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The controversial calls in New Orleans and Carolina were predictible. 

From the perspective of an NFL-ESP Master Strategist it comes down to a predictible HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE call.  In most NFL games, this equates to either +3 or +4 points for the HOME TEAM.  There are, however, some games when emotions are high, in louder stadiums, with more playoff or W-L implications; this bias can be as high as 6-points.  

The key, again, is not necessarily the number of penalities, nor the yardage; but the TIMELINESS of the calls.

From my perspective, these were both "bad" calls; but again, predictible in the sense they favored the home team and both calls had enough timliness to decide a game.

POWER RATINGS:

The teams are ranked relatively similar to the third-to-last article I wrote.  One key to keep in mind, despite the opinion of the media; and some analytical assessments which are inferior to NFL-ESP data; constitutes that no 3 teams can make the playoffs from a single division.  This means Arizona or Green Bay will probably not make the playoffs.  This also means, basically the playoff picture will look like this (I will refine shortly).

Keep in mind an important NFL-ESP trend:  Most teams finish thier last 5-games with a W-L % similar to the start of their season (first 5 games).  The "hot" teams in the middle third (like the NY Giants) will regress.  There is however, often, one team, of the 1-8 who "bell curve"; who maintains an incline.  This team most appears to be Carolina.

PLAYOFF PICTURE:

NFC EAST: Division Winner

NFC NORTH: Division Winner (Chicago)

NFC SOUTH: Division Winner and Wildcard

NFC WEST: Division Winner and Wildcard

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AFC EAST: Division Winner and probable Wildcard (Jets)

AFC NORTH: Division Winner and possible Wildcard (Baltimore)

AFC SOUTH: Division Winner and possible Wildcard (Tennessee)

AFC WEST: Division Winner and Wildcard

As one who has worked with the Bears often (In fact, the Bears should go 10-6 vs. undisciplined Detroit whose remaining schedule is tougher than announced and may lose to underrated Tampa Bay in Week #12); I potentially see them as this year's Baltimore Ravens.  They are blessed with Christian players in QB McCown, starting WR's Marshall and Jeffery and running back, Matt Forte (I don't know TE Bennett's faith, but if he too is a Christian, then the Bears become more POWERFUL).

In the PLAYOFFS:

I see POSITIVES in: Seattle, Carolina, New England, and Indianapolis.

I see NEGATIVES in: NFC EAST (Weakest POWER-RANKED division), NFC NORTH (2nd Weakest POWER-RANKED division), Cincinnati, KC and Denver.

God Bless.

 

 

 

 

 

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