2008 NFL Regular Season Predictions

Gary LloydSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2008

Since I understand the intricacies of the triangle offense more than the individual assignments of the 3-4 defense, I'll keep this football article simple. So let's get started.

I'm going to give you my 2008 NFL projections, top to bottom.

AFC East

1. New England Patriots: It won't be an undefeated regular season, but just a couple losses is definitely feasible.

2. New York Jets: The addition of Broadway Brett has no real bearing on me placing the Jets second. Why? Because, well, outside of the Patriots, this division is pretty much mediocre.

3. Buffalo Bills: The Bills are on of those "boom or bust" types, and I think they'll meet in the middle in 2008. 8-8 at best.

4. Miami Dolphins: The Fins will be last, for sure, but will win more than one game in 2008. Maybe two or three.

AFC South

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: That's right, I've jumped on the bandwagon. David Garrard is as efficient as any NFL quarterback, and that defense will be one of the best.

2. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts will lose one or two more games this year than they did last year. Just a gut feeling, really.

3. Houston Texans: Give it a couple more seasons, and this team may be in the No. 1 slot.

4. Tennessee Titans: Management, get Vince Young some receivers. Vince Young, get an arm.

AFC North

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: The defense will be solid yet again, no real question there. However, Pittsburgh was able to add a few instant playmakers by way of the NFL draft (Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed).

2. Cleveland Browns: The Browns aren't sneaking up on anyone this season. The playoffs are a possibility, but Derek Anderson has to cut down on costly interceptions.

3. Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and he'll prove why this season. Maybe not enough for the playoffs, but his numbers will be huge.

4. Baltimore Ravens: Gotta be sure of your quarterback if you're going to be successful. Baltimore is not.

AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers: LaDainian Tomlinson and the defense is too consistent, and too good, to not win this division.

2. Denver Broncos: I don't really know a lot about Denver's team. However, I do know it is not better than San Diego and is better than Kansas City and Oakland.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Could be another season in the rebuilding process for the Chiefs. Keep developing Brodie Croyle, my bias tells me he'll be a solid NFL signal-caller.

4. Oakland Raiders: The always move-making Al Davis made, well, a lot of moves. The defense is going to surprise a lot of people, and Darren McFadden should have a great impact.

NFC East

1. Dallas Cowboys: If Tony Romo can stay focused on football and T.O. can hold back his tears, the Cowboys should take this tough division.

2. New York Giants: The reigning champs won't beat out Dallas in the regular season, but why has that mattered as of late?

3. Philadelphia Eagles: I really believe Philly will be one of those "darkhorse" teams this season. I have them No. 3 for now, but don't be surprised if they compete for the No. 1 spot.

4. Washington Redskins: I like what the Skins did in the draft and the offseason, but there still won't be enough weapons to legitimately compete in this division.

NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints: Last season got off to a bad start, so I'm sure Sean Payton is preaching game-by-game importance. Plus Sedrick Ellis into the defensive front, and pressure on the quarterback happens. That's what New Orleans needs.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: So the Bucs missed out on Brett Favre, but Jeff Garcia is a gamer. Not a great division, so Tampa Bay takes second.

3. Carolina Panthers: As long as Steve Smith keeps cool, the Panthers have a chance to knock off some of the better NFC teams.

4. Atlanta Falcons: Adding Michael Turner and drafting Matt Ryan were great moves, but this team is still a couple years away.

NFC North

1. Minnesota Vikings: Great offensive line, great running backs and a great defense make up this Viking squad. The division is theirs to lose.

2. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers, this team is yours! Finally!

3. Chicago Bears: Quarterback and running back are question marks for this team. They'll win some games they shouldn't, and lose some they shouldn't. 8-8 or so for Chicago.

4. Detroit Lions: No predictions from Jon Kitna, otherwise known as a jinx, may mean more success for the Lions. But I'm pessimistic.

NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks: The offense will be solid, but the defense will be spectacular. Seattle wins this division with no problem.

2. Arizona Cardinals: The offense will have to make up for the defense, but Matt Leinart and company are more than capable.

3. St. Louis Rams: As long as the injury bug doesn't get into Edward Jones Dome again, the Rams should at least be a six-win team.

4. San Francisco 49ers: When Alex Smith and Shaun Hill are in a quarterback competition with JT O'Sullivan, you know your team is not going to be so successful.




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