2010 NFL Division Preview: NFC South

For those of you that don’t count down the days until the start of the football season, it is officially 40 days until the first Sunday of the NFL season, and 37 days until the opening game when the Vikings will be visiting the Saints on September 9. My plan is to write one (of eight) division preview every five or six days between now and then. I’m going to hold off as long as possible on writing the NFC North preview because of the never-ending Brett Favre saga. I realize there are reports that he’s told the team he won’t be playing this year, but I don’t think they’re going to give up that easily. Until we’re within a week or so of that first game I’m taking all of the reports with a grain of salt because I don’t want to write an entire division preview assuming one way or the other and risk it being the wrong assumption. And you should never assume – just ask Michael Clarke Duncan. Continue reading

2009 NFL Prediction Review

I recently had it brought to my attention by a commenter that I essentially don’t know anything about the NFL. This comment was made on my 2009 NFL Predictions post from April 30, 2009. I found it odd that he chose to comment on these rather than my final 2009 predictions, which went up about four-and-a-half months later on September 10. Either way, I’m sure this commenter feels good about him-or her-self for having the same 20/20 hindsight as the rest of us. There wasn’t much substance to the comment so I didn’t really have anything I could specifically defend. So I’ll point out the mistakes myself. I was pretty far off on a handful of teams: the Steelers, Giants, Redskins, Saints and Bengals. Continue reading

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

This is going to be the first in an 11 part series – one for each game of the NFL playoffs. Bryan took care of the predictions, no matter how much I disagree with them. I’ll leave those alone and just do a game by game preview. This one is obviously about the Jets/Bengals game, which makes sense, seeing as it’s the first game of the postseason.

I want to start this one by saying that I believe this will be a ridiculously close and hard fought game. Don’t let last week’s game fool you. The Bengals weren’t about to tip their hand to the team that they would likely be playing in the playoffs the very next week. The Jets crushed the Bengals 37 to 0, but as I said, I think the Bengals were holding back quite a bit. Starting running back, Cedric Benson, didn’t even play. Continue reading

Peyton Manning Gets 4th MVP

This is huge. Peyton got his record setting fourth NFL regular season MVP award. It’s reported that he got 39.5 of the 50 total votes. Drew Brees was second with 7.5, Philip Rivers got two and Brett Favre got one and Chris Johnson got none. This is huge. Nobody in NFL history has ever won this award four times and Peyton still has a whole lot of good years left in front of him. It’s not out of the question for him to win this award two more times, and I’d actually be surprised if he didn’t get one more. Continue reading

Can you say karma?

By now most of you know how much of a boiling hatred I have for the new england patriots. I remember practically dancing while I wrote this post and making Bryan write this post because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it in a non-biased way. At this point you might be asking yourself “what could he possibly have to complain about with respect to the patriots now? They failed to make the playoffs and they lost to the Colts this year. He should be happy” and my response to you is that I am happy, but I read something that made me even happier.

Let me explain. Continue reading

My “Power Rankings”

Okay, so I know it’s a bit early for this, but as you very well may have caught on, the NFL is year round for me. Plus it makes me feel better that ESPN released theirs about a month ago. Also, many people seemed to think that the simulations I did reflected how I thought things would turn out. So here are my offseason power rankings:

1. New York Giants – They’re the champs until they lose.

2. Indianapolis Colts – Added depth along the d-line and o-line, and brought back Rhodes.

3. San Diego Chargers – A healthy and hungry LT, this will be a great team.

4. new england patriots – Resigned Moss, but defense will struggle.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jack Del Rio is a great coach and if Garrard plays like last year, they will be good.

6. Dallas Cowboys – Lack of depth at wide receiver could hurt them, as well as potential character issues.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers – Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall will be a great tandem.

8. Cleveland Browns – The offense has some nice weapons, but the fate of this team depends on the defense.

9. Washington Redskins – A young team with a lot of potential, we’ll see what happens.

10. Minnesota Vikings – If AP plays like he did last year this team is my pick for the NFC North.

11. New Orleans Saints – A strong off season will help them bounce back from a disapponting season.

12. Green Bay Packers – They lost Favre, who was their backbone and leader, can the prevail?

13. Seattle Seahawks – Without a running game can they stay on top of the NFC West?

14. Philadelphia Eagles – Can McNabb stay healthy? Can a better secondary turn this team around?

15. Arizona Cardinals – Will they finally play up to their potential? If they do then they’re in the playoffs.

16. Tennessee Titans – They didn’t make many improvements this offseason, but they didn’t get worse either.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will Warrick Dunn’s return help push this team over the top?

18. Houston Texans – A team on the rise, could pass the Titans in the division.

19. Buffalo Bills – Picking up Marcus Stroud will help, but will it be enough to get a wild card spot?

20. Carolina Panthers – If Jake Delhomme is healthy they could easily be a playoff contender.

21. New York Jets – Lots of offseason acquisitions could help this team find themselves in the playoff race.

22. Baltimore Ravens – Strong defense as always, but do they have a quarterback that can help this team win?

23. Oakland Raiders – Had a lot of free agency pick-ups, which may help this team get second in the AFC West.

24. Denver Broncos – I feel like you never know what you’re going to get out of the Broncos from year to year.

25. St. Louis Rams – If Bulger and Jackson can stay healthy, this team could have a good year.

26. Detroit Lions – Can they find a way to win with a high powered air assault with nothing else?

27. Cincinnati Bengals – Too many off the field issues will keep this team from being successful.

28. San Francisco 49ers – It’ll be a while before I see this team having a good season.

29. Kansas City Chiefs – This is a rebuilding year, with a lot of young talent, but that’s about it.

30. Chicago Bears – Until they permanently replace rex grossman this team won’t find a rhythm.

31. Miami Dolphins – The Big Tuna has made some changes but don’t expect an immediate turn around.

32. Atlanta Falcons – New coach, new QB, they’re on the right track, but it’s going to take a few years.

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