One of the side benefits of working this week is that no one else is around, so things are kind of slow. Gave me a chance to spend some time with my good friend Google and see what folks were saying before the season started. Couple of things that stood out to me: How long ago it seems that #81 was here; and how highly the Colts, Chargers, Packers and Cowboys were rated as the season started. Feel free to add any I may have missed. SI.com's 2010 NFL Season Predictions - NFL - SI.com A bunch of interesting predictions. Tim Layden had the Pats as missing the playoffs: "This is a dynasty on the downside. Belichick's defense is mediocre at best." 2010 NFL Season Predictions for playoffs, Super Bowl, awards - NFL - SI.com Shows where SI folks picked teams to finish. Jets and Pats were neck-and-neck to win AFC East. 2010 NFL Power Rankings, early look at how teams stack up - Peter King - SI.com King has Pats ... 14th. (And he wonders who should be coach of the year). teams ahead of NE include, Miami, the Jets, Carolina ("dangerous team") and Seattle. NFL.com news: Packers unanimously picked to reach Super Bowl XLV NFL picks table. Lots of love for Green Bay, split on Jets-Pats. NFL preseason power rankings: Cowboys can't shake Colts from top spot - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com USA Today has Pats at 8th overall; not bad. NFL.com news: Early 2010 awards predictions have a distinct Chargers flavor NFL.com's Bucky Brooks's awards predictions. Had Spikes as DROY contender. NFL.com news: Patriots aim to maintain AFC East dominance NFL.com Pats preview summary. Concern over Pats' D, respect for Brady/Belichick. Maroney "on the hot seat" ... Ten predictions for the 2010 New England Patriots - ESPN Boston Mike Reiss predictions. Saw double-digit TDs for Gronk, 30+ TD for Brady and ... Taylor as leading rusher (as did I). Maybe he shouldn't have used the word "operation" in the bit about Gostkowski. 'Tis the season of Super Bowl XLV, so our intrepid expert has XLV predictions about the upcoming year in the National Football League. - ESPN ESPN hack, Wojchiechowski. Picks Pats to win AFCE, but also second most likely to flop: "Injuries and youth aren't often a great combination." New England Patriots 2010 Preview - ESPN ESPN's team preview page. Consensus pick: 1st in Division. Pretty good page overall; some here might be surprised by the respectful tone. They cite running offense as a concern, but BJGE and Woodhead weren't even on the radar, of course. NFL Power Rankings Week 1 - National Football League - ESPN ESPN Power Ranking on eve of season. Pats at #10 behind Jets. Harumph. Well, that's all I've got. Enjoy.