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NFL Predictions – Part 2

It’s official, the NFL season has begun, and before week 1 completes, I need to get in the my NFC picks.

NFC East – Again this year the Philadelphia Eagles look like the team to beat on paper, but I do not have the confidence in Michael Vick that others may. Eli Manning has Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to work with on offense, and with the speed and strength of their defensive line, I see the Giants taking the division. With Cam Newton’s breakout last year, teams are prepared for the scrambling offense again, so I don’t see RGIII breaking out his rookie year.

NFC North – Even though I’m a Bears guy, I have to go with the Green Bay Packers to take this division, and I would also think they will earn a bye in round 1. Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings…do I need to go on? I expect Rodgers to pass for over 300 and 2TDs a game, plus with addition of Cedric Benson, they may actually have a viable run game. I see Detroit being right behind them and likely one of the wild card slots, because the Stafford/Megatron connection may just be as good as Montana/Rice and Aikman/Irvin. Sorry Forte, our Bears’ defense just isn’t what it once was, and with Brian Urlacher’s health in question, I don’t see a playoff run in the future.

NFC West – If anyone in the world isn’t expecting San Francisco to run away with the division hasn’t been watching football in the last few years. The Arizona Cardinals, though have Larry Fitzgerald, lack anyone worthy of throwing the football, the Rams simply don’t have any weapons other than Bradford and Jackson, and Seattle has all their eggs in the Marshawn Lynch basket. With the best defense since the ’85 Bears, the 49ers can average 14 points a game and I would still estimate an average winning margin of 4.

NFC South – What may look to be another gimme  conference, Drew Brees should take his team far again this season, possibly earning the other bye for the NFC. Unless Matt Ryan can have a miraculous comeback from last year, I don’t see Atlanta going too far. Similar to my feelings about Washington, Carolina likely won’t go far because defenses now have a year’s worth of tape on Cam. Though Tampa may have made some nice additions in free agency and the draft, I still see this year as another to rebuild.

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NFL Predictions – Part 1

That time of the year has come. Tomorrow the NFL season kicks off, and I would like to provide you with my predictions for this upcoming NFL season. You may recall, last year I didn’t even have the New York Giants making the playoffs, and had the “Dream Team” Eagles going deep. Let’s see if I can do any better this year.

AFC East – Tom Brady is the man! Some may compare him to Lebron or Kobe, someone who simply dominates the game. With all the offensive tools he has including new fan-favorite Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots will likely make a big splash this year. The Jets, though not scoring much this offseason, has the defense to still win games, and with Tebow-mania headed to the Big Apple, you never know what type of offenses Rex Ryan will throw in the field.

AFC North – This is looking like it may be another Steelers/Ravens rivalry headlining this division, but my vote would go to Baltimore on this. Flacco has really come into his own, and with Ray Rice behind him, the defenses are stacking the box leaving him plenty of open space to throw to. Their strong defense led by Ray Lewis will again lead them to the playoffs. The Steelers will likely be in the hunt as Big Ben Roethlisberger never goes down without a fight, and look for this year’s sleeper to be the Cincinnati Bengals with tons of young talent.

AFC West – Possibly the weakest division in football, I would say none of these teams make the playoffs except one of them has to. If not for Peyton Manning joining the Broncos, I would say the spot would go to whichever team stays healthiest longest. Assuming he comes back at around 80% of what he once was in Indy, the Broncos should take the division easily, though the Chargers could surge if players like Rivers and Gates can produce up to their potential.

AFC South – Will this be the return for Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans? With a new quarterback behind the helm and a healthy CJ, The Titans may just have a competing team this year. Still, though, I will stick to the same pick I had last year, and go with the Houston Texans to take the South, and possibly a bye into week 1 of the playoffs. So many offensive weapons and a defense that should be ranked top 3, expect Schaub, Foster and Johnson to put up huge offensive numbers and bring Texas back on map for football (sorry, Cowboys fans).

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