So here we go. The season's almost here, and of course its time to predict how this season will ultimately pan out. In this article I will be previewing every NFL team.
Record, state of the franchise, and their most burning issues. I will start with the flat out predictions and then get into potential firings, rookie breakouts, declines, surprises, comebacks, etc.
Ravens 10-6, wildcard
Colts 10-6, wildcard
I don't think the AFC has changed much. The NFC is where we start to see a new look.
Panthers 10-6, wildcard
Seahawks 10-6, wildcard
AFC Championship: Steelers over the Chargers
NFC Championship: Vikings over the Falcons
Super Bowl XLIV: Steelers over the Vikings
League MVP: Adrian Peterson
With defenses accounting for No. 4 Peterson will see open holes like never before.
Comeback Player of the Year: Tom Brady
He's virtually a shoo-in as long as they make the playoffs.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia Eagles)
This offense will be electric and Maclin will be one of its main stars.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Curry (Seattle Seahawks)
Linebackers always win these awards and Curry will have great defenders like Lofa Tatupa and Patrick Kerney around him.
Coach of the Year: Jim Mora
He will be handed a stable oraganization, and will benefit from all his starters coming back.
Biggest Surprise Team: Seahawks
They are in for a comeback year.
Biggest Disappointment: Colts
Although we should see this coming, they are on the decline.
Coaches Who Will Be Gone: Dick Juaron, Marvin Lewis, Jack Del Rio, Wade Phillips
Under the Most Pressure: Brad Childress, Brett Favre and the Vikings.
They have put a lot on the line. If Childress is to stick around the Vikings will need to at least reach the NFC Championship game to justify the signing of Brett Favre. Favre may not need to lead them all the way if he throws 35 TD's, but that simply won't happen.
Playoff win or bust for the Norse men of Minnesota.
My Personal Note On What 2009 Could Mean For Us
So much is on the line. So many teams need to win now, but not everyone will. The following teams could emerge from a long stay in the shadows.
The Raiders could finally prove Al Davis right. Yeah I laughed a little bit too.
The Bills could wash away the pain of four Super Bowl losses, or continue their decade or mediocrity.
Brett Favre could prove all his doubters wrong and take the Vikings to new heights, or fall flat on his face and take Childress with him.
The Steelers could very well repeat and solidify their claim that Steel is the toughest thing on earth, or do what they did in 2006 after winning Super Bowl XL.
The Dolphins could show us that '08 was no fluke, or they could fall apart.
Vick could be the comeback story of all time, or he could be just another casuality of crime. Who knows.
That's the Great thing about the NFL. Unscripted, uncharted fun. It is what every other sport tries to be. Now lets sit back and enjoy another great year of football.