Ok, with the season starting in less than 36 hours, time to put the cards on the table and make some predictions. I will do it more in random thoughts: Right off the bat, I predict the Pats' record will be 12-4. It was 13-3 before Seymour left. I will say that his loss may make the Pats lose a close game that they might have won with him in. He may make no difference in the wins and loss column though. Surprise teams (in a good way): Green Bay - although after their preseason they aren't such a surprise since they have become a trendy pick) Houston Denver (not that they will contend for anything, but they will be around 8-8 which is far better than people expect) Jacksonville - Their season last year was bombed before it started since they lost almost all of their starting o-line before the season started. Derrick Harvey lost his rookie season because he held out until the eve of the season. Surprise teams (in a bad way): Miami - Not much of surprise since they are a trendy pick to take a step or two or three back. Indy - I know this will get me accused of being a Colt hater by the Colts weren't as good as their record last year and are going into the season with a lot of holes without Dungy there to work around them. Caldwell is trying to get his defense bigger which means that at least short term, that doesn't mean better. The LT situation could be scary for Manning. Titans - Can Kerry Collins keep it together for another year? Dallas - Again, not much of a surprise. This team has implosion written all over it. Playoff teams AFC Patriots Steelers Chargers Texans Wild cards: Ravens Jags NFC Eagles Cards Saints Packers Wild Cards Vikes Falcons League MVP: Aaron Rodgers (finally silencing critics that blasted Ted Thompson for trading Brett Favre and going with Rodgers) Offensive POY: Adrian Peterson Defensive POY: Mario Williams (finally silencing the critics that blasted the Texans for taking him over the overrated Reggie Bush) OROY: Jeremy Maclin (not loving anyone for this award yet, but I will say that with McNabb throwing to him he has a great chance. I know Percy Harvin is a trendy pick, but I don't know if the Vikes are going to want to toss it up all that much) DROY: Aaron Curry Comeback Player not Brady: David Garrard (Now that his o-line has stablized a bit, he should be able to go back to being more efficient. Also, adding Holt won't hurt although he doesn't have a lot left). Coach of the Year: Mike McCarthy First coach fired: Tom Cable (Al is too quick with the ejector seat in Oakland) How many weeks before the first TO incident - 6 AFC East standings Pats 12-4 Miami 8-8 Jets 7-9 Bills 6-10 Super Bowl pick: Patriots over the Packers - I know this is the homer in me considering the defense is a question mark, but I think the Pats have some unfinished business to tend with.