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NFL Predictions

It’s September, it’s football time! The best time of year, it’s a long time since February. Although the season kicked off on Wednesday night with the Cowboys beating the Superbowl champion Giants, I decided I’d predict every regular season game and see who I think will be the eventual winners. The standings came out as follows:

AFC East

  1. *NE – 12 and 4
  2. *BUF – 9 and 7
  3. NYJ – 7 and 9
  4. MIA – 5 and 11

No surprise that I think the Patriots will win this division handily. I fancy Buffalo to have a good season with some nice additions on defense, enough to see them sneak into the playoffs.

AFC North

  1. *BAL – 11 and 5
  2. PIT – 9 and 7
  3. CIN – 6 and 10
  4. CLE – 3 and 13

Baltimore are the class of this division still. The Steelers and Bengals to take a slight backwards step. It’s the Bengals way!

AFC South

  1. *HOU – 10 and 6
  2. TEN – 8 and 8
  3. JAX – 4 and 12
  4. IND – 4 and 12

I think the Texans will make the playoffs for the second time, they look easily the best team here. Andrew Luck will have a decent, but ultimately frustrating, and losing, season with the Colts.

AFC West

  1. *KC – 11 and 5
  2. *SD – 10 and 6
  3. OAK – 7 and 9
  4. DEN – 7 and 9

Peyton Manning and the Broncos are making the headlines in the pre-season, but my bet is for the Chiefs to win this competitive division. The Chargers will make the playoffs via the wild card, leaving the Raiders and Broncos disappointed.

NFC East

  1. *PHI – 12 and 4
  2. *NYG – 10 and 6
  3. DAL – 9 and 7
  4. WAS – 4 and 12

I’m picking the Eagles to finally live up to their potential in 2012. The Giants will sneak in again, while Tony Romo and RGIII stay at home in January.

NFC North

  1. *GB – 13 and 3
  2. *CHI – 12 and 4
  3. DET – 8 and 8
  4. MIN – 4 and 12

Yet again the Packers are the class of the NFC, although the Bears will run them close. The Lions will struggle to keep up and miss out on another playoff trip.

NFC South

  1. *ATL – 13 and 3
  2. CAR – 10 and 6
  3. TB – 7 and 9
  4. NO – 6 and 10

This is my big shock division. I think the Falcons will take off this season, and the Panthers will make a run at the playoffs, but miss out to the Giants on the tie-breakers. The Bucs will improve, but I think the Saints will struggle in the big games without Sean Payton and end up with a losing record.

NFC West

  1. *SF – 9 and 7
  2. SEA – 8 and 8
  3. ARI – 5 and 11
  4. STL – 3 and 13

A horrendous schedule will see my Niners win four less games than last season, but still win a poor division. Seattle will be competitive but the Cards and Rams will want to forget this one, the latter being rewarded with the first pick in the draft.

Playoff Predictions

Wildcard Round

NYG at PHI – PHI win
CHI at SF – CHI win
BUF at KC – KC win
SD at HOU – HOU win

Divisional Round

PHI at ATL – PHI win
CHI at GB – GB win
KC at BAL – BAL win
HOU at NE – NE win

Championship Round

PHI at GB – GB win
BAL at NE – BAL win

Superbowl

GB vs BAL – GB win

So, I have the Packers to win it all. Really can’t see past them this season. Let’s see how much I get wrong!

It’s Just Bad Football

This weekend I had high hopes for my teams to all come out victorious in their respective match-ups, given the opposition and, for the two NFL teams, home-field advantage.  Was I wrong…

Things started badly on Thursday, when the Miami Dolphins were shut out at home by the Chicago Bears.  Now, this isn’t quite as awful as it sounds, the Fins have been decimated by injuries, particularly at the QB position, and the Bears are playing better than expected.  But even with Tyler Thigpen at the helm, you’d like to think that they’d have managed to put some points on the board.  To add insult to injury, I meant to back the Under for this game, which was 39.5, but it totally slipped my mind when I was out at band practice that evening.

Onto the SPL, and Motherwell away to lowly St Mirren.  Not an easy tie by any manner of means, but reasonable to think that ‘Well should be winning games like this.  The Saints took the lead in the first half but ‘Well responded in the 2nd with a cracker from on-loan Blackburn striker Nick Blackman.  The game finished 1-1, neither team can complain.

