UconnBuckeye wrote:wouldn't they count more? seeing as they know more about what kind of team you are
IE Houston knowing how to shove the ball down Indy's throat
You're making my point. If a team loses a division game, it's sometimes because of familiarity with the opponent. Look at the Browns yesterday. Are we going to anoint them as a Super Bowl contender because they beat the Bengals and their explosive offense? No, because Cleveland knew what was coming. Jacksonville got their lunch handed to them two weeks in a row. Indianapolis comes in, and they win.
What was Cleveland's reward for winning yesterday? Opening at +3 at home against the Falcons next week, a team that did not look all that impressive in their outdoor game at Pittsburgh in Week 1, and had to scrape to beat San Francisco yesterday. You can make an argument against both teams' wins yesterday carrying little weight...yet one team will be at 6-5 odds this Sunday. The book has swung and missed with the opening line here.
Conference games are where a team truly shows its mettle. They're not interconference games, where you see the opponent every four years, or familiar division games. With a conference game taking place sometimes every year (look at the long stretch of NE-IND, and before that, NE-DEN tilts), those are the games in which a team truly shows its ability to learn from past mistakes and draw up a game plan based on the opponents' tendencies.
Considering that Chicago and New York were even on turnovers, that game should have been closer in score. Chicago's defense did their jobs. They just got tired because their putrid offense couldn't keep the defense on the bench. Hard to win when your time of possession is a mere 26 minutes. Chicago got exposed on national television, while the Giants proved that they could take care of business, and perhaps even win the NFC East by default.