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2010 Season Predictions


Alright, well we are underway! Let’s get right to it: I’m gonna go through each division, each team and give you a rundown of how I believe things are gonna shake out. I’ll of course give you my reasonings behind each prediction.

Note: At the time of press, the Saints had already defeated the Vikings, but I am on record as betting the over on the Saints for the game (I now owe John Hamnett a beer) as witnessed by Sam Farrand. So there’s that. Take it up with them.

AFC East

Bills: 3-13. Even with CJ Spiller as the lead back, the Bills need so much help on defense and on there O-Line that he can’t do everything in one year. Massive rebuilding is needed here. They will be the 1st pick in the 2011 draft.

Jets: 9-7. Good enough for 3rd place in the AFC East. Dont believe the hype! They still haven’t proven that they can pass the ball. Sure, they’re gonna have a winning record, but in 2010, you have to be able to throw the ball. The Jets can have as good of a defense as they want, but it’s their offense that’s holding them back.

Pats: 9-7. 2nd place in the AFC East, and good enough for a wild card spot. The Patriots are not a team to ever count out. Tom Brady has a new 4-year contract, and some fresh new TE’s to throw to over the middle. The running game is still suspect, but someone has to emerge as the top dog there. The team has finally gotten younger, and could possibly make some noise in the postseason.

Dolphins: 10-6. The Dolphins got a LOT better during the offseason when they traded next to nothing for WR Brandon Marshall. He is the soul person who is going to open up the offense this year for the Dolphins. As long as the defense can keep up, then Miami might be hosting at least one home playoff game this year.

AFC West

Raiders: 5-11. Even though Al Davis finally did something right by jettisoning JaMarcus Russel, it still may not be enough to make up for some of the other picks the Raiders have made in the past few years (see: Heyward-Bey, Darius). Jason Campbell is good, but with so many questions this year, I don’t see the Raiders winning many games.

Chiefs: 7-9. It’s not much, but it’s an improvement from last year. Matt Cassel has something to prove this year, as does Dwayne Bowe. Thomas Jones is not going to be sitting on the bench all year. He will make some kind of impact, as well as Jamaal Charles. I see them stealing a game from each of their division opponents this year. Watch out for Eric Berry on D, he is already showing us why he was the number 5 pick.

Broncos: 8-8. Pretty similar to last season, except without the 6-0 start. Kyle Orton has been lights out in the preseason, and the defense is still a scrappy bunch, even without Elvis Dumervil. The loss of Brandon Marshall really does hurt though. Look for the Broncos to be a middle of the pack team this year.

Chargers: 9-7. San Diego wins the division this year by default. But this isn’t your older brother’s Chargers team. We will have to wait and see if LT was right when he said that the offensive line play was terrible. With Vincent Jackson potentially holding out for the entire year, it will be up to Phillip Rivers to find his unproven receivers and lean heavily on a veteran TE and a rookie RB to shoulder a lot of the burden. Even if the Chargers make the playoffs, they may have to face a team like New England in the wild card round, and that doesn’t bode well.

AFC North

Browns: 4-12. You know that NFL Fantasy commercial, with the fans watching the dots on the field instead of players? Yeah, that’s kind of how the Browns are.

Steelers: 8-8. I’m predicting a 1-3 start to the season for the Steelers, who will be relying heavily on their run game (Dennis Dixon) to try and carry the baton until Big Roofies comes back. A 7-5 record after Ben’s return is more of a realistic expectation.

Bengals: 8-8. After winning the division last year only to bow out in the 1st round of the playoffs, the Bengals face a TOUGH schedule this year. Pats, Jets, Chargers, Colts, Saints and Ravens all made the playoffs last year, and are all aspiring to repeat. Not to mention the Dolphins and the Falcons, two teams I have as making the playoffs. Not to mention that if Carson Palmer goes down, just because you have his brother doesn’t mean that he’s the same player. And that’s AFTER Carson proves all the doubters wrong.

Ravens: 12-4. You better start drinking the Kool-Aid. Or the Purple Drank. Either way, the Ravens are the real deal. Do I need to start throwing some names out there? Probably not (Anquan Boldin). The Ravens have the most balanced team in, well, forever (TJ Houshmanzadeh) and are looking to spread opposing defenses out, forcing less than 8 and 7 men inside the box against.. Oh yeah, Ray Rice. Who had 2500 all-puropse yards last year. When they didn’t have Boldin. Or Housh. Uh Oh, spaghettios.

AFC South.

Jags: 7-9. Here is the by-product of a good team in a great division. If the Jags were in the West, they’d be making a push for the playoffs. But facing Manning, Shaub, and Chris Johnson twice a year each is no easy task for that defense.

Texans: 8-8. The Colts just seem to have their number year in and year out. Until they can get over that hurdle, it seems that Shaub & Co. are doomed to .500 seasons.

Titans: 9-7. The Titans went 8-2 under Vince Young last year when he took over under center after their bye. This is an exciting team that just plain wins games. 10-6 is definitely a possibility and it will depend on how they play against the NFC East this year.

