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Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 3:37 pm
 

2011 NFL Preview

The NFL season kicks off tonight with the previos two Super Bowl champs (Green Bay & New Orleans) meeting on the Frozen Tundra. The last Super Bowl champ to lose it's opening game the following season was the 1999 Denver Broncos. Smart $$$ is on the Packers tonight and for much of the season. Now, without further ado, here are some NFL picks that could win you some over/under cash or could leave you homeless. Indulge at your own risk.

 

AFC EAST

1. NEW ENGLAND                12-4

2. NY Jets                             10-6*

3. BUFFALO                             8-8

4. MIAMI                                   5-11

 

AFC NORTH

1. BALTIMORE                   11-5

2. PITTSBURGH                 10-6*

3. CLEVELAND                    8-8

4. CINCINNATI                   3-13

 

AFC SOUTH

1. HOUSTON                       11-5

2. INDIANAPOLIS                 6-10

3. TENNESSEE                      6-10

4. JACKSONVILLE                 3-13

 

AFC WEST

1. SAN DIEGO                    12-4

2. OAKLAND                       10-6

3. KANSAS CITY                  8-8

4. DENVER                          5-11

 

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NFC EAST

1. PHILADELPHIA              10-6

2. DALLAS                        10-6*

3. NY Giants                    9-7

4. WASHINGTON                6-10

 

NFC NORTH

1. GREEN BAY                    12-4

2. DETROIT                       9-7

3. CHICAGO                      8-8

4. MINNESOTA                   6-10

 

NFC SOUTH

1. NEW ORLEANS             11-5

2. ATLANTA                     10-6*

3. TAMPA BAY                  7-9

4. CAROLINA                   4-12

 

NFC WEST

1. ST. LOUIS                    10-6

2. ARIZONA                      8-8

3. SEATTLE                        7-9

4. SAN FRANCISCO             2-14

 

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 AFC PLAYOFFS

(4) BALTIMORE OVER (5) PITTSBURGH

(6) NY JETS OVER (3) HOUSTON

 

(1) NEW ENGLAND OVER (6) NY JETS

(4) BALTIMORE OVER (2) SAN DIEGO

 

(4) BALTIMORE OVER (1) NEW ENGLAND

 

NFC PLAYOFFS

(3) PHILADELPHIA OVER (6) DALLAS

(5) ATLANTA OVER (4) ST. LOUIS

 

(1) GREEN BAY OVER (5) ATLANTA

(3) PHILADELPHIA OVER (2) NEW ORLEANS

 

(3) PHILADELPHIA OVER (1) GREEN BAY

 

SUPER BOWL XLVI: BALTIMORE OVER PHILADELPHIA, 27-24 (OT)

 

*For the 3<sup>rd</sup> straight year I’m predicting the first ever OT Super Bowl. It has to happen one of these years, right? (Hey, I am on a 1-year pick-the-NFL-champ streak here, so give me some credit!) In a year where chalk leads people to a Green Bay-New England showdown, there are too many changes and too much flux in the league to get all chalky. I don’t love the Eagles, but I think a great defense will help an offense a lot. When Michael Vick runs that offense and, the most unsung player in the league – LeSean McCoy – as his wingman, there isn’t a need for that much more help. Baltimore has been close in recent years, but the hurdle is none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Baltimore can get past Pittsburgh, the rest of the playoffs and the Super Bowl will feel like a cakewalk. That’s what I’m predicting will happen this year. Baltimore edges the Steelers early in the playoffs and rides that momentum all the way to the title. Cleveland will love Art Modell even more come February.

UPDATE: With the Colts' Peyton Manning likely missing a few months if not being put on IR, the Colts will have an awful season. I find 6 wins very generous, but the division is so terrible that 6-10 seems to fit. 

Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 12:46 pm
 

2010 NFL Preview

It's the eve of the 2010 NFL season. Gazing into my crystal ball -- which can be screwy at times but typically doesn't venture too far from reality -- I see a thrilling season from start to finish.
Here are my predictions for the upcoming season:

AFC East

NY Jets (11-5)

New England Patriots (11-5)*

Miami Dolphins (7-9)

Buffalo Bills (2-14)

 

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)

Cleveland Browns (4-12)

 

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts (12-4)

Houston Texans (11-5)*

Tennessee Titans (8-8)

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)

 

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

San Diego Chargers (9-7)

Oakland Raiders (6-10)

Denver Broncos (5-11)

 

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

NY Giants (10-6)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

Washington Redskins (7-9)

 

NFC North

Green Bay Packers (13-3)

Minnesota Vikings (10-6)*

Chicago Bears (6-10)

Detroit Lions (6-10)

 

NFC South

New Orleans Saints (12-4)

Atlanta Falcons (11-5)*

Carolina Panthers (8-8)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)

 

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers (11-5)

Seattle Seahawks (5-11)

Arizona Cardinals (4-12)

St. Louis Rams (2-14)

 

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AFC PLAYOFFS

5. Houston over 4. Kansas City

3. NY Jets over 6. New England

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1. Indianapolis over 5. Houston

2. Baltimore over 3. NY Jets

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Indianapolis over Baltimore

 

 

NFC PLAYOFFS

5. Atlanta over 4. San Francisco

3. Dallas over 6. Minnesota

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1. Green Bay over 5. Atlanta

2. New Orleans over 3. Dallas

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Green Bay over New Orleans

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SUPER BOWL

GREEN BAY 31, INDIANAPOLIS 28

*In the title game, both Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning go toe-to-toe for 60 minutes. Each QB tops 300 yards and tosses 4 TDs. The difference in the game is Mason Crosby's 48-yard FG as time expires.

 
 
 
 
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