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NFL 2008-09-- First Impressions

Posted on: September 7, 2008 11:20 pm
 

A quick run-down:

AFC:

The Chargers were upset big by the Panthers in the closing seconds, Pats lost Tom Brady for the year (and the mass suicides have begun in Boston), and the Colts defied expectations by laying down to the Bears. That leaves the AFC wide open, or does it?

The Patriots still have enough firepower to invade a small country, with Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Adalius Thomas, Lawrence Maroney, and the capable Matt Cassel at the helm. There shouldn't be much of a drop-off, though Cassel will likely make several mistakes, typically expected of a first-time starter. I'll peg them at maybe 12-4, but remember how Drew Bledsoe lost his job and Brady took it. Naturally, the same won't happen this year, Brady being a New England institution and all. However, look for every GM in the league to take a long hard look at Cassel. If somebody make the Pats an offer they can't refuse (Ocho Cinco? Anquan Boldin?), it wouldn't be impossible to imagine Cassel shipping out via trade. This would effectively sink the Patriots, of course, because 3rd-stringer Kevin O'Connell is a huge question mark, likely incapable of leading them to any playoff success. We don't know if Cassel can do that either, but he's learned from Brady for 3 years. I'll take that as "experience".

The Colts simply looked ugly today. They were overwhelmed by the toothless Bears offense, led by juggernaut Kyle Orton. The offense wasn't great either. Chalk it up to rustiness caused by not playing in the preseason, or another year on the bones of Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning, but they should kick into gear and scratch through the tough AFC South for a playoff berth later this year. 11-5.

Ditto for the Chargers. The only thing that really concerns me with this club is injuries. They've shown they can slug through and be competitive with a good team (last year's AFC Championship, anyone?), but with a staggered Shawne Merriman, Nick Hardwick, and Marucs McNeill and questionable LT, Philip Rivers, and Antonio Gates, this team could be shipping into some rough waters. Don't forget, though, that they won 7 straight to claw into the playoffs last year. Anyways, they should respond to the patchy play and cries for Norv Turner's head and finish around 13-3.

Anybody else is on the periphery. Jets? Questionable. Steelers? Same. Bengals? Dream on. Only the Jags have shown they can stand up with the cream of the crop, and they're nursing a few question marks of their own.

 

NFC:

This league is much muddier. That's all I have to say about that. About 10 of the 16 teams could be contenders, and it's far to early to figure that bit out right now.

 

Summarily:

It's way too early to pick the Super Bowl right now, but I'm going to do it anyways.

A fairly pedestrian pick here as the Chargers top the Cowboys 23-14.

 

Discuss!

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL
 
Comments

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2008 5:04 am
 

NFL 2008-09-- First Impressions

All I have to say is Brady is out and Little differance will be shown in the Pats performance.

 

GO FINS!




Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 2:03 am
 

NFL 2008-09-- First Impressions

I'm really confused by this.

If somebody make the Pats an offer they can't refuse (Ocho Cinco? ?), it wouldn't be impossible to imagine Cassel shipping out via trade

Why does New England want to trade away their new starting QB?  Even more confusing is why they would be trading their starting QB for a reciever when that is their deepest position.  Also why mention Anquan Boldin here, I know he isn't happy after not getting a contract extension but Arizona has Warner and Leinert.  No way would AZ trade Boldin for a 3rd QB, so it would have to be a 3 team deal but that just doesn't happen in football.

Anybody else is on the periphery. ? Questionable. ? Same. ? Dream on. Only the Jags have shown they can stand up with the cream of the crop, and they're nursing a few question marks of their own.

The Steelers are questionable?  They looked like the best team in the AFC today.  Their defense is solid, they have good running game, and Roethlisberger knows how to win.  I think the Jets are still questionable at best, they barely beat the Miami!  I rank the Bills above the Jets.  I was also really high on the Jags but todays preformance broought them back down to earth for me.  NFL means Not For Long when your giving up 7 sacks a game.

It's way too early to pick the Super Bowl right now, but I'm going to do it anyways.

Agreed, in week 1 anything can happen and it's too early to really know anything (accept the Pats are in big trouble) but I'll go out on a limb and say Steelers over the Saints, I have no idea what the final score will be.


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