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Posted on: September 6, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Bold NFL Predictions for 2010

Here are my bold NFL predictions for the 2010 season.

 NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys- 10-6- An old offensive line with a bad offensive coordinator aren’t a good mix, but talent will prevail in the end. Talent can only take you so far, however.

New York Giants- 10-6- The young receivers step it up another notch and Eli has his best year yet. Could this be another wild card run?

Washington Redskins- 9-7- McNabb gets back at Philly twice, but it won’t be enough to get the Redskins a playoff berth. Redskins will look back at a few plays and wonder what could have been.

Philadelphia Eagles- 9-7- A winning record isn’t enough for Kolb’s first season as starter. Kolb starts to feel McNabb’s pain with the Philly fans as cries for Vick become a distraction.

 

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints- 12-4- The Saints offense is again too much for the rest of the division. After being the first in the odd trend last year (first team to lose last three games and win a super bowl), they seem to want to make it a tradition.

Atlanta Falcons- 11-5- Young QB Ryan shows leadership skills as he leads the Falcons to the playoffs in a late run.  Ryan, Turner, and White give Falcons fans security that they will be a playoff team for years to come.

Carolina Panthers- 7-9- Matt Moore cools off during offseason and struggles throughout. The running game just isn’t enough to overcome a weak WR core.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 3-13- The record seem to be a justification of how well the young Bucs will play. The step back will seem like a step forward to many as the Bucs look to be on the verge of breaking through next year.

 

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers- 12-4- The Packers run away with the division and the talk of Aaron Rodgers being the best Packers QB ever is the big topic at the end of the year. Will the talk interfere with playoff aspirations?

Minnesota Vikings- 8-8- The Vikings realize that last year’s start may have been a fluke as this year’s schedule is much tougher. There won’t be any room for Favre to ease into his QB role this year. Coach Childress becomes another infamous stat of Favre’s; Third consecutive coach to get fired with Favre’s exit who finally retires.

Chicago Bears- 6-10- The Bears have glimpses of breaking through, but lack of leadership keeps the team buried below .500. Bad end of season gets Coach Lovie Smith the pink slip.

Detroit Lions- 2-14- Injuries and a tough schedule keep the Lions from progressing. Detroit loses leads in a lot games as they find out they don’t have a “closer” for a RB. The weak defense gives up big costly plays again.

 

NFC WEST

San Francisco 49ers- 11-5- The 49ers dominate the division, but many are skeptical as their losses are against the better teams on their schedule. Will they prove the skeptics wrong?

Arizona Cardinals- 6-10- Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t seem to be the same with all the changes. The running game seems to be the better part of the Cards of offense. The Cards get a spark from QB Max Hall at the end of the season.

Seattle Seahawks- 3-13- The record will enrage Seahawks faithful and they’ll lay blame on the wrong man, Coach Pete Carroll. The team has little talent since super bowl and this year, everyone will finally realize it.

St. Louis Rams- 1-15- It won’t be a dramatic 1-15 season, the win will come early, but there will be a lot of improvement for years to come for the young Rams. Steven Jackson may be moved before the end of the season.

 

AFC EAST

New England Patriots- 12-4- The Patriots’ offense looks like the old Patriots offense now that QB Tom Brady has one year under his new knee. Laurence Maroney has his best season.

Miami Dolphins- 10-6- The Dolphins error-free football will not pay off with a playoff spot. The lack of another player stepping up to take the heat off of new addition Brandon Marshall will cost them the playoffs.

New York Jets- 10-6- The Jets improve their record from last year, but feel the pain of a new season as they fail to make the playoffs. The love for QB Mark Sanchez will be questioned by many New Yorkers as his mistakes prove costly this year.

Buffalo Bills- 4-12- RB CJ Spiller will challenge for the Rookie of the Year recognition by the end of the year. That will be the only bright spot for the Bills.

 

AFC SOUTH

Indianapolis Colts- 13-3- QB Peyton Manning is the true professional and will not allow his team to take a step back. The Colts will not lose a beat from Super Bowl loss.

Houston Texans- 11-5- The Texans finally prove the experts right who have been predicting them to make the playoffs the last three years. WR Jacoby Jones and RB Arian Foster will have big years that get the Texans over the top.

Tennessee Titans- 8-8- The Titans lack of WRs prove to be costly as Chris Johnson is shut down in key games.  There will be many questions for the Titans going into next year.

