Football is the one sport that it is incredibly hard to handicap or make any legitimate predictions. There always seems to be some dark horse team that rises up out of nowhere and makes a play for the playoffs. One injury (or an injury at the wrong time) can end a season. Heck, weather or a bad ref. call can end the season for a team just by a momentum shift. In the modern NFL teams are pretty equal in talent and with exception to a few really bad teams, almost every team has a legitimate chance to make the playoffs.
So advanced notice, I don't expect to be that great at this. But usually all the football guides and experts aren't that great either.
Comments: A pretty safe roster of teams really. The only controversial pick on this list is the Dolphins over the Patriots for the wild card. Frankly, I think you could argue New England, Miami, Houston and Tennessee in that last wild card spot. All of the teams are worthy, but I have the least amount of doubts with Miami. I like Miami's upgrade on O with Brandon Marshall. Even with a mediocre pre-season, I still like the Jets in the East. I like the Chargers in the West (not sold on either Denver or Oakland making a play). I think the Ravens are just a better team than the Bengals right now and the Colts are a clear cut favorite.
Comments: Despite my NFCE bias, I don't think there will be more than one team coming out of the NFCE this year. The Skins are getting better, but are we a playoff team? Not sure. I don't think the Giants or Eagles are better this year. If anything, Dallas gets the nod moreso based on what's on paper that what I've seen on the field. If anything, right now, the NFCE in my opinion is wide open for whatever team wants to step up and take the crown. I think Green Bay is the team to beat in the NFC. Aaron Rodgers may be the best QB in the league this year. The Packers D is pretty scary as well. I think the Vikings just won't be as good in 2010 as they were in 2009. The 49ers have pretty much the same situation as the Chargers. The Saints are just too talented to keep off of this list and I have a suspicion that it will be a good year for the Falcons.
So who's in the big game?
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis- with the Packers winning it all.
The Fate of the RedskinsSo where are the Redskins you ask? Simple, they aren't in the playoffs. I'm hoping I'm wrong and I'm already saying that my prediction (again, hoping wrong) lies around the 8-8 mark. The Skins have a tough schedule a much improved team, but a team that may have some injury history and a new coach/GM and a whole bunch of new players. There will be a vast improvement from last year and I really wouldn't be that surprised if the Skins were able to stay healthy and with some luck get to 10-11 wins.
So am I completely off? Are the Skins a good or bad team this year. What do you think about the Skins or the NFL? Leave a comment below and let your opinion be seen.