What will the NFL season hold? Well, clearly you have come to the right place because if you read it on the internet you know it’s true, so everything in this column can be counted on! We’ll take it division by division and break it down.
1. Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
2. New York Giants (9-7)
3. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
4. Washington Redskins (7-9)
Really I think the Cowboys are the class of this division but they have a very tough schedule that is ultimately going to keep them close to the rest of the pack in the East. The Giants aren’t scaring anyone, but with their pass rush, Eli, and the discipline of a Tom Coughlin team, they will be there at the end. The Redskins will be better but just can’t get over the top in one of the toughest divisions in football.
1. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
2. Minnesota Vikings (9-7)
3. Detroit Lions (7-9)
4. Chicago Bears (5-11)
Green Bay’s offense is incredibly explosive and I expect them to be able to simply outscore opponents all year long. I do think that Minnesota is already showing signs of things unravelling and that they will not be able to replicate their season from a year ago. The big jump is Detroit, and while it’s not a winning season, it’s hope and the promise of better things to come anchored by a defensive line that will be a force to be reckoned with.
1. San Francisco 49ers (9-7)
2. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
3. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
4. St. Louis Rams (4-12)
Who ordered the Poo-Poo Platter?! This division is appalling. I really don’t feel any desire to give it much attention, but I will say that the 9ers seem poised to be the best of the mediocre. Note: I had Arizona lower when Leinart was the starting QB
1. New Orleans Saints (12-4)
2. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
3. Carolina Panthers (8-8)
4. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-12)
This should be an entertaining division. The Saints are the defending Super Bowl Champs and they seem poised to make another deep run into the playoffs. The Falcons, fresh off of their first back to back winning seasons, will make it three in a row built on a dominant ground game and improved secondary. Carolina will be much improved as long as Moore is at QB. John Fox knows how to get the most out of his players, at least until Clausen gets onto the field. And Tampa is Tampa… the post-Dungy/Gruden era has not been kind to them.
1. New York Jets (10-6)
2. New England Patriots (9-7)
3. Miami Dolphins (8-8)
4. Buffalo Bills (3-13)
The Jets have been hyped strongly all pre-season, but the reality is that they are a lucky team coming off a 9-7 season with a young QB who throws a lot of interceptions. They are good though and if Revis comes back (and that is an assumption with this pick) then they will come out on top. The Pats are good and their offense could be VERY good, but with injuries and holes in the defense, it just looks like a 9 win season. The Dolphins are going to be solid and cause headaches to all of their opponents.
1. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
4. Cleveland Browns (7-9)
Why the Ravens? Why not?! The Steelers are without their top two quarterbacks for a quarter of the season. The Bengals violate the rule of 2 wide receivers with their own VH1 reality shows, and the Browns are the Cleveland Browns and if you haven’t noticed, things aren’t exactly rolling along merrily for folks in Cleveland these days.
1. San Diego Chargers (10-6)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-10)
3. Denver Broncos (6-10)
4. Oakland Raiders (5-11)
Ahhh… another poo-poo platter. The Western divisions are simply not the cream of the league. The Chargers are really suspect, but the other teams are just bad enough that they can’t help but go 10-6. And it’s really for Chiefs fans to feel better that they are listed second. There are improvements, but not enough yet. And the Raiders might jump forward but they have a fairly hard schedule.
1. Indianapolis (12-4)
2. Tennessee (9-7)
3. Houston (9-7)
4. Jacksonville (6-10)
It’s amusing how Indianapolis is getting no hype or love when they win 12 or more every single season. Here’s some love…they’ll be good like always. Tennessee continues to be solid and a pain to deal with for everyone else and they will get back to their winning ways (by the way… Jeff Fisher is a good coach!). Houston gets back to back winning seasons and back to back years of tough luck to miss the playoffs. And things start going poorly for Jacksonville and MJD does not play the full season.
So what does this mean for the postseason? Well, we know this too, because we are the internets!
NFC Playoff Teams: Dallas, Green Bay, San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, Vikings
AFC Playoff Teams: New York, Baltimore, San Diego, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh
NFC Championship Game: Green Bay over New Orleans
AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis over Baltimore
Super Bowl: Green Bay over Indianapolis
And what do we have for awards? Well I’m glad you asked:
NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers
NFL Rookie of the Year: Ndamukong Suh