I was thinking that since Training Camp for most teams start this week, it'd be a good time to see everyone's predictions. So post them, and we can look at the end of the year and see who was right...
Here are mine (in predicted order of finish in division):
Dallas- I got 4 losses for them: GB, at Wash, at Pitt, and at Phili to end the season. This is clearly the superior team in the conference, but the question remains as to whether they can succeed in the playoffs.
Philidelphia- This team played great down the stretch last year, and you always have to beware Andy Reid following a losing season.
NY Giants- This is a solid team, but they are not going to win 10 straight road games again this year. Either Eli is going to have to learn to play in Giants Stadium, or they can forget about another SB. Plus, the loss of Strahan is going to hurt alot more than most people think.
Washington- Even though they went on a solid run to end last year, I think it was more a rallying point around Sean Taylor than on how good they were. I think this year, even with Jason Taylor, they return to being a mediocre team.
Minnesota- Yes, Jackson is inexperienced at QB, but in this division, with the likes of Grossman, Rodgers, and Kitna, the Vikings should still win it because of their front 4 on Defense and the playmaking ability of Peterson and their new reciever, Berrian.
Green Bay- I have to commend McCarthy on making the move of keeping Rodgers as the starter. Look Farve is not going to be around forever and the way Rodgers played last year against Dallas, I think he should take over. However, I think he'll need one full season before he's ready enough for the Packers to compete; so for now, I'll go for the Packers as my SB pick for '09-'10.
Chicago- It seems that we say this every year about Grossman, but this has to be the year that he produces. Also, the move of cutting Benson was a little confusing. Maybe because of his behavior off the field, but still, is Forte anywhere near an upgrade? This offense has nowhere near any playmakers (even if you count Hester) to compete.
Detroit- If I'm Marinelli, I just let Drew Stanton take over and see what he can do. This team is going nowhere with Kitna this year and it'd be nice to see how Stanton, or any other young QB for that matter, teams up with Williams and Johnson.
New Orleans- The addition of Shockey does put them into competitor status and will put them into the playoffs, but their defense still sucks, and Jonathon Vilma is not the answer at linebacker.
Tampa Bay- This team continues to live in the past. In this day's NFL, you cannot succeed with you QB and top WR over the age of 35. Plus, this defense is getting old fast, and some young pieces would probably be more useful.
Carolina- This all depends on two factors: the health of Dellhome and the play of Peppers. If both of these factors work out, then they should compete woth N.O., if not, they will be down with.....
Atlanta- For this team, any kind of success would be viewed as a positive as they are in clear rebuilding mode. They should, however, try to find a trade partner for Joe Horn.
Arizona- Look, if Matt Leinert cant succeed with this arsenal of talent he has around him, he never will. But otherwise, Wisenhunt has brought a new attitude around the Cardinals that they can succeed and that should translate into winning the West.
Seattle- This team is due for a downfall and it should start this year. When you're desperate enough to sign Julius Jones and TJ Duckett to be your leading backs, you know you have problems.
St. Louis- They should recover with a defense that is young and getting better, but they might have to concentrate on drafting offensive players, as their offense is getting older.
San Francisco- This is one of those teams that could either surprise and win the division or fall apart and be very, very bad. The growth of Alex Smith is a must.
New England- This team scares me because they will be seeking revenge for last year. I could very easily see them going undefeated again with their schedule, but with that age on defense especially at LB, I don’t see them winning the SB.
Buffalo- They have two great playmakers in Evans and Lynch and an improving young defense. The key will be the development of Trent Edwards.
NY Jets- The season will depend on the development of Clemens. If he can come in and perform solidly, this very easily could be a wild card team with some of the players they have.
Miami- Although not the case with Dallas, this will be a typical first year for Parcells, as the Dolphins will probably be not be that good, bit watch out in Year 2.
Cleaveland- Last year, this team had sort of a late season swoon typical of the Cowboys, but they have revamped their run defense with Williams and Rodgers, and Braylon Edwards is going to become one of the best recievers in the game.
Cincinatti- This seems like a team that could very easily fall apart due to the amount of ego’s. But the fact is that this team just has way too much talent to not suceed at some point.
Pittsburgh- The Steelers fell apart last year and I’m still not convinced that Ben R. is going to become an elite QB. Watch out for that tandem at RB of Parker and Meandenhall, however.
Baltimore- Joe Flacco is going to have a rough first season in Baltimore playing in this division.
Indianapolis- The Colts seem like the Mavs a few years ago, when they played their best when they were underdogs, while choking as the favorites. This year, the Colts should be viewed as underdogs which would be scary, but the South is not going to be an easy 6 wins anynmore.
Jacksonville- This is a talented team, but it’s a shame they have to be in a division with the Colts and their dominance. However, they should be a wild card yet again.
Houston- They’ve never been to the playoffs, but it seems like they’ve finally found some good players, and with the likes of Johnson, Schaub, and Williams, they should make the playoffs in ’09.
Tennessee- I don’t know what to make of this team. They seem to be good on Defense and Special Teams. And they seem to be solid at RB and the O-Line. But at the same time, the problem seems to be Vince Young. They’ve got him a solid playmaker in Crumpler, but it will be interesting to see fi they can get him a WR, i.e Roy Williams.
San Diego- Well, for Josh Lewin, this should be great. He gets to call a team that will make it to the Super Bowl, and then get to turn around and call a team that will a pennant in the summer. Honestly, this may be the easiest pick overall.
Oakland- Laugh if you want, but they have got some great young players on Defense, and if Russel can play adequately at QB, he’s got some weapons in Walker and McFaddee.
Denver- This team has never really impressed me while somehow managing to make it to the playoffs. Champ Bailey is great and Jay Cutler is improving, but nothing of about this team honestly scares me.
Kansas City- Like Aatlanta, any success is a plus. But with their draft this year, brighter days are ahead in KC.
- New Orleans
- NY Giants
New Orleans beats Giants
Philidelphia beats Arizona
Dallas beats Phili
Minnesota beats New Orleans
Dallas beats Minneosta
1. New England
2. San Diego
Jacksonville beats Cleaveland
Indianapolis beats Cincinatti
San Diego beats Indianapolis
New Englans beats Jacksonville
San Diego beats New England
Dallas beats San Diego :)