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2009-2010 NFL Season Predictions

Posted on: September 9, 2009 2:30 am
 
Well folks the NFL season is rolling in and I so can not wait. With each new season comes me trying to take my best shot at predicting how this whole season will turn out. I must say I am so pumped for this season there is so much to look forward too this upcoming season. One in which I see a wide open NFC and a very intriguing powerful AFC. So let's get to it my division by division breakdown.

AFC East

New England Patriots 13-3

Miami Dolphins 7-9

Buffalo Bills 7-9

New York Jets 6-10

Analysis: With Tom Brady back the Patriots are locked and loaded for another run at a Super Bowl and are the clear class of this division. Miami seems primed for a drop off can't expect the same things from Pennington this year. Buffalo doesn't seem much of a threat to New England even with the addition of TO. The Jets while with a new coach will have to adjust to a rookie QB usually that is not a good thing. I really see New England running away with this division.

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4

Baltimore Ravens 10-6*

Cincinatti Bengals 4-12

Cleveland Browns 4-12

Analysis: The defending Super Bowl champions seem poised to make another run at the title. They for sure look to be the class of the North with Baltimore representing their only real threat. Speaking of Baltimore many see this team dropping off I don't really think so. Flacco is a young stud QB and they still have one of the top defenses in the league. Cincinatti and Cleveland appear to be in a battle for third. I think Cleveland has a decent shot at being better then I predicted if Brady Quinn gets the job and starts living up to expectations.

AFC South

Tennessee Titans 11-5

Indianapolis Colts 10-6*

Houston Texans 8-8

Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10

Analysis: Tennessee has a very talented team and is the defending champion of this division. I think they are still the class of this division even though I think it will be a very tight division. The Colts look to have another good season I see them likely playoff bound however I think a new head coach will stunt their success a bit. They are going to miss Tony Dungy. Houston seems to be a sexy pick by many to be a surprise. I think they are still a year or more away though from truly winning this divison. Jacksonville will rely on Maurcie Jones Drew to help carry them.

AFC West

San Diego Chargers 10-6

Kansas City Chiefs 7-9

Denver Broncos 5-11

Oakland Raiders 3-13

Analysis: San Diego is the clear class of this divison. San Diego is coming into another year lately where they are expected to do a lot. That talent pool has been there for awhile, but you have to feel that window of opportunity is closing. Kansas City should be improved with Cassell at the helm. Denver is in for a very long year with a new coach, new QB, and their best wide receiver being a massive distraction. Oakland is well Oakland there hopes really ride with McFadden and JaMarcus Russell.

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles 12-4

New York Giants 10-6*

Dallas Cowboys 9-7

Washington Redskins 6-10

Analysis: I think Philadelphia is the class of the NFC however not by a wide margin as I see the NFC being entirely wide open. Philadelphia should be pretty good as they surprisingly made a run to the NFC Title Game last year. I see them using that experience to have a good year this year. I see the Giants dropping back a bit as we all saw how they dropped of post Plaxico Burress last year. Dallas appears primed for a drop off as well with the loss of TO. Plus I think Romo is still a questionable QB and overrated by many. I don't see Washington as a threat to win this divison.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers 11-5

Minnesota Vikings 10-6*

Chicago Bears 9-7

Detroit Lions 2-14

Analysis: In my opinion the most exciting and intriguing division in the entire NFL this year. Simply put the race to win this division should be a fun one. I see the Packers coming out on top. Aaron Rodgers should have another solid year if not the year he officially breaks into superstardom. Greg Jennings leads the best receving core in this division if not the entire NFL. A full healthy year for Ryan Grant should make a huge difference in the run game. However finally the biggest reason for the Packers jump will be the success of the 3-4 defense. I look for the Packers division to be greatly improved. Minnesota is obviously riding the Favre train. I really believe Favre showed at the end of last season that his better days may be over. I think while he does improve Minnesota I don't think it is as big of an improvement as some would think. There season really lies on the health of one Adrian Peterson. Chicago also has a QB now in Jay Cutler and while I think he is definitely an improvement over the likes of Orton, and others the Bears have had in the past. I don't think it puts them over the top they still have questionable targets for Cutler to throw too. They also have a defense that needs to improve. The Lions are well the Lions if they win a game it will be a success this season. They better hope Stafford can be their guy. I will have a full breakdown on this division later in the week!!!

