We have only the preseason, recent seasons, storied histories and our guts to go on, but the time has come when we need to put it out there and make our predictions. If anyone remembers at seasons end, we look like either experts or idiots.
Dallas Cowboys 11-5 Tony Romo feels the need to win now, and he plays like a man on a mission.
New York Giants 11-5 Eli belongs and he proves it.
Philadelphia Eagles 9-7 It’s been a good run for Andy Reed, but it might be over soon.
Washington Redskins 5-11 This is a tough division for a rookie QB.
Detroit Lions 11-5 Stafford and Megatron are more productive than General Motors.
Green Bay Packers 10-6 Last year’s act is tough to follow.
Chicago Bears 9-7 Cutler and Marshall come up just short.
Minnesota Vikings 5-11 This division is a lot for Christian to ponder.
New Orleans Saints 12-4 Drew Brees is mad and the league pays for it.
Atlanta Falcons 11-5 Explosive offense for the Birds this year.
Carolina Panthers 7-9 One more year for this franchise to blossom.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11 It’s difficult to buy a contender these days.
San Francisco 49ers 12-4 Defense really wins and Jim Harbaugh can really coach.
Saint Louis Rams 9-7 Sam Bradford matures as Jeff Fisher returns.
Seattle Seahawks 6-10 A rookie QB who plays well in preseason is still a rookie QB.
Arizona Cardinals 6-10 It’s hard to win without a starting QB, they really miss Kurt Warner in the desert.
New England Patriots 12-4 Brady is still dominant with plenty of targets.
Buffalo Bills 9-7 Mario Williams will help the defense.
New York Jets 7-9 Sanchez feels the heat, but Rex goes to Tebow too late.
Miami Dolphins 4-12 The only team in the division more messed up than the Jets.
Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5 Big Ben is ready to claim his place among the ‘elite’.
Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 Andy Dalton and company show they belong in the discussion.
Baltimore Ravens 9-7 Father time catches up with the best of defenses.
Cleveland Browns 3-13 Not exactly “re”-building, and still a train wreck.
Houston Texans 12-4 With a healthy Foster and Johnson, they run away with this division.
Tennessee Titans 8-8 CJ2K won’t be enough for the Titans to contend.
Jacksonville Jaguars 7-9 MJD is back and Blaine is better, but the Jags aren’t there yet.
Indianapolis Colts 6-10 Luck is the foundation, but this is a rebuilding project.
Denver Broncos 10-6 Peyton still has enough left in his tank to win this division.
San Diego Chargers 9-7 Norv will be missed by the players, A.J. not as much.
Kansas City Chiefs 9-7 A quality QB and D-line away from being top tier.
Oakland Raiders 7-9 Without Al they might change their motto to “A Commitment to Mediocrity.”
NFC Winner: San Francisco
AFC Winner: New England
Super Bowl Winner: New England
Offensive MVP: Drew Brees
Defensive MVP: Jason Pierre Paul
Offensive Rookie: Justin Blackmon
Defensive Rookie: Luke Kuechly
Some of my picks (for example, Detroit) are, no doubt, against the mainstream and will be received with much resistance. That’s okay, I welcome opposing views with much enthusiasm. In fact, I’d love to hear from you and get your take on who will win what, so if you’re ready to go on the record, please reply. Enjoy the season.
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About the Author
Written by Steve Massey
Steve Massey is the author of Grid Iron Audible at @prosportsblogging.com, a weekly column covering all things NFL related. He is originally from California, but now resides in Northern Arkansas with his beautiful wife and best friend, Debbie. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveMassey9