It looks like this next week could have a fairly major effect on the beatpath graph. Read on for a quick discussion of the upcoming games.
The schedule shows a couple of games that could have an obvious huge effect. First is Jacksonville at St. Louis. I wouldn’t put it past St. Louis to win this game. Another is Washington at the Giants, and I really wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants win. If both those happen, two of Denver’s long beatpaths would be obliterated, weakening their place at the top. On the other hand, they’ve got a chance to add a new one over Philly. Finally, the Buffalo@New England game will shorten some beatpath loops, so we’ll see some arrows show up, including the probable reappearance of New England’s win over Atlanta.
The main thread of DEN/IND => JAC => PIT => CIN is not threatened. However, if PHI beats DEN and SD beats KC, there’s a possibility of seeing Philly emerge with the longest beatpath of anyone, even without having a beatpath over Denver or Indy… why? Well, it’s a brainteaser – see if you can figure it out. Don’t consider any of the other games.