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2011 Season NFL Predictions

With the preseason getting under way  to see how NFL teams are shaping up, it’s now time for the 2011 Season predictions!

2011 Season NFL Top Spot Predictions by division:

AFC West: San Diego Chargers, though they have a difficult schedule, they should be able to pull ahead.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton Manning’s health an issue (neck injury) and could possibly be the Colts undoing this season.  Perhaps too much stock is put solely into Manning.

AFC North:  Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens.  Ravens have a great schedule; most of the tough games are home games.  For the Steelers, they have a few tough games lined up against Baltimore and a home game against the Patriots.  This division will be a tough win.  Other possible competitors include the Cleveland Browns with Colt McCoy as their quarterback.  The Cincinnati Bengals will probably compete with the Detroit Lions for the worst record in the league and they get rid of talent to meet their salary cap.

AFC East: Obviously the New England Patriots have the best record.  Tom Brady will resume play at QB this season after being out on the disabled list for the majority of the season last year.  The New York Jets are best positioned and hungry to take that title from the Patriots however.  Their two key players, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, will come back from another season.  While this probably won’t be the Buffalo Bills year again, they will be in a great position to get one of the top quarterbacks next season.

Wild card: the Jets and the Steelers would make an awesome duo to knock-off the Colts and the Chargers.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Seahawks have won five of the last seven divisional titles.  Their roster is still being overhauled, but they should still take the top spot again.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons have banked on Julio Jones being their go-to guy at the expense of many draft picks.  Ray Edwards on defense should also be formidable.  Just behind the Falcons are the New Orleans Saints.  They will be an improved team this year, but probably not enough to overtake the Falcons.

NFC North: Tough to predict, but probably the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers resigned most of their key free agents therefore having much of the same guys as on their 2010 Super Bowl Championship team.  The Chicago Bears are right behind them, although they might have too much stock in their Dallas Cowboys pickups, Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Sam Hurd.

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles.  While this division is one of the most competitive, the Eagles should easily take the top spot with their great talent and large salary cap to add more key players.

Wild card: Saints vs. Seahawks and Packers vs. Falcons.

Superbowl: Ravens over Eagles

MVP: Michael Vick

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Peterson, CB Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints.

Predictions by Bleacher Reports

Packers going to Super Bowl!

Bear Down, Chicago Bears?  Sure was.  In what surely was an abysmal and disappointing showing by the Bears at their home field of Soldier Field this Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers took home the big W with a 21-14 victory.

So what happened?

Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against in the third quarter with a knee injury. The team has listed his return as questionable.  Journeyman QB Todd Collins replaced him, but Collins also left the game after going 0 for 4 for 0 yards with a few of his incompletions nearly being intercepted by the Packers.  Third time’s the charm?  Quarterback Caleb Hanie took over where Collins sort of left off.  That still doesn’t explain what happened during the rest of the game.  Cutler was struggling through a poor performance going 6 of 13 for 80 yards with no touchdowns at the time of the injury.

Hanie ever so briefly rallied his team for a touchdown drive to gain on the Packer’s lead 14-7 after Chester Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the 4th quarter. The Bears had the opportunity in their hot little hands to tie the game after the Bears’ defense finally got a few stops, but Hanie practically handed the ball to the Packers defensive lineman, B.J. Raji who took the gift and ran 18 yards into their end zone for another Packer’s touchdown.

The Packers, much unlike the Bears, actually showed up for the game.  They had a taste of the Super Bowl and they went after it.  Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers was on fire!  He ran for a touchdown.  He made a touchdown-savings tackle.  Rodgers was able to keep the Bear’s defense off kilter and kept the usually stellar Devin Hester under lock and key.  The Packers defense held their ground and took care of the rest by kicking the Bears to the curb..

The Stakes were huge today.  This was the 182nd meeting in the league’s most history rivalry.  The Packers will head to Dallas to take on either the Steelers or the Jets in the Super Bowl.

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Jets beat the Patriots in AFC Playoffs

The AFC Playoff Game this Sunday between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets went in a direction that perhaps not many people would have predicted.

Super star quarterback of the New England Patriots Tom Brady and his coach Bill Belichick took on New York Jet’s coach Rex Ryan and star quarterback Mark Sanchez at the Patriot’s home field of Gillette Stadium today. The buildup between the teams has been intense between the fans.

The lack of scoring from the Patriots has been very interesting, to say the least.   The Patriots offense has been almost completely pacified so far in this game by the Jets. Belichick, usually has within him to pull out a readjustment of his team should need be at halftime, but has not been able come up with anything today to turn his team around. Whatever motivating speech he gave his players, they’re obviously weren’t listening as the Patriots didn’t score in the second half.  Nick Folk, the kicker from New England missed a 30 yard field goal. His kick hooked wide left at the end. Folk had successfully made the the past 13 attempts from within 40 yards and nailed the game-winner last week against the Indianapolis Colts in Wild Card Weekend. 

Time is ticked away and the Jets were obviously in command of the game.  Never to let up.

The Patriots went undefeated in 2007 before losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. The Pats had a 14-2 season this year, unfortunately, with what just happened in this game against the Jets, it just doesn’t matter anymore.   

Plenty of people would not be too sad if the New England Patriots didn’t make it to the Super Bowl AGAIN this year.  The Jets beat the Patriots 28 – 14.

In the game yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the Baltimore Ravens 31 – 24 in the first Divisional Round matchup of the playoffs.  The Steeler’s Blocking Receiver Hines Ward was on fire yesterday with his touchdown which tied the game at with a little over nine minutes left in the third quarter, and they never trailed again.  Antonio Brown was also extremely notable with his three catches for 75 yards, including his spectacular one handed, helmet hugging, over the shoulder, fourth quarter catch on third and 19.  Down right awesome.  The Steelers took the Ravens 31 – 24.

The New York Jets will play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday, January 23rd in the Steeler’s hometown of Pittsburgh.