Predictions for the NFL season
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
The 2008 NFL season is finally upon us and mercifully I was able to get Directv installed Saturday evening with the NFL Sunday Ticket package just before Sunday morning’s games. Now I will be able to follow my Hawks throughout the season right from the comfort of my living room rather than a noisy, congested local sports bar where you spend $20 and can’t even listen to the audio.
The NFL season is one of utmost importance to me, rivaled only by the beginning of college basketball and perhaps a highly anticipated UFC pay-per-view card. And as such, I would be completely remiss if I didn’t submit my pre-season picks. So without further delay (already a week late) or ado, I give you my NFL predictions.
San Diego (12-4), Denver (10-6), Kansas City (6-10), Oakland (4-12)
The Chargers prevail over the Broncos with a stronger defense and of course the play of LaDainian Tomlinson.
Cleveland (10-6), Pittsburgh (9-7), Cincinnati (7-9), Baltimore (4-12)
Cleveland continues to make strides towards being a consistent playoff threat by winning 8 of their last 11 games. I think this is a team with a lot of potential and will only keep getting better. Pittsburgh will struggle with a weak offensive line all year and Baltimore just can’t buy a QB. Watch out for Cincinnati if and when Carson Palmer and that defense decide to show up.
Jacksonville (12-4), Indianapolis (11-5), Houston (7-9), Tennessee (7-9)
Despite losing its opener to the Titans, the Jaguars are still my team to beat in the South division, which should once again be the NFL’s toughest division. Their defense and running game combined with excellent game-managing from QB David Garrard and this Jaguars team has all the makings to go far. Colts take a step down with injuries and a somewhat weaker defense.
Buffalo (10-6), N.Y. Jets (9-7), New England (7-9), Miami (3-13)
With Tom Brady going down the Bills are the class of this division provided their key defensive players stay healthy this year. The Jets and the Patriots battle it out for second place.
Wildcards: Indianapolis and Denver
AFC Champ: San Diego over Jacksonville
Seattle (10-6), Arizona (9-7), San Francisco (5-11), St. Louis (2-14)
Despite playing with practice squad receivers to open up the year, the Seahawks have a very well-balanced team with a dominating defense in a division that continues to give parity a bad name.
Green Bay (11-5), Minnesota (10-6), Chicago (9-7), Detroit (7-9)
I’m not going to lie, Monday night’s game influenced my pick in this division as, for me, it is the toughest to call. I think Minnesota has the ability to make a deep playoff run but Green Bay just has a wicked defense with a solid QB and running game. Chicago and Detroit are no jokes either. Very solid division after a couple of years of being downtrodden.
Carolina (11-5), New Orleans (9-7), Tampa Bay (6-10), Atlanta (5-11)
I like Carolina a lot. I think they have the best offensive line in football and John Fox loves to play hard-nosed football.
Dallas (12-4), N.Y. Giants (9-7), Washington (9-7), Philadelphia (7-9)
Another tough division, I see the Cowboys combusting towards the end of the year with all the egos in that locker room. I don’t understand the Eagles hype, this is an old team with guys like McNabb and Westbrook leading it that are locks to be spending more time in the training room come November than on the football field.
Wildcards: Minnesota, New Orleans
NFC Champ: Minnesota over Dallas
Super Bowl Champs: San Diego over Minnesota 31-28
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This game. This rivalry. This season. It hasn’t meant this much in a long time.