Originally posted by tomtom232
Well, I don't really like picking anybody with a first round bye.... history says that chances aren't so great if you miss that first week.
I don't think GB can beat NO or SF, really.
People say that SanFran can't put up points but they played something like 7 top ten defenses and when they played less than great defenses they did put up some points. ...[text shortened]... AFC really stands out to me so it really seems like a toss up. Whoever is hot will make it.
History says the exact opposite:
Why is a first-round bye so desired? Of the past 21 Super Bowl winners, 15 skipped wild-card weekend. That includes the last 49ers team to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, when they ruled as a No.1 seed in the 1994 season. Bypassing the opening round historically has provided an easier path to the Super Bowl. Then again, those first-round byes are rewarded to the top two teams in each conference, so they're favored to advance, anyhow. Since 1990, 30 out of 84 teams with first-round byes reached the Super Bowl. Of the 12 teams that made it there as a No.2 seed, six prevailed as world champions, the latest being the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers.