2010 NFL Division Preview: NFC East

Yesterday I put up a post by Michael Wright that gave 15 thoughts he had about his New York Football Giants for this upcoming season. I hinted that my NFC East preview would be written in the near future so here it is. This is the third installment of my eight-part preview of the 2010 NFL season, breaking it down division by division. In each of these posts I will preview each team in the division and then at the end I will predict who will win the division and how the other three teams will end up behind them.

To read my other divisional previews just click on the appropriate link:

NFC South

NFC West

In the NFC East we have had a lot of drama this offseason. A face-of-the-franchise quarterback being traded to another team within the division. Big name veteran free agency signings. A team trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2009 season. A team trying to build on their first playoff win since 1996. We had a big name quarterback get bloodied in the preseason opener. There was a prima donna receiver refusing to carry pads. You get the idea. Let’s jump in.

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins Continue reading

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Colts Offense – WMD

Editors note: I recognize how unrealistic this idea is, but it sure is fun to think about.

Sanders being a beast

A little over a week ago I wrote a post where I mentioned that I would soon be breaking down what makes next year for the Colts exciting. One of the things that I’m stoked about is that it sounds like Bob Sanders is healthier than he has been in a long, long time. This post though (as you can guess from the title) is about the offense, and honestly the magnitude of firepower that the Colts have on the offensive side of the ball is enough in itself to have me excited about next year. However I received some inspiration to probe a little more thoroughly into the possibilities that this gives us when I read this quote from Jim Caldwell: Continue reading

2010 Pro Bowl Rosters

Here are the rosters for the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl with comments from Michael Wright. From here down are the words of Mr. Wright:
2010 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters
M.D. Wright
12.29.09

***EDITOR’S NOTE: Changes may be made due to potential for injuries, but these are the results of all the voting.

AFC
OFFENSE

* – First Player Listed Is STARTER Continue reading

NFL Preview: AFC South

For those of you that realize the first game of the 2009 NFL season is less than 48 hours away from kicking off you will probably be wondering how I expect to be able to finish the rest of these division previews. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a good question but I think I can pull it off. The game on Thursday is between the Titans and Steelers, so by doing the AFC South today and the AFC North tomorrow I’ll have those teams out of the way. On Thursday I will likely do two, those being the AFC East and the NFC North. On Friday I will again do two, the NFC South and the NFC East. Saturday brings UCLA to Knoxville to face my Volunteers and I highly doubt that I’ll be posting anything that day. So on Sunday morning and early afternoon I will churn out the NFC West, because all of the NFC West teams kickoff at 4:15 ET on Sunday. So if I actually manage to pull this off, that’s how it’s going to happen.

On to the AFC South. This is the division I know the most about because this is the division that contains my Colts but I’m going to try to keep this one shorter (yeah right) than my 1400-word AFC West post. The teams in the AFC South this year will be facing the AFC East and the NFC West. This should provide for some interesting matchups, the most intriguing of which is the always anticipated Colts vs cheaters patriots game, which takes place this year on November 15 in Indianapolis. Continue reading

NFL Playoffs Seedings

With only the game tonight between the Chargers and Broncos remaining and it being the one regular season game left unplayed, I thought I’d bring everyone up to date  one how the things currently stand.

In the NFC the seedings look like this:

1. New York Giants

2. Carolina Panthers

3. Minnesota Vikings

4. Arizona Cardinals

5. Atlanta Falcons

6. Philadelphia Eagles

In the AFC the seedings look like this:

1. Tennessee Titans

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

3. Miami Dolphins Continue reading

What Does Your Team Need To Do? (Part II)

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I thought I’d put up another one of these, seeing how a lot of things happened during week 16 that either solidified team’s positions or eliminated their playoff hopes. So here is what everyone else needs to have happen to make it in. Unlike last time, I am much more confident in what I have found out. Again, by using the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures, this is what I have come up with.

On the NFC side of things the Giants and Cardinals have clinched the East and West divisions respectively. The Giants have also clinched the first seed, giving them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Panthers and Falcons have also each clinched playoff spots, though neither has actually clinched their division. The Lions, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, and Redskins have all been eliminated from the playoffs.

Here’s how things can play out for those who still have something to clinch in NFC:

Carolina Panthers:
The Panthers will clinch the NFC South and the NFC’s second seed (also giving them a first round bye) if they win in New Orleans against the Saints or if the Falcons lose to the Rams.