Jacksonville Jaguars- 2-14- RB Maurice Jones-Drew’s ‘minor’ knee surgery turns into major as he can’t get the job done by himself. Coach Del Rio will be another coach looking for a job.

 

 

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens- 12-4- The Ravens run away with their division, but have to play the entire season to clinch a bye week in the playoffs. The defense’s health will be the big question going into the playoffs.

Cincinnati Bengals- 10-6- The Bengals have a solid year and a couple of big wins will break the tie-breaker to get them in the playoffs. Will they be the dark horse of the playoffs like the Jets last year?

Pittsburgh Steelers- 7-9- The bad start and a rusty Ben Roethlisberger topped with a sloppy offensive line and a locker room with tension is a recipe of disaster for the Steelers. Steelers’ nation will wonder what will be the future of the Steelers for years to come.

Cleveland Browns- 5-11- The Browns band aids will not stop the bleeding. They may be able to pull out a couple of tough wins, but the playoffs are not in their future.

 

AFC WEST

San Diego Chargers- 12-4- The Chargers have no problem overcoming the loss of WR Vincent Jackson as rookie sensation RB Ryan Mathews has big year. Will the rookie get them past the hump in the playoffs?

Oakland-8-8- The Raiders defense keeps them in games, but the lack of offense will cost them games. QB Jason Campbell will manage  Raiders- games well, but doesn’t have the weapons to get it done late in games.

Kansas City Chiefs- 8-8- Nobody has talked about the Chiefs potential all offseason and the Chiefs will be hitting themselves after they let a few games slip out of their grasp. The Chiefs will shock a few teams.

Denver Broncos- 3-13- The Broncos look hopeless by their bye week. They traded away all their weapons and Coach Josh McDaniels may lose the locker room by end of season which may cost him his job.

 

PLAYOFFS

WILD CARD ROUND

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys- The Cowboys defense proves too much for the Falcons and the Cowboys move on in a game that is secured late in the fourth quarter. Cowboys 23, Falcons 17.

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers- The Giants show the green 49ers what the playoffs are all about and get revenge for a playoff loss in the 90’s. Giants 24, 49ers 10.

Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers- The tides turn for the Chargers as the Bengals miss a last minute field goal to tie the game, Chargers 27, Bengals 24.

Houston Texans at New England Patriots- The Patriots faithful begin questioning their faith as the Patriots get shocked at home again by the up and coming Texans. Texans, 30, Patriots 20.

 

DIVISIONAL ROUND

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints- Talk of the Cowboys becoming the first team to play at home in a Super Bowl is silenced in the Big Easy. The Cowboys defense does well, but it’s the offense, again, that is the disappointment. Saints 24, Cowboys 10.

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers- Unlike a few years ago, Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers against the Giants and doesn’t throw a game ending pick. Packers 31, Giants 20.

San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens- The Chargers may have personnel changes, but things remain the same as their team looks at each other with blank stares. Who will be the man to blame this year? Ravens 31, Chargers 14.

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts- The game of the year goes down to a field goal and Peyton Manning can shake his errors away. Colts 34, Texans 31.

 

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints- The experts think the Saints are lucky to avoid Lambeau Field his time of year, but so are the explosive Packers who out duel the Saints in a offensive show case. Packers 38, Saints 34.

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts- It’s a battle that is meant to be and Baltimore fans celebrate as they take down the evil Colts who left their city years ago. The Ravens stun the Colts in Indy with a solid run game led by Ray Rice. Ravens 31, Colts 24.

 

SUPER BOWL XLV

Baltimore Ravens versus Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium

A great match up lives up to its expectations early, but the Packers pull away from the aging Ravens defense and prevail. Packers 31, Ravens 17. Aaron Rodgers is named MVP.

 

SEASON AWARDS

MVP- Aaron Rodgers- his running game will viewed as less and he’ll upset Peyton Manning in a close race.

Coach of the Year- John Harbaugh- The Ravens look to be a dominate team for a long time under Harbaugh’s leadership.

Rookie of the Year- Offense- CJ Spiller- Beats out Ryan Mathews who has slightly better numbers, but Spiller has no support.

Rookie of the Year- Defense- Nadomukong Suh- He won’t have many stats either, but teams will double team him all season. A DT hasn’t demanded this much respect since Warren Sapp.

