NFL season predictions

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  1. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    AFC East
    NE 13-3: most talented Pat team of SB era
    NYJ 9-7*: Noodle arm gets his nine wins
    Buf 6-10: Old men have too much youth
    Mia 5-11: should have kept Culpepper and drafted Quinn

    AFC North
    Cin 11-5: D earns nickname "The Chaingang"
    Bal 10-6*: Ngata great year for McNair
    Pitt 7-9: rookie HC takes it on the Chin
    Cle 6-10: swan song for Romeo

    AFC South
    JK 12-4: brawn overcomes lack of brain
    Ind 9-7: shaky D sabotages great QB
    Hou 6-10: Schaub better than Carr; who isn't?
    Ten 6-10: VY gets some Ws, learns his ABCs.

    AFC West
    SD 13-3: Norv's wrench can't stop the victory machine
    Oak 8-8: Surprise: Culpepper is back
    Den 7-9: Al Wilson took the heart of Denver D with him
    KC 4-12: 3 yards and a cloud of cliches from Herm

    AFC Wild Card
    Jac def NYJ
    Cin def Bal

    AFC Division
    NE def Jac
    SD def Cin

    NE def SD

    NFC East
    Phi 11-5: Better balance on O keeps McNabb upright
    Dal 10-6*: D Ware dominates
    Was 9-7: Campbell makes leap
    NYG 8-8: Eli better off without Barberella

    NFC North
    GB 9-7: victory lap for Favre
    Chi 7-9: lack of leadership on O sinks ship
    Det 6-10: Kitna loses all the close games
    Min 4-12: weak at HC and QB

    NFC South
    NO 11-5: Bush breaks out
    Car 11-5*: "every other year" trend continues
    TB 5-11: Gruden packs it in
    Atl 4-12: Petrino gets a reprieve, Vick doesn't

    NFC West
    StL 9-7: lesser of four evils
    Sea 7-9: window closed
    Ari 7-9: Chef Whis needs to add more seasoning
    SF 6-10: The clothes don't make the man

    NFC Wild Card
    Dal def StL
    Car def GB

    NFC Divisional
    NO def Car
    Phi def Dal

    NO def Phi

    Super Bowl
    NE def NO
  2. amazinPats

    amazinPats Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Was waiting to see if you would pick us here. We'd run you out of town with a SD pick! ;)
  3. patriot lifer

    patriot lifer In the Starting Line-Up

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    "def" means defeats
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2007
  4. amazinPats

    amazinPats Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Yeah, I know. I was waiting to see if Pony was going to pick NE as I was reading the playoff picks leading up the AFCCG.
  5. TomBrady'sGoat

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    So Cincy goes 11-5 with no defense but Indy, with a much better offense and a weaker division, goes 9-7 with no defense? Indy missing the playoffs is a pipe dream.

    What happened to Chicago? I don't care how much you hate Rex, that team made the superbowl last year and hasn't taken any hits.

    Jax wins 12 games with two crappy QBs and a slew of crappy receivers for those QBs to throw to? This isn't as egregious as the above predictions. I just don't see it happening.

    Small things aren't really worth discussing, because so much is unknown. Those above predictions are just silly, though.

    Oh, and 7-9 is the low end for Denver. They could win between 7-12 games and I wouldn't really be surprised. I have no issue with you guessing the low end. It just sticks out.
  6. PATRIOT64

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    New England 12-4 Much the best of this bunch
    New York Jets 10-6 Should provide a challange for a wild card but falls short
    Miami 8-8 The running of Brown and the front 7 keep Miami at .500
    Buffalo 6-10 Too many key losses on defense for Bills to overcome

    Baltimore 11-5 Defense is SB caliber - Offense is a work in progress
    Cincinnati 10-6 Opposite of Baltimore - Offense is great,Defense so so
    Pittsburgh 8-8 Will struggle under new HC leadership,at least this year
    Cleveland 6-10 Romeo will be a highly sought DC after this season

    Indianapolis 11-5 This division may come down to tiebreaker with Jax
    Jacksonville 11-5 Super talent on defense will make Indy work to win South
    Houston 9-7 This team is within 2 years away of being a SB contender
    Tennessee 7-9 Unless this team gets some WRs soon,Young is in trouble

