September means only one thing when it comes to American men. Football. Football is finally here. No, not the football you kick around with your foot and score goals. Sorry Europeans. The rough and tough tackle pigskin football.
That means only one thing for American men like myself. We have to predict what is going to happen this season.
Will Jay Cutler be the savior for the Bears? Which rookie will breakout? Who will be the surprise team? I'm here to answer all of those questions.
The NFC North, in my opinion, is the equivalent to the NL West in baseball. Both divisions aren't that good. When you have a team who can manage to go 0-16 in a season, you know you have a bad division.
The Bears will win the NFC North this season with a final record of 11-5. Losses this season for the Bears will come against Green Bay once, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minnesota once, and Arizona. Arizona will upset the Bears.
Jay Cutler will be the savior for the Bears and he will turn this team around with the help of a breakout rookie year by Juaquin Iglesias and vet Devin Hester.
Larry Fitzgerald and Arizona will come on top once again. After a magical run in the playoffs on the way to their first Superbowl berth in franchise history, the Cardinals will be a threat once again. With Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston catching balls out of the backfield, they will be a very real threat once again in 2009.
Losses for the Cardinals will come at the hands of Indy, the Giants, Carolina, Seattle once, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay for a final record of 10-6.
The NFC South is the hardest division to call, in my opinion. I think Matt Ryan and the Falcons are the team to watch in the south in 2009.
What did it for me for the Falcons is the fact Matt Ryan had so much poise during his rookie campaign. A team that was thought to be left in shambles after the departure of Mike Vick was led to an 11-5 record. Incredible if you ask me.
The Falcons will lose to Carolina, New England, Dallas, the Giants, and Philadelphia for a final record of 11-5.
Watch for the Falcons to surprise people again this year.
Is this even a question? Of course the New York Giants are going to win the East. They are one of the best teams in football.
Even without Plax they will be awesome. They have Eli Manning, Steve Smith, and Brandon Jacobs. That is all they need.
The Giants are going to lose to Washington, Dallas, and San Diego for a record of 13-3.
The Giants are my pick for the top team in the NFL.
Self-explanatory. They are the defending world champs. I don't even need to write an explanation.
When you have Phillip Rivers at the helm and LT as your running back. I think you are pretty set.
Even though the Chargers struggled to a measly 8-8 record last season, the Chargers are my pick to win the AFC West for a second straight season.
Imagine what a Chargers team can do with a healthy Shawne Merriman. He had 12.5 sacks in 2007 in 15 games. He is pretty good.
I think the Chargers will win two more games then last year. They will finish 10-6, one game ahead of Denver.
I don't even think this should be questioned. A healthy No. 12 on the Patriots should be enough to win the AFC East. Yeah, Miami had a good year last year but let's be real. Tom Brady is the king of the AFC East.
The Titans had an awesome year last year, finishing at 13-3, but Peyton and the Colts are on the charge. I don't think Tennessee will miss the playoffs, but they won't win the division.
Peyton Manning is just too good. He is making his way to Hawaii in February every year, and he always has a great supporting cast.
Look for Peyton and the Colts to work their way to the top of the AFC South in 2009.
When No. 28 is wearing purple and gold and running the ball, you know you're in good shape. AP 28 is just too good. No one can stop him. You may slow him down but he won't stop.
I think this will hold true even if Brett Favre doesn't sign with the Vikings. Their running game is in the top tier of the NFL. A good running game equals a great team.
Look for AP 28 to lead the purple and gold to the playoffs once again in 2009.
When No. 89 is running routes for the Panthers, you are going to get good production out of Jake Delhomme and the receiving core. Steve Smith is way too good.
Please don't make the mistake and forget about the awesome tandem of DeAngleo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Their running game is top notch with those two in the backfield.
Last year, Carolina won the division with a 12-4 record. They won't do as well this season. I see Carolina taking the wild card with a 10-6 record, barely losing the division to Atlanta.
Welcome to the playoffs Houston. This year is your year.
Don't call me crazy. Look at the Texans roster. They have so much talent on that team.
With talent like Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, Kevin Walter, Matt Schaub, Steve Slaton, and Mario Williams you have no choice but to make the playoffs.
The Texans are my surprise team in 2009.
Tennessee won't win the South in 2009, but they won't fall of the face of the Earth either. After a great season in 2009, Tennessee will make the playoffs once again.
With the addition of Chris Henry, Tennessee's receiving core just got a little better. Scary thought.
With Chris Johnson running in the back field and veteran Kerry Collins leading the way, the Titans can't go wrong.
Tennessee will lose the division by two games at 11-5.