NFL Preseason Predictions: A Total Crap Shoot

WesAnalyst ISeptember 3, 2009

So you think you know who is going to win the Super Bowl this year?

I doubt you can correctly predict two divisional winners in the NFC let alone the team that will hoist up the Vince Lombardi trophy.

And if you don't think this year isn’t a crap shoot, consider this:

The Patriots are the team to beat according to Vegas odds and yet they didn't even make the playoffs last year.

I know it was because of Tom Brady's injury, but it is rare to see a team miss the playoffs one year and then be considered the favorite to win it all the next season. I don't care what the circumstances are, it doesn't happen too often.

Some of the experts say the Chargers are a lock to win the AFC West even though those same pundits want you to believe that LaDainian Tomlinson is in the midst of a decline.

The Philadelphia Eagles are considered the best team in the NFC fresh off their mediocre 9-6-1 season and with an offensive line that is in shambles.

And then there are those who say the Indianapolis Colts are set up to win another Super Bowl despite the fact that the coaching staff is revamped.

None if it makes sense, which is why I am rolling with all of those teams.

The way I look at it is simple: If I'm wrong I look like 99.9 percent of the public who couldn't figure out this mess. And if I'm right? Well, I doubt that is going to happen.

But if Kurt Warner can lead the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl anything can happen including my predictions.

Wild Card teams have an asterisk, conference rank in parentheses.

I will pick each division and provide a brief synopsis. Playoff results are at the end along with league awards, busts, sleepers, and the coach to get fired first.


NFC East

1. New York Giants (1)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (5)*

3. Washington Redskins (6)*

4. Dallas Cowboys

The Giants have the best defense in the NFC and it will show throughout the year. They will be set up to run away with the division, but Eli Manning keeps this talented team in check. The Redskins defense will prove to be second best in the NFC.


NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers (3)

2. Chicago Bears

3. Minnesota Vikings

4. Detroit Lions

Last year we marveled over the development of Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco as rookies. This year we realize Aaron Rodgers is the best young quarterback in the league.


NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints (2)

2. Carolina Panthers

3. Atlanta Falcons

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With any kind of defensive effort the Saints will give the Giants a run for home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Bucs will be the worst team in the NFL.


NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks (4)

2. Arizona Cardinals

3. San Francisco 49ers

4. St. Louis Rams

In a word the Cardinals are: frauds. 9-7 could run away with this division once again.


AFC East

1. New England Patriots (2)

2. Buffalo Bills (6)*

3. New York Jets

4. Miami Dolphins

Dolphins and Pats go back to where they belong. Order is not completely restored as the Bills make the playoffs.


AFC North

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (4)

2. Cincinnati Bengals

3. Baltimore Ravens

4. Cleveland Browns

Carson Palmer and Ochocinco caused the Bengals lots of problems last year. This time around the duo gives other teams fits.


AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts (1)

2. Houston Texans (5)*

3. Tennessee Titans

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson light it up this year as the Houston Texans make their first appearance in the postseason.


AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers (3)

2. Oakland Raiders

3. Kansas City Chiefs

4. Denver Broncos

I am on the record saying that L.T. is nowhere near being done. Raiders fans shouldn't be excited about finishing second in this division as 6-10 could land them there.


NFC Playoffs:

Philadelphia Eagles defeat Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers defeat Washington Redskins

Philadelphia Eagles defeat New York Giants

New Orleans Saints defeat Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia Eagles defeat New Orleans Saints


AFC Playoffs:

Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Houston Texans

San Diego Chargers defeat Buffalo Bills

Indianapolis Colts defeat Pittsburgh Steelers

New England Patriots defeat San Diego Chargers

Indianapolis Colts defeat New England Patriots


Super Bowl XLIV

Indianapolis Colts defeat Philadelphia Eagles

This would be a terrible matchup for the Eagles. Peyton Manning loves to face the blitz-happy defense of the Eagles. He will exploit it early and often as the Colts turn back the clock and give us one of this blowout Super Bowl games.



League MVP: Peyton Manning (Colts)

Offensive MVP: Adrian Peterson (Vikings)

Defensive MVP: Asante Samuel (Eagles)

Offensive Rookie of the year: Chris Wells (Cardinals)

Defensive Rookie of the year: Brian Orakpo (Redskins)

Coach of the Year:  Gary Kubiak (Texans)

Biggest Busts:

Team: Tennessee Titans

Offensive Player: Brett Favre (Vikings)

Defensive Player: Ray Lewis (Ravens)

Coach: Josh McDaniels (Broncos)

Coach to get fired first: Jack Del Rio (Jaguars)



Team: Buffalo Bills

Offensive Player: Matt Schaub (Texans)

Defensive Player: Brian Dawkins (Broncos)



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