Atlanta Falcons:
The Falcons will clinch the NFC South and the NFC’s second seed (also giving them a first round bye) if they beat the Rams and the Panthers lose to the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings:
The Vikings will clinch the NFC North and the NFC’s third seed if they beat the Giants or if the Bears lose in Houston to the Texans.

Chicago Bears:

The Bears will clinch the NFC North and the NFC’s third seed if they beat the Texans and the Vikings lose to the Giants. However, if the Bears fail to win their division, they can still clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Texans and both the Cowboys lose in Philly to the Eagles and the Buccaneers lose at home to Oakland.

Dallas Cowboys:
The Cowboys will clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles:
The Eagles will clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Cowboys and both the Buccaneers lose to the Raiders and the Bears lose to the Texans. The Eagles will also clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Cowboys and both the Buccaneers lose to the Raiders and the Vikings lose to the Giants.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Buccaneers will clinch a wild-card spot if one of the following three things happen:

  1. They beat the Raiders and the Cowboys lose to or tie with the Eagles.
  2. They tie with the Raiders, the Cowboys lose to the Eagles and the Vikings lose to or tie with the Giants.
  3. They tie with the Raiders, the Cowboys lose to the Eagles and the Bears lose to or tie with the Texans.

In the AFC the Titans and Steelers have clinched the South and North divisions respectively and both have also clinched first-round byes. The Titans have also clinched the AFC’s first seed, giving them home-field throughout the playoffs, and leaving the Steelers with the AFC’s second seed. Oh, and my Colts clinched a wild-card spot and the AFC’s fifth seed! The Bengals, Browns, Texans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, and Bills are still the only teams in the AFC to have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Here’s how things can play out for those who still have something to clinch in the AFC:

Denver Broncos:
The Broncos will clinch the AFC West and the AFC’s fourth seed if the beat the Chargers in San Diego.

San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers will clinch the AFC West if they win at home against the Broncos.

Baltimore Ravens:
The Ravens will clinch the remaining wild-card spot and the AFC’s sixth seed with a win at home over the Jaguars.

Miami Dolphins:
The Dolphins will clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third seed if they beat the Jets in New York.

New England Patriots:
The Patriots will clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third seed if the beat the Bills in Buffalo and the Dolphins lose to the Jets.

New York Jets:
The Jets clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third see if they beat the Dolphins at home and the Patriots lose in Buffalo to the Bills.

As always if you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share, you should feel free to leave a comment, or you can always take a look at our “Contact Us” page to send us an email.

AFC Draft Grades

With these draft grades, I’m not evaluating how much I think their draft will benefit their team, but instead I’m evaluating how well I think they used the draft picks that they had. The reason I’m specifying is because teams like Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, and San Diego, who each only had 5 draft picks would be at a disadvantage to a team like Kansas City who had 12 picks, and while those numbers would effect how much a draft class will impact a team, they don’t however help reflect how well the team drafted with what they had to work with. You can also check out my NFC Draft Grades.

So what I did is I took each pick made by a team and determined if it was a reach, or if they got value out of the pick and then by how much. To do this I used various ‘big boards’ from reliable sources. I then awarded points based on how much of a reach or value it was, using negative points for reaches and positive points for picks with good value. Up to this point, this is how a lot of other sources out there would rate a teams draft class. This however is where mine is different, after finding each teams point total, I then divide that number by how many picks they had to find the average of how well they did with each pick. With some teams being negative, I brought the furthest negative number up to zero, and then brought all of the other teams up just as much in order to adjust making the total points out of 150. However, after doing this one time through, I realized that 8 of the 16 teams were graded with an F, so I then added an additional 200 points to all of the teams, leaving only one team with an F and having the final total points be out of 350.

Here are the results:

1. Kansas City: 346.25 = A

2. Miami: 343.33 = A

3. Jacksonville: 340.00 = A

4. Indianapolis: 327.78 = A

5. Pittsburgh: 310.00 = B+

6. Cleveland: 305.00 = B+

7. Oakland: 300.00 = B

8. Cincinnati: 299.50 = B

9. New York Jets: 286.67 = B-

10. Denver: 275.56 = C+

11. Buffalo: 275.00 =C+

12. Baltimore: 265.00 = C

13. Houston: 248.57 = C-

14. Tennessee: 240.00 = D+

15. new england: 215.00 = D-

16. San Diego: 200.00 = F

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