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2008 NFL Predictions

Posted on: August 2, 2008 10:26 am

Well here we are on the verge of another NFL season, and I can't wait.  I thought it would be fun to make our predictions for this years division titles.  I would like to see everyones predictions as well.  We can't be worse than Prisco can we?  Ok lets go.

AFC East
I don't think there is any question here who will win.  Buffalo is making great strides, but I don't think they can unseat the Patriots yet.  The other two teams have their issues as well.  One is trying to find its identy under center and the other is in full rebuild mode.
1. New England
2. Buffalo
3. Jets
4. Miami

AFC Central
This, along with the South could be the toughest division in the AFC.  Pittsburgh is the incumbant and looks to be very good again.  The one question mark I see is the O-line.  The Browns surprised us all last year with their explosivness on the Offense, they threw the draft away to try to get better on the defensive side, but will it be enough.  If Baltimore can find some offense and the Bengals find a way to stop some teams this could very well be a 4 horse race.
1. Pittsburgh
2. Browns
3. Ravens
4. Bengals

AFC South
Another very tough division with 4 talented teams.  The Colts look to have on paper the most talented team they have ever had in Indy.  If the injury bug doesn't bite them, then look out.  Jacksonville has been working for years thru the draft and free agency to stop the Colts reign at the top.  Every year they get closer, could this be the year?  We'll see but it will produce 2 not-to-be-forgotten gamesbetween them and the Colts.  The Titans and Texans both will be good.  The Titans strength is on the running game, and I really didn't pay attention if they upgraded their recieving corps.  The Texans were hurt by injuries last year on the offensive side and really took their steam away.  I guess that pick of Mario Williams doesn't look so bad now does it.
1. Colts
2. Jags
3. Texans
4. Titans

AFC West
This division may be almost as lopsided as the east.  There isn't any team that will seriously challenge the Chargers.  The Broncos are second best but there looks to be a big gap between them.  The Raiders are improving and will continue to pound the ball on the ground.  It will be an interesting year to see if the QB in a linemans body will earn his paycheck.  The Chiefs I can't figure out.  They may be this years version of the Dolphins or they may surprise us like the Browns did.  Until they get a stable QB and line established it could be the former.
1. Chargers
2. Broncos
3. Raiders
4. Chiefs

AFC Playoff Seeding
1. New England 14-2
2. San Diego 13-3
3. Indianapolis 13-3
4. Pittsburgh 11-5
5. Jacksonville 12-4
6. Cleveland 11-5

NFC East
Here is the NFC's toughest division.  The Cowboys have a well rounded team, but did they get a reciever to play opposite Owens? The defense should be tough again.  The Giants as defending SB champions can't be counted out.  Will they get off to their traditional slow start, then pick up steam as the year goes on.  I'm sure their fans will want a few more home wins out of them.  Which Eagles team will show up this year.  The one capable of 10+ wins, or the one that was there last year?  And finally Washington, who made a good upgrade to their D-line with the addition of Taylor.  Jason Campbell could thrive by having Zorn as coach.

NFC Central
The old Black and Blue division looks to make some changes at the top.  This could be the Vikings year to reclaim the top spot.  They have arguably the best RB in the league, and by the end of the year the Defense could be ranked #1.  The Packers may not win the division this year, but it won't be because of Rogers under center.  I think the Pack will be fine, it will just look different without the gunslinger under center.  Rogers played very well, if not better than #4 last year at Dallas.  The Lions will have a new look on offense without run and bomb Martz calling the shots.  But are they able to transform to a ground attack with only 1 offseason?  The Bears........Why can't they just draft a QB?  Their defense will be good, but the offense, who knows.
1. Vikings
2. Packers
3. Lions
4. Bears

NFC South
When was there a repeat winner in this division?  How many times has a team gone from worst to first?  Well that won't happen this year.  Atlanta is still trying to pick up the pieces from the Vick disaster and is still rebuilding.  We know Matt Ryan will get the rookie starts.  But will he become a Dan Marino/Peyton Manning or will he get blasted and become another David Carr/Joey Harrington?  The Saints IMO are the team to look for in this division.  Last year losing several close games early and digging that hole spelled their demise.  They have a dangeous offense look for them to use it early.  Tampa will be alright this year, they looked bad late in the year but already had the division locked up and coasted.  They got out of rhythm and made an early exit from the playoffs.  The Panthers as we saw last year hinge on Jake Delhomme.  If Jake is hot, so are they.  Thru the first few weeks of last year, he was one of the top rated QB's before his injury. 
1. Saints
2. Panthers
3. Buccaneers
4. Falcons

NFC West
At first I thought this would be a pretty boring division to keep track of.  But with Holmgren a lame duck coach (not that he will go easy on his team) and remembering all of the key injuries the Rams had last year, it could get interesting.  Seattle will still have a very potent team and the division is theirs to lose.  They picked up some RB's that should bring an instant upgrade to their running attack. (like that was tough to make better) The defense will be as solid as ever.  The Rams were hit hard with injuries last year.  The season could hinge on the O-line, they need to show improvement to keep Bulger upright and open holes for Jackson.  If this happens, Seattle could be in a fight.  The D-line sould be able to pressure opposing QB's.  The Cardinals, what can I say, the last three years I thought they would be better but it hasen't happened.  Until they show it on the field during the season I'm not falling into that trap again.  The 49ers are playing for their coaches life.  Once again with the hiring of new coordinators (Martz's air show lands here) and a talented RB in Gore.  Well maybe they can show improvement.  This is a tough divison to call.
1. Seahawks
2. Rams
3. Cardinals
4. 49ers

