A Glimpse at the 2009 NFL Season According to a So-Called Expert
Taking It to the House’s Lloyd Vance is predicting a big year for Safety Troy Polamalu (Defensive MVP pick) and the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Once again it is time for me to get out my crystal ball and see if I can prognosticate the upcoming NFL season. As all of my friends can attest to, I have never been totally right or wrong and I have never gotten the Super Bowl matchup or champion completely right.
The 2008 NFL season was evidence that in the league’s almost 90-year history that nothing is predictable. I am still looking for the person that could have predicted events like the long downtrodden Arizona Cardinals going to the Super Bowl led by retread quarterback Kurt Warner, New England Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady getting hurt on the first series of the Pats’ first game of the season and rookie quarterbacks Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) and Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) leading their respective teams to the playoffs.
Maybe this year I will be the envy of my doubters—Big V, I am specifically talking to you. However you know I will probably have to eat some crow later this season from the predictions that I am about to make.
My annual reading of the NFL’s tea leaves is all in good fun, so with the season almost ready to kick off—Thursday, Sept. 10 with the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Tennessee Titans—we can all rejoice and say “Hallelujah” as the 2009 NFL Season is finally here.
New York Giants 11-5
Philadelphia Eagles 10-6
Dallas Cowboys 8-8
Washington Redskins 6-10
Chicago Bears 10-6
Minnesota Vikings 10-6
Green Bay Packers 7-9
Detroit Lions 3-13
New Orleans Saints 10-6
Atlanta Falcons 9-7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-10
Carolina Panthers 5-11
Arizona Cardinals 11-5
SF 49ers 9-7
Seattle Seahawks 6-10
St. Louis Rams 5-11
Division Champions: Cardinals (Bye), Giants (Bye), Saints, Bears
NFC Wild Cards: Eagles, Vikings
New England Patriots 12-4
Buffalo Bills 9-7
Miami Dolphins 7-9
New York Jets 6-10
Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4
Baltimore Ravens 10-6
Cincinnati Bengals 6-10
Cleveland Browns 4-12
Houston Texans 11-5
Indianapolis Colts 10-6
Tennessee Titans 8-8
Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11
San Diego Chargers 11-5
Denver Broncos 8-8
Oakland Raiders 7-9
Kansas City Chiefs 4-12
Division Champions: Patriots (Bye), Steelers (Bye), Chargers, Texans
AFC Wild Cards: Colts, Ravens
AFC Wild Card Round: Colts over Chargers, Texans over Ravens
NFC Wild Card Round: Eagles over Bears, Vikings over Saints
AFC Divisional Round: Patriots over Colts, Steelers over Texans
NFC Divisional Round: Giants over Eagles, Vikings over Cardinals
NFC Championship: Giants over Vikings
AFC Championship: Steelers over Patriots
Super Bowl XLIV: Steelers over Giants
NFL Coach of the Year: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Offensive MVP: Minnesota Vikings Running back Adrian Peterson
NFL Defensive MVP: Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu,
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: Minnesota Vikings WR/KR Percy Harvin
**Also keep an eye on Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno and Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: Miami Dolphins Cornerback Vontae Davis
** Also keep an eye on Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing and Washington Redskins DE/LB Brian Orakpo
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall
** Also keep an eye on Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tory Holt
NFL Breakout Player: Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons
First Pick of the 2010 NFL Draft: Florida DE Carlos Dunlap
Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)Posted in 2009 NFL Predictions, 2009 NFL Season, Brett Favre, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Troy Polamalu Tagged: 2009 NFL Predictions, 2009 NFL Season, Brett Favre, Football, Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sports, Troy Polamalu
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