Originally written November 15, 2013 on The Sports Post:
I don’t care what Bill Parcells says, you aren’t what your record says you are. That’s an entirely simplistic way of looking at things. Way too many things go into winning or losing a football game to say that the outcome is always the team that played better. Like it or not, luck plays a huge role in who wins and loses football games, and as such, can incorrectly skew the standings towards the luckiest teams as opposed to the best ones. Take last year’s two luckiest teams: Atlanta and Indianapolis. In the case of the Colts, they happened to play against mostly bad teams, all of which they beat by only a few points. They won 11 games last year despite being outscored by 35 points over the course of the season. Atlanta also played an easy schedule and won close games, but they also had the benefit of recovering an absurdly high percentage of fumbles (65 percent). When they made the playoffs, both teams were exposed. The Colts were bounced in round one, and the Falcons were knocked ...
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  • I'm glad that someone has "officially" exposed the KC Chiefs for what they are...an extremely lucky team that has played the easiest schedule in NFL history. The lowly Buffalo Bills outplayed this team in EVERY category...except the score. They were lucky that all the Bills QB's were injured and they played against Jeff Tuel...an undrafted, free agent QB playing his 1st NFL start. The Chiefs only won that game because Tuel threw a pick six on the KC 1 yard line. The 14 pt swing gave the Chiefs the win. What is ironic here is that the player who intercepted the ball was badly beaten by a Bills receiver who was open in the end zone...but the rookie QB did not see him. But talk about lucky....the Chiefs are about to play a superior team (Broncos) in their division and what happens...?...First the Chiefs get a bye and have 2 weeks to prepare...then the Broncos head coach goes down with a heart attack...then Peyton Manning gets injured. Now that's luck. They WILL however get exposed in the playoffs...and will most likely not survive the first round.
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