2011 NFL Predictions: Division-by-Division, Playoff Picks for Year of Parity

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2011 NFL Predictions: Division-by-Division, Playoff Picks for Year of Parity
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The clacking cleats through the tunnel as the cheers and chants reign down on stadiums across the country open as they for business, filled with fans. Players storm onto the crisp, freshly painted gridiron. From the Bayou to the San Francisco Bay, from the soon-to-be frozen tundra of Lambeau Field to the dry desert picturesque landscape of Arizona. The smell of fall in the crisp autumn air.

Fall is not upon us yet, but the start of the NFL season marks that time of year again, the time when we gather around the TV to watch our favorite team, sit in a crowd of 50,000 with our stomachs bare so everyone can see the team colors we bleed. The time when you scramble to find the best-friend-for-a-day co-worker to cover your shift on Sunday so you can watch some NFL. Calling in sick (admit it - we've all done it).  Humming the theme to Monday Night Football as you ask your boss if you can head home a little early to get situated for the game. Face paint, game day jerseys, rituals that can't be described.  

The wait isn't any longer than any other season or year, but it sure feels that way, with shortened camps, and a raffle of Free Agents moving coast to coast.  

The first preseason game is only a day away, what better time to crank out predictions for the Super Bowl and the Big Game's winner.  Besides, it's always fun to come back and see how off I was.  

There is sure to be some surprises this season.  Will Any Dalton and Bengals make a run at the playoffs?  Will the Lions contend for the NFC North crown? Will the Texans jump the hurdle and into the playoffs for the first time ever?

Amidst those like the Eagles, who have made a splash in Free Agency and the like to make sure their run at ultimate glory has not faded into the sunset.  

The Steelers, Patriots, Jets and Colts, front runners in the AFC, looks to be a tight race once again.  

Will the Chiefs make back-to-back playoff appearances? How Will the Chargers start strong? 

The Cowboys and Giants look to contend for a playoff birth, as the Falcons and Saints look to build on their successes of last season.  

McNabb in Minnesota, but the Vikes got (younger) at QB?   

Will any NFC West team not fall into the Pacific Ocean?  

 

Alright, time to begin! 

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