2010 NFL Season Preview Part 9: Division Ranks and Super Bowl Pick

STANDINGS
  • AFC East____________________NFC East
  1. New York Jets 11-5____________1) Dallas Cowboys 11-5
  2. Miami Dolphins 11-5___________2) Washington Redskins 10-6
  3. New England Patriots 8-8_______3) New York Giants 8-8
  4. Buffalo Bills  3-13_____________4) Philadelphia Eagles 7-9
  • AFC North________________NFC North
  1. Cincinnati Bengals   11-5______1) Green Bay Packers 13-3
  2. Baltimore Ravens   10-6______2) Minnesota Vikings 10-6
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers   8-8______3) Chicago Bears 6-10
  4. Cleveland Browns   3-13_______4) Detroit Lions 5-11
  • AFC South________________NFC South
  1. Indianapolis Colts  12-4_______1) New Orleans Saints 12-4
  2. Tennessee Titans   10-6_______2) Atlanta Falcons 10-6
  3. Houston Texans   9-7_________3) Carolina Panthers 5-11
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars   4-12_____4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11
  • AFC West_______________NFC West
  1. San Diego Chargers 11-5_____1) San Francisco 49ers 10-6
  2. Kansas City Chiefs 9-7______2) Arizona Cardinals 6-10
  3. Oakland Raiders 6-10______3) Seattle Seahawks 6-10
  4. Denver Broncos 5-11_______4) St. Louis Rams 2-14

Wildcards– AFC- Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens        NFC- Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins

PLAYOFFS

Wildcard Round-

  • Baltimore over San Diego
  • Cincinnati over Miami
  • Dallas over Redskins
  • San Francisco over Atlanta

Divisional Round-

  • Cincinnati over New York
  • Baltimore over Indianapolis
  • New Orleans over Dallas
  • Green Bay over San Francisco

Conference Championships

  • Cincinnati over Baltimore
  • Green Bay over New Orleans

Super Bowl XLV

  • Green Bay Packers 34   Cincinnati Bengals  27
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2010 NFL Season Preview Part 8: AFC East

Mark Sanchez

1) New York Jets- (11-5) – With Revis back it should go without saying that the Jets defense is not only elite, but also it is the best in the NFL this year.  As for the offense on the other hand I am not as sure about.  A full year of Braylon Edwards, and the addition of Santonio Holmes (though he is suspended for the first few games) should help Mark Sanchez, who despite what others remember he did not play that great last year.  Last year he had Thomas Jones helped take the pressure off of Sanchez, this year though he is going to hope the Shonn Greene can carry the load and LaDainian Tomlinson will be there to back him up.  It will be an interesting  season for the Jets, even if they are much improved the Jets went 9-7 on a weak schedule last year and this year with a much tougher schedule they should be only 11-5 at best.

Ronnie Brown

2) Miami Dolphins- (11-5) – I am a Dolphins fans so yes some of that maybe going into me picking the Dolphins to have this many wins, and yes I do know that the Dolphins were not able to put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks in preseason and they the running game was not that good either, but I doubt that will be the case in the regular season.  New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan likes to bring the pressure in a variety a variety of difference blitz packages, none of which were shown this preseason.  As for the running game, the Dolphins have been one of the better rushing teams in the NFL when Ricky and Ronnie are healthy (which they are) and this year the Dolphins have their best offensive line in a few years.  This is all not to mention that Chad Henne looked last year like the guy the Dolphins have been looking for since Marino retired, and now he has Brandon Marshall to throw to and Anthony Fasano could have a big year at the tight end position.  The one concern I have about the Dolphins young secondary (FS Chris Clemons, CB Vonte Davis, CB Sean Smith), these guys looked good at times last year, but seemed really out matched in preseason.  If they continue to underachieve Will Allen will take over for one of the two (most likely Sean Smith) when he is healthy.

Tom Brady

3) New England Patriots- (8-8) – Ok no doubt this might be my most insane pick.  Tom Brady is still an elite quarterback and he is going to have a healthy Wes Welker and and Randy Moss is going to be at the top of his game while playing for a new contract.  But the Pats are a very flawed team.  The offensive line is not what it used to be, and despite having Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney, and Kevin Faulk the Patriots do not have a reliable running game to balance out their offense.  On the defensive side they have Vince Wilfork, Jared Mayo, and Brandon Meriweather, all great players, but over all they are very flawed.  New England has no real pass rush and they also have an average at best secondary.  All that considered and then you take a look at their schedule and its the reason why the Patriots are going to fall back to earth this year.  The Patriots have to play the Jets and the Dolphins twice, the Cincinnati, Baltimore, San Diego, Indianapolis, and Green Bay all have fantastic passing games (we will see about Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota), and Green Bay, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Jets all have fantastic secondaries that can slow down Brady.  If I get this right I am awesome, if I am wrong than oh well I than I am just like everyone else.

