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
A Super Bowl berth could be decided by the Patriots' ability to contain Le'Veon Bell -- and by Pittsburgh's ability to avoid their usual defensive breakdowns against New England.