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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

Eagles offense producing in 2010

Michael Vick has clearly made an impact as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles thru three games. Since Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in the first game of the season against the Green Bay Packers from a Clay Matthews hit, Michael Vick has surprisingly played at a high level, and may be the best quarterback right now in the NFC East.  For the season Vick has a completion percentage of 60.7, thrown for 750 yards, targeted six touchdown passes, has one rushing touchdown, zero interceptions, and a sparkling quarterback rating of 110.2. He is projected to pass for 4000 yards and 32 touchdowns. Vick’s production compared to Tony Romo, Eli Manning, and Donovan Mcnabb is better as well this season. The past two games in which he started has produced 35 and 28 points respectively.

Starting center Jamal Jackson was lost in the first game of the season with a triceps tear. This is a major injury with a big impact on an already thin Philadelphia Eagles offensive line. Collectively the o-line has been dealing with injuries since training camp and having a mobile quarterback that can work around pressure is necessary. After initially stating that Kevin Kolb would remain the starter coach Andy Reid changed his mind after evaluating game footage. Vick has the arm strength and mobility to move around the pocket – given the offensive line’s shaky pass blocking. He has shown patience as he is staying in the pocket to go thru progressions rather than taking off to run. Kolb has potential to be an effective quarterback in the NFL but in terms of experience, hunger, athleticism, and arm strength Vick has the advantage. Vick has seemed to give the Eagles new life and confidence in a season that many believed would be a rebuilding year.

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