2008 NFL Season Preview: From ACL's To MVP's

Peter BukowskiSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2008

The great thing about blogging is the worst thing about blogging, most bloggers don't get paid. That means when I say I'm going to preview every conference before the seasons starts and I don't actually do it, my editor can't get mad because I am my editor.

That being said, I promise to return the "Thoughts From My Couch" segment now that the NFL season has finally arrived. Rookie watch, all those wonderful things will be back. And my true bread and butter, the NFL Draft previews, will also get into full swing once again.

For those who missed them I will recap my previous predictions on conferences and give what will now be a full panel of conference predictions complete with playoff seedings and Super Bowl predictions. If you don't like it, I'm a blogger so you have no one to complain to but yourself for looking...but seriously thanks for looking.

Let's get it.

AFC West

Chargers 13-3 - Despite injuries, this remains a supremely talented and confident team

Broncos 7-9 - Jay Cutler is poised to break out, but the defense remains too slim

Raiders 4-12 - Rookie QB, poor O-Line, no difference maker on the defensive front

Chiefs 4-12 - Without a quarterback or receivers you can't win in this league

AFC East

New England Patriots 12-4 - Hungry team, but more vulnerable than people think

New York Jets 8-8 - Brett Favre makes this team very very dangerous in the East

Buffalo Bills 7-9 - Look to be an improved team, but the schedule will be tough

Miami Dolphins 1-15 - I hate to do that, but even with Pennington this team is lowsy

AFC Central

Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6 - One of the best teams in the AFC, but the schedule is brutal

Cleveland Browns 10-6 - Trendy pre-season picks worry me, I'll get back to you on this

Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 - I just have a feeling about this one

Baltimore Ravens 4-12 - If Joe Flacco had ANYone to throw to they would be higher

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars 13-3 - Have the goods to bring it all home

Indianapolis Colts 10-6 - Injuries and age are a big concern as this division is better

Houston Texans 9-7 - If the Texans can get some help on D, look out

Tennessee Titans 8-8 - Without more help, VY won't do much better than 8 wins


NFC West

Seattle Seahawks 13-3 - The best team in the NFC no one is talking about

Arizona Cardinals 8-8 - I don't know how much better they are with Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams 8-8 - Too much talent on offense to lose that many games

San Francisco 49ers 4-12 - A team with JT O'Sullivan at QB just won't cut it

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys 11-5 - Playoffs problems will either galvanize or demoralize, we will see

Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 - Extremely dangerous team when healthy and playing together

New York Giants 9-7 - Surprised us last year, I can't see it happening again

Washington Redskins 6-10 - Zorn better hopes Snyder gives him a long leash

NFC Central

Green Bay Packers 10-6 - New quarterback, but similar results for a stacked team

Minnesota Vikings 9-7 - Still can't pass or stop the pass, neither bode well for the Vikes

Chicago Bears 4-12 - The defense is overrated and they have zero offense, it could get ugly

Detroit Lions 4-12 - Sure the offense will score, but the defense won't stop anyone

NFC South

New Orleans Saints 13-3 - Count me in on the Saints bandwagon this season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5 - In good shape unless Gruden takes the last month off again

Carolina Panthers 9-7 - This could be Jake Delhomme's last chance, maybe John Fox's too

Atlanta Falcons 1-15 - I love Matt Ryan, but this team is a shambles

AFC Playoffs                                         NFC Playoffs

1 - Chargers                                         1 - Saints

2 - Jags                                               2 - Seahawks

3 - Patriots                                          3 - Cowboys

4 - Steelers                                          4 - Packers

5 - Browns                                           5 - Bucs

6 - Colts                                              6 - Eagles

Patriots over Colts, Steelers over Browns/ Cowboys over Eagles, Pack over Bucs

Chargers over Steelers, Jags over Pats/  Saints over Packers, Seahawks over Cowboys

Jags over Chargers/ Seahawks over Saints

Jags over Seahawks


MVP: Drew Brees Saints

Defensive Player of the Year: DeMarcus Ware Cowboys

ROY: DeSean Jackson Eagles, Keith Rivers Bengals

Coach of the Year : Jack Del Rio Jaguars


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