“NFL Overall Predictions”

TheSportsKraze has the Jets and Packers facing off in Super Bowl 45 on February 6th. Who do you have?

 Since Monday, I have been giving a somewhat in-depth (but not too in-depth) division by division breakdown for this upcoming year in the NFL.  It is never easy to pick the always unpredictable and parity filled League. But I am pretty confident in my picks and very excited for the first game come September.  

In summary, here are my NFL overall predictions: 

AFC East:  New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills (in order of predicted finish) 

AFC East Champion:  New York Jets 

The Jets have had the best off-season of any team in the League.  They made a phenomenal run last year all the way to the AFC Championship game.  This team is better than last year’s squad and hungry to go all the way.  It all starts with capturing the AFC East Crown.  This team will be very fun to watch on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” television series. 

AFC West:  San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders (in order of predicted finish) 

AFC West Champion:  San Diego Chargers 

The Chargers have been holding court in the AFC West for well over 4 years now.  And why would it change this year?  Sure they need to figure out what the deal is with star receiver Vincent Jackson, but there is no reason why these guys should not capture a 5th straight West title.  The loss of LT may sting locker room morale, but look for the Chargers to possibly meet up with their old franchise player come playoff time. 

AFC South:  Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars (in order of predicted finish) 

AFC South Champion:  Indianapolis Colts 

Peyton Manning and the Colts have owned the AFC South for nearly a decade now.  This team is not only talented, but they are mentally tough, led by the game’s best quarterback.  Expect the Indy boys to make another deep run as they ride their star for yet another year. 

AFC North:  Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns (in order of predicted finish) 

AFC North Champion:  Cincinnati Bengals 

It is TO Mania at Georgetown College where the Bengals are holding training camp.  This team has both a strong offense and defense.  The Bengals possess the deepest and most talented team of the Marvin Lewis era.  Can they repeat as AFC North champs for the first time in my lifetime?  You better believe it as America gets to witness the “Ocho/TO Show,” aka  the  “Carson Palmer Show.” 

Wildcards:  Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots 

The Ravens in my opinion are one of the top few teams in the entire AFC.  They just unfortunately share a division with another one of the top couple of teams, the Bengals.  Finally, the Ravens have a receiving corps that makes this team have a solid offensive attack to go along with their always scary defense.  The Patriots are the Patriots.  They are not the most talented team this year, but they are led by the best coach in the game and the best big game quarterback in the game.  Expect these guys to have a solid year, but an early exit from the playoffs. 

AFC Championship:  New York Jets defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 

The Jets will knock the Bengals out of the playoffs for the second year in a row.  Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and the Jet’s secondary will be up to the challenge of stifling the Bengal’s very talented receiving corps. 

NFC East:  Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles (in order of predicted finish) 

NFC East Champion:  Dallas Cowboys 

So what if Dez Bryant does not want to be hazed by his teammates?  The guy has big time potential to help out an already strong passing attack led by Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and Tony Romo.  Could the Cowboys make this Super Bowl a home game?  We will find out come February 6th. 

NFC West:  San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams (in order of predicted finish) 

NFC West Champion: San Francisco 49ers 

Okay, so this is one of the weakest conferences in the entire NFL.  But the 49ers look to finally be somewhat back.  Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and the entire San Francisco Bay area will be very proud to see these guys make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade (8 years). 

NFC South:  New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in order of predicted finish) 

NFC South Champion:  New Orleans Saints 

The party on Bourbon Street is still going on from last year’s Super Bowl Championship.  Luckily for the Saints, most of the team has been kept intact.  Expect Drew Brees to lead these guys to another outstanding season. 

NFC North:  Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions (in order of predicted finish) 

NFC North Champion:  Minnesota Vikings 

This division has two of football’s best at the top.  Brett Favre (if he returns), will get the better of his former team in the regular season.  All eyes should be on the dates of October 24th and November 21st as these two powerhouses go head to head.  But watch out for the Packers come postseason time as they steamroll their former franchise player. 

Wildcards:  Green Bay Packers, New York Giants 

The Green Bay Packers are in my opinion the best team in the NFC.  They just have to deal with the second best team, the Minnesota Vikings, before their quarterback gets tired.  So these guys will be ready to roll come playoff time.  The Giants participate in football’s best conference top to bottom.  I just feel like they are the team who will find their way out of the 3 team battle between Philly, Washington, and themselves for 2nd place in the East, and the 2nd Wild Card spot. 

NFC Championship:  Green Bay Packers defeating the New Orleans Saints 

Revenge will be sweet for the Cheeseheads as they see Brett once again come up short of making his first appearance in a Super Bowl since 1997.  Will Brett go for it again in 2011-2012?  This game though will be an absolute aerial assualt, but the Packer’s ability to defend will help them come out victorious in a nail biter over the defending champion Saints. 

Super Bowl Prediction:  New York Jets defeating the Green Bay Packers 31 to 28. 

