Predicting an NFL season is not one of the easiest tasks in sports. With a salary structure that almost guarantees parity, there are always a few surprises. If you had the Arizona Cardinals going to the Super Bowl at this time last year, please e-mail me your predictions for this year, because I’ve got a hole in the bathroom wall that I’d really like to fix.
Nevertheless, I will make a few predictions;
*A receiver will make headlines by being a jerk.
*At least one NFL player will be arrested at some point in the season.
*Tom Brady’s name will be mentioned by the media more often than all Jacksonville Jaguars put together.
*My wife and I will go crazy once a week between now and, we hope, February.
* - Wild Card
Pioneers of the Wildcat offense and a team headed in the right direction.
New England 8-8
Misses the playoffs again with no controversy this time.
NY Jets 7-9
Mark Sanchez could be one of the greats, but it will take a while.
Lots of drama from T.O. and not much else.
New players fill in the remaining gaps—have they gotten even better?
Flacco figures to improve, but age catching up on defense?
The most interesting floor show in the league. Enjoy.
QB controversy continues, Stallworth suspended, not much progress.
San Diego 13-3
Truly dominant in a weak division. LT will have another awesome year.
Kansas City 8-8
Someone has to be second here.
Fistfights between coaches are not a good omen.
These are the Broncos that Hank Scorpio gave to Homer Simpson.
This is the year that they put it together.
Winning one for the Gipper takes them to a wild card.
Age starting to catch up with this group, too.
Home game blackouts? Bet they’ll be in L.A. by 2013.
The battle royal: Eagles fans vs. PETA in the parking lot before the game.
NY Giants 9-7
WR is the big question. Who doesn’t love to hear Chris Berman say, “GEEE-men!”?
The billion dollar stadium! The scoreboard! The egos! Only in Dallas.
Has any other sports franchise spent so much to get so little?
Favre gets the headlines, but the real star is Adrian Peterson.
*Green Bay 10-6
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers comes into his own and Pack fans forget Brent.
Not sure getting Cutler was a great bargain.
Matthew Stafford is Bill Clinton’s love child.
No fluke. Solid at nearly every position.
*San Francisco 10-6
Singletary has this team ready to surprise. Anything to keep him from dropping trou.
Which Seahawks will we see this year? One of the league’s question marks.
St. Louis 4-10
This is the year they start going up.
Now that Matt Ryan knows not to give away his counts, look out.
New Orleans 9-7
Highest-octane offense around. Who says Arena Football is dead?
Trouble in the front office, looked bad in preseason. This division’s Seahawks.
Tampa Bay 5-11
Rebuilding in first year with coach Raheem Morris. This division’s Rams.
AFC Wild Card:
Miami over Indianapolis
Houston over Tennessee
NFC Wild Card:
Atlanta over San Francisco
Green Bay over Philadelphia
AFC Second Round:
Pittsburgh over Houston
San Diego over Miami
NFC Second Round:
Green Bay over Minnesota
Atlanta over Arizona
Pittsburgh over San Diego
Atlanta over Green Bay
Super Bowl XLIV:
Pittsburgh 27, Atlanta 13
Well, what did you expect me to say? GO STEELERS!