StainlessStill Posted September 7, 2010 Share Posted September 7, 2010 Since I'll probably be chiming in here and there in enemy territory until Monday, win/lose/draw, I might as well share my predictions with you guys. I made these predictions right after draft day and never once changed them and sticking to my word. I'm curious to see what you guys have in your pocket. Here's my pre-season predictions for the 2010 season:Time to get rowdy, insane, rude, crude and unglued. The 2010-2011 season is upon us. The best time of the year is here and I'll be singing fa la la lala all the way until February. No more talking. Time to get our overall predictions in before all teams enter camp then it's anything goes after that!StainlessStill's predictions:AFC EAST:Jets : This may be one of the best divisions in football in 2010. Finally, New England has a tough ways in a division they dominated the whole decade, but the gap has finally closed. N.Y has a fabulous and unbeatable team on paper. If Rex Ryan can instill that defense to get even more intense with the best overall team in the EAST, then the Jets will overlap the Patriots to be the team to beat in the division. Mark Sanchez is in his sophomore year, which is arguably the biggest and most frustration time for any young NFL QB to convert, but showing his tremendous poise from last season and the accusation of Santonio Holmes, things should be smooth on offense with one of the best running games in football. Prediction: 11-5.Patriots : As long as Tom Brady is at the helm, New England has an legitimate shot at contention for a Lombardi, but the window of the dynasty of the '00's is rapidly closing. Brady isn't getting any younger and he is coming off of a so-so season getting knocked around and playing poorly at times, something N.E hasn't seen for quite some time. There is concern with leadership within the organization as well as veteran pull, esp on the defensive side of the ball. Their defense has more holes than rotten swiss cheese and is a major concern coming into the season and can no longer rely on 50 points a game coming from the offense. Even though they are on the down slope, they remain a playoff team even though they got smashed at home against Baltimore last season in Foxboro. Prediction: 9-7.Dolphins: Miami is a team on the uprise. Chad Henne is being compared to Dan Marino by the owner and he showed glimpses of shredding NFL defense's last season with pin point accuracy and a sharp arm. He has a new toy to play with, one of the best rising stars in the league at the WR position in Brandon Marshall. They are turning into a fun and gun type of offense with Henne's ability so the Henne/Marshall connection could take advantage of defense's, esp that of N.E's since they struggled against the pass last season. Unfortunately, they are still years away from being a contender on defense and that will slow them into a so-so Wildcard contender. Prediction: 8-8.Bills: I see no hope in this team whatsoever other than hiring Chan Gaily as their head coach this off season. Gaily is oldschool but can he work with these players on the roster? They have no identity at the Quarterback position and even a name like Terrell Owens couldn't stop this downward spiral the Bills have been in for a long, long time. They have no face of the franchise to speak of and the only thing worth mentioning is the running core having Marshawn Lynch and drafting C.J Spiller as their feature backs, but the offensive line mixed in with no QB and a horrendous defense, it won't matter much. Buffalo will rebuild for the next years to come. Prediction: 5-11.AFC NORTHRavens: Baltimore showed they can hang in there and battle through a regular season. With help from other teams in the division, Baltimore had an impressive route against New England on the road but stalled in the Divisional Round. They are a hardcore, smash you in the mouth football team and their tough as nails RB Ray Rice is an indicator of how Baltimore plays football, with a nice little touch of Willis MaGahee on the side and a bulldozing LeRon McClain crushing people at the line of scrimmage. Baltimore's Achilles's heal was at Wide receiver last season, but they plugged that hole in a BIG way acquiring Anquin Bolden from the Cardinals. Baltimore should be able to put up points, but the defense isn't getting any younger and Ed Reed is said to miss a good months into the season. Still, it's Baltimore's division to lose. Prediction: 11-5.Steelers : Everybody knows the off-season puke that Steelers Nation had to deal with this year and it wasn't pretty. Pittsburgh comes into the 2010 season without 2 time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have many, many, many unanswered questions througout the team. They lost RB Willie Parker and SB MVP Santonio Holmes through FA and trade and if there wasn't many questions on the O-line, they lost their BEST o-lineman before the season even started in Willie Colon. Byron Leftwhich is said to take the reigns and I don't think he'll be a concern, but what concerns me is when Ben comes back. He will have to get football ready after missing a whole month and that is NOT easy to do. I expect the Steelers to start good, but tail off some for Ben to get his legs and then slowly rise from there. The defense needs to get back to their smothering ways of 2008, or it could get ugly. Thankfully, Troy is back as well as All Pro DE Aaron Smith and we return SB mentality with the likes of Randle El, Larry Foote, and Bryant McFadden at the corner. If we didn't bring those guys back, I wouldn't label this Steelers team no better than an 8 win team, but this team could surprise with the same players returning and being only a couple years away from being in the Super Bowl and missing the post season by ONE game in a bad season in 2009. Prediction: 9-7.Bengals : I really