I haven’t given you all anything to read, as of late. As the last post noted, I was on vacation in Alaska. That trip deserves its own post, as this blog is dedicated to sports, travel, money, women (from the male perspective) and anything else I want it to be.
Here, we’re going to make our predictions for the upcoming NFL season, based upon well, our guesses. I’m not going to say our post means anything more than the so-called “experts” who in 2013 likely didn’t know Carolina was going to go 12-4, the Texans would end up with the worst record in football, and neither Baltimore and Pittsburgh would make the playoffs. You know the experts matter not at all, or you wouldn’t be here. Let’s get on with it:
2014 AFC Champion: Denver Broncos. Let’s make it clear, I have no like for the Mules. I hate the Broncos; they are my second least favorite team in any of the major sports (Pittsburgh Penguins, you have nothing to fear, you are ahead by thousands of light-years). But the Broncos are the best team in the AFC, especially when they get to play at home. And even better for the Mules, they get the rules changed to meet their specifications! They should call Illegal Contact the Peyton Manning Rules, Part VII. Perhaps give Peyton a flag to throw himself when he thinks it’s obvious, eh? Potential competitors are New England, the New York Jets, San Diego, and Indianapolis. I think Kansas City takes a big step down, San Diego had no business making the playoffs last season and Cincinnati starts to show signs of fraying. They haven’t won a playoff game since 1990. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are no threats, and J.F. Football/Cleveland is laughable.
2014 NFC Champion: This is a lot more cloudy. I think Seattle steps backwards, mostly because they didn’t replace the guys they lost. I think they’re getting a little fat too off their success. San Francisco slid even further back, mostly because of off the field nonsense. Much to my stepson’s chagrin, the Saints are going to the Super Bowl in 2015. Their idea is to get home field advantage and hold off other teams through mixes of biased officiating and noise. You know, kind of what Seattle did last year. Carolina is poised to take a huge step backwards with the loss of their entire receiving corps. Tampa Bay made huge improvements, but not nearly enough. The NFC East is a sad joke; the Giants got old, the Redskins are not nearly talented enough, the Cowboys are Mediocrity Central and the Eagles got a bit exposed in their playoff game against New Orleans.
Super Bowl Champion: New Orleans Saints.
Says here the Saints defense isn’t really that great, but they are good enough. Says here they are prolific on offense. Getting through Denver in a point-scoring battle might not be a clear choice, but let’s understand something: Sean Payton knows Super Bowls, and conference championship games are all-out war. Payton realizes what they did against Brett Favre in that conference title game was borderline illegal. It was considered illegal by the league, but they’ve turned into a weak-kneed bunch promoting the non-physical aspect. No one’s giving any rings or game checks back, are they? The fact Payton could get suspended for a year and come back with even more pay underlines it’s all about winning. I could see a Super Bowl between those two franchises turning ugly with “kill” shots being delivered by both sides. Frankly, I’m ok with the Broncos winning but being exposed as the cheap-shot, dirty-playing artists they are. Peyton Manning’s career ending with a “yeah, but …” is cool with me.
I will mention the following:
Every person who’s ever played offensive line for Denver.
Due to karmic retribution, I choose to end this post now.