Thursday, September 4, 2008
2008 NFL Predictions
Anyway, here are my picks for the 2008 campaign (* = Playoff team):
New England Patriots*
New York Jets
The Bills showed improvement last year and should continue that trend but even an adamant Jet-hater like myself knows Brett Favre is a huge upgrade over Chad Pennington. Granted they were 4-12, but 8-8 might be good enough to land them in second place.
The Steelers and Browns should be neck-and-neck all season long, with the Bengals and Ravens much farther behind. I would be surprised if Baltimore and Cincinnati won 8 games combined.
The Colts are a little banged up, but should be strong enough to hold off the Jags. The Titans, a playoff team last year, don't make it in as a wildcard this time around.
San Diego Chargers*
Kansas City Chiefs
This is just a bad, bad division. I don't see much out of the Broncos or Chiefs, and the Raiders could surprise some people. Still, the Bolts might be the only team with a winning record in the group.
New England Patriots
They went 18-1 in total last year, so even if they have a considerable dropoff, they'll be the team to beat.
New York Giants*
Not only do I not want to jinx the Giants, but I'm also using my head instead of my heart on this one. The 'Boys were 13-3 last year and have improved, so there's no reason to think they'll be any worse.
Green Bay Packers
The Bears are just plain bad. They don't know what's going on at quarterback and Devin Hester is their #1 receiver, which says a lot. The Packers will probably regress, but should have a strong enough defense and a few weapons to help Aaron Rodgers out.
New Orleans Saints*
Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
The Saints should rebound after a disappointing '07 season, aided by the addition of Jeremy Shockey and Jonathan Vilma, among others. The Falcons will most likely compete with the Bears for "Worst Team in the NFC."
St. Louis Rams
San Francisco 49ers
The NFC West is a lot like the AFC West... Horrible. The 'Hawks take it by default.
It hurts my heart to say that, but I'm a wise man and I know how hard it is for the Super Bowl Champs to repeat.
Cowboys defeat Patriots