You Can Count On It: Three NFL Predictions That Will Come True.

Michael SippContributor IOctober 12, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants (L) congratulates his brother quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts on his 26-21 victory on September 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

We all love making predictions as writers, but rarely do any of us get them right. Well, here's my shot at predicting the future and you can count on them coming true.

No. 1 It will be the Bengals, not the Steelers who win the AFC North.
Another week, another amazing final drive executed perfectly and with pinpoint accuracy by Carson Palmer. The second straight week of a late game winning drive helped the Bengals stump the Baltimore Ravens.  
This may sound preposterous, but the Bengals, who were 4-11-1 in 2008, have matched their win total from last year and are now 4-1.
The Bengals could easily be undefeated this year, if not for a miracle play against the Denver Broncos in Week One, where a batted pass by cornerback Leon Hall was caught by Denver receiver Brandon Stokley who ran 87 yards for the score with 11 seconds left to end the game.
Carson Palmer is back to his 2006 form where he was phenomenal with 4,035 yards and 28 touchdowns, which earned him a Pro Bowl nod.
As for the Steelers, don't even get me started on them.
They faced the Lions this week, and won 28-20. Yes, they won, but its the Lions. They didn't win a game last year and while they are vastly improved from 2008, they will not make it to the postseason.
The defending Super Bowl Champs almost lost to the Lions, faced the 0-5 Titans and had to take it to overtime before pulling it off, and then lost to Chicago when the Bears kicked a field goal with fifteen seconds left.
Then, the Steelers traveled to Cincy and lost to the Bengals after Palmer and Co. drove down the field and capped it off with a TD with fourteen seconds left. They then faced San Diego in the Steel City and took off to a four touchdown lead- before Philip Rivers and the Chargers stormed back- and got within a touchdown before the Steelers slowed them down and won 38-28.
While Pitt has been without star safety Troy Polamalu for four and half weeks, they still have defending Defensive Player of the Year in James Harrison and Pro Bowler James Farrior.
When push-comes-to-shove, that November 15th meeting between Cincy and the Steelers at Heinz is probably going to determine who wins the AFC North.
You can count on it.
2.) With the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, or Kansas City Chiefs) select....
When those three teams come into the conversation, what comes up?
First pick in the draft, awfulness, horribleness, Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry.
Well, I bet that those three teams will finish 30th, 31st, and 32nd. Two of them could go 0-16. Actually, all of them could go 0-16.
Then what would the NFL do- a one game playoff? Does the person who wins get the first pick in the draft or does the loser?
But if the loser does get first pick, then both teams would show up with Pop Warner players. Oh well, all of them suck. Good thing I'm not a fan- but I am a fan of Raiders- so I can't start making fun of teams.
You can count on it.
3.) Super Bowl? How about the Manning Bowl!
5-0. 5-0. $14 Million. $15 Million. Nine Pro Bowls. One Pro Bowl. Three NFL MVP's. No NFL MVPS. Super Bowl Champion. Super Bowl Champion.
Joseph Addai, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Dallas Clark. Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Chris Snee, Shaun O'Hara, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora.
Plenty of talent. Plenty of predictions. Two Mannings. One Super Bowl.
Five weeks into the season, its looking like those two Mannings, Peyton and Eli; will be playing in Miami on the seventh of February.
You can count on it.