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Posted on: February 3, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 9:24 pm
 

Super Bowl XLIV Prediction

First, if my Cowboys can't make the big game, I really couldn't have thought of a better match up this year besides these two teams. You have, perhaps, the greatest QB of all time, Peyton Manning on the Colts going against the likable Drew Brees who has proved a lot of doubters wrong with his abilities since his major shoulder surgery four years ago.
You can't name any prima donnas on either team. Both teams have likable players on both sides of the ball. Reggie Wayne has followed Marvin Harrison's way by being one of the best WRs in the game every year and being quiet. The Saints' Marques Colston was one pick away from being Mr. Irrelevant. Both teams have RBs that don't mind sharing the ball. Both teams have players that are team first that work their butts off. I really can't think of anything to dislike about either team.
Indianapolis is no stranger to super bowls and New Orleans has hosted many super bowls, but this is the first super bowl for the Saints. The city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and lost the Saints for a year after the stadium was destroyed. Now, the Saints have united the citizens of New Orleans and has brought an excitement that has never been seen before. That says a lot for a city that hosts one of the biggest parties in the world, Mardis Gras.
The game will also have two teams that combined to be 26-0 in the first 14 weeks of the season. The worse thing about this super bowl is one team has to lose.
Now to my prediction. Dwight Freeney will attempt to play through the game, but will be limited to 10 snaps or less.
The Saints will be a little overwhelmed to start the game. Manning will lead the Colts down field on opening drive and get the Colts into the end zone to begin the game. Reggie Wayne will be more involved than he has throughout these playoffs and score a TD. The Saints will follow with a nervous looking three and out. The Colts will march down field, but the Saints will score a moral victory and hold them to a FG. The Saints will loosen up a bit, but fall short of the end zone and cut the score to 10-3 which will be the first quarter score.
The Colts will, again, be able to move the ball rather easy and Manning will get Addai a goal line score to make it 17-3. It will look like a blow out in the making, but Brees will calm his guys down and start taking advantage of a Freeney less Colts defense. The Saints will get the run game going to keep the defense guessing and will have another one of their methodical drives they have been known for all season. Brees will end the drive with a play action pass to Heath Evans. Colts 17, Saints 10. With the momentum swinging, the Colts will try to answer back, but will stall at mid field. The Saints will have a chance to tie with less than five minutes to go before half. They will score again, a strike to Lance Moore, but will score too quickly and leave almost two minutes for Manning to work his magic. Manning will lead the Colts down field again, but a tipped pass to Dallas Clark will result in an INT. No damage will be done as there will be little time left and the half will end 17-17.
The half time will feature the Who, as in who cares, but the lower middle aged crowd will start to cheer when they play the theme song to CSI. The main theme to half time will be "Oh yeah, I remember hearing that song".
People will be interested the first five seconds into the Tim Tebow commercial, but will lose interest around the seven second mark and will be begging for more funny commercials.
The seemingly never ending half time show will finally end and the football game will again play on.
The Siants will look cold again and stall early in their drive. The Colts get the ball back and will stall in FG range and take a 20-17 lead. Questions about the long half time will start being the main theme as the two teams will look stiff as they exchange possessions with no points. A good punt return by Reggie Bush will spark the Saints as they close the third with the ball and in scoring position. The Saints will score on a Pierre Thomas run and take a 24-20 lead. Manning will do what he's been doing all season and lead the Colts on a long drive spreading the ball all over the field. He will find Austin Collie in the back of the end zone to take the lead 27-24. With time not on their side, the Saints manage to get into field position. They will fail to convert a third and long and will be in easy FG range, but they will be upset because they will leave too much time on the clock. The Saints will tie it up, but the Colts will have the ball with 1:39 to go on their own 29 yard line. Manning will convert on their first quick third down and will get the Colts to the Saints thirty yard line. Matt Stover will come in and miss a 47 yard FG with time expiring. However, time never expired as Saints coach Sean Payton called a last second time out. Stover will nail the second 47 yard FG with no problem. Colts 30, Saints 27.
Peyton Manning will be named MVP and will solidify his supporters arguments as the best QB to play the game.
The time out call will be the big controversy of Super Bowl XLIV, but will quickly fade as the question will forever be, could the Colts have gone undefeated? 
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