This will just be an absolutely outstanding game in all aspects, as football’s two best teams battle it out in Cowboys Stadium.  Expect Darrelle Revis to come up with some big time plays and help stifle the Packer’s amazing aerial attack.  Rex Ryan will make the whole media aspect of this game quite entertaining.  New York will go nuts. 

So there you have it.  Those are the predictions from TheSportsKraze for the upcoming NFL Season/Postseason. 

Let me hear your thoughts on what should be an outstanding year in the NFL. 

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze. 

-TheSportsKraze

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8 responses to ““NFL Overall Predictions”

  1. Come on kraze. You really think the AFC championship will NOT feature the colts? Peyton manning is in his prime and he gets back his number 2 reciever who was out all last year. I just don’t think there’s any way the colts lose that early in the playoffs. What are your thoughts?

  2. Matt,
    Very true. It will be good for Peyton to have Anthony back. But the Bengals will be real tough this year. I do see the Colts having a very strong year, but do not see them making the AFC Championship game.

    But really who knows. There is no exact reason why I do not have the Colts going further. It could be question marks about their defense. It could be I feel that a team like the Ravens could knock them off. They will be very solid and do of course have Peyton. It is just a hunch.

    -TheSportsKraze

  3. Brett Favre is too old to come back. He is making the right choice by retiring. He needs to just give it up.

    • I believe Favre is getting up there in years too. He may be too old to do it, but he was awful close last year. I personally think he should have retired and stayed retired 3 years ago. He has tarnished his legacy by continuing to retire and come back. He is not Michael Jordan. People do not love Brett Favre the way that they once did.

      -TheSportsKraze

  4. Kraze:

    Here are some playoff predictions for ya that I typed up way back in the day. Now that I am deciding to post on some of these things, I thought I’d share my insights.

    Playoff Predictions:

    AFC
    1. Colts 2. Patriots 3. Ravens 4. Chargers 5. Jets 6. Bengals

    Wild Card: Ravens over Bengals, Jets over Chargers
    Divisional: Colts over Jets, Ravens over Patriots
    Championship: Ravens over Colts

    NFC
    1. Saints 2. Packers 3. Cowboys 4. 49ers 5. Vikings 6. Redskins

    Wild Card: Cowboys over Redskins, Vikings over 49ers
    Divisional: Vikings over Saints, Packers over Cowboys
    Championship: Vikings over Packers

    Comments:
    An all purple super bowl- something I hate to do as a St. Xavier Bomber. But, I really like these squads and I will tell you why. The Vikings are going to struggle early. Favre has nobody to pass to and they face a brutal schedule. However, Brett gets his no. 1 WR option back in week 9 (tentatively). If they go 5-3 in their first 8 games, then these guys are going to make the playoffs. Give Sidney Rice and Favre 8 weeks to catch on to eachother’s tendencies again and I think the Vikings are going to do big things as a Wild Card NFC team. Favre will be motivated to play hard and win against the Saints and the Vikes. Revenge on the Saints for knocking him out last year (afterall- the Vikings looked as if they had the game won and they deserved to win- outplayed them in every facet except they made dumb mental mistakes). Plus, an NFC Championship Game in Lambeau Field? Favre will turn the cheeseheads to cheesy tears as the Vikes go to the Super Bowl.

    The Ravens are my Super Bowl Champs. No, not the Jets. No, not the Colts or Patriots. The Baltimore Ravens. First of all, I sense a big year for Joe Flacco and Ray Rice. If defenses creep up to stop Rice, Flacco can now burn them down the field with newfound weapons on the outside. If they decide to try and stop the passing game, the former Scarlet Knight in Ray Rice will torch you on the ground. It is going to be tough to stop this offense and we all know Ray Lewis is going to get the defense ready to play every game. Plus, the Ravens reside in the deepest and toughest league in the NFL- the AFC North. Playing Cincy twice and the Steelers twice ontop of getting the Saints and Falcons- their regular season will keep them poised and prepped for the postseason. Some critics might ask why I don’t have my Super Bowl team winning the regular season crown too. The Ravens get beat up physically playing the Steelers and the Bengals twice a year. Plus, playing at the Jets and at the Patriots will not be easy either. They are bound to lose some of those games- but not them all. Don’t worry, I still got them winning the toughest division in football.

    Flacco and Harbaugh will be celebrating in Dallas this year. Go crazy Baltimore- because the Orioles will be starting right around the corner and more frustration will be coming that time of year. Put away the orange and enjoy watching your Ravens bring a championship back to Baltimore.

  5. Interesting to read these now (first time I’ve seen these predictions).
    I see that you completely counted the Steelers out? That’s probably not a good idea most times…

    • Marcy,
      You are correct. I fully expected the Steelers to be good, but I expected the Ravens and Bengals to be just a little bit better. I was wrong.

      -TheSportsKraze

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