These are the top ten things guaranteed to happen this upcoming NFL season. At number 10, I make my least confident guarantee. Number One is a guarantee you can take to the bank.
The last two years, two of the best games in the regular season were the divisional games between the Ravens and Steelers as well as the Patriots-Colts games.
The Ravens-Steelers regular season matchups, as well as the 2009 AFC Championship game are some of the most tough, physical examples of defensive hard nose football you'll see. Expect the same this upcoming season.
Even if you can't stand the Pats or the Colts, you have to admit that their games are always interesting.
If nothing else, you can tune in two watch arguably the best two QB's in the league. Or tune in to see if Bill Belichick gives away another game with another questionable decision.
The games between these two sides are always appealing. It will be no different this season.
These are two must see games...actually three since the Ravens and Steelers play twice. There's never a dull moment in games that showcase these four teams.
This past offseason, the Redskins were very busy getting Donovan Mcnabb and Head Coach Mike Shanahan in hopes to return to the playoffs in 2010.
However, they are in the wrong division to have those high hopes. They don't have the talent the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles have.
This does not seem like a year that the NFC East will send three teams to the NFL playoffs. The Redskins will do have a better year than last year, unfortunately, they won't improve enough to make the playoffs.
That said, getting Mcnabb is a step in the right direction.
Eric Berry, the Tennessee stand out Cornerback / Safety will win Defensive Rookie of the Year, not Ndamukong Suh as many people will predict.
He played in a Monte Kiffin Cover 2 NFL defense last season and he had a great year. He can cover, blitz and tackle very well for being such a young player. If you want to make a safe bet, place your bets on Eric Berry's NFL career. He won't let you down. The kid is going to be a star.
Dez Bryant, who went to Dallas 24th overall, will win the Offensive Rookie of the Year and here's why: the man has something to prove.
He was arguably better than Michael Crabtree was a couple years ago. However, Bryant was forced to sit out the 2009- 2010 college football season.
He will play for a very good team in the Cowboys and with a good QB in Tony Romo. He certainly has his chance to leave his imprint on the league in his first year and he will capitalize.
Last year was Brett Favre's first season as the Vikings' starting Quarterback. He won both of his meetings with his former team, the Green Bay Packers, including a 38-26 victory in his return to Lambeau Field.
This year, the Green Bay Packers will beat the Minesota Vikings at home 34-24.
However, they will lose at the Metrodome to a Vikings team that is simply better. Don't worry cheese heads, you will get your revenge against Favre.
However, he will have the last laugh. The Vikings will win the NFC North once again.
The wild west will not be so wild this year. It will actually be pretty average.
Out of the eight combined teams in the NFC and AFC West divisions, only the Chargers are a real dominant team. The Chiefs, Raider, and Rams are not even worth mentioning. Look for them to be drafting in the Top 10 once again next season.
Teams like the 49ers, Cardinals, Broncos, and Seahawks they have talent but no one is really sure how good they are going to be.
These two divisions are just a huge question mark. A 10-6 record would win both divisions this upcoming season. That tells you all you need to know about how weak these divisions are.
The only reason this is not near the top of the list as a guarantee this upcoming season is because you really shouldn't bet against Chris Johnson.
He is arguably the best Running back in the league, especially since he does not fumble as much as Adrian Peterson.
Last season Johnson ran for 2,006 yards from scrimmage which is extremely impressive. A couple of weeks ago he mentioned he wanted to be the first black face of the NFL. Well, at least in the new era, because he is certainly no Jim Brown.
Along with that, he said he wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season. In order for him to do this he would have to average about 156 yards per game. I really don't see that happening, though I certainly would not put it past him.
The Colts will win at least 12 games and win the AFC South once again. Really, is anyone shocked by that statement? The Colts are a perennial postseason team and they will be there again this upcoming postseason.
Now it is well known that the team that loses the Superbowl more times than not does not make the playoffs the following season. The only two teams in recent memory to do so are 2006 Seattle Seahawks and the 2009 Cardinals.
The Colts will be the third. With Peyton Manning at the helm of a very strong team, it will be a huge upset if they did not make the playoffs.
The St. Louis Rams will, without question, be the worst team in football. They will get the number one pick in the 2011 NFL draft. And you can put that on the bulletin board.
They drafted Sam Bradford who is a good young Quarterback. However, he has no talent around him except Steven Jackson and Donnie Avery out wide. There is not even a guarantee Bradford will win the starting job in training camp.
The job might go to veteran A.J Feeley. Look for the Rams to win at the most 2 to 3 games this season. On the bright side, they could draft A.J Green from Georgia if they choose to do so.
The Jets are definitely the sexy pick this season to make a run at the Superbowl. They will be on the HBO show Hard Knocks, where cameras will follow the Jets around during their training camp.
They are led by Rex Ryan who is never scared to talk up his team. Especially that very good defense he has.
However, lets not forget these are the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets. They are built to disappoint. It is what they do best. They will go 9-7 this season. They will get off to a nice start by beating the Ravens on Monday Night Football, their first game of the season.
Then, of course towards the end of the season they will lose ridiculous games to inferior competition.
They will lose to the following teams: New England in week two, Denver in week six, Green Bay in week eight, Cincinnati in week 12, Pittsburgh in week 15, Chicago in week 16, and Buffalo in week 17.
They will finish a game out of the second wild card spot in the AFC and Rex Ryan will make the face you see on the left.
No forty year old Quarterback wants to go through training camp. As a matter of fact, no veteran at any position wants to go through training camp, just ask Michael Strahan. So if you have the opportunity to skip training camp and two a days, wouldn't you?
No surprise that the number one guaranteed thing to happen in this upcoming NFL season is that Brett Favre will be back for his 20th NFL season. More specifically, after the Vikings training camp is over.
He will just stroll in, take the starting QB job and everyone on ESPN will question if it's fair. Then as soon as he throws his first touchdown pass we will all say that the man's still got it. We will all be sucked in by Brett Favre mania once again. But no one will be more into it than ESPN.
Favre will be part of a contender in Minnesota, so good for him. Unfortunately, the media will not be able to stop talking about him. So by week 5 we will all be sick of him.