WHIPLASH: NFL Predictions

Every prognosticator feels some uneasiness when predicting a season before it starts because you always know that if you just had a few more pieces of information you would have done substantially better. And inevitably what you thought changes so quickly it gives you whiplash. That, in a nutshell, is the genesis of the Whiplash column. It’s my chance to come back a few weeks later and see if that information really would have made that big of a difference. So here are the revised picks less than 1/5th of the way through the season:

NFC East: (Not a lot of changes from last time, but some minor tweaks)

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
2. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
t3. Washington Redskins (8-8)
t3. New York Giants (8-8)

The Michael Vick Experience 2.0 is proving to be a force to be reckoned with and that pushes the Eagles to the top. Additionally the Cowboys and Giants don’t quite look up to their previous billing.

NFC North: (One BIG shift and some other corrections)

1. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
2. Chicago Bears (10-6)
3. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
4. Detroit Lions (6-10)

The Bears are clearly a completely different team than what I thought pre-season. Green Bay seems to be who we thought they were and both of the others seem just a step below originally thought.

NFC West: (Even worse than we thought)

1. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
2. Arizona Cardinals (6-10)
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
4. St. Louis Rams (5-11)

I almost picked a team to win the division at 7-9, but I think there are a couple things that will just bounce the right way for a barely winning season.

NFC South: (Mainly changed at the bottom)

1. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
2. New Orleans Saints (10-6)
3. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-10)
4. Carolina Panthers (4-12)

Things seem to be bouncing Atlanta’s way a smidge more than New Orleans but both still seem destined for the playoffs. Carolina is TERRIBLE and I’ve always thought that Claussen will be the worst of the big 4 QB’s from this draft and I stand by that.

AFC East: (I’m sure it won’t be but there’s not enough new knowledge for any changes)

1. New York Jets (10-6)
2. New England Patriots (9-7)
3. Miami Dolphins (8-8)
4. Buffalo Bills (3-13)

AFC North: (Flip Flop at the top)

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
2. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
4. Cleveland Browns (6-10)

The Steelers are REALLY good. If they are this strong without Big Ben it’s crazy what their ceiling could be.

AFC West: (Sunday Jumble)

1. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)
3. Denver Broncos (6-10)
4. Oakland Raiders (5-11)

The Chargers are probably the best team, but when you look at the way the schedule plays out, it’s very favorable for the Chiefs. I wanted to say 8-8, but looking at the remaining schedule I just don’t see fewer than 6 more wins.

AFC South: (More of the same)

1. Indianapolis (12-4)
2. Houston (9-7)
3. Tennessee (7-9)
4. Jacksonville (5-11)

And now for the revised Playoff outlook…

NFC Playoff Teams: Dallas, Green Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle
AFC Playoff Teams: New York, Baltimore, San Diego, Indianapolis, New England, Pittsburgh
NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia over Atlanta
AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh over Indianapolis
Super Bowl: Pittsburgh over Philadelphia
And what do we have for awards? Well I’m glad you asked:
NFL MVP: Peyton Manning
NFL Rookie of the Year: Jahvid Best

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