The 2009 NFL season is more than half way over and we are finally getting a feel for our teams. There have been several surprises so far three games deep into Week 12.
Who would have thought that the Minnesota Vikings would be 9-1 or that the Cincinnati Bengals would be leading the AFC North with a 7-3 record?
How about Vince Young coming off the bench and taking the Tennessee Titans on a four-game winning streak?
After Monday, there are five games left, and teams are giving it their all. Players who are helping their teams the most by positions are:
QB's - Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, who all have over 3,000 yards passing;
RB's - Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, and Adrian Peterson, who all have over 1,000 yards rushing, except Peterson who is 1 yard shy;
WR's - Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, and Andre Johnson, who all have over 875 yards;
Defense - Curtis Lofton, Patrick Willis, London Fletcher, who all have over 90 tackles.
The grocery workers - Elvis Dumervil, Jared Allen, and James Harrison, who all have over 10 sacks.
The thieves - Jairus Byrd, Darren Sharper, and Charles Woodson, who all have 7 interceptions or more.
As the season winds down quickly, every team is emptying their tanks trying to get pencil in their names into the playoff pictures.
Only 12 teams get their shot at the Super Bowl, while the rest of the field is sent home packing.
While 12 teams get their shot at the title, only one team can go meet the President of the United States.
I will give you all my predictions on the rest of the season and tell you who will punch their ticket to the playoffs. While the other teams get a little extra time on vacation.
Tom Brady will lead the New England Patriots to another playoff, finishing the regular season with a record of 11-5. It looks like the Patriots toughest team will come in week 12 playing on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.
The Miami Dolphins and their wildcat offense will end up at 8-8, as losing QB Chad Pennington and RB Ronnie Brown definitely hurts the Dolphins chance at making the playoffs. Chad Henne and Ricky Williams hopes to keep their chances alive.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez will continue to slump to end the season at 6-10.
Buffalo Bills hope to squeak out one or two more wins, but they will end the season at 4-12.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb, WR DeSean Jackson, and the Philadelphia Eagles will make a push and will slide past the struggling the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles will finish the regular season with a record of 11-5 and will win the NFC East.
The struggling Dallas Cowboys will let the Eagles win the East and finish the regular season at a respectable 10-6.
New York Giants, will end their season at 9-7 and RB Brandon Jacobs will continue to stumble and surprisingly be left out of the 2009 playoffs, coming in third in the NFC East.
4-12... that's the record the Washington Redskins will end with and yes, Jim Zorn will be fired.
Carson Palmer, one of the leaders of the Cincinnati Bengals, will put the team on his shoulders and WILL take his team to the playoffs. Bengals will end 11-5, the same record that the Pittsburgh Steelers will.
However, Bengals and Steelers will be tied at the end of the season, Bengals beat the Steelers twice in the regular season, so they will take the North.
Running Back Ray Rice and Balitmore Ravens will end on a great note, but will not make the playoffs. They will finish the regular season at 10-6.
The Cleveland Browns will be watching the college football bowl games to see prospects they may draft in April. They will end at a terrible 2-14.
Personally, I never would have thought the Minnesota Vikings would be 9-1 at the end of week 11. The Vikings have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season, thanks to No. 4, Brett Favre.
Favre and Adrian Peterson will continue to bring trouble to defenses and will finish 14-2.
The Green Bay Packers, who will finish 10-6, need to step up their offensive line if they want to do anything in the playoffs.
It looks like QB Jay Cutler wasn't the missing piece the Chicago Bears needed. In a competitive division as the North, the Bears will end at 6-10. Maybe a call to Rex Grossman in the future?... Just Kidding!
"With the first pick the 2010 NFL Draft, the Detriot Lions select..." That is what will be heard as the NFL draft kicks off. They finish at 2-14 and will continue to build a team they hope will compete in the north.
Is it really any suprise? Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will have an undefeated season. They will have home field advantage through out the playoffs.
All cylinders are working, and the Colts just need to make sure they protect their players and stay mostly injury free.
Houston Texans, one of the most suprising teams, will finish with an excellent record at 10-6, but sadly will miss the playoffs.
The AFC is strong this year, but in any hopes they make the playoffs they need to play mistake free.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will not have what it takes to make the playoffs. They will end the season below at 7-9 and might be looking for a new quarterback to take snaps in the 2010 season.
Vince Young's streak will end quickly, and finish their year at 5-11. It's nothing to write home about, but maybe Young can bring the Titans back and should be the starter as the 2010 season kicks off.
Drew Brees might be a machine, I am not quite sure though.The New Orleans Saints will also have an undefeated season this year as well. They will end 16-0, and have home field advantage through out the playoffs.
The Saints toughest opponent will be the New England Patriots heading into week 12. Once they win that game, it is theirs to lose after that.
The rest of the NFC South will be mediocre. The Atlanta Falcons will be the the only other team with a record over .500. Quarterback Matt Ryan will take the team to 9-7 and will miss the playoffs.
Carolina Panthers will end 5-11, but that is not the worst part about that. They don't even get a first round draft pick, because this April they traded that to the San Francisco 49ers for their second round pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will look for great things in QB Josh Freeman next year in 2010 but until then, they will have a top 10 draft pick. They will finish their season at, 3-13.
The San Diego Chargers have an easy schedule from here on out. The chargers should win out, and the end season on an excellent 13-3 record.
Quarterback Philip Rivers will lead the team and hope the running game will come along here in the stretch.
Denver Broncos will take second in the AFC West, and will finish with a 11-5 record. The defense will need to be a brick wall to keep the Broncos in the game.
A team that is struggling offensively, look for them to turn it up down the stretch.
I think the Oakland Raiders will impress some people as the last couple weeks end. They will finish 6-10, they will miss the playoffs, and look for Al Davis to make some strange off-season moves.
It seems like anyone can manage the game as they play quarterback for the Patriots, because obviously QB Matt Cassel wasn't the answer.
The Kansas City Chiefs will end 3-13, they will miss the playoffs, and they will have a top 5 pick in the 2010 draft in April.
One of San Francisco's finest, linebacker Patrick Willis. The 49ers will make a push for the NFC West and will end up in first place. Their great run defense will help them make it to the playoffs.
The 49ers will end with a record of 9-7 but wait, I have the Arizona Cardinals going 9-7 as well.
However, the 49ers beat the Cardinals in week 1 of the season, and I have the 49ers winning in week 14 on Monday night football.
The Arizona Cardinals will let the 49ers into the playoffs, and be sent home in a disappointing season.
No good news will happen with the Seattle Seahawks or the St. Louis Rams. They will finish with a record of 5-11 and 2-14.
Both teams will look for a new quarterback in the offseason, as QB's Matt Hasselbeck and Marc Bulger just aren't cutting it with their teams.
The AFC Division Winners are:
1) Indianapolis Colts
2) San Diego Chargers
3) New England Patriots
4) Cincinnati Bengals
The AFC Wildcard Winners are:
1) Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Denver Broncos
NFC Division Winners are:
1) New Orleans Saints
2) Minnesota Vikings
3) Philadelphia Eagles
4) San Francisco 49ers
NFC Wildcard Winners are:
1) Dallas Cowboys
2) Green Bay Packers