2012 NFL Predictions!
Honestly, I am so good at these picks it’s not fair to other regular folk. Any who, here are my picks for the 2012 season, a hope you enjoy. Here’s a hard dose of truth coming at ya.
1. Patriots - 11-5
2. Jets - 8-8
3. Bills - 7-9
4. Dolphins - 3-13
The Patriots are stacked again, the only problem is they might not have anyone to protect those stacks. The offensive line is in shambles but Tom Brady and Co. still have the talent for 11-12 wins.
Here’s a question, if you had a third year QB that had 3000+ yards and 32 all-purpose TDs, would you wanna keep him? If Mark Sanchez cuts down on his turnovers (18 intos and 8 fumbles) the Jets can fly into the playoffs and all this talking about Tim Tebow can go to rest. That’s a huge if. Depending on the offense the Jets can be anywhere from 4-12 to 12-4. I have them right in the middle.
The Bills took strides on D but still have huge holes on the o-line and d-line (outside of Williams). The game is won in the trenches. 7 to 8 wins.
Its a hard knock life for the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill doesn’t know the difference between the AFC and NFC. 4 wins if they’re lucky.
1. Bengals - 10-6
2. Ravens - 10-6*
3. Steelers - 8-8
4. Browns - 5-11
This is the year we finally see the steel curtain come down. Salary cap problems have crippled the roster and Big Ben and Rashard Mendenhall are just plain crippled. Moxy and experience will net them 8 wins but the defense will be ranked outside of the top-5 for the first time in a while.
The Bengals have one of the most talented rosters in football. A sophomore slump doesn’t seem to be in the works for Dalton and Green and the addition of BenJarvis Green-Ellis is one of the more underrated pick ups. Watch out for them.
The Ravens are solid, again, but not spectacular. The loss of T-Sizzle will be huge and ray rice is a star. They could ad another win and finish with 11 and on top of the division easily.
The Browns have a bright future and are moving in the right direction.
1. Texans 9-7
2. Titans 7-9
3. Colts 7-9
4. Jaguars 3-13
The Texans lost two huge playmakers on defense (Williams and Ryans) and have three huge playmakers on offense who are injury risks (Johnson, Foster, Schab). Assuming that Foster and Shaub miss a minimum of two games each, I’m just not sold. With that being said, this division is mediocre at best so they’ll win by default.
Jake Locker is the truth. Maybe the Cowboys should trade for CJ and enable tho no strip club and drinking rule, Dez style. The defense is middle of the road and Cortland Finnegan is now in St. Louis. They’ll fight but won’t reach .500.
The Colts can only go up from last year’s Curtis Painter-lead debacle. They have a nice mix of young studs and veteran leadership.
The Jaguars are not good. Especially not good without MJD.
1. Chiefs -12-4
2. Broncos - 10-6*
3. Chargers - 7-9
4. Raiders - 5-11
The Chiefs are the best team in the AFC. They’re offense is going to be explosive with Charles and Cassell back healthy and the addition of Peyton Hills adds a new dimension. The defense is strong up front and fast in the back, that equals a lot of forced turnovers and havoc. The Super Bowl is a realistic possibility for the Chiefs this season.
The Broncos Defense is lack luster but if Payton can be 90% of what he was, that’s good for 8 wins alone. They need help in a lot of places but they’ll be good enough to sneak into a playoff spot.
The Charges window of opportunity is one or two years away from closing completely. They could surprise and take the playoff spot from the Broncos but that would mean Ryan Matthews becoming a stud, Phillip Rivers bouncing back, Antonio Gates staying healthy and an entire defense remembering what the word “sack” means. As long as Norv Turner is the coach there, they’ll struggle.
The Raiders traded two first round picks for a QB that fit its head coaching system, then fired the head coach. Atta boy Raiders.
1. Eagles - 11-5
2. Giants - 10-6*
3. Cowboys - 10-6
4. Reskins - 5-11
The addition of Demeco Ryans is HUGE for a defense last season that was filled with talent and void of leadership. He will lead Philly to a top-5 defense. Michael Vick is the key to the offense (shocker) and a bounce back year is likely. DeShaun Jackson has kept his mouth shut this pre-season, hopefully that stays the same throughout the season. Shady McCoy is a beast.
The Giants…the f$#@*@$ Giants. Giants fans give me so many headaches its nuts. Despite that, the team is good. Eli will be Eli and be a top-10 QB. Victor Cruz is no longer a secret, lets see if he matches last year, I don’t think he has another 1600 yards and 10+ TDs in him but 1200 and 7 is more than likely. Ahmad Bradshaw has to step up and become the player he was two years ago. The linebacking core and secondary are average at best outside of Antrelle Rolle but they are helped by the best front four in football.
The Cowboys are like the Andy Roddick of football. So much potential, always finishing in third. Tony Romo was elite last season and an entire season with Murray in the backfield and Dez Bryant staying away from strip clubs should help the cause. Moris Claborne will be the defensive rookie of the year for an imporved defense. They’ll lose a game to the Giants that will cost them a tie-break.
The Redskins are in the right direction as well. Gotta see RGIII play before I make a call on him. Baylor wasn’t exactly playing in prime time last season.
Packers - 13-3
Bears - 10-6*
Lions - 9-7
Vikings - 4-12
The Packers are a well-oiled machine and the addition of Cedric Benson adds another dimension to the offense. The offense is good enough to make up for some defensive short comings, but the turnovers produced by them the last two years have not been a fluke, they’ll do it again.
The Bears were on the fast track to the playoffs last season before Jay Cutler and Matt Forte went down with injuries. The addition of Brandon Marshall will be huge. The defense of the Bears will be top-5 in the NFC.
The Lions are explosive. But there is only so much two people can do. The running game is suspect and the defense is suspect. They’ll lose a bunch of games 35-30. They are one or two pieces away from 11 wins.
The Vikings got caught in the ol’ “we don’t wanna rebuild but we are not good enough to make too much noise” stage and they are paying for it now.
Panthers - 10-6
Bucs - 9-7
Falcons - 9-7
Saints - 8-8
Too much going on in NO. It would be some accomplishment to turn around and make the playoffs after the mess in the off season. The Panthers have an improved D with the addition of Luke Kuechly (runner up for ROY) and the return of Jon Beason and Thomas Davis. The secondary is suspect but the front seven is one of the best in the league. The Bucs are always the team I have a good feeling about. I still have those feelings. Lets hope I’m right. The Falcons are getting old at a lot of speed positions, in particularly TE, RB, DE and LB.
1. 49ers - 10-6
2. Seahawks - 6-10
3. Cardinals - 3-13
4. Rams - 3-13
The 49ers will take a small step back this season. Outside of a dropped kick off they were the best team in the NFC last season. The rest of the division is futile.
MVP - Aaron Rodgers
DPY - Eric Berry
OROY - Andrew Luck
DROY - Morris Claiborne
Chiefs over Pats
Packers over Eagles
CHIEFS OVER PACKERS
There they are … put it in the books.