2012 NFL Predictions: 10 Bold Predictions for the New Year

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIDecember 31, 2011

2012 NFL Predictions: 10 Bold Predictions for the New Year

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    Happy New Year! 

    It's almost 2012 or it is 2012—depending on when or where you are reading this—but either way, happy New Year to all!

    As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, I have a fresh slate of bold NFL predictions for you. Let's just say it's my New Year's gift to you. 

    Enough of the chit-chat, let's dive right into the predictions:

    Here are 10 bold NFL predictions for the New Year. 

The Green Bay Packers Will Be One and Done

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    Forget repeating as back-to-back Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers won't make it past the NFC's divisional round. 

    We don't have a clue who the Packers will be facing, as it will likely be either the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys or the Detroit Lions—but either way, I'm smelling an upset. Their defense is far too vulnerable. 

    Look, you may think I'm crazy right now but trust me. We'll see who's laughing January 15, and it wont be Aaron Rodgers

The New England Patriots Will Win the AFC

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    You can count on this—the New England Patriots will likely be clinching the top seed in the AFC this weekend with a probable victory over the Buffalo Bills, which means that the conference will have to go through Foxborough. 

    Tom Brady is the main reason why the Patriots have been so dominant this season, as he's playing with one of the worst defenses in the last 10 years as they rank dead last in the NFL. However, with the defense struggling so much, it only shows how well Brady is actually playing despite the defense as they enter the final week of the season with a 12-3 record. 

    If Brady continues his dominance, there's no reason why New England will not be representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI. 

The New Orleans Saints Will Win the NFC

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    Forget the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers—the New Orleans Saints are the top dog in the NFC and they will represent their conference in Super Bowl XLVI. 

    The Saints have one of the most dynamic offenses in the league, led by quarterback Drew Brees, as he's simply playing out of his mind right now as he's the new single-season record holder for most passing yards in a season, standing in at 5,087 yards and counting. 

    While New Orleans has a top offense, much like the Packers, the major difference between the two is their defenses—the Saints defense ranks 26th in the league while the Packers sits in at 31st. 

    You may be saying that there's not that much of a difference between 26th and 31st, but it's a huge difference when two top tier offenses are battling it out. 

The New England Patriots Will Win Super Bowl XLVI

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    It was 10 years ago when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won their first Super Bowl in franchise history as they upset the "greatest show on turf," the St. Louis Rams. 

    Now 10 years later, Brady and the Patriots will restore themselves as the NFL's best. 

    Predicted score: New England 38, New Orleans 35.

Drew Brees Will Win Most Valuable Player

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    Aaron Rodgers? Nope. Drew Brees

    For the most part of 2011, Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were standing in the NFL's spotlight as they were on the verge of posting a perfect, undefeated season even though Brees was playing out of his mind with the New Orleans Saints.

    Brees enters the final week of 2012 as the NFL's all-time single season record holder for most passing yards in a season, standing in at 5,087 yards and counting. 

    Rodgers' stats are great but Brees is the one that broke a historic record. 

    Drew Brees is the NFL's most valuable player. 

The Indianapolis Colts Will Draft Andrew Luck 1st Overall

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    The Peyton Manning era will come to an end in 2012 as the Indianapolis Colts will select Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft. 

    This may not be that bold, but it will certainly cause some bold aftereffects...

Peyton Manning Will Be Traded to the New York Jets

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    It's only speculation right now, but several sources have proposed the notion that Peyton Manning could find himself in a New York Jets uniform next season with Rex Ryan as the head coach. 

    We all know how much Ryan loves Peyton Manning, as he praises him time and time again—so why not trade for him? Mark Sanchez is clearly not the answer for the Jets, Peyton Manning could be. 

Mark Sanchez Will Be Traded to the Seattle Seahawks

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    Perhaps Mark Sanchez just can't play in New York—but he should have no problem playing for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks.

    This makes perfect sense: The Seahawks need a quarterback, Carroll and Sanchez have connections back to their USC days, so why not? It could work. 

The Washington Redskins Will Draft Robert Griffin III

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    The Washington Redskins need a quarterback—they need one badly.

    Aside from Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III is the best quarterback in the 2012 class. 

    The Redskins should find themselves with a top seven pick, so they'll have a chance to snag RG3. If he doesn't figure to fall to them, then I am positive that Mike Shanahan will do whatever it takes to trade up and acquire Griffin. 

The New York Jets Will Be Super Bowl XLVII Favorites

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    Believe it—all the New York Jets need is a legitimate quarterback, and they will get one by trading for Peyton Manning.

    With Manning, the Jets will be favorites to win it all.

    Yeah, that's right—Rex Ryan's bold predictions may actually come true for once.