Posted on: September 12, 2009 12:29 am
Edited on: September 12, 2009 12:36 am

2009 NFL Preview - Part 3 (Playoffs and Rankings)

Continued from Part 2.

AFC Wild Card Playoffs

(6) Tennessee vs. (3) San Diego

(5) Baltimore vs. (4) Indianapolis


AFC Divisional Playoffs

(4) Indianapolis vs. (1) Pittsburgh

(3) San Diego vs. (2) New England


AFC Championship Game

(3) San Diego vs. (1) Pittsburgh

NFC Wild Card Playoffs

(6) New Orleans vs. (3) Chicago

(5) New York vs. (4) Arizona

NFC Divisional Playoffs

(5) New York vs. (1) Philadelphia

(3) Chicago vs. (2) Atlanta

NFC Championship Game

(2) Atlanta vs. (1) Philadelphia


(3) San Diego vs. (1) Philadelphia

Superbowl Champion

Philadelphia Eagles

There you have it, but some of you will want power rankings. 


Fine, here they are...

Note: These are independent from playoff predictions and etc. 

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. San Diego Chargers

3. New England Patriots

4. Philadelphia Eagles

5. Atlanta Falcons

6. Indianapolis Colts

7. Baltimore Ravens

8. Tennessee Titans

9. Chicago Bears

10. New York Giants

11. New Orleans Saints

12. Arizona Cardinals

13. Minnesota Vikings

14. Houston Texans

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. Carolina Panthers

17. Green Bay Packers

18. Miami Dolphins

19. Buffalo Bills

20. Washington Redskins

21. Kansas City Chiefs

22. Seattle Seahawks

23. New York Jets

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

26. Denver Broncos

27. Cincinnati Bengals

28. Cleveland Browns

29. San Francisco 49ers

30. Oakland Raiders

31. Detroit Lions 

32. St. Louis Rams

Let the bitching and moaning begin!

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 12, 2009 12:25 am
Edited on: September 12, 2009 12:26 am

2009 NFL Preview - Part 2 (NFC)

Continued from part 1.


NFC East

1. x-Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) - The Eagles turned it on late last year and got all the way to the NFC Championship game. With a healthy McNabb and a very good defense, the Eagles could find themselves back in the same position they were late last season.

2. y-New York Giants (10-6) - Did Eli Manning really deserve that huge pay raise? We'll see what happens now when he no longer has a huge target in Burress. The defense isn't the are of concern here, obviously. 

3. Dallas Cowboys (9-7) - After a disappointing season last year, the Cowboys might be heading towards a similar situation come playoff time. Romo no longer has TO lined up outside. Jason Witten will put up some incredible numbers, but can Roy E. Williams start producing again like he did in Detroit a couple of years back?

4. Washington Redskins (7-9) - Haynesworth will be a very good addition to the defense, but is the offense good enough? Jason Campbell's yet to impress anyone.

NFC North

1. x-Chicago Bears (11-5) - Jay Cutler's arm will have Bears fans in awe, seriously. The Bears haven't had a QB of this caliber since McMahon and Luckman. If Tommy Harris can play like the old Tommy Harris, this defense will return to its 05-06 dominance, even with a crappy secondary.

2. Minnesota Vikings (9-7) - I don't know why Minnesota felt the need to go out and get an aging hill billy to go under center when they could have gotten similar production out of Rosenfels. Favre might end up creating problems within the team and kill it from the inside. Plus, can he stay healthy towards the latter part of the season? This thing might end with Favre ditching the Vikings by the end of the season. 

3. Green Bay Packers (8-8) - The best 6-10 team ever is back to prove that they're much better than 6-10. I don't think the Packers have the best personnel to play the 3-4. Their secondary will have a lot on its hands if the pass rush isn't as strong as expected. However, these guys can score with Rodgers at the wheel. 

4. Detroit Lions (2-14) - The disgrace of the NFL is back. 2 wins seems like a big improvement if you ask me. At least fantasy owners of Calvin Johnson might pay attention to the team this year.

NFC South

1. x-Atlanta Falcons (12-4) - Matt Ryan should continue to improve, as with the entire Falcons team. The addition of Tony Gonzalez only adds another target for Ryan to find. Michael Turner should have another good year and the Falcons will be a player in the playoffs.

2. y-New Orleans Saints (10-6) - Drew Brees' awesome season last year resulted in the Saints being held out of the playoffs again. The problem's definitely not on the offensive side of the ball. If Bush can be productive and Colston can stay healthy, the Saints offense should make up for their defensive flaws. 

3. Carolina Panthers (9-7) - Another bubble team. Jake Delhomme was downright awful at times last year, especially in the playoffs. I'll be looking to see if DeAngelo Williams can repeat his monster 2008 season. If he has that kind of a season again, you may see the Panthers in the postseason. 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) - Their collapse at the end of last season (inability to beat the Raiders in week 17) might be the start of a train-wreck 2009. I wonder if Byron Leftwich can still be of any good. Cadillac Williams could end up being a pretty good come back story. 

NFC West

1. x-Arizona Cardinals (10-6) - If both Boldin and Fitzgerald (Madden curse, OH NO!) can avoid injury, they should be good. Beanie Wells will eventually beat out Hightower for the starting RB spot. In order for them to make a Superbowl run again, their defense needs to perform at a very high level. 

2. Seattle Seahawks (6-10) - A healthy and effective Hasselbeck could have the Seahawks back in contention, especially in the NFC West. But at this point, I don't know if he's capable of being a solid QB. 

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-12) - Not even Mike Singletary can turn this ship around if you ask me. Shaun Hill at QB? No thanks. 

4. St. Louis Rams (2-14) - Two 2 win teams in the same year? No way! Marc Bulger has to return to a somewhat decent version of his past self for this team to be effective. A healthy Stephen Jackson ain't bad either. 

Playoff Prediction and Power Rankings in part 3. 

Category: NFL
Tags: NFC, NFL, Preview
Posted on: September 12, 2009 12:12 am
Edited on: September 12, 2009 12:57 am

2009 NFL Preview - Part 1 (AFC)

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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