Tuesday, August 9, 2011
2011 NFL Predictions
1. San Diego Chargers (11-5). They've already been handed the division by media outlets. Can they right all their wrongs from 2010?
2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-8). This Chiefs team may be better than a year ago, but will it show up in the record books? Brutal schedule could leave KC without a playoff birth.
3. Oakland Raiders (6-10). They went 8-8 in 2010 but lose their head coach, best corner and best lineman. Predicting the silver and black to take a step back in 2011 but improved quarterback play could help prove me wrong.
4. Denver Broncos (4-12). Changes abound in Denver. John Fox inherits a poor football team and must now deal with the "will Tebow start?" questions from day 1. Could be a long year in the Rocky Mountains.
1. Indianapolis Colts (10-6). If Peyton Manning returns from neck surgery then Indy should still be the team to beat in the South. Health in the backfield as well as the receiving corps will be the difference.
2. Houston Texans (8-8). Will never predict them above 8-8 until they actually achieve it.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) A franchise that is wallowing in mediocrity doesn't see the light of day just yet.
4. Tennessee Titans (5-11) New coach, new QB...Chris Johnson holding out. Long year in Nashville.
1. New England Patriots (13-3) The Pats are primed for yet another title run. Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth could contribute if they decide not to be malcontents.
2. New York Jets (11-5). The NFL and ESPN won't allow the Jets to fall below 11 wins.
3. Buffalo Bills (7-9). Improvement coming, but not quite soon enough for Buffalo.
4. Miami Dolphins (6-10). They've made some nice additions but still appear to be at the bottom of this division.
1. Baltimore Ravens (12-4). This team is always 12-4.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6). Always tough but lose out ultimately to Baltimore this season.
3. Cleveland Browns (4-12). Still in the NFL's witness protection program.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (3-13). Disaster in Cincy. Carson Palmer doesn't want to be there....Wait...No one wants to be there.
1. St. Louis Rams (9-7). The Rams finally get back to the top of the division on the arm of Sam Bradford.
2. Seattle Seahawks (7-9). 7 wins won't win the division this year.
3. Arizona Cardinals (7-9). The Cards are on the upswing but will all their new pieces fit?
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-11). Alex Smith is still this team's quarterback...in 2011.
1. Atlanta Falcons (13-3). A lot of momentum for this franchise and may be the team to beat in the NFC in 2011.
2. Tampa Bay Bucs (10-6). Young, talented team makes playoffs after surprising 2010 campaign.
3. New Orleans Saints (8-8) injuries derail Saints as they fail to make playoffs.
4. Carolina Panthers (2-14). Yeah they are that bad.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (12-4). They got pretty much every free agent imaginable and return a great corps of talent.
2. Dallas Cowboys (9-7). Not quite a playoff team but improved under Jason Garrett.
3. New York Giants (8-8). Fans start growing restless.
5. Washington Redskins (6-10). Currently a terrible franchise.
1. Green Bay Packers (13-3). Superbowl Champs...and they are healthy now.
2. Chicago Bears (9-7). Borderline playoff team. The bears are an every-other-year team so we will see what Cutler does in 2011.
3. Detroit Lions (8-8). a .500 record for the Lions!!
4. Minnesota Vikings (5-11). No Favre, but insert journeyman Donovan McNabb who doesn't have much left in the tank. Bad season.