Finally last night the 49ers took on the resurgent Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park.  Sitting at 3-6, this was a must win game for the Niners, if they retained any hopes of winning the NFC West.  The Bucs however, gave them a lesson in how a young team should play.  Josh Freeman was excellent and the Tampa D easily contained the Niners woeful offense.  The 49ers laid an egg, losing 21-0.  Now their season is effectively over, it’s time for a change in SF.  Singletary, much as I like him, doesn’t have the goods and we need to replace him with an experienced coach – John Gruden, anyone?  The Alex Smith experiment has gone on far too long, and has held the team back.  Give Troy Smith the rest of the season to see what he’s got, and cut Alex and David Carr in the off-season, while looking for a rookie in the draft.

As if all that wasn’t bad enough, I’d bet the Jets to win by 9.5 during their game with the Texans, when they were 3 points up.  They went on to take a 23-7 lead in the 4th quarter and all looked well, even when Houston added a field goal.  Then with less than 10 minutes remaining,  Shonn Greene fumbled…the Texans scored 2 quick touchdowns and my bet was wiped out.  Still, at least the Jets were going to lose?  Always a good thing, eh?  Well, no.  The Texans yet again fail to do the simplest of tasks and New York go 72 yards in less than a minute to pull another win out the bag.  Now…if I back to Jets to win it all, will I jinx them…can’t bear to see Sanchez and Ryan as champions…

NFL Fantasy Draft

Last Sunday night it was the live draft for the NFL GB View fantasy football league.  Twelve team owners took part, and I was in position 5, which I wasn’t too unhappy about.  I knew I could get one of the elite players in round one, and with Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson sure to have gone by then, I went in with the intention of getting the top WR, Andre Johnson.  Chris Johnson went first, then surprisingly Ray Rice was next, followed by Peterson and then Maurice Jones-Drew.  Bingo!  I grabbed Andre Johnson with both hands and was very happy to get him.

I had decided beforehand to get quality at the RB and WR position before looking at QB, and that I would leave TE till the mid rounds, and pick up whatever was left for K and Defense.  This plan proved to be sensible, as the top 5 QBs all went in the first round, leaving me free to get Ryan Grant and Rashard Mendenhall in rounds 2 and 3.  Another 4 QBs were taken before it was my fourth round pick and the best of the remaining bunch by far was Baltimores Joe Flacco.  Not estatic about this pick, but on balance, pretty happy with a solid QB who is likely to have a good year on a quality team.

Moving onto the other WR positions, I’d missed out on a few of my most wanted by round 5, so took my old favourite Hines Ward with the 5th pick.  In the next round I was gutted to miss out on Michael Crabtree, and got Hakeem Nicks instead.  A borderline number 3 receiver in my opinion.

With the main spots filled, I was looking at TE next and good fortune meant that Jermichael Finley dropped to me in the 7th.  Very happy indeed with that.

Next up I was looking to get some quality backup players.  I really wanted Jahvid Best in the 8th, but just missed him and got Jonathan Stewart instead, which is good value.  Picked up Matt Cassel 9th, not sure about that one, but wanted a backup for Flacco for the bye week.  Rounds 10, 11 and 12 I got WR Robert Meachem, RB Ben Tate and WR Devin Aromashodu.  Then Tate got injured in pre-season and put on IR so I picked up Thomas Jones as a free agent!

As planned, I went for K and Defense/Special Teams in the last two rounds, getting Jeff Reed and the Bears.

So I’m fairly pleased with how it went, although I feel I could be weak at QB and the WR positions outwith Johnson may not produce huge numbers.

My team:

QB – Joe Flacco, Ravens

RB – Ryan Grant, Packers

RB – Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers

WR – Andre Johnson, Texans

WR – Hines Ward, Steelers

WR – Hakeem Nicks, Giants

TE – Jermichael Finley, Packers

K – Jeff Reed, Steelers

DST – Bears

Reserves:

QB – Matt Cassell, Chiefs

RB – Thomas Jones, Chiefs

RB – Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

WR – Devin Aromashodu, Bears

WR – Robert Meachem, Saints