NFL Predictions for the 2010 Season

Tonight, we have the first game of the NFL Season, New Orleans vs Minnesota.  What a game this should be but I am worried how rusty old-timer, Brett Farve will be. My prediction is that the New Orleans Saints will take a commanding lead early in the 3rd quarter and Minnesota will battle back in the fourth quarter to tie.  I have a gut feeling Brett Farve will lead his team down the field to win the game but in the last-minute of the game he will throw an interception.  New Orleans will be in field goal range and they will kick a field goal to win it.

Here are my prediction who will win each division. 

In the AFC EAST, I like the NY Jets to win this division.  The Jets made some key acquisitions during the offseason.  These key changes will alow them to win this division.  I think the New England Patriots will make the playoffs as a wild card team.

In the AFC North, I like the Baltimore  Ravens. The Ravens have added some good receivers to their team.  The offense will be there this year and this will allow the defense some rest on the sidelines. This will be one tough division so don’t overlook the Steelers or the Bengals.  I think Pittsburg will make some waves and might make it to the playoffs as a wild card team.

In the AFC South, I like the Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton and his team are the team to beat in the AFC.  I also like the Texans in this division and in week one they get a chance to make a statement to the league.  The Houston Texans will square off against the Indianapolis Colts and this will be the game of the month. If the Texans can pull off a victory in week one, this may be the moment they need to make the playoffs.  If they lose this game all bets are off.

In the AFC West, I hate to say it but go with the San Diego Chargers.   As a Chiefs fan, I hate the Chargers but in this division they are the best by default.  I expect very little from Kansas City, Denver, or Oakland this year.  On paper, I like the Raiders defense but I am not too sure about the offense.  As Chiefs fan, go chiefs, but with reality sinking in, I can’t see the Chiefs winning more than 6 games. 

In the NFC East, I like the Philadelphia Eagles.  I know everyone likes the Cowboys. I expect the Cowboys and Eagles slug it out to win the division but I think the Eagles will make a run in December in wun the division.

In the NFC North, I like the Green Bay Packers.  Green Bay is out to make a statement and they will when the welcome back Brett Farve and the Minnesota Vikings back in Lambeau.  After this game Brett Farve will retire from football again but he will decide to come back a week later.  Minnesota will be a force in the NFC North but I am not sure if Farve will last the whole season.

In the NFC South, I like the New Orleans Saints.  I hope Atlanta gives the Saints a run for the division but I know the Saints are poised to win the NFC South again.

In the NFC West, I like the Seattle Seahawks.  If the Seahawks stay healthy then the 49ners better watch out.  This division is a weak division but I don’t believe all the hype about the 49ners.  Watch out for the Seahawks this year.

Division Winners:

AFC East: NY Jets

AFC North: Baltimore Ravens

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts

AFC West: San Diego Chargers

Wild Card: New England Patriots

Wild Card: Houston Texans

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North: Green Bay Packers

NFC South: New Orleans Saints

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

Wild Card:  Dallas Cowboys

Wild Card:  Atlanta Falcons

Superbowl: New Orleans Saints vs Baltimore Ravens

Superbowl Champs: Baltimore Ravens

The Legend of Superbowl 42

         Most Superbowl tend to be over-hyped. Superbowl 42 in Phoenix, Arizona televised on FOX will create an NFL Legend. The New England Patriots have been chasing the desirable prefect season all year.  A victory in Superbowl 42 will make the New England Patriots one of the greatest teams in NFL History and the only team to ever go 19-0.  The New York Giants have the daunting task to pull off one of the greatest upsets in sport’s history.  The New York Giants started the season 0-2 and barely made the playoffs.  In the playoffs the sent a message by beating Tampa Bay rather easily, they stunned the Dallas Cowboys at home, and they shocked us all with beating Green Bay in subzero temperature in overtime.

