It’s Christmas Day for NFL fans! Yes it’s opening day! It’s only the Broncos and the Ravens but still it’s football! What follows is one man’s opinion about the upcoming season. If you take offense or think I’m an idiot well it’s America and you can think what you want. But read it and enjoy it. And remember this guy went 11-1 last year in the playoffs. Where’s my bookie??? Seriously though. If you use this as a gambling tool seek professional help immediately.
By picking the Dolphins second here doesn’t mean I think they are going to be good. Someone has to finish second in this crap division. I mean seriously. The Bills and Jets? Don’t fall for the ESPN hype machine on EJ Manuel. And the Jets well they are the Jets. The best thing about the Dolphins is Ryan Tannehill’s wife and the only reason to watch them is to see who Richie Incognito pisses off this week.
The Patriots will win the division by default. But this year isn’t about the division. Tom Brady is running out of time to catch Joe Montana’s and Terry Bradshaw’s 4 Super Bowl wins. Sorry Peyton Manning fans but the SB ring is the only stat that matters in a real conversation about who is the best ever. Brady wants to be the best. He has to do it now.
Break out the Bengals! No seriously! They have the best coaching staff in football. How DC Mike Zimmer hasn’t gotten a head coaching job just shows you how stupid some teams are out there. Yes Raiders I’m looking at you. Between Marvin Lewis, Jay Gruden, Hue Jackson, and Zim they have 4 head coaches on this team. A great defense, solid special teams, an emerging QB in Andy Dalton, and having the best young WR in the game in AJ Green have the folks in Cincy excited about something other than Skyline Chili. I don’t think Mike Brown can screw this up. But it is Mike Brown so let’s not underestimate him.
The Ravens will challenge the Bengals and could win the division themselves. But are they nursing a Super Bowl hangover? And will all the personnel losses catch up to them are the questions that have to be answered. Someone explain letting Anquan Boldin go? I’m sure Niners fans will enjoy watching Anquan go across the middle and catch everything thrown his way. Ozzie Newsome doesn’t make many mistakes but he made one there. The Ravens will still finish second however.
The Steelers are not going to have a good season this year. If they finish 8-8 that would be a major accomplishment. They have the same crap OLine, the worst offensive coordinator in football in Todd Haley. Seriously if this guy wasn’t Bill Parcells son in law would he even have a job? The defense is another year older. The heart that beats in James Harrison has gone a little west to Cincy. And yes Harrison will make the pay for that 2 times this year. No WR’s. Bell should be a great running back but what is really wrong with his foot? Is it a Lisfranc injury like Maurice Jones-Drew had last year or something less serious? The Steelers however still have Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau. They will get the most out of this group that is humanly possible. Unfortunately in this tough division that’s about 8-8.
The Browns are getting closer. If their owner doesn’t end up in jail for this Flying J scandal they might be in the playoffs next year. Haven’t heard of Flying J? Do more than read espn.com already!
This is just an out and out nasty division. Just nasty and hard to pick. I’m going with the Colts. Great coach and I really believe Luck has a chance to be on the Mount Rushmore of QB’s when his career is done. The Texans and Colts are pretty even on paper. But when one QB is way better than the other you have to give the edge to that team. Sorry Matt Schaub you are average at best.
The Titans and the Jaguars? Yeah you aren’t going anywhere this year. Seriously who even coaches these two teams anyway? Titans should be around 6-10 or 7-9 depending on how Chris Johnson is. The Jags? 4-12 maybe. But everyone in this division plays defense. It’s hard to see it with all the points the Colts and Texans can put up. But some teams you just can’t stop anymore with all the rules changes. This division should be a knock down drag out between those 2 teams.
Has there ever been a worse division in football ever? The Raiders will be lucky to win a game. Nice hire of Dennis Allen Reggie McKenzie! You hire a DC and your defense gets worse. Seriously? Yeah there is a guy in Cincy named Mike Zimmer you should talk to. Just saying. The Raiders are considering starting Terrelle Pryor at QB. Do I need to say anything else? Believe me I will. I was a Raiders fan for 35 years. And what is happening to that franchise and lack of commitment to winning is pathetic. I will have a blog about the Raiders in the near future.
The Chargers? Eh who cares. I mean seriously. You live in San Diego. Why would you waste 4-6 hours of your Sunday at a run down, falling apart football stadium? They need a stadium now or they will be packing up the powder blues and moving back to LA.
