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2011 NFL Predictions for the Regular Season and Playoffs

Chris PhelpsContributor IIIJuly 21, 2011

2011 NFL Predictions for the Regular Season and Playoffs

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    The NFL lockout is hopefully about to end, and with that it is prediction time. This is going to be a very exciting year for the NFL. In this slideshow, I will be predicting division champions, the whole playoffs and awards. This is based on my opinion.

    I can't wait to see what this season will bring us and how close my predictions are. 

NFC East

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    First: Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys will end up having a very helpful offseason and end up winning the NFC East. Their final record will be 11-5.

     

    Second: Philadelphia Eagles

    The Eagles will also have a good season, but in the end the edge will go to the Cowboys. Final record of 11-5.

     

    Third: New York Giants

    The Giants will be a disappointment this year and they will come in third. Final record of 8-8.

     

    Fourth: Washington Redskins

    The Redskins will not get any better. They will be the worst team in the NFC East. Final record of 4-12.

NFC West

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    First: St. Louis Rams

    The Rams will win this division just because of how bad this division is. Sam Bradford will step up to the plate and deliver. Final record of 9-7.

     

    Second: Seattle Seahawks

    The Seahawks will not pull a "last year" and make it to the quarterfinals or the playoffs. Final record of 7-9.

     

    Third: San Francisco 49ers

    The 49ers will be a little better this year, but it won't be enough. Final record of 7-9.

     

    Fourth: Arizona Cardinals

    The Cardinals will also improve, but just because of Patrick Peterson being dominant. Final record of 6-10.

NFC North

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    First: Green Bay Packers

    This is an obvious choice. I don't think there is any team in the North that can compete with Green Bay. Final record of 12-4.

     

    Second: Chicago Bears

    The Bears will get worse this year, but they won't be bad. Expect the Bears to be fighting for a playoff spot. Final record of 9-7.

     

    Third: Detroit Lions

    With a dominant defensive line and Matt Stafford healthy and more experienced, expect the Lions to improve. Final record of 8-8.

     

    Fourth: Minnesota Vikings

    The Vikings took and chance at quarterback Christian Ponder in the draft. It will turn out to be a bad choice. Final record of 5-11.

NFC South

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    First: Atlanta Falcons

    The Falcons have a star quarterback and he will lead the Falcons to a easy NFC South division title. Final Record of 12-4.

     

    Second: New Orleans Saints

    The Saints will have a good season and will also be fighting for their playoff lives. Final record of 10-6.

     

    Third: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Bucs will not have the same season they had last year. They will not make the playoffs. Final record of 7-9

     

    Fourth: Carolina Panthers

    Cam Newton will not lead the Panthers to a winning record. He will not be a future star either. Final record of 3-13.

AFC East

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    First: New England Patriots

    Superstar Tom Brady has a few years left in his tank. This year is one of them. Final record of 12-4.

     

    Second: New York Jets

    Rex Ryan predicts they will win the Super Bowl. But the question is, will they make the playoffs? Final record of 10-6.

     

    Third: Miami Dolphins

    No improvement from last year, but they won't get worse. Brandon Marshall will have another dominant year. Final record of 7-9

     

    Fourth: Buffalo Bills

    The Bills are just not a good football team. They need to have a great offseason to change my mind. Final record of 5-11.

AFC West

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    First: Kansas City Chiefs

    With the emergence of Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs will be tough competition in the West. Final record of 11-5.

     

    Second: San Diego Chargers

    The Chargers will lose two of their key players, and this will bring their record down. Final record of 8-8.

     

    Third: Denver Broncos

    Tim Tebow will contribute more this year, but it will not be enough to make the playoffs. Final record of 6-10.

     

    Fourth: Oakland Raiders

    The Raiders will be much worse with the loss of Asomugha. The only thing they will have is McFadden. Final record of 4-12.

AFC North

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    First: Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers will win this division with not much challenge. Their defense will be dominant once again. Final record of 12-4.

     

    Second: Cleveland Browns

    The Browns will be much better this year with the Madden Boy. Will they be good enough to make the playoffs? Final record of 10-6.

     

    Third: Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens will not be the team they were last year with the aging of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Final record of 10-6.

     

    Fourth: Cincinnati Bengals

    The Bengals drafted two offensive players they expect to start. Green will be good, but his quarterback, Dalton, won't. Final record of 5-11.

AFC South

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    First: Indianapolis Colts

    This is a no-brainer. There is just not enough competition in the South for the Colts to not come in first. Final record of 11-5.

     

    Second: Houston Texans

    The Texans will improve this year, but Arian Foster won't. He will be a one-and-done. But it will not slow down the Texans. Final record of 9-7.

     

    Third: Jacksonville Jaguars

    The Jaguars just don't have enough talent to do much this season. But don't expect them to be out of the picture just yet. Final record of 8-8.

     

    Fourth: Tennessee Titans

    The Titans will lose their starting QB and will not sign a good one; this will hurt them down the road. Final record of 4-12.

NFC Playoff Predictions

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    Wild Card

    3. Cowboys vs 6. Saints

    4. Rams vs 5. Eagles

     

    Divisional Round

    3. Cowboys vs 2. Falcons

    5. Eagles vs 1. Packers

     

    NFC Championship

    2. Falcons vs 1. Packers

     

    NFC Champs: Falcons

AFC Playoff Predictions

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    Wild Card

    3. Colts vs 6. Browns

    4. Chiefs vs 5. Jets

     

    Divisional Round

    2. Steelers vs 3. Colts

    1. Patriots vs 4. Chiefs

     

    AFC Championship

    2. Steelers vs 4. Chiefs

     

    AFC Champs: Steelers 

Super Bowl: Falcons vs. Steelers

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    The Steelers and the Falcons will battle it out in the 2012 Super Bowl. This will be a very close game but in the end, the Falcons will pull it out and Matt Ryan will be Super Bowl MVP.

NFL Awards

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    MVP: Aaron Rodgers

    Offensive Player: Adrian Peterson

    Defensive Player: DeMarcus Ware

    Offensive Rookie: AJ Green

    Defensive Rookie: Patrick Peterson

    Coach: Jason Garrett

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