As for competing with SD, I don't see a difference between being the #4 or the #3 seed.
Thanks for catching my miss, everyone. Jax can't get the #3 unless they passed Indy.
Here's what I think the big- no, HUGE- difference is between the #3 seed and the #4:Probable teams faced before AFCC as #3 seed:
IndianapolisProbable teams faced before AFCC as #4 seed:
The difficulty difference between those two roads is gigantic, IMO.
Just to clarify, because I don't really disagree --
I see what you're getting at, but a 'huge' difference? Eh.
What's the difference between these schedules:
A) Cleveland, Indy, NE
B) Jacksonville, NE, Indy
I agree that A offers a better shot at getting to the AFCC, but I don't particularly care, this year, about the difference between losing the AFCC or losing in an earlier round. And since getting to the Super Bowl will require beating NE, I don't think it matters what round we face them in.
I do agree with your implication that we match up better against Cleveland than against Jacksonville. But again, I think if this team can't beat the Jaguars, we wouldn't have beaten New England anyway. (Exception being if we kill the Pats this Sunday and then lose our wildcard game because the jags ran several flukey fumbles back for TDs or something!)