Friday, January 8, 2010

NFL Predictions: Well, How'd I Do?

Back when sports was still over on, I made some fearless predictions for the NFL season. Let's take a look, shall we?

Okay, fearless prognostications forthcoming--well seasoned in case I have to eat them.
NFC East: Giants
NFC North: Vikings
NFC South: Saints
NFC West: 49'

Wild Cards: Packers, Falcons

NFC Champion: Saints

AFC East: Jets
AFC North: Ravens
AFC South: Colts
AFC West: Chargers

Wild Cards:
Steelers, Texans

AFC Champion: Ravens

Super Bowl: Saints

Yikes! Missed almost everything in the AFC. New England managed to pull themselves back together (remember how bad they looked at the beginning of the season?) and win the East. The Jets fell back to earth and backed into the wild card. The Ravens fell to the wild card too. The Bengals were a complete surprise, beating all the teams in their division twice, and looking really good. Indy was Indy, no surprise there. And just as I expected, the Broncos seriously lost their mojo when they had to play better teams and in the end, collapsed completely. The Texans still have never made the playoffs in their history. And defending champ Pittsburgh really missed Troy you-know-who and lost a couple games in the forth quarter with poor defense. San Diego was an easy pick, clearly the class of the AFC West.

The NFC is maybe a little better, except the Giants collapse means that the Eagles and Cowboys go out of the East, with those annoying Cowboys the division champs. Vikings won the North with Green Bay the wild card. However, the rumors of the death of the Arizona Cardinals were premature, as were the rumors of a 49'ers resurgence so Arid-zona returns to the playoffs as the West division champ. Despite their late season swoon, the New Orleans Saints won the south. Atlanta? Well, oops. I thought they would be much better than they were.

Out of this debris, what do we have? Well, I still think your NFC Super Bowl rep are your New Orleans Saints. Dallas is playing well right now, with a strong defense, not so dependent on the erratic Tony Romo. Vikings are good offensively, but is the D stout enough? But, hey, go Saints! The AFC? One of three teams: New England, Indianapolis, and San Diego. San Diego is my somewhat sentimental pick. Either way, the AFC championship game has the potential to be awesome!

Super Bowl: New Orleans Saints vs. San Diego Chargers.

Saints win! Saints win!

(I'm probably going to be wrong because I'm picking with my heart as well as my head. Oh, and the first set of predictions definitely still needed some BBQ sauce--they weren't very tasty.)

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