Predicting the Final 2011 NFL Standings for Every Division

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIAugust 8, 2011

Predicting the Final 2011 NFL Standings for Every Division

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    The NFL is a very unpredictable league. Despite that, I will attempt to give my best guess on where all 32 teams will finish in this much-awaited upcoming season.

    I based this off of how I think the teams will perform in this upcoming season, so it may or may not match up with most predictions out there; we'll see.

    Here is my list, division by division, of how each team will fare this season. Please feel free to comment and give me your opinion.

NFC East

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    1. Philadelphia Eagles (12-4)                                                                                                        

    2. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

    3. New York Giants (8-8)

    4. Washington Redskins (3-13)

    I went into further detail on this here and, as you can see, despite my overall feelings on the Eagles, I still think they are the best team in the NFC East and will show that this year.

    The Cowboys should improve, and I think the Giants will once again fail to close out the season.  As for the Redskins, they will be in the running to get Andrew Luck, which I guess is a good thing for them.

AFC East

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    1. New England Patriots (13-3)

    2. New York Jets (10-6)

    3. Miami Dolphins (6-10)

    4. Buffalo Bills (4-12)

    The Patriots might just be the best team in the NFL, and I expect them to win this division with ease.

    The Jets will be about the same as last year, if not slightly worse, and the Dolphins will continue to struggle with Chad Henne at QB.

    The Bills, like the Redskins, will have a chance at getting Luck.

NFC West

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    1. St. Louis Rams (9-7)

    2. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)

    3. Arizona Cardinals (7-9)

    4. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

    The NFC West should be very close again this year. Seattle made a lot of nice additions, but I think St. Louis having Sam Bradford gives them a big advantage over the Seahawks, who have Tarvaris Jackson at QB.

    Arizona should improve with Kevin Kolb, but I don't think he's quite good enough to get this team to the postseason. The Niners have talent, but they won't put it all together as long as Alex Smith is their QB.

AFC West

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    1. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

    2. San Diego Chargers (10-6)

    3. Oakland Raiders (7-9)

    4. Denver Broncos (3-13)

    I feel like I'm the only one out there who thinks the Chiefs' 2010 season wasn't a fluke. I know they got blasted by the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs, but this is a very young team with a lot of talent.

    Matt Cassel was very efficient last year, and the Chiefs' run game is the best in the NFL. That game should get better as Jamaal Charles continues to improve, along with the addition of FB Le'Ron McClain.  They also added a legitimate number two receiver in Steve Breaston. 

NFC South

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    1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4)

    2. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

    3. New Orleans Saints (9-7)

    4. Carolina Panthers (4-12)

    Tampa Bay is a very young and extremely talented team. I think they will continue to improve, and win the South this season.

    The rest of the division will beat up on each other.

AFC South

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    1. Houston Texans (10-6)

    2. Indianapolis Colts (8-8)

    3. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

    4. Tennessee Titans (5-11)

    The Colts, along with Peyton Manning, will regress this year.

    That will allow the Texans to finally make the playoffs. Their defense should be better than the absolute disaster that it was last year, and the offense should continue to be very strong.

NFC North

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    1. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

    2. Detroit Lions (8-8)

    3. Chicago Bears (8-8)

    4. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

    The Super Bowl champs should dominate this year.

    I also think that the Lions will just barely beat out the Bears, who will regress while showing that they greatly overachieved last season, for second place.

    As for the Vikings, I think Donovan McNabb will have a mediocre season at best. I don't care who he can hand the ball off to, he's way past his prime, and will struggle against the stacked defenses of the NFC North.

AFC North

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    1. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)

    2. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)

    3. Cleveland Browns (5-11)

    4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)

    I think the Steelers will suffer a slight Super Bowl hangover, allowing the Ravens to win the division.

    Meanwhile, the Browns and Bengals will continue to be the Browns and Bengals.