Jairus Byrd

4) Buffalo Bills- (3-13) – Very simply the Bills are a team with very little  talent.  While Jarius Byrd, Lee Evans, and Fred Jackson are all good players it could be argued that rookie C.J. Spiller could be the most talented player on the roster.  The Bills would probably have more wins with the same roster any other year, but this year the Jets, Dolphins, and Patriots are all much better teams and then they have to go and play the AFC and NFC north divisions.  Any win for the Bills this year outside of Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Detroit will be a real upset.

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2010 NFL Season Preview Part 6: AFC South

Peyton Manning

1) Indianapolis Colts- (12-4) – Why pick against them?  Give me one reason… I’m waiting.  This team has a healthy WR Anthony Gonzalez, DE Dwight Freeney, LB Gary Brackett, and SS Bob Sanders, and the still have Peyton Manning at QB.  The Colts have had an amazing run of seasons with 12 wins in a season. Yes Houston is once again a sexy choice to make big moves this year and Tennessee was red hot at the end of the year in 2009 but the Colts are still the top team and they show no sign of slipping.  In fact the only thing that may slow down the Colts is the rules change with the umpire moving to behind the QB this year causing the Colts no huddle offense to move slower than in the past.

Vince Young

2) Tennessee Titans- (10-6) – The Titans have a very solid defense, and they will not be in the bottom half of the NFL again in 2010 like they were last year.  The defense was dreadful in the Titans last 6 games of 2009, but they only game up 17 or less in 6 of their final 10 games.  On offense the Titans look completely different with Vince Young at QB, and now that he has confidence back in himself his team around him is full of confidence.  Chris Johnson will in all likelyhood not run for 2,000 yards again in 2010, but he will not need to as the passing game should improve as Vince Young has had more time to gain chemistry with Kenny Britt.  It is going to be a close battle between the Titans and Texans  for second place and a playoff birth, and I’d give the edge to the Titans.

Andre Johnson

3) Houston Texans- (9-7) – Prove it.  Just prove that you are worth it.  The Houston Texans are the new Arizona Cardinals from a few years ago.  They are a great passing team that has a ton of talent and everyone has been saying for a few years now to watch out for them, but I have not bought into them.  At this point I want for them to prove that they are worth picking before I take the chance on them.  The Texans have a great quarterback in Matt Schaub, a good pass catching tight end in Owen Daniels, a top flight wide out in Andre Johnson, and several good young defensive players in Mario WIlliams, Brian Cushing, DeMeco Ryans.  The one thing that has to scare you is that the Texans is that they cannot beat the Colts and this year they have very little talent in the secondary.  I would not surprised to see this team make the playoffs, but at the same time if they end up 8-8 or 9-7 again it would not shock me either.

Maurice Jones-Drew

4) Jacksonville Jaguars- (4-12) – The Jaguars are still on the decline and while Mike Sims-Walker and Maurice Jones-Drew are great players, the team is lacking a lot of overall talent.  The defense needs to be revamped, the offensive line is very weak, and while David Garrard is good a good player he is in the bottom third of the league in terms of starting quarterbacks.  The problem with the Jaguars is that they have missed on a lot of their free agent additions and recent number one draft picks.  Look for both GM Gene Smith and coach Jack Del Rio to be out of a job after another disappointing year in Jacksonville.

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2010 Season Preview Part 7: NFC East

Demarcus Ware

1) Dallas Cowboys- (11-5) – Once again this year the talent on the roster jumps off the page at you, but even though this team was able to win its fist playoff game since 1996 last season, it still fails to meet expectations on a yearly basis.  Tony Romo is a very good regular season quarterback and with Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant, and tight end Jason Witten, Romo should be able to put up big numbers once again.  The Cowboys also have a tremendous stable of running back with Felix Jones taking over a starter and Marion Barber in the backup role.  Both backs are fantastic runners but have had injury problems, but even if they go down Tashard Choice is a very capable back.  The offensive line has looked shaky in the preseason and the first team offense did struggle to put up points, but they should be okay in the regular season.  The Dallas Cowboys defense will also once again be outstanding behind Demarcus Ware and will be at the top of the league in total defense by the end of the year.

Clinton Portis

2) Washington Redskins- (10-6) – The offseason has been an absolute soap opera between Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan, but come game one these guys are going to have to put their differences aside for winning games.  But the biggest move for the Redskins was getting Donavan McNabb from the Eagles.  He is the best QB in Washington by far since Doug Williams, and while many people like to point out that the Redskins don’t have great receivers… well neither did the Eagles for the majority of Donovan’s career.  Also unlike his time in the Eagles the Redskins with Shanahan should be able to put together a real running game behind Clinton Portis and backup Larry Johnson.  With an offense and defense that will both be in the top half of the division the Redskins will be in the playoff hunt going into the final week of the season.

