NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Five Sure Things

Brandon BergContributor IAugust 16, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 05:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Bronocs takes part in practice during training camp at Dove Valley on August 5, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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1. Tim Tebow will not be the starter for the Broncos by the end of this year.

While I thought he did a great job in his preseason debut against the Bengals, I don't think he will have the stuff to overthrow Kyle Orton. Orton threw for 38,000 yards, 21 TD's, and 12 picks. Orton is going to have another productive year in 2010, but knowing McDaniels, he'll trade him away and start Tebow in 2011.

2. The Oakland Raiders will win 8 games or more this year.

Oakland is definitely heading in the right direction. They acquired Jason Campbell in the off season and resigned Nnamdi Asomugha to a major deal, making him the highest paid corner in the NFL. Micheal Bush and Darren McFadden will be anchoring a strong running game this year.

The Raiders have an adequate chance of making the playoffs this year, but let's not forget who they are. The Raiders. They probably will need another year of maturing before they become legit deep playoff run contenders.

3. The Dallas Cowboys will capture the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

Not much to dislike about the Cowboys here. Tony Romo has another year of experience and an added weapon in Dez Bryant. Felix Jones is a breakout candidate. They boast a top 10 defense last year. They all are a year older and should be gelling together.

The Vikings are going to have trouble following up last year's success a little bit and I don't believe the Saints are built for a long run with a somewhat aging defense that's only decent stat was pass defense last year. The Packers will challenge but I see a more experienced Cowboy team getting home-field.

4. Josh Cribbs will get over 1,000 receiving yards as a result of a Jake Delhomme revival.

Jake has a dependable run game to hand off to, and Cribbs and Massaquoi to throw to. It's not much difference in talent from Carolina, and probably even a drop off, but i think a move to another system, especially Holmgren's, could give Jake another couple of productive years.

Cribbs is going to be a great pick up in your fantasy leagues. If he wasn't drafted, pick him up. If you haven't drafted yet, take a late round flier on him.

5. The Houston Texans make the playoffs.

They are going to beat out the Titans for a wild card spot. Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub are clicking on all cylinders right now. The defense is getting older. Cushing being out for the first 4 games will hurt but they should be able to come out of that stretch 2-2. I think the Texans have underachieved, but their time to put it all together is now.