10 Bold 2009 NFL Predictions: Turning Back the Clock

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IJanuary 7, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 30-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Every writer is wrong from time to time. And even when they're not yet completely proven wrong, they can sometimes still be prone to mistakes.

I've endured this knowledge through a poorly written article or two, and I've accepted that I'm not perfect.

But more than a few bad articles, there have been quite a few bad predictions that have attached themselves to me in the past few months (and even years). However, to keep it relevant, this article will take a full look at an article I wrote in Week 10 of the NFL season (find it here ), where I laid out 10 predictions for the 2009 NFL season.

There were many comments saying some of the predictions were idiotic, "too" bold, or way off base.

Here's a look at all 10 predictions:

I was wrong...

The New Orleans Saints Didn't Go 16-0

The funny thing about this prediction is that I actually killed it without remembering I'd made it. Truly, an amateur mistake. However, while it's easy to knock me for going against my own prediction, you'll be happy to know I was at least right in some sense, as I predicted the Dallas Cowboys as being the first team to beat the Saints.

The New England Patriots Didn't Beat the Colts

No, but boy where they close.

Peyton Manning Didn't Top 5,084 Passing Yards

He didn't, and neither did anyone else. I credit that poor prediction to the unmatchable love for broken records. I just can't help myself. Brandon Marshall just broke the single-game record for receptions a few weeks ago, and I've been biting my nails hoping someone else would break it again, ever since.

Manning was definitely on pace to challenge Dan Marino's yardage record, but he simply fizzled out, and then hardly played in the final two weeks. Matt Schaub was the closest to it, and he didn't even top 4,800 yards.

The 49ers Didn't Make the Playoffs

But they came a lot closer than people thought they would. If they could have beaten the Packers (they were close) or the Seahawks (closer) down the stretch, a huge Monday night win over the Arizona Cardinals would have changed things significantly.

Besides, when you sweep the division winner (who were only 10-6), isn't that basically being the best team in the division, anyways?

Regardless, the 49ers fell short, and that prediction ended up being too bold.

The Green Bay Packers Didn't Collapse

You'd have to be a fool to continue to talk bad about a team that won seven of it's last eight games, finished 11-5, and just beat the team it's facing in the first round of the playoffs.

Well, I was a fool for doubting them back then, and I suppose I'll be a fool for doubting them now, too.

There's no doubt the Packers have made huge strides over the course of the season and are a hot team, but there are enough holes to argue that the home team in the post-season, Arizona will emerge . But that's an entirely different discussion.

But then I was right...

Chris Chambers Made the Chiefs Watchable

I added that he'd do so with "some help", and he got just that with some stellar play from Jamaal Charles. Still, Chambers was a highlight reel by his own merit, as he got some solid numbers out of the inconsistent Matt Cassel, and was a big part of the Kansas City Chiefs regaining a competitive edge.

The Chiefs lost by no more than seven points in their last three losses of the season, and even closed the season with an impressive 44-24 whipping of the Denver Broncos (we'll get to them).

Chambers ended his season in KC with 36 catches for 608 yards and four scores in just nine games. This included two 110+ yard games, as well as a play of 24 yards or more in six of the nine contests.

The Denver Broncos Missed the Playoffs

Yeah, back in Week 10, I was "cream of the crop" crazy. Every Denver fan wanted my head. They said that the defense wasn't the problem, that the remaining schedule didn't support my argument, and that their division lead over San Diego was insurmountable.

Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

The Broncos lost games they "should" have won down the stretch, as they dropped a 20-19 game to the Oakland Raiders, and got blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs in the season finale.

Denver isn't a bad team, not by any means. But they were inconsistent and fairly unimpressive in some respects, even when they were winning. They had the mark of a team that was growing in a new system, and they merely peaked at Week Six .

The Tennessee Titans Finished 8-8

I said 8-8 (or better), and the Titans kept winning, and almost made me look really smart by having a shot at the playoffs.

It had a lot to do with Vince Young 's ability to carry the team and simply win games , which he did, and I see no reason why he can't continue to do so.

Chris Johnson Topped 2,000 Yards Rushing

Back in Week 10, this whole rushing yardage thing was more of a joke than an actual hope for Johnson and the Titans. Once Week 15 came around and everyone saw that the guy still hadn't rushed for less than 100 yards in over eight weeks, it started getting clear that he was a man on a mission.

Johnson finished with 2,006 yards rushing, becoming just the sixth back in history to top 2,000.

Brett Favre Didn't Fade This Time

You can hate the guy all you want, and you can blame him for the New York Jets' collapse. The truth is, Favre has been getting older, hasn't had the best of luck playing outside in the cold, and dropped off last year due to a bum arm.

That's the simple truth.

This season showed that he's still healthy and still has the ability to win games. And after a sensational Week 17, it's clear that he's not too tired or worn down to keep doing what he's been doing.

Known for his historically bad "late-season slides" over the past five games, Favre ended the streak and conversation about another late drop-off, as he passed for nine touchdowns to four interceptions in his final five games, while topping 300 yards and a 100+ passer rating in each of his final two regular season games.

That doesn't sound like much of a late-season slide to me.

The final prediction from that article back in Week 10 claims that Brett Favre will finish this season on top, and that the Minnesota Vikings will win the Super Bowl. It also said that Favre would win the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

While Tom Brady stole one of those trophies, one is still up for grabs. And I'm sticking by my original prediction, as bold as it may be.

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