NFC Playoff Seeding
1. Vikings 13-3
2. Saints 12-4
3. Giants 11-5
4. Seahawks 11-5
5. Cowboys 11-5
6. Packers 10-6

Well there you go, there is my guess and I do mean guess.  Injuries are always a factor in a season.  One of these teams could put several players on the IR in week 1 and blow all of this out of the water.

So my challenge to you, give us your predictions, no need to go into detail if you don't want to.  Let us know.  Thanks for reading.

The Rat

Category: NFL

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2008 9:34 am

2008 NFL Predictions

nice river i like them all the  way you have them the look good to me

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2008 10:37 am

2008 NFL Predictions

Well River I agree with a lot of your predictions however when you say injuries play a major role I agree as well this is where I agree with you and where I don't i will supply a reason but first let me say very nice job and reasoning used in and for this blog well done.

AFC East- I agree with you
AFC Central-  I would go Pitt, Browns, Bengals, and the Ravens
you had the Bengals at the bottom and that team just has to much to lose this year to finish there and the Ravens D is getting older and older. but you are right when you say it will be a tough division if not the toughest to come out of this division will really come down to whose healthy when it matters most.
AFC West- SD, Oak, Den, KC
I really think that OAK is a much better team and kiffin has them moving in the right direction
AFC South- I agree

NFC east - Dal, Phi, NYG, WAS
Mcnabb in a contract year and the cowboys needing to prove that they are not all talk makes for an interesting division.

NFC North- Min, Det, GB, and Chi
the Viking are explosive and the Lions might finally come of age
NFC South- NO, TB, Car, Atl
Saints run away it is a battle for second and with steve smith gone for two TB whould walk with second place

NFC West -  Arizona, Stl., Sea, SF
is this the years the Cardinals finally stop being the Cardinals i do believe.

Anyways that is my response for you River and once again very nice job with the Blog. thank you for sharing it with us.

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2008 12:43 pm

2008 NFL Predictions

Your picks are fine with me xcept the NCF North the Lions have that Div. out right. The Pack are nothing without Brett..The Vikings Q-back has problems the Bears their just flat and with the Lions I think their the best out of the mess.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2008 9:20 pm

2008 NFL Predictions

I agree with alot of your choices although i think the Titans will be ahead of the Texans and thats about it

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2008 9:01 pm

2008 NFL Predictions

I can respect your opinion on the Dolphins.  They will be much better than last year for sure, who could be worse.  I don't think they have anything for the Patriots except at best a couple of close games.  Bills I think can handle them......maybe.  Keep in mind my picks were done in early august well before the Farve/Pennington switch.  You have good points though.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2008 4:36 am

2008 NFL Predictions

i think the dolphins are gonna be the suprise team this year...i'm not sayin super bowl but i think playoffs at least...laugh if you want but we'll see....their defense has been supriseingly good as of late even if it is the preseason...and i think that penninton has somethin to prove to the jets for being replaced by farve....and his jet curse is over.....too baf farve its your turn....lmao

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2008 11:55 am

2008 NFL Predictions

and maybe with a few more posts here my grammar and spelling will both come together so i can spout off a decent post...

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2008 11:53 am

2008 NFL Predictions

You know RR i would have to say i wish Deuce could stay healthy long enough this season to help the team, but it seems reggie learned some voodoo quickly after joining the saints . It seems to me that since he came to New Orleans, Deuce has spent more time injured than every other year combined (exaggeration of course but you get the point). Reggie seems to be losing his abilities. ?I ay this because in college not only did he have break away speed, but he also hit the hole more often than he does now. It seems as if he is scared to get hit. I heard this from many people his first two years and i refused to believe it. But now it is coming to show that he is was just not ready to lead the team. He was hoping to play his rookie year, just not as much as he had to. But if Deuce could stay healthy on offense, and with the defense looking as great as it does, i think we can put up another 2006 season with a run at our first Superbowl.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2008 11:44 am

2008 NFL Predictions

I have to agree N_O_L

With the off season pickups in draft/trade/free agency the Saints made the most improvement IMO.  If Shockey stays happy, he will make Brees very happy as well.  They weren't that far away last year just didn't show up when thry needed to.  I really want to like Bush, but he seems to work better in tandom and not so much as an every down guy.  I'm just wondering if Deuce can stay healthy for 16 games.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2008 11:31 pm

2008 NFL Predictions

you know kaz i liked you enough to add you to my favs until you said the Aint's (Saints) will be last in the division... they have a built team that will demolish a struggling Falcons and panthers team... I see Bucs first and Saints second... the Saints dug themselves out of a 0-4 hole to finish 7-9.... Not a half bad season on the looks of that (from a saints fan's view) of course they could be better but last in the division is a bit of a stretch.

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