Predictions I Made Prior to Week 1

September 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Procrastination is a skill I have become quite good at.   I planned to make season predictions for this NFL season and post my picks for week 1.  With people visiting me from out of town and other random things, I didn’t get a chance to put a post together for either.  Hopefully I can get my picks in this week.  Perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday.

The annoying thing about not posting my predictions is that a few of them have come to pass.  You don’t have to believe that I had these thoughts before yesterday’s events, but I want to get them down anyway.  These are from notes I jotted down last Wednesday.

1) There will be way to much talk about the green dot on the defensive players helmet.  Yes, go ahead and mention the rule change, but I think the announcers will take every opportunity to talk about it and point it out.

2) Tom Brady is due for an injury that will make him miss significant time this season.   Something is bound to happen that will cause him to miss at least a month of playing time.

3) The Browns will finish under .500 this year.  Much like the Chicago Bears after the 2001 season, the Browns were a complete surprise.  They aren’t going to sneak up on anyone this year, and by about week 9 there will be a QB controversy brewing out in Cleveland.

4) My 2 sleeper picks for the NFC/AFC this year are: NFC: Chicago Bears – AFC – Oakland Raiders.   The Bears seemed to have a competent offense that can put up 13-20 points a game, and I have faith that the defense will straighten out and play well come the beginning of the season.   The Raiders have a pretty solid defense and although the offense is young with JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden,  they have the ‘unknown factor’ working for them.  Lane Kiffin HAS to have a good season to keep his job and the AFC west looks weak with the top competiion being the San Diego Chargers.  The Raiders could get a wild card spot.

5)  Willie Parker will have his usual great season, but will not play all 16 games due to injury.   That will allow Rashard Mendenhall to get some good experience and playing time.

6) Although Aaron Rodgers will put up decent numbers and play okay, the Packers will end up losing some close games which will start a media frenzy on how Rodgers isn’t Favre.

7) Speaking of Favre, the Jets will do better this year, but with the Patriots and the Bills in their division they won’t make playoffs.

8. Pennington is an upgrade in Miami, but they will still be at the bottom of the AFC east.

9) Forget the QB situation in Minnisota.  The Offensive line is going to have trouble.

10) Division Standings by the end of the Year:

AFC East: Patriots, Bills, Jets, Miami

AFC North: Steelers, Bengals, Browns, Baltimore.

AFC South: Jaguars, Colts, Titans, Texans

AFC West: Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs

NFC East: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins (btw, OUCH for this division. All tough teams)

NFC North: Bears, Vikings, Packers, Lions (Honestly. Even thought I am a Bears fan, I honestly believe this)

NFC South: Saints, Bucs, Panthers, Falcons

NFC West: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Rams.

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