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THE QUESTION

Which Team Can Least Afford To Lose?

With the Giants taking on the Panthers, and the Steelers heading to Tennessee which conference front runner can't afford to stumble this weekend?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 19, 2008 11:14 AM
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teeneywanger: Steelers are holding on by a string. If they cannot prove their worth against the titans its over. There is no qb a shoddy passing game bols...

wbowers: The Panthers need this win the most. They haven't even wrapped up a post season spot yet. If they lose Sunday they may have to win on the ro...

kevinschmidt: teeneywanger Author Profile Page : Steelers are holding on by a string. If they cannot prove their worth against the titans its over. Ther...

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democratus Author Profile Page :

I don't really care about the AFC as I am a lifelong 'skins fan. So, the team that can least afford to lose in the NFC is Carolina. If the Giants win then they will probably have homefield advantage through out the playoffs. If they tie the Panthers at the end of the season, they win the first tie-breaker: head-to-head competition.

Even if Carolina wins, and if they end up tied, the Giants will have a bye week, and at least one game at home. If it comes to it the Giants would have to play a championship game at Carolina; but then, we all saw what they did on the road last year.

teeneywanger Author Profile Page :

Steelers are holding on by a string. If they cannot prove their worth against the titans its over. There is no qb a shoddy passing game bolstered by an above average defense. Lose now and they are over.

wbowers Author Profile Page :

The Panthers need this win the most. They haven't even wrapped up a post season spot yet. If they lose Sunday they may have to win on the road in New Orleans to play in January. While the Saints may roll over for some teams in week 17, they won't do it against a divisional rival. And I can see Drew Brees throwing for 4 or 5 TD's to close out his season.

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teeneywanger Author Profile Page :

Steelers are holding on by a string. If they cannot prove their worth against the titans its over. There is no qb a shoddy passing game bolstered by an above average defense. Lose now and they are over.

December 20, 2008 4:45 AM

Getting a bye and home field advantage last week by kicking Baltimore's butt in the last minute of play is "holding on by a string?"

You don't know the strategy of the game. The Steelers don't have to "prove" anything on Sunday, and neither do the Titans.

The goal is to get into the playoffs with the least number of injuries, not to win the most games during the regular season.

Both the Steelers and the Titans have no incentive to win on Sunday. But they both have every incentive to stay healthy for the playoffs.

Look for this match up to be the most boring game of the day. They will not beat each other up for no reason at all.

If anything, they will be testing each others strengths and weaknesses without showing too much of their own abilities. The art of deception could even play a part on Sunday.

It will be quite a different story when they meet again to determine the winner of the AFC and who will earn the right to play in the Super Bowl.

 
 
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