That time of the year again, crack your beers and make inane predictions that, should they come true, will allow you to label yourself a "genius," and, if they plunge to the ground as the mindlessly pointless guesses they are, nobody will remember anyway. Here's mine: - The Jets will barely crack .500, and Kellen Clemens will be starting by Week 10. - Jay Cutler will flash brilliance at times, but make crucial mistakes, and the Broncos will miss the playoffs again. - The Saints are going to slide to the middle of the NFC pack and the Carolina Panthers will take the division and make a surprising playoff run. - The Patriots will regret not drafting Paul Posluzny. - The Chargers will get homefield advantage in the playoffs, again, and will yet again lose to the Patriots at Qualcomm in the AFC championship. - Tony Romo will emerge as the real thing, and will lead the NFC in passing yards and QB efficiency. - The Tom Coughlin era will come crashing down to the NFC East basement, dragging Eli Manning, who will finish the season with a QB rating under 80, with him. - The Washington Redskins will be a surprise playoff team. Both wildcards will yet again be NFC East teams. - Arizona, St. Louis, and SF will contend, but the NFC West still belongs to Seattle. - Miami will be a non-factor by Week 7. - Laurence Maroney will rush for 1,400 yards. - The surprise playoff team in the AFC will be the Oakland Raiders; Daunte Culpepper will have a surprisingly good year and Southern California will yet again have a controversy over a #1 draft pick QB riding the bench. - PATRIOTS 32 DALLAS 21 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!