3-4 game stretch. 

 

Vontae Davis is basically a one man army out there. Mathis being back (barring another training camp heartbreaker) should help a bit, but the D is still a long way away. Let's see how the draft goes.

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Baltimore. A solid secondary away from another SB run.

 

Such a bad defensive gameplan late in the game against the Pats. Ugh... Why couldn't you guys have held on and won that game???

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Such a bad defensive gameplan late in the game against the Pats. Ugh... Why couldn't you guys have held on and won that game???

Because their coach got exposed

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What's that supposed to mean?

 

Hopefully not another scandal on the horizon.

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What's that supposed to mean?

He got caught with his pants down on the 4 linemen formations and looked like a pop-warner coach going up against Lombardi.

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He got caught with his pants down on the 4 linemen formations and looked like a pop-warner coach going up against Lombardi.

 

Oh please. So much sensationalism.

 

The problem I had with the defensive coaching was how they covered (or didn't cover) the short passes to the outside in the fourth quarter. They gave up huge cushions over and over again, and Brady took the smoke route over and over again, leading to a bunch of poor tackling. They should have played more aggressively and forced Brady to connect with his receivers down the field. That's where they really blew the game.

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