Predicting the 2009-2010 NFL Playoff Teams
Wondering what the 2009-2010 NFL Playoffs are going to look like? Get the answers right here. In this slideshow, you'll find the top six NFC and top six AFC teams to combine for the top 12 NFL Playoff teams. There are some surprises!
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12. San Francisco 49ers (9-7)
The San Francisco 49ers will be the sixth best team in the NFC.
New head coach Mike Singletary will lead with a different style and motivate his team to win. Behind their new physical style and taking advantage of a very weak 2009 NFC West, the Niners will squeeze into the party at 9-7.
11. Houston Texans (10-6)
The Houston Texans will win the second wild card in the AFC.
As long as Matt Schaub stays healthy, the Houston offense will be one of the best in the conference. With a surprising defense and strong special teams unit, the Texans will shock the NFL and make their first ever playoff appearance.
10. Carolina Panthers (10-6)
The Carolina Panthers will rebound from their deflating loss to the eventual NFC Champion Cardinals in last year's divisional round and win a wild card spot in '09.
The Panthers defense will be one of the best, and the Panthers offense will show they can be explosive.
9. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
The Vikings will welcome Brett Favre to town and thank him with a division title.
With Favre once again out of retirement, this time wearing Viking purple, Minnesota will win the North. However, Favre's shoulder will wear down again, and the Vikes will fall short of any Super Bowl visions.
8. Tennessee Titans (11-5)
The Tennessee Titans will top the AFC South for the second season in a row.
Behind the AFC's best running game and one of the top defensive units, the Titans will fight to an 11-5 record.
7. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
With a suddenly solid defense, a great running game led by Pierre Thomas, and a top QB in Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints will take the top spot in the NFC South.
6. New York Jets (11-5)
New head coach Rex Ryan will change the mentality and style of play in New York. The Jets will have a dominant defense, strong running game, and be a very physical football team.
Rookie QB Mark Sanchez will get a lot of help from the running game behind Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, and third-round pick Shonn Greene.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
The Super Bowl XLIII champions will make a run at defending their title. The Steelers will again win the AFC North and go deep into the playoffs. Their defense will be dominant, and their offense will be very good.
4. New York Giants (12-4)
The New York Giants' running game was one of the best in '08, and it'll have to come up big again in 2009. With the loss of top wide receiver Plaxico Burress, the Giants' pass offense could struggle.
Brandon Jacobs and the run game will have to be as good as ever. I think they will get it done. Along with the running game, the defense will be very dominant and help the Giants win the wild card.
3. San Diego Chargers (13-3)
Philip Rivers will lead one of the best offenses in the NFL in 2009.
With the dominant San Diego offense, and the defense returning to its old form, the Chargers will easily win the weak AFC West.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
Donovan McNabb got what he wanted this offseason: He got his weapons, as the Eagles added WR Jeremy Maclin in April's draft, and he got his new contract. McNabb will have more to celebrate in '09 when the Eagles make a return trip to the Super Bowl.
1. New England Patriots (13-3)
Tom Brady and Randy Moss are itching to get back onto the field together. Brady is coming off major knee surgery, which kept him out most of 2008. In 2007, Brady and Moss hooked up 23 times, a record for Moss, and Brady tossed another 27 TDs to total 50, also a record.
In 2009, the Pats will reach the top of the mountain for the fourth time this decade and be crowned champions!
I'm sure this list shocked you in different ways. You're probably thinking I'm crazy putting the Niners, Texans, and even Saints into the playoffs. You probably think I'm even crazier leaving out strong teams from '08 like Atlanta, Arizona, Baltimore, or Miami.
But I bet the biggest problem you have with this list is the fact Peyton Manning and the Colts will miss the playoffs. I think the many changes in Indy will really hurt them. Mainly, I think injuries will plague the Colts.
I'm not saying they're going to go 4-12. They'll be in the playoff hunt; they'll just fall short.
Maybe I am crazy—who knows?