Ok, the season begins tomorrow. Here are my predictions.
Yes, I picked the Bills over the Jets. Why? I picked Chad Pennington in my pool, and he's bound to go down with a season-ending injury, and Willis McGahee is a stud. He'll have a monster year. Patriots over Dolphins - it comes down to Tom Brady v. Daunte Culpepper. The Dolphins have caught up some, but Brady is untouchable.
Baltimore is going to have a huge year. I think McNair will stay injury-free, and the defence will be typically Raven. Cincinnati will have a huge drop-off this year. I feel Marvin Lewis has already lost the locker room.
Indy will dominate the AFC again - in the regular season. Jacksonville will miss the playoffs, and Tennessee will be just as bad as last year - when you're debating whether to start Billy Volek or Kerry Collins, and Collins is winning the debate, you're in trouble.
Aaron Brooks is in this division. That's 2 guaranteed wins for everyone else in the division.
AFC Playoff Teams: 1. Indy 2. New England 3. Denver 4. Baltimore 5. Dolphins 6. Pittsburgh
AFC Champion: New England
I have a feeling this division is going to beat itself up all year, with no one winning more than 10 games. Each and every one of these matchups is a bitter rivalry. Only Dallas makes the playoffs.
I think Favre has "some" magic left. Enough to win 2 or 3 games by himself. Detroit is a mess and will continue to be until they Matt Millen. Chicago will win this division without too much trouble. You're welcome Jason.
I have three playoff teams in this division. I think Atlanta will be a monster this year. I think Tampa are going to kick ass. I think Carolina's D will be tremendous. New Orleans will win as many as last year (3), but Reggie Bush will have 1500 all-purpose yards, almost half and half.
It will be a depressing year in Ram-country. It's sad to see the "Greatest Show on Turf" die a gruesome death at the hands of Jim Haslett. Never liked the Rams, but at least under Martz they had pizazz. Yes, I used pizazz in a football column.
NFC Playoff Teams: 1. Seattle 2. Atlanta. 3. Dallas 4. Chicago 5. Tampa 6. Carolina
NFC Champion: Atlanta
Super Bowl Champion: Atlanta (Vick! Win one for Mexico!)