26 Oct 2007
All three of Denver's wins this year have come via field goal, either at the end of the fourth quarter or in overtime. This week's MNF-related ESPN.com article looks at other teams that racked up a lot of close wins early. Longtime FO readers know that this isn't particularly good news for the Broncos -- although it isn't as negative an indicator compared to what I expected when I started the research.
I put this together as a "commentary-style" XP so that I could show everyone the table that isn't in the article. Here are the 24 teams since 1970 that won at least three of their first six games by 1-3 points.
|1983||DAL||6-0||12-4||Lost Wild Card round|
|1976||OAK||5-1||13-1||Super Bowl Champion|
|1988||BUF||5-1||12-4||Lost AFC Championship|
|2004||ATL||5-1||11-5||Lost NFC Championship|
|1972||GB||4-2||10-4||Lost Divisional Round|
|1986||CLE||4-2||12-4||Lost AFC Championship|
|1988||TEN||4-2||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1995||IND||4-2||9-7||Lost AFC Championship|
|1996||BUF||4-2||10-6||Lost Wild Card round|
|2005||WAS||4-2||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1978||HOU||3-3||10-6||Lost AFC Championship|
14 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2007, 10:22am by dolphinsjoe
With Stanford's upset over Notre Dame and Ohio State's big win over rival Michigan in The Game, the playoff field has narrowed to the existing top four plus Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and potentially North Carolina.