Before the season starts…and make no mistake, a Wednesday night game on NBC is not the season start…we have to give you some predictions on how the season will go.
There’s lots of bad news.
If we were not objective, Dallas and San Francisco would be in the bottom half of the league and not worth talking about. Unfortunately, we believe the Cowboys are going to be much better this year. Instead of humiliation, I expect them to go 10-6 and make the playoffs. The niners will not only win that division handily, they should be in the hunt for the conference championship. Seattle and that brutal cheater, characterless Pete Carroll may even swing a wildcard bid. The Saints, without suspended Head Coach Sean Payton and the Falcons, with the vastly overrated Matt Ryan may be the only things standing between the Super Bowl and supreme douchebaggery by some of the worst fan bases in sport.
It’s like the Bad Old Days.
I told someone tonight, I planned on taking a cruise to nowhere if the Cowboys get to the Super Bowl. It’s the second time I’ve said it. I’m looking into it.
NFC Champion: San Francisco
The AFC is a convoluted picture. There are lots of teams capable of reaching the Super Bowl. New England is a perennial favorite. Pittsburgh is always competitive. Baltimore should have made the Super Bowl last season. Denver appears much improved because they have acquired future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning. San Diego had an excellent draft and looks to have a healthy Phillip Rivers–he of super douche fame–in the linuep all season. Houston even believes they can compete for the Big Bowl Game.
We throw those cards in the air and come out with New England. Its safe. Baltimore took a step backwards with an aging defensive corps and Terrell Suggs injury. I’m sorry Houston, but a Wade Phillips defense doesn’t get better in year two. Denver’s defense…the one they are touting…gave up 40 points in five games last season, which is about a third of the season. San Diego still has Norv Turner coaching them. Pittsburgh is still transitioning to a Todd Haley offense…they will be better later in the season. The Jets? Don’t make me laugh. Cincinnati is interesting, but I don’t think they are capable of knocking off those other teams yet. New England worked to patch its holes well enough to make another title run.
AFC Champion: New England.
I have no idea who wins that Super Bowl.