    San Diego 13-3 Turner makes no difference with this talent laden team
    Denver 10-6 Will lose both games to SD and Cutler is just learning
    Oakland 7-9 Another awesome defensive team without an offense
    Kansas City 3-13 Preist Holmes may wish he retired - LJ deserves more

    Division Winners - NE,Baltimore,Indy,and SD
    Wild Cards - Cincinnati and Jacksonville

    Washington 10-6 Laron Landry makes this defense better,Campbell is good
    Philadelphia 10-6 Will be a fight to the finish with Washington for NFC East
    NY Giants 9-7 Eli will have his best year but they have no running game
    Dallas 8-8 I cannot pick a team with Wade Phillips as Head Coach

    Chicago 10-6 Rex cannot get any worse and defense may be better
    Detroit 9-7 Once year away from taking the North,The offense is great
    Minnesota 8-8 If this team had decent QB and WRs,They would be tough
    Green Bay 4-12 "Why did I stay one more year?" Favre will say in January

    New Orleans 13-3 Well coached,VERY talented team,Clinches South in Dec.
    Carolina 11-5 Too much expected last year,the heat is off now
    Tampa Bay 6-10 Have too many indecisive choices at QB,Not a good thing
    Atlanta 2-14 This offense was tailor made for Vicks talent-Now NO Vick

    AFC West
    Arizona 10-6 The Cardinals finally play well + SB in Ariz gives incentive
    San Francisco 9-7 The 49ers will be SB bound within 3-4 years,not yet
    St. Louis 8-8 The loss of Curtis may hurt ,Holt & Bruce getting old
    Seattle 8-8 The lines on both sides of the ball are average at best

    Division Winners - Washington,Chicago,New Orleans,Arizona
    Wild Cards - Carolina and Philadelphia

    On fear of passing bad karma,I go no further for playoff predictions
  7. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    The Cinci Linebacking corps has improved with the maturation of Ahmad Brooks and the addition of Edge Hartwell, 2 years removed from his Achilles' injury. The cb have a high ceiling: Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall are their most recent 1st rd picks, and Deltha O'Neal, while awful last season, has a history of quality play, only 1 year removed from the pro bowl. One or two solid players can make all the difference in a D.

    As for the Colts, the fact they lost their Left Tackle, their starting CBs, their best Lber, are coming off the banquet circuit, have avoided injury to any of their key offensive weapons for years, and IMO play a rough schedule contributed to my prediction.

    As for Denver, they are starting a Qb in his first full season; the leader of their D was cut with a neck injury. They had an emotionally devastating offseason. Their D-line has been completely reworked, and they plan to rely on rookies for a pass rush. Despite the talents of Jim Bates, that is alot to overcome. On offense, Travis Henry sustained a sprained knee in his the last preseason game, which could slow their running game early in the year; Nalen is a year older, Rod Smith disappeared last season, due to age. IMO this will be a down year for a great coach.

    The Jaguars played much better than their record last season, has their starting QB back, a tremendous LB corps, a solid secondary, an awesome D-line, 2 quality rbs. Your dismissal of them is too cavalier.

    As for Chicago, T. Jones was the leader of that O and left town. Over the last 7 years the loser of the Sb has plummeted the following season. The one "exception" was Seattle last year, who went 9-7.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2007
  8. fair catch fryar

    fair catch fryar In the Starting Line-Up

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    After the SB I predicted Indy would go 9-7 or 8-8 and miss the playoffs. Since I've had time to recover and cool down, I still believe the SB ultimately goes through them again this year, the only difference being that we get to go through them at Gilette this time! IMO Any other predictions are useless, these 2 will be here come January and anyones else is just in the way!
  9. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes to do this kind of thing! I love the Pats, but the whole league is interesting. I hope other people chime in. In fact an "over under" contest of total wins, for every team, would be an interesting exercise for the board.
  10. He Ban Me

    He Ban Me Banned

    The most intriguing thing to me is that in the AFC, there is a wonderful Round Robin for Divisional Winners last season. Indy and Pats have TWO of those games on the road, while Ravens and Chargers have two of the three at home. As Gene Keady used to say (when Big Ten scheduled 18 Conference Games-home and home series), it's not only who you play, but when you play them. I like SD's chance to go 3-0. Their roadie is early at NE, what better time to go to NE than early in the season (before they ramp it up AND the weather gets nasty). Baltimore might have the most difficult time with 3-0, since they go to SD, then home with Pats and Colts, back-to-back-to-back. Pats have a legit shot at 3-0, with SD at home, if they get by that, the Colts are bookended by some cream puffs (Skins and Bills), then they get Ravens off the heels of their(Ravens) roadie to SD. Colts get Pats at home Nov. 4th. Then right out to SD.