   One huge non factor will be the weather.  The last time these teams met The Patriots squeaked by with a 38 to 35 victory at the Meadowlands.  As I recall watching it on television, it was quite windy that evening.  Again I would like to thank the NFL for broadcasting that game on regular television versus just airing it on their NFL Network as it was originally scheduled.  I honestly think when the Patriots played the San Diego Charges in the AFC Championship game, the weather contributed to Tom Brady’s poor performance.  The non weather factor is a benefit for both teams but I give the edge to the Patriots. 

If the Patriots win this game, Tom Brady and Bill Bilichick guarantee themselves as legends in NFL history.  The addition to the receiver core this year has proved how great of a quarterback Tom Brady is.  Tom Brady never has a great receiver until the addition of Randy Moss this year.  Defense are forced to double Moss and that has allowed Welker to accumulate more reception than Moss.  Moss still was able to hook up with Brady for 23 record breaking TDs in one season.  Let’s not overlook the over receiver such as Welker, Gaffney, Staleworth, and Watson. Brady with 50 TDs was also able to break Manning single season TD record.  I have been very impressed with the running game with both Maroney and Faulk.  The defense is not as quite as strong as in previous year but don’t let that mislead you.   Bruschi is the heart of this defense and Seau is a man with a mission to win a Superbowl.  I don’t want to leave out anyone on the defense such as Vrabel, Harrison, Thomas, and Samuel.  Let me stop there.  This is an great team on the verge of becoming a legend this Sunday.  My guess is as good as your as who will be the hero of this team if the Patriots win.   The obvious pick should be Tom Brady but we will see on Sunday.

If the New York Giants win, it will be the biggest upset since Superbowl 36.  The Giants will complete their Mission Impossible and the Patriots perfect season will be forgotten.  I was not a believer in the Giants this season.  I was one of the many people who suggest that Eli Manning needed to be traded or get rid of coach Tom Coughlin.  Was I ever wrong or what?  What I have seen of Eli Manning and the offense in both the Dallas Cowboys’ game and the Green Bay Packers’ game is he is ready for the big time.  I think he wants to emerge fro his brother’s shadow and he has done that.  I think brotherly rivalry and not being known as Peyton’s Manning brother is driving Eli to win this Superbowl.  The running game with both Jacobs and Bradshaw is amazing.  I like the Giants running Burress, Toomer, and Shockey.   Burress is guarantee a victory and I hate when players do that.  That usually motivates the other team but Burress is a big time receiver that can light it up on the field, so watch out.    I am not too familiar with their defense but Strahan and Umenyiora are impact players on the defense.  If the Giants win and Burress has a big game then the MVP has to goto him.

Don’t expect a blowout in this Superbowl.  I think the current spread is 12 pts but I don’t think New England will cover that.  If we examine the past Superbowl victories by the New England Patriots the margin of victory is only 3 pts for each game.(Suberbowl 36 – Patriots 20, Rams 17;  Suberbowl 38 – Patriots 32, Panthers 29,  Suberbowl 39 – Patriots 24, Eagles 21.)  The Giants have been playing rather well in the post season and all the pressure is on the Patriots to win. 

Prediction:  In the second half the Patriots will be down by 3 pts.  Tom Brady drives the Patriots down the field.  The touchdown that puts them up for good will be a pass to Randy Moss.  Final Score: Patriots 35 Giants 24.

Follow up at Legend of Superbowl 42 – Gigantic Upset.

Superbowl is set

Well I guess I was wrong.  I was sure Green Bay was going to beat the New York Giants.  At least New England beat San Diego.  I could honestly careless for either team.  I am not a Giants fan but I always like going for the underdog.  The Giants will be a huge underdog.  Everyone wants New England to win the Superbowl so they will have their perfect season.  To be honest, I want them to win the Superbowl just for that but I would mind seeing the Giants pull off an unthinkable upset.  Well I wait until the Friday before the Superbowl to see my pick.  Right now, I am leaning towards New England.