Thursday, September 6, 2007

NFL: On the record

I've waited until the last minute to make my picks for the season, but time's up, so here it is:

East: Dallas Cowboys
North: Chicago Bears
South: New Orleans Saints
West: Seattle Seahawks
Wild card: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

Yes, with the exception of Dallas taking the NFC East over Philly, this is exactly how the NFC turned out last year. But have you looked at the NFC? Eleven of the sixteen teams finished .500 or less last year; twelve had a negative point differential. I considered San Francisco replacing New York as a wild card, but I just don't see it. My NFC picks may not be original, but they will be correct.

East: New England Patriots
North: Cincinnati Bengals
South: Indianapolis Colts
West: San Diego Chargers
Wild card: Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars

The AFC division champs are all repeats other than Cincy, and I expect they should stay focused enough to leapfrog Baltimore. I did manage to find two new teams in the wild card, though. Denver and Jax will both thrive with their young quarterbacks and solid defenses.

Super Bowl
San Diego Chargers over Dallas Cowboys

New England is the trendy pick in the AFC, but I see Norv Turner working some of the old Cowboy Triplets magic with the Chargers own triplets. Plus, they still have a great defense. Some might say Dallas is a homer pick, but I think they have the most balanced team in the NFC. Besides, this matchup has good storylines, with Turner's history in Dallas and Phillip's time in San Diego. It will be a good game, but in the end, LaDainian Tomlinson will not be denied.


PJ said...

I obviously would disagree with the pick against New England. I think they will have the influence on Moss that they had on Dillon. Remember what a "locker-room cancer" he was until they he blended right into the New England system. With that said, I can wait to see them battle San Diego. I think that would be a fabulous match-up.

PJ said...

I should have probably added my two cents.

NFC: Playoff Teams: Bears, Saints, Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks, 49ers
NFC Champ: Saints
AFC: Playoff Teams: Patriots, Colts, Broncos, Bengals, Chargers, Jaguars
AFC Champ: Patriots

Super Bowl Champ: Patriots

rus said...

Here are mine:
NFC: Eagles, Bears, Saints, Seahawks
Wild Card: Cowboys, Packers
NFC Champs: Cowboys (I can't help it)
AFC: Patriots, Ravens, Colts, Chargers
Wild Card: Titans, Broncos
AFC Champs: Chargers

Super Bowl Champs: Chargers

Chris said...

I'm not going against the Pats because of Moss--I think that will work fine. In fact, I think Moss is taking attention away from their real problem: their defense is breaking down. They have lost too many parts the past few years, and the ones they have kept are getting a bit old. I still picked them to win the division, but only because I don't see anyone else there capable of knocking them off. Once the playoffs start, though, they will be exposed.