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2009 NFL Preview - Part 1 (AFC)

Posted on: September 12, 2009 12:12 am
Edited on: September 12, 2009 12:57 am

Everybody loves power rankings. It's power rankings this, power rankings that. But you're only ranking 32 teams from 1-32. I have a better idea (not really my idea) - how about we actually guess the actual records of those teams and see who wins which division and who comes out on top in the playoffs? Much better...

Note: The NFL is one of the most weirdest leagues in all of sports. ANYTHING can happen throughout the season. I can be totally wrong. But I'll tell you this: I'm quite good in NFL Pools. x-division winner. y-wildcard winner. 


AFC East

1. x-New England Patriots (12-4) - With a healthy Brady, the Patriots offense should return to its 2007-2008 dominance. However, the defense is no longer as dominant. This could be a problem come playoff time. 

2. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - The Cinderella story of yesteryear looks to repeat its miracle. However, can Chad Pennington stay healthy? Will the defense play like it did last year? Who knows? 

3. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Did anybody see the Bills not making the playoffs after starting off 5-0? No Lynch for the first 4 games is going to hurt them. If Trent Edwards can get the ball to TO, they should be a bit better, but not by much. 

4. New York Jets (5-11) - I'm not a fan of Mark Sanchez. Depending on a rookie QB to lead a team in the Big Apple can't turn out too well. That said, the Jets defense should be solid and Thomas Jones should continue to put up good numbers.

AFC North

1. x-Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) - With an injured Polamalu, the Steelers defense becomes a bit weaker. The pass defense might have some trouble for the first couple of weeks, but this is still one of the NFL's top teams no matter what happens. 

2. y-Baltimore Ravens (11-5) - As long as Flacco continues to improve and the defense continues its beastliness, they will make the playoffs once again and be a tough cookie. 

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-11) - A healthy Carson Palmer could mean the return to being a mediocre to decent team once again. But is anybody really expecting Palmer to stay injury-free? 

4. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Eric Mangenius is already looking foolish by not even telling his players who their starting QB will be. This could be a long season for Cleveland fans - once again.  

AFC South

1. x-Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - I don't think a new coach should have the Colts going backwards. They have enough talent on offense and just a good enough defense to get by. 

2. y-Tennessee Titans (10-6) - They showed that they don't need Haynesworth to be a great defense this past Thursday. However, I don't know if LenDale White and Chris Johnson can repeat what they did last year. Still a decent team though. 

3. Houston Texans (9-7) - Everybody's favorite darkhorse team has to do one thing this year to succeed - stay healthy. If Schuab can play 14-16 games, Slaton builds on what he did last year, and the receivers stay healthy, this could be an offense to be reckoned with. However, even if they do make the playoffs, can their defense hold up? 

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) - After a very disappointing 2008, the Jaguars don't look too much better this year. If Jones-Drew can have a monster year while having the backfield to himself, it might help. 

AFC West

1. x-San Diego Chargers (12-4) - If Shawne Merriman can escape his off the field troubles, the defense should return to dominant form, making the Chargers an elite team once again. 

2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9) - Matt Cassel might just be a product of Belichick, but he can still be that decent QB that KC has lacked for the past couple of years. I'm hoping that Larry Johnson can start being the runner he was a couple of years back - I drafted him on a lot of my fantasy teams. 

3. Denver Broncos (6-10) - Josh McDaniels really screwed up. He tried to fix something that wasn't broke, now everything is broken. A bad defense paired up with a very average QB. Not good. 

4. Oakland Raiders (3-13) - I think I might be being too nice. 3 wins for the Raiders seems like too many. But hey, taking Darrius Heyward-Bey really early in the draft should help - right? LOL. 

NFC predictions in Part 2. 

Category: NFL
Tags: AFC, NFL, Preview
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