Colts: 12-4. The question with the colts isn’t about making the playoffs- they are there every year. The question is: How has everyone else done in trying to improve their team enough to beat the Colts?

NFC East

Eagles: 7-9. I do think that the Eagles are going to be good… Next Year. Kolb is definitely going to have some growing pains, and this offense as a whole is a very young group. But they are also a very talented team, and if it does start firing on all cylinders, you have games like the ones last year in which Kolb started. I just think that people should temper their expectations for now, sit back and enjoy, because next year they are winning the division.

Redskins: 8-8. Mike Shanahan knows how to win, and so does Donovan McNabb. Like I said, I think McNabb gives the skins 3 wins and takes 3 away from the Eagles. While this is a step in the right direction, 3 wins only puts them at .500 this year. The ground game really needs to prove to me that they can move the chains. But, Clinton Portis knows this run system, and even though it was years ago, he should still have a little bit of gas left in the tank.

Giants: 8-8. All hail the New York Giants? Not so fast. I’m scared of their run game, I’m nervous about Eli Manning, I’m optimistic about their Defense this year, and I’m terrified of their coaching staff. Have you noticed that Tom Coughlin likes all the praise when they play well, but it’s never his fault when they don’t? Will someone please tell me who the #1 running back is? If Eli has another good year like he did last year, then maybe I’ll bump this prediction up. Either way, Giants are 2nd in the division, but not good enough for a playoff berth.

Cowboys: 10-6. For all the hype that this offense had been getting before the preseason, they sure didn’t look like that team during those games. I don’t know what it was about the offense that I saw, but I just didn’t like it. Maybe when Dez Bryant steps on the field, the difference could be made. But a preseason that starts with a lot of hype and ends with a lot of question marks is never good. It’s gonna be a long road if they want to play for the Lombardi at home.

NFC West

Seahawks: 4-12. It’s almost a shame. I don’t know what it is about the Seahawks, but I don’t like it. Hassleback hasn’t been the same since Jim Zorn left town. I don’t trust Justin Forsett or Leon Washington. They just cut loose Housh. I hope that Pete Carrol does a good job up there, I really do. But it’s going to come with next year’s 1st rounder plus a couple of good free agents.

Rams: 5-11. Sam Bradford is the real deal. He throws a tight, accurate ball and he looks poised and polished. Now, he just needs a couple of decent receivers to throw to. Mark Clayton just got traded over from Baltimore, and he can be a decent deep threat. Laurent Robinson is a trendy fantasy sleeper, and don’t forget Steven Jackson. What I am worried about is the O-Line, and Bradford getting punished every game by D-Linemen. Here’s to a lot of shotgun formations..

Cards: 7-9. Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin are gone, not to mention Antrel Rolle and Karlos Dansby. That’s 4 huge playmakers, replaced by Derek Anderson, Steve Breaston, Kerry Rhodes and rookie Daryl Washington. There is no way that they are going to pick back up where last year’s team left off. You could even see Max Hall, a rookie QB, starting by the end of the year if things go wrong. Which they will.

49ers: 11-5. This leaves San Fran at the top of the heap. But not just by luck, no. This team can be great under Mike Singletary. They’ve got playoffs on the brain, and I think that this year’s dark horse for the Championship could be the ‘9ers. They’ve got a great defense, and now an offense with two strong rookie linemen, a happy crabby, and Vernon Davis, aka beast mode. Alex Smith will be just fine under center. And I haven’t even mentioned Frank Gore. I’ll be giving high praises to San Fran this year.

NFC North

Lions: 6-10. Slowly, slowly, slowly is how Detroit football has been climbing back up the ladder. I don’t believe that you can count out the Lions this year in any game. They got better on both sides of the ball. Watch out for Jhavid Best. If he stays healthy, he can be special. I talked about him last April in my draft predictions. Matt Stafford has his rookie year under his belt, and he played admirably. Look for his numbers to improve this year. This team will eventually climb out of the cellar.

Bears: 7-9. I want the Bears to be better than this, but I just don’t see that happening in a division with 2 other playoff teams. Mike Martz’s offense will be interesting to watch in the Windy City. It’s all up to Jay Cutler and his receivers now, none of which are really proven. The defense looks good, which is a good sign. Maybe next year, Bears..

Vikings: 10-6. This is Brett Favre’s last season. For real. No, seriously! They did look really good against the Saints, and if they can just move the ball a little better then I believe that they’ve got one more deep playoff run in them. For Brett!!

Packers: 12-4. This is the big fish in the NFC this year. They’ve got the recipe for a NFC championship in 2010. They’ve got the QB, the RB, the WR’s, the TE. They’ve got the Defense. Things are looking up in Wisconsin.

NFC South

Bucs: 4-12. They’re just plain not good. They’ve got a whole lot to prove with a 2nd year QB and Head Coach. Their run game is suspect at best. Their Defense can be good, but again, like the Jets, you need more than a good Defense to win a Championship. It doesn’t help that they play the Saints and Falcons twice a year.

