For a while there, I didn’t think the new NFL season would ever get here and, to be honest with you, even though the lock out is now over and training camps are in session, I think the labor strife took its toll on me because I just don’t seem as enthused as I normally am this time of year.
In an effort to get me out of that rut, I have decided to post my annual predictions a few weeks early this year.
In no particular order:
Brett Favre will stay retired this time.
NFC East Finish ‘” New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
The Cowboys will get a wild card spot in the playoffs.
Vince Young will be the Eagles starter by the end of the season.
AFC East Finish ‘” New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills
The Patriots will be the AFC’s top seed.
The Bills will fire Chan Gailey before the end of the season and will promote Dave Wannstedt to interim coach.
NFC North Finish ‘” Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers will be the NFC’s top seed.
The Bears will grab a playoff wild card spot but will lose in the first round.
AFC North Finish ‘” Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers will make it into the playoffs as an AFC wild card and will eliminate the Ravens.
The Bengals will cave in and trade the “retired” Carson Palmer.
NFC West Finish ‘” St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers will win less than five games.
Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford will be named to the Pro Bowl.
AFC West Finish ‘” San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders will make another coaching change at the end of the season.
The Chiefs will make the playoffs as a wild card but won’t win a post season game.
NFC South Finish ‘” New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers
Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees will finish second to the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers in League MVP voting
The Panthers will end up with the number 1 pick in the 2012 draft.
AFC South Finish ‘” Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans
Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning will miss at least one start this year.
The Jaguars will fire Coach Jack Del Rio.
AFC Title Game ‘” Steelers at Patriots
NFC Title Game ‘” Saints at Packers
AFC Champ ‘” Steelers
NFC Champ ‘” Packers
Super Bowl Champ – Packers