If you’re going to be 5-6, this is a good season for it…

November 25, 2013 | Drew Forrester

If you’re going to be 5-6, this is a good season for it…

Think about the teams that are still very much alive in the AFC playoff picture.

The Titans are currently the 6th seed and they lost to Jacksonville – at home – three weeks ago.  And Ryan Fitzpatrick is their quarterback.

The Steelers are now 5-6 after starting the season 0-4.  Minnesota beat them.

The Chargers are 5-6 and they couldn’t beat the Redskins or Miami this season.

Miami is 5-6 but they’re 5-6 because they’re not very good.  They’re going nowhere.

The Jets are — well, never mind.  I don’t care that they’re 5-6, the Jets have ZERO CHANCE of making the playoffs.  They’re officially the one 5-6 team who can’t make it.  Not with that kid at quarterback.

So, as the Ravens and Steelers get ready to do battle on Thursday night, John Harbaugh’s team is 5-6 and right there in the mix for a 6th straight post-season berth.

The Thanksgiving night game will likely doom the loser, particularly if it’s Baltimore since the Steelers won the first match-up between the two teams back on October 20.

It’s not quite an elimination game, but it’s awfully close.

I suspect the Thursday night affair will have a little more excitement than Sunday’s snore-fest between the Ravens and Jets.  I’ve seen chess matches with more action than that thing produced yesterday.

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By the way, speaking of the NFL playoffs, you can take this to the bank.

Denver isn’t going to the Super Bowl.

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Hats off to coach Pete Caringi and his son, Pete III, for a phenomenal soccer season at UMBC.

The Retrievers fell in the cruelest of manners on Sunday night, losing to UConn in penalty kicks (3-2) after the two teams battled to a 2-2 regulation tie in their NCAA second round playoff game at Retriever Soccer Park.

I get it.  You have to figure out a way to produce a winner.  But ending a playoff game like that is just a terrible way to do it.  Then again, that’s how they decide World Cup games once the teams reach the knockout stage.

The stands were packed last night and the atmosphere was electric, despite the cold temperatures and windy conditions.

It’s a shame only two media members in town decided to give UMBC’s soccer season any coverage.  They were a great story throughout the Fall and did themselves proud in winning the America East regular season and conference tournament.

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. The Armchair QB Says:

    Joe Flacco may not be “elite” like Brady, Brees, P. Manning or Rodgers, but….as long as he can stay healthy, we have a chance. Without him, we would have…..NO CHANCE!

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Mediocrity is alive and well in the NFL. If you peak in December and January you can win it all. So all you folks who sold your Stillers tickets after the loss to the Bears shame on you!

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Still no running game that I think we are going to need against the Steelers. I’m with you about Denver, just how damn good is Brady, what a show he put on last night, out-dueling Manning.

  4. John in Westminster Says:

    Not to mention the presumable 3rd and 4th seeds (Colts and Bengals) will be very beatable. Hottest 5-6 team with easiest schedule probably advances. That said, Thursday nights winner will most likely take the 6th spot.

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