The Chiefs are moving in the right direction. But when you have been as low as they have been there is only one direction to move.
The Broncos are who we thought they were. A coach notorious for choking in playoff games. Look it up. John Fox is this generations Marty Schottenheimer. Remember Marty having Joe Montana and Marcus Allen and he still couldn’t win? Yeah I see you nodding KC fans. And I’m sorry Peyton fans. If it wasn’t for Rex Grossman and Lovie Smith’s insistence on using him Peyton would have 0 Super Bowl wins just like Dan Marino. And stat heads? Only SB wins matter in the NFL. Don’t like that go back to watching baseall or doing the Pythagorean Theorem. But the Broncos will win the division. Again. The only real question is are the Raiders worse than the Jets.
Hands down the best division in football. I can justify in order in this division. But I’m going with this one. 2 reasons. RG3. And I believe in Eli. The Eagles will be fun to watch and will pile up some points just based on the sheer volume of plays they are running. The Cowboys? Yeah Tony Romo is still playing qb. The Giants? They are in their good year pattern. The Giants have one good year then one bad year. Maybe it’s the disease of me that comes with winning a title. But they have a great organization in place. Great coaching staff and they are a model NFL franchise. Who also happens to have 4 Super Bowl titles. Yeah that stat snuck up on you didn’t it. A clutch QB will get you far also. And yes you can’t spell elite without Eli.
The Redskins are more than RG3. Kirk Cousins might be the best backup QB in the league. Alfred Morris is a top 5 running back. At least I hope he is I have him on my fantasy team. And Shanahan is an offensive genius. Being a ex-Raiders fan that’s still hard for me to admit. They will be a tough out in the playoffs.
This is not a homer pick! Seriously it’s not. So what if I think Trestman is the brightest offensive coach in the league today? And I think the D might be better than last year with the addition of Bostic and subtraction of Lovie Smith and Urlacher. It all hinges on Jay Cutler though. I don’t have a lot of confidence in this guy and I really can’t stand him. But he has a great arm. And you can’t coach arm strength. If anyone can fix the other issues its Trestman.
The Packers are one injury away from the first pick in the NFL Draft. The defense couldnt stop me and 10 guys from the bar. And is Eddie Lacy ready for the NFL? Lots of questions in old GB this year.
The Vikings could finish first. They could finish last. We know what we are getting from Adrian Peterson. Nightmares if you are a Bears fan. But is Ponder the answer? Depends on the question. He doesn’t turn the ball over. But he doesn’t stretch the field either. And the loss of Percy Harvin may be big. Peterson will get at least 1600 yards and 12 tds though.
The Lions? Yeah move along. Nothing to see here but a lot of fantasy stats.
This is another division that’s hard to predict. Any team can finish first or last. But with the Saints adding the true Ryan defensive genius in Rob along with Coach Sean Payton being back will get the Saints the division.
The Falcons are another well run organization. Filled with smart people from top to bottom. If you have never been to a game at the Georgia Dome you really should go sometime. Filled with southern hospitality no matter what colors you wear. And the hot dogs are damn good also. The Dirty Birds will be back in the playoffs again but will they do anything? The regular season to this team is just the preseason. Their measure will happen in January.
Panthers? Jerry Richardson is a tightwad. I really don’t like anything about this team except Kuechly. So let’s just move on. The Bucs? Does anyone care? Their home attendance is worse than the Raiders. I hear the excuses that the owners are more concerned with ManU in the Premier League. Well ManU sells out every game. Whats your excuse Bucs fans? Good team. Good coach. No Support.
I’m not drinking the Seahawks ESPN Kool-Aid. However if the Hawks go to San Fran and win the Niners are behind the 8 ball in this division. The Cardinals will spring some upsets and they will make Larry Fitzgerald fantasy fans happy. The Rams will show up also. If for no other reason than Jeff Fisher’s mustache and coaching acumen. But it’s the Niners division. Pretty much always has been.
My Super Bowls picks are Colts Niners with the Niners winning. Nothing like moving into a new stadium in Santa Clara next year with some new hardware. And Andrew Luck it’s gonna be your league soon. Just not this year. I look forward to watching you play the next 15-20 years. As alwayst this is merely One Fans’ View. Until next time from the Bleachers!