Today we're going to be looking at the NFL, with team-by-team predictions, and fast-fowarding to Superbowl match-up and winner. I'll be back next week for a detailed preview of my favorite team: The Denver Broncos
Buffalo Bills 8-8; Show me something before I believe.
Miami Dolphins 6-10; A much improved club under Big Bill's leadership and solid QB play from Pennington
New England Patriots 13-3; I don't see New England coming 'back to the field' too much, although the age on defense can't escape AFC offenses this year. Even under the mad-genius' schemes. Great record is due impart to an unbelievably weak schedule.
New York Jets 8-8; I don't see much improvement with Brett Favre changing uniforms. It's an 8-8 league, and this team will be a decent 8-8. Winning a couple on Favre's arm, and losing a couple on him slinging it around carelessly like in the NFC Championship game...
Dallas Cowboys 11-5; A very solid 11-5, however I can see this team reading a bit too many of its' summer press-clippings in a very tough NFC East
New York Giants 7-9; This team is more ripe for a Superbowl hangover than any past champion I can remember. They've lost key personnel and I just don't see them getting it done in their own division, let alone the conference.
Philadelphia Eagles 11-5; Wildcard team, with excellent all around season. They will rebound. Great organization.
Washington Redskins 8-8; A decent team, with good pieces will also have really solid coaching. QB play is everything in this league, and I just don't see Jason Campbell getting it done.
Baltimore Ravens 4-12; I just don't see anything to write home about here. In fact, I would close the team offices and give everything back to the City of Cleveland.
Cincinnati Bengals 8-8; Same story, different year. Marv Lewis leaves at the end of the year. Bungals are back.
Cleveland Browns 8-8; Not buying all of the hype. Tough schedule, but benefit of having to travel the least number of miles in the NFL. I just don't think Anderson is the long term answer at QB. In this division, limiting turnovers and being able to run the ball is everything.
Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4; Which brings us to the team that will do that best. Look for a great year in Pittsburgh from QB, both tailbacks, and the defense.
Chicago Bears 3-13; Fresno St. will have better QB play this year. Disaster in waiting. I would burn my equipment, throw it in Lake Michigan and quit.
Detroit Lions 6-10; They're the Lions. What more needs to be said. The teams' logo should be "6&10". Gross.
Green Bay Packers 10-6; I feel Aaron Rogers gets it done in caretaker form at QB, and the depth of the roster comes through time & again this year.
Minnesota Vikings 11-5; Adrian Peterson scares me. Tavaris Jackson does not. Running the ball and stopping the run still works. This team will be very good.
Houston Texans 10-6; In the best division in football, a very well coached, great pass-rush and very solid run game with a caretaker at QB, this team would runaway with any NFC division besides the East. Thing is, they're in the AFC and the South. Brutal schedule. With 19 former Broncos in the organization, "Denver South" will miss the playoffs. Barely.
Indianapolis Colts 11-5; Slow start will be overcome by Peyton being Peyton once he's fully healthy.
Jacksonville Jaguars 11-5; Solid, solid football team. I don't think Garrard has ever thrown an interception. Even if he does this year, they're still winning 11 games.
Tennessee Titans 4-12; Vince Young will be out of a job by week 9. Total sham.
Atlanta Falcons 3-10; They would be 3-13, but they will probably quit like their coward coach Bobby Petrino did last year. Poor Matt Ryan.
Carolina Panthers 8-8; Average team that never plays average football. They play really good, and surprisingly bad.
New Orleans Saints 11-5; Good football team. Defense will be much improved with Ced Ellis. QB play will be amazing, and maybe, just maybe, Reggie Bush will average more than 3.8 yards per carry
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7; Love Garcia, but last year was more of an aberration for this team.
Denver Broncos 11-5; Run defense will return to its' top-5 form that is has held for all of this century until last year's Jim Bates debacle. Look for a franchise year from Jay Cutler. (at least 30 TD's and 4,000 yards). No, Selvin Young will not have 2,000 yards, but the Broncos RB's will have more than 2,300 yards--which means they are a playoff team.
Kansas City Chiefs 8-8; Well coached. Good talent. It's an 8-8 league. Young team will play 8-8 ball.
Oakland Raiders 5-11; They're the Raiders. Napolean Kaufman...err, Darren McFadden will win them five games, Jamarcus the fat, will lose them 5 games. The other 6 will be lost by penalty and turnovers.
San Diego Chargers 13-3; The best team in the AFC. As much as it pains me to say it. Man, I wish Marty was still there to jack something up in the post-season. Maybe LT will pout or the jackass Phillip Rivers will start a bar fight in week 12.
Arizona Cardinals 10-6; Seriously, I do believe this will be the year that the good drafts and personnel finally come together under Whisenhunt. This team has the talent on both sides of the ball to get it done, and Leinart, though not my vote for most mature QB, will mature enough on the field to lead this team to the division title. St. Louis Rams 9-7; Never sure what to make of this team. Now that Stephen Jackson got paid, will he rush for 2,000 yards, or pull a hamstring in week 4.
San Francisco 49ers 6-10; Whoa, again, Fresno St will have better QB play this year.
Seattle Seahawks 8-8; I respect Holmgren, but this team missed its window. The Dallas Mavericks of the NFL, people still think they're better than they are, and they royally blew their one championship opportunity
The only thing that matters in this years' playoffs is that the Broncos will be back. They will lose their second game to San Diego and I will cry for 6 months. So, I wont bore myself (or you the loyal reader) with week-by-week predictions or playoffs scenarios; I'll fast-forward to the end: Chargers over Cowboys in Superbowl XLIII.