Eli Manning

3) New York Giants- (8-8) – I don’t know why I dislike the Giants and Eli Manning, but there is just something about them that I do not like.    The Giants have a very good quartet of receivers in Steve Smith, Hakeem Hicks, Domenik Hixon, and Mario Manningham, and two very good safeties in Kenny Philips and Antrel Rolle (both from The U).  However the Giants have are very thin at linebackers and Brandon Jacobs and Amahd Bradshaw have not been the same runners since the Super Bowl run in 2007.  What maybe the difference between finishing third in the division and possibly competing for the division crown is wether or not the defensive line can stay healthy.  Chris Canty, Justin Tuck, Osi Uemenyiora, Mathis Kiwanuka and rookie Jean Pierre-Paul are all outstanding players, but they also have had history of injuries.  If they can also stay off the injury list than the Giants may actually be the team to really look out for this season.

DeSean Jackson

4) Philadelphia Eagles- (7-9) – Some team needs to finish last in the division and that team might as well be the Eagles, after all in a division filled with solid defenses and experienced quarterback the Eagles are starting a quarterback who has only started 3 games and has the worst has arguably the worst defense in the east.  The Eagles have three guys who are trying plug the whole left by Brian Dawkins at safety and the have by far the worst pass rush between Washington, Dallas, New York, and Philly.  TE Brent Celek, WR DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are all great receivers who should help Kevin Kolb ease into the position but still even the best quarterbacks have some sown moments in their first year as a starter.

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2010 NFL Season Preview Part 5: NFC South

Drew Brees

1) New Orleans Saints- (12-4) – The Saints have one of the best offenses in the league and are returning super bowl champs, but it is going to be hard for them to repeat.  It is not that the Saints have lost a lot of talent or because other teams in the NFL have caught up with them, but rather because the Saints forced an insane amount of turnovers last year (26 interceptions alone) and it is going to be hard to do that again.  The Saints are once again going to be right there with Green Bay and the Colts for the top offenses in the NFL and their defense should improve in terms of yardage in their second year under Gregg Williams. The guy to keep an eye on with the Saints is 3rd round pick Jimmy Graham who has the hands and the jumping ability to be one of the top tight ends in the NFL.

Matt Ryan

2) Atlanta Falcons- (10-6) – The Falcons pretty much return the same team that they did last year the only difference will be that Michael Turner and Harry Douglas are healthy and that most believe that Matt Ryan should be over his sophomore slump.  If both of those are the case than turn out to be true than the Falsons should return to the playoffs in 2010.  However it is doubtful that the Falcons will seriously challenge the Saints for the division, unless something goes very wrong with New Orleans.  Both have a somewhat easy schedule and in head to head contest the Falcons lack a strong enough pass rush and secondary to stop the Saints on a regular bases.

Jon Beason

3) Carolina Panthers- (5-11) – I want to say something positive about the Panthers because they have been an good to great NFL team for quite a few years now, but that does not seem to be the case this year.  The Panthers are officially in a rebuilding mode. RB  Jonathan Stewart, RB DeAngelo Williams, and LB Jon Beason are all three cornerstone pieces that you can build off of, but after that the Panthers are going to have a lot of holes to fill.  Matt Moore is a good quarterback who has played well in the games he has started, but the Panthers are just hoping that he is the guy to hold the position until Jimmy Clausen is ready to take over.  The Panthers other big name guy, WR Steve Smith, has looked like he has been slowing down each of the past two years and this year with out a good number 2 WR on the roster, unless Brandon Lefell has a good rookie year or Dwyane Jarrett finally steps up, he is going to see a lot of double coverage in 2010.

Aqib Talib

4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- (5-11) –  Youth, youth, and youth, that is the story of the 2010 Buccaneers.  Josh Freeman is a big tough quarterback who can both throw the long ball and also take a hit.  Freeman will also have a ton of good young talent at the wide receiver position with rookies Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams (both of which had great preseasons) and also backups Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter.  And on defense they have some good defensive talents with DT Gerald McCoy, LB Geno Hayes, CB Aqib Talib, and S Tanard Jackson.  In a two or three years this team could challenge for the division title, but this year will be filled with a lot of ups and downs as the young guys get NFL experience.  However the one real challenge for Tampa Bay will be the health of Cadillac Williams, the Bucs are very thin at the RB position and if Cadillac goes down than it will just be that much harder on Josh and the offense.

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