Friday, January 11, 2008

NFL Divisional Round Playoff: Causing Upset Continues?

The divisional round playoff going to kick off from Saturday with four wild card winners traveling to the home grounds of bye teams. New England Patriots will face Jacksonville Jaguars, and Indianapolis Colts will host San Diego Chargers in AFC. In the same way, Dallas Cowboys take on New York Giants at their home ground, whereas Green Bay Packers will face Seattle Seahawks in NFC.

Well, it is obvious that Patriots, Colts from AFC and Cowboys, Packers from NFC are favorites for the divisional round match. Now, the question is that if any of the visiting teams makes any upset in the divisional round playoff matches. Two of the four wild card teams progressed to the championship match in three of last four seasons in NFL. So, wild card teams can inspire themselves to outperform the favorite team.

Orlandosentinel reported:

In three of the last four years (including each of the last two), two of the four visiting teams fresh off draining wild-card victories have gone on the road and knocked off home teams in the NFL divisional round. June was part of a Colts team that did it to the Baltimore Ravens last season.
Yet even with that recent trend, host teams go into this weekend's divisional play with a combined 53-15 record. That's a winning percentage of .779 since the league adopted the current playoff format for the 1990 season, which means almost 80 percent of divisional home teams have played the following week for a berth in the Super Bowl.

Now, it is obvious that there are still some fears remain among the bye teams ahead of the divisional round playoff matches. So, you can expect some mind blowing matches in the upcoming divisional round of playoff.

Who do you think will be the victim of upset?

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