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons 10-6

Carolina Panthers 10-6

New Orleans Saints 8-8

Tampa Bay Bucs 4-12

Analysis: Atlanta looks to be the team to beat here. With sensational sophmore QB Matt Ryan and a solid RB in Micheal Turner. Atlanta should have a solid offense. The defense is a question, but I think it will be good enough to win them the division in a tight battle with Carolina. Speaking of Carolina after a great regular season they really had a miserable performance in the playoffs. Carolina looks to bounce back from that and will need another great season from DeAngelo Williams to do just that. I look for them to battle with Atlanta toe for toe for the division. New Orleans to me is stuck in that all offense no defense type of deal. Can they bounce out of it? Tampa Bay is definitely in for a rough season with a new coach

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals 11-5

San Francisco 49ers 8-8

Seattle Seahawks 7-9

St. Louis Rams 6-10

Analysis: This is a really interesting division to me. Arizona should be the clear class and favorites. However they have the Super Bowl losers curse to deal with. I could easily see them doing well and I could also see them drop off. San Fran I like a lot with Singletary in charge I think they are primed for a good season. I look for Frank Gore to lead that offense. Seattle could very well improve however there are some concerns about there rushing attack. St. Louis I could also see surprising and winning this division.

Playoff Predictions

Wild Card Round

NFC

Minnesota @ Arizona- Minnesota wins a high scoring affair 37-28.

New York @ Atlanta- Atlanta pulls out a 23-20 win in OT.

AFC

Baltimore @ Tennessee- Baltimore upsets Tennessee in the playoffs for the second year in a row 17-16.

Indianapolis @ San Diego- Indianapolis gets payback for last year with a 23-17 win.

Divisional Round

NFC

Minnesota @ Philadelphia- Philadelphia dominates the 4th quarter picking off Favre to seal it late and win 33- 20.

Atlanta @ Green Bay- QB duel plays out in Green Bay with the Packers coming out on top 28-21.

AFC

Baltimore @ New England- New England wins a hard fought brawl 20-17.

Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh wins late on a FG 23-20.

Title Game

NFC

Green Bay @ Philadelphia- The cinderella season comes to an end for Green Bay in a tough loss 31-24.

AFC

Pittsburgh @ New England- Pittsburgh extracts revenge on New England for the years New England has upset them in the playoffs with a 27-17 win to clinch back to back berths in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl

Philadelphia v Pittsburgh- An all Pennsylvania Super Bowl sees Pittsburgh win an unprecedented 7th Super Bowl and back to back titles with a thrilling 31-29 victory on a last second FG.

Super Bowl MVP: Ben Roethlishberger who throws for over 350 yards and 3 touchdowns.

League Awards

MVP: Tom Brady (Honorable Mention: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, and Phillip Rivers)

Offensive: Adrian Peterson

Defensive: Charles Woodson

Coach: Mike McCarthy

Defensive ROY: BJ Raji

Offensive ROY: Knowson Moreno

 





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Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2009 12:48 am
 

2009-2010 NFL Season Predictions

Good luck to the Saints this year. I would be fine if they won the division. Here's to both of our D Cord moves making a big difference.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2009 4:56 pm
 

2009-2010 NFL Season Predictions

Ryan is indeed a talent, and I predict that he will give N.O. fits as well, but not unmanageable fits. A bigger factor for the N.O./ATL series than Ryan will be DE Abraham. He showed lots of ability last season to dominate at the line and disrupt Brees. News coming out of Carolina camp seems to have them in a bit of disarray... but that's to be seen. Carolina is historically (recent history, anyway) more inclined to add to our "L" column than ATL is. The Saints/Falcons rivalry is intense, and it always provides for a grind 'em out game. Even so, I'm more concerned about beating teams like Philly and NYG than I am about the "Dirty Birds". Barring catastrophic injury, I see the Saints as the deeper talent pool at a wider variety of positions, and I see them getting two Ws vs. ATL. I'll be the first to eat crow if it turns out otherwise! ;)



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2009 2:23 pm
 

2009-2010 NFL Season Predictions

Sorry can't please everyone some team has to be bad and some have to be good. I call them like I see them. I personally see Atlanta with Matt Ryan to be one of those young teams that will only continue to improve. Will see if New Orleans does have the defense you think they will have then yes I would favor them for that division then. I could see the Saints winning the South for sure. I just think Carolina and Atlanta are still better.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2009 2:16 pm
 

2009-2010 NFL Season Predictions

All offense, no defense?! I suppose that the presence of Gregg Williams, who happens to have top ten Ds magically appear around him, has escaped you. N.O. may not sweep the division, but they will win the NFC South. I predict that they'll sweep both Tampa Bay and Atlanta and lose one to the Panthers.



Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2009 10:26 am
 

2009-2010 NFL Season Predictions

You have got to be joking . You say the Saints will be 8-8 again this year man you must have mush between your ears. We have the # 1 offence  and we have a new defense that will bite them in the butt. You will eat you 8-8 prediction or I will stop being a Saints Fan .Thats how sure I am we will go to the playoffs and possibly the super bowl this year. So I dont plan on not being a Saints fan and I say you are dead wrong on this one 12-4 Oh Yea
GEAUX SAINTS
The Saintsman Jim in Maine


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