    Methinks SD goes 3-0
    Colts 2-1
    Pats 1-2
    Ravens 0-3
  11. Seven Nation Army

    Seven Nation Army Practice Squad Player

    Where is this idea that the Chargers are going to have a spectacular season coming from? Is there any evidence to suggest this? PonyExpress, if your predictions come true it will be the first playoff victory for San Diego since about 1995.

    *San Diego will not win its division.

    *Indy will be eliminated on the road in either Denver or Foxboro during the Divisional Round.

    *It is going to be Denver and New England in the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro.

    *The Super Bowl will be a rematch of XXXIX: New England and Philly.
  12. TomBrady'sGoat

    TomBrady'sGoat 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    I may not agree with your conclusions but I respect your thought process. I can buy some of your reasoning, just not when it comes to Indy. They can do it with smoke and mirrors, and that offense alone can win 10+ games.
  13. Mike the Brit

    Mike the Brit Minuteman Target Supporter

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    Patriots64, by my rough calculation your league has 277 wins and 241 losses. Ain't gonna happen! ;)
  14. Patsfanin Philly

    Patsfanin Philly Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Good job but you're a little too optimistic for a few of the teams. You've got 42 more wins than losses and they've got to even out. There may always be a few more winning teams thna losing ones (and vice versa) but 17 teams with over .500 records against 7 sub .500 teams isn't likely.

    Edit- I didn't seee Mike the Brits post when I posted mine.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2007
  15. PatsFanInVa

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    In support of Pony:

    Look, I don't hate Dyslexy Rexy, but I agree he's not going to set the world on fire. He showed he is eminently rattle-able, not just in the SB, but for weeks prior. Their D, for all the great moments and overall toughness they showed, was not a Baltimore 01-style suffocating, dominating D -- it was one that made you go "Oh Shoot!" way too often. Lots of turnovers. Yes they put themselves in position to make those plays, but it is a very special D indeed that can duplicate the luck, the opponent ineptitute, and the skill that makes the turnover its hallmark. I don't think this Chicago D is that special.

    That said, they have everything in place, assuming:

    - Cedric Benson is not a hump (although he seems to be a pouting beeyotch);
    - Rex can read the blitz and not collapse in a sobbing, sweaty-palmed heap
    - The receivers give Rex a consistent target; they're not the world's most talented crop

    BUT I will say they have the personnel in line to be the "class" of the NFC North for a few years. I just don't know that it goes any deeper than that.

  16. TomBrady'sGoat

    TomBrady'sGoat 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    I don't disagree with anything you said. I'm just saying that Chicago doesn't have a losing record in the abysmal NFC. They wouldn't make the playoffs in the AFC, but they're the favorites in the NFC.
  17. He Ban Me

    He Ban Me Banned

    That's funny, I didn't bother to check w-l's.
  18. PATRIOT64

    PATRIOT64 In the Starting Line-Up

    Just a stab in the dark predictions,But what the hell-Its still preseason and nothing really important to talk about;)
  19. Mike the Brit

    Mike the Brit Minuteman Target Supporter

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    No worries -- it shows that you have a generous heart ... :)
  20. Oswlek

    Oswlek Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I'm not giving any major predictions yet, but I just wanted to remind everyone a few things:

    1) There will be at least three new division champs. It happens every year and still people are suprised when the season doesn't play out exactly like the last one.

    2) At least one of those three new champs will be a non-playoff team the prior year.

    3) At least two playoff teams were non-playoff teams the prior year.

    4) At least one prior year division champ will drop off the map - very regularly in disastrous fashion.

    These scenarios happen every year, yet despite this, people still get up in arms when they see predictions of 7-9 and 8-8 seasons from a good team from the year before. It *will* happen. It's just a matter of who.
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