So it comes down to the following non Essendon games that will make or break our push for finals:
Round 21 - Demons v Saints
Demons win, then they must lose against Lions or Collingwood.
Saints win, they must lose against North or Tigers.
Preference is for a Saints win as the Tigers game is more loseable. Demons could easily lose against the Pies though.
Round 22 - Bulldogs v Port
Bulldogs lose and we can make the 8 regardless of who wins between Dees and Saints. Unlikely against a Port team that is down at the moment.
Dees v Lions
Is it possible? Can the Dees lose this? Anything is possible as Lions have been brave, but yeah nah.
Round 23 - Pies v Dees
If the Pies continue their winning streak… who knows? Dees have had the edge in these encounters though.
Hawks v Bulldogs
The Hawks can do us a favour here and a big one at that. Will take away the concern around the other games seeing its a Friday night game.
Saints v Tigers
It was not long ago when the Saints absolutely smashed the Tigers, why cant it happen again. If they win the next 3 including this match (and assuming Bulldogs win every game) then it is % between us and the Dees. My predictions have it as only 0.5% if a difference therefore it is down to the wire.
Summary: Assuming we win every game with a 12-30 point margin in each, we have matches in the next 3 weekends which can go our way and give us a finals berth. Is Lady Luck with Essendon???