Panthers: 7-9. Again, this is a good team in a division with 2 great playoff teams. The two-headed monster of D-Will and the Daily Show should put up numbers, as well as Matt Moore and Steve Smith. But, that defense.. they just can’t stop the high-octane offenses of the Saints and Falcons. When they have a 1st round pick next year, they need to choose wisely.

Falcons: 10-6. Atlanta will have a bounce-back year with a healthy Michael Turner and a 3rd year Matt Ryan. They improved on Defense, and should be poised for a playoff push. I’m smelling a wild card for the Falcons this year, but not much more.

Saints: 11-5. It’s so tough to repeat a Super Bowl champs these days, because you’ve got such a target on your back. Which is exactly why it won’t happen this year for New Orleans. Even though they haven’t gotten any worse on either side of the ball, the pressure of performing well will ultimately cause the Saints to buckle under playoff pressure. They will win the division for sure- but watch out for hungrier teams such as Dallas and Minnesota.

Playoff Predictions:

AFC:

1st Round Byes: BAL, IND

Wildcard teams: NE, TEN

1st round: TEN over MIA, NE over SD

2nd Round: BAL over TEN, NE over IND

AFC Champ: BAL over NE

NFC:

1st Round Byes: GB, NO

Wildcard teams: MIN, ATL

1st Round: SF over ATL, MIN over DAL

2nd Round: MIN over NO, SF over GB

NFC Champ: SF over MIN

SUPER BOWL:

So, there you have it. Ravens over 49ers in the Super Bowl. Hope you enjoyed my predictions. Please comment!

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3 Responses to “2010 Season Predictions”


  1. 1 Ryan
    September 12, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Well, I was gonna log in to post my predictions, but instead I’ll just put them here, with minimal explanation..

    AFC East
    1. Dolphins (10-6). I’m drinking the Kool-Aid too. Henne to Marshall is the real deal.
    2. Patriots (10-6). Brady has another great season with a healthy Welker, and Moss challenges the #1 WR spot.
    3. Jets (9-7). Even with Revis back, serious questions on O.
    4. Bills (3-13). Ugh.

    AFC South
    1. Colts (11-5). Who else? Donald Brown finishes with more fantasy pts than Addai, though.
    2. Texans (10-6). So close, but grab the WC.
    3. Titans (9-7). CJ gets his 2k rush yds, but miss playoffs.
    4. Jags (6-10). Ugh.

    AFC North
    1. Ravens (12-4). Finally have it all together.
    2. Bungles (9-7). Why does this team get so much love?
    3. Steelers (8-8). Sorry, Ben.
    4. Browns (5-11). Respectable finish last year, but still the Browns.

    AFC West
    1. Chargers (11-5). Not as good with VJax, who will play this season, but no one else close.
    2. Raiders (9-7). Surprise! Raiders hang in some tough contests this year with better QB.
    3. Broncos (7-9). Last year was a fluke, but Moreno is fantasy gold.
    4. Chiefs (4-12). Hahahaha.

    NFC East
    1. Cowgirls (11-5). Won’t roll as many predict, but they take it.
    2. Eagles (9-7). Stronger season than most expect, as well. Sleeper defense and capable offense.
    3. Giants (9-7). Another popular sleeper, Bradshaw is top-10 back potential.
    4. Redskins (8-8). Sorry, McNabb and Shanahan do not remove the Skins fron the cellar.

    NFC South
    1. Saints (11-5). Solid all-around, and improved rungame this season.
    2. Falcons (10-6). Improved at RB and QB.
    3. Panthers (6-10). Great RBs, but not much else.
    4. Bucs (4-12). Luckily they play the Rams.

    NFC North
    1. Packers (13-3). So, so good this year. Rodgers actually improves on a monster season as Jennings becomes top-5 WR.
    2. Vikings (9-7). They’ll figure it out, but I will be very surprised if Brett lasts all year.
    3. Lions (6-10). YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST. Lions gets out of the cellar this season, starting with a close win at CHI in week 1.
    4. Bears (5-11). Nothing about this team inspires hope.

    NFC West
    1. 49ers (11-5). Run away with division, easily.
    2. Cards (8-8). Derek Anderson can’t do it. Fitz is outside top 20 WRs this year.
    3. Seahawks (5-11). Nah.
    4. Rams (3-13). Again, nah. Bradford real deal, but only for fantasy so far.

    NFC
    Pack over 49ers

    AFC
    Ravens over Colts

    Super Bowl
    Packers over Ravens (sorry, Tris!)

  2. 2 John
    September 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Still liking that Dolphins pick, guys?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah… only 1 game, w/e… but 15-10 over the BILLS when they GIVE you a safety?? I’m not drinking the Kool-aid. Gimme Brady and the unstoppable offense.

  3. 3 John
    February 6, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Ryan’s SB pick is looking pretty damn good right now.


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