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2009 NFL Predictions (i.e., Where I make myself look like a fool)

This is, obviously, a site devoted to all things Packers.

But it’s not like we don’t know about the rest of the NFL. No, no – far from it.

That being the case, we at OBOD decided to give you our predictions for how the season will play out. I will be predicting the divisional finishes, playoffs and Super Bowl today. Adam will be back later in the week to give his predictions for the big award winners (and, maybe, if you’re lucky, a bold prediction or two).

So, without further adieu, here we go (I can’t wait to go back and look at these in January as I will have clearly made a fool of myself):

-Chris Lempesis

(* = Wild Card team)

($ = Top overall seed)

AFC East

  1. New England (11-5) – Brady’s back and the offense will re-claim its position as the best in football.
  2. New York Jets (8-8) – New head coach Rex Ryan will run the ball and play solid defense. Memo to Mark Sanchez: Just don’t screw it up.
  3. Miami Dolphins (7-9) – Cursed with the league’s toughest schedule, Miami will regress quite a bit this season.
  4. Buffalo Bills (4-12) – Weak defense, poor offensive line and so-so quarterback (Trent Edwards) will cause the Bills to bottom out.

AFC North

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) – World Champs bring almost everyone back. Big Ben might just be ready to really emerge as an elite QB.
  2. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) – Lost a couple of key players on defense and Ray Lewis isn’t getting any younger.
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) – Healthy Carson Palmer means the offense will go back to its high-scoring ways. Defense still has a long way to go.
  4. Cleveland Browns (3-13) – Derek Anderson. Brady Quinn. Doesn’t really matter if you stink pretty much throughout the roster.

AFC South

  1. Tennessee Titans (12-4) $ – No Fat Albert? No problem. The Titans have the depth to make up for Haynesworth’s loss.
  2. Indianapolis Colts (10-6) * – Jim Caldwell takes over the reigns from Tony Dungy. The system remains the same, but how will Caldwell be as an in-game coach?
  3. Houston Texans (9-7) * – The offense is powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline. The defense just has to be decent and it will.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) – The offensive line is improved and the Jags will go back to doing what they do best.

AFC West

  1. San Diego Chargers (12-4) – The Chargers are now Philip Rivers’ team as L.T. is pretty much done. Rivers is ready to carry the load.
  2. Denver Broncos (7-9) – The Broncos are still a fairly talented offensive team, even without Jay Cutler. The defense, however, isn’t.
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-11) – New head coach Todd Haley reached the Super Bowl last year as Cards’ offensive coordinator. Hope he enjoyed it ’cause he isn’t going back for awhile.
  4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) – Barf.

NFC East

  1. New York Giants (13-3) $ – Big Blue has the best offensive and defensive lines in football. Enough said.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) * – DeSean Jackson might just be the breakout player in the entire league this season.
  3. Dallas Cowboys (9-7) – Plenty of question marks still surround Tony Romo and the defense isn’t great.
  4. Washington Redskins (8-8) – The definition of an average football team, the ‘Skins will be very good some weeks and very bad other weeks.

NFC North

  1. Green Bay Packers (11-5) – Aaron Rodgers will break out in a major way and the 3-4 defense will play to the unit’s strengths.
  2. Minnesota Vikings (9-7) – The great Judas experiment will ultimately be a disaster and Brad Childress is one of the worst coaches in the league.
  3. Chicago Bears (8-8) – Trading for Jay Cutler will likely pay off in the long run. An aging defense will bring the Bears down this season.
  4. Detroit Lions (5-11) – New head coach Jim Schwartz was a solid hire and the large group of free agent vets brought in will know how to win some games.

NFC South

  1. New Orleans Saints (10-6) – Drew Brees is money in the bank and new d-coordinator Gregg Williams will improve that group enough.
  2. Atlanta Falcons (9-7) * – Trading for Tony Gonzalez will provide another weapon for Matt Ryan. The defense is still only so-so, however.
  3. Carolina Panthers (7-9) – Jake Delhomme is starting to go downhill quick and the defense is still not great.
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) – New head coach Raheem Morris appears to be way in over his head.

NFC West

  1. Seattle Seahawks (9-7) – Matt Hasselbeck is healthy and that will be enough for Seattle to bounce back.
  2. Arizona Cardinals (7-9) – The Cardinals have all the offensive talent in the world. Their defense? Not so much.
  3. San Francisco 49ers (7-9) – Mike Singletary will bring an old school, hard-nosed approach. The Niners will keep it simple and, as a result, get better.
  4. St. Louis Rams (5-11) – New head coach Steve Spagnuolo is the right man for the job. Still, the team is so untalented at so many positions.

AFC Playoffs

Wild card round:

Pittsburgh over Indianapolis

New England over Houston

Divisional round:

Tennessee over Pittsburgh

New England over San Diego

Championship game:

Tennessee over New England

NFC Playoffs

Wild card round:

New Orleans over Atlanta

Philadelphia over Seattle

Divisional round:

New York over Philadelphia

Green Bay over New Orleans

Championship game:

New York over Green Bay (sorry)

Super Bowl XLIV (February 7, 2010 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami)

New York Giants 20, Tennessee Titans 17

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