Season predictions: Look for season of Brees, Eagles

by | Senior Writer

The season kicks off Thursday night at the home of the champion Packers, so it's time to get on the record.

Here's predicting every division finish, playoff round, Super Bowl and every individual award winner. Let us know how we did in February, if not sooner:

NFC East: 1) Philadelphia 2) Dallas 3) N.Y. Giants 4) Washington

NFC North: 1) Green Bay 2) Detroit 3) Chicago 4) Minnesota

NFC South: 1) New Orleans 2) Atlanta 3) Tampa Bay 4) Carolina

NFC West: 1) St. Louis 2) Arizona 3) San Francisco 4) Seattle

NFC wild card: Atlanta over St. Louis; New Orleans over Detroit

NFC divisional: Atlanta over Green Bay; Philadelphia over New Orleans

NFC championship: Philadelphia over Atlanta

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AFC East: 1) New England 2) N.Y. Jets 3) Miami 4) Buffalo

AFC North: 1) Baltimore 2) Pittsburgh 3) Cleveland 4) Cincinnati

AFC South: 1) Houston 2) Indianapolis 3) Jacksonville 4) Tennessee

AFC West: 1) San Diego 2) Kansas City 3) Oakland 4) Denver

AFC wild card: Baltimore over N.Y. Jets; Houston over Pittsburgh

AFC divisional: San Diego over Baltimore; New England over Houston

AFC championship: San Diego over New England

Super Bowl: Philadelphia over San Diego

Individual awards

MVP: Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego
He led the league in yards passing without quality receivers. Imagine what happens now.

Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
He's dangerous as it is, but now he's in a contract drive. Lock up your defensive backs.

Coach of the Year: Gary Kubiak, Houston
The Texans have never been to the playoffs. They will now. This is Kubiak's reward.

Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit
Dirty? No, he's unblockable. He was the runaway Defensive Rookie of the Year. This is the logical sequel.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati
So the Bengals aren't very good. He's their best receiver, and Cincinnati will play from behind. Meaning? Lots of passing, that's what.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller, LB, Denver
Five minutes into a practice, I asked who the blur rushing the passer was. You're looking at him.

Comeback Player of the Year: Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay
He missed parts of the past two seasons, including most of 2010. If he's healthy there's no one who can cover him.

Team on the rise: Houston
The door has been cracked, and the Texans will rush in. Best offseason move: Hiring Wade Phillips. He'll plug the holes in a leaky defense.

Team on the decline: Indianapolis
So now we find out what the Colts look like without Peyton Manning. Look out below.

Best free-agent signing: Johnathan Joseph, CB, Houston
Houston had the worst pass defense in the league. Joseph is one of the top corners anywhere. Put the two together, and it's a beautiful marriage.

Worst free-agent signing: Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Seattle
Darrell Bevell coached him in Minnesota, so he knows the guy. The question I have, Darrell, is ... why? He stunk there. He will stink here.


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