want to be as open as possible for this Cincy team but I just can't see this team as an overall threat within the division. They played well during the first half of the season last year and won some TIGHT-TIGHT games but their play at the end of the season was the transition of a bad Cincy team who fell apart at the end simply because they weren't that good. I don't expect Cedric Benson to have another big year but their young defense is on the uprise and will put them in contention for a Wild Card. Carson Palmer and Chad Ochowhatever his name is could be on their last legs. Prediction: 9-7.Browns: Cleveland is taking a step in a positive direction but that's where it ends, atleast for 2010. Mike Holgrem I'm sure can instill the mentality that a Cleveland team needs and drafted a future could-be star in Colt McCoy. Still, they bring in china doll/statue Jake Delhomme who threw 3,000 INT's last season and entering a division to where defense's come after the quarterback with fiery. Who knows what Mangini's status is if Cleveland starts slow, but atleast they can hang their hats on Josh Cribbs, who will more than likely burn out since he's the only player to build around. Prediction- 6-10.AFC SOUTH:Colts : How can you go against a team that wins 13 games during a season like it's all they know how to do? Manning is going to get a huge deal soon and just like Brady, as long as Manning is at the helm, the Colts will forever be a legitimate contender to representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. This division, on paper, looks like it wants to make strides, but always falls short as a group year in and year out. They got to the SB with virtually NO running game last season and were comeback kings, riding the arm of Manning. I don't expect that to change anytime soon as long as the defense plays consistent enough. Prediction: 12-4.Texans: Every year, I really, really, really, really pull for the Texans to finally step up and enter the caliber a team they are destined some day to be. They have pieces in place with gunslinger Matt Shaub and Andre Johnson but inconstistent play and a mediocre defense just won't get it done against a Manning led Colts team, esp playing them TWICE a year. I'm going to give them another shot and go out on a limb and say the Texans make the post-season and finally arrive. Prediction: 10-6.Titans : Tennessee was embarrassing as embarrassing gets at the start of last season, coming out of the gates at 0-6 and losing to N.E 130-0 at a snowy Foxboro. They have a new, but familiar leader in Vince Young, but even though he wins, I question his phyce and the ability of being a leader if times get tough and the pressure amounts. Last season, he took the gears when Tennessee was an after though and had no pressure so I'm eager to see how this team could respond. Last season was a fluke so I expect Tennessee to be in contention early and ride Chris Johnson to the moon and they ALWAYS have a tough defense regardless under Jeff Fischer. Prediction: 9-7.Jaguars: Jacksonville is always a team that is so predictable, kind of like the Denver Bronco's of the AFC West. Start okay, win early, and fall apart down the stretch. Jones-Drew should have a good season since he's one of the AFC's best backs, but David Garrard is not the answer, esp to the future. Even though he limited his mistakes last season, don't expect him to win many games on a team that sometimes plays with no heart. Prediction: 7-9.AFC WESTChargers: Could this FINALLY be San Diego's year?! The team they have is ridiculous and Phillip Rivers is seriously becoming into a quarterback not to mess with. They started off slow last year, but quickly become hot and had a big time winning streak entering the playoffs. Their division might be the weakest in football, so if San Diego can't make it to ATLEAST the Title Game this year, then what has to change? Prediction: 13-3.Broncos : Just like the Titans, this team was a fluke last season, but the other way around. They started off hot and shocked the NFL by beating teams they were never supposed to beat. But of course, they showed their true colors and broke down in the middle of the season, squandering the division lead to S.D and missing the playoffs. Kyle Orton will be harassed and the Tim Tebow experience could start off like walking on lava. Their defense was one of the best units last season, so they can hang their hats on SOMETHING if they find themselves in a nice spot. Prediction: 8-8.Raiders : I'm going to give Oakland the benefit of the doubt and put them out of the cellar competing with Kansas City, but that's not saying much. Bruce Gradkowski stepped in and produced wins against the Bengals, Steelers, Bronocs & Eagles last season so there is hope in Oakland to be on the upset alert, but as long as Al Davis is livin, then Oakland will be a laughing stock given their approach and how they handle their off-season NFL Draft that projects herds of laughter. Since Oakland did trade for an underrated (in my eyes) Jason Campbell in the off-season, I think he could win them some more games on top of things during any stretch. Prediction: 8-8.Chiefs : The Matt Cassell experience had to be the worst leap of Faith any owner put into their team. What a terrible signing that resulted with big money and 4 wins. They will be a work in progress for years to come once they can find stability that works for the team and that starts with a man who knows how to win with Scott Pioli and an offensive minded head coach in Tod Haley. The defense isn't worth any mention and neither does the rest of the team. Prediction- 4-12.AFC PROJECTED PLAYOFF PICTURE:1. San Diego Chargers2. Indianapolis Colts3. N.Y Jets4. Baltimore Ravens------------------------5. Houston Texans6. Pittsburgh Steelers (winning tiebreaker head to head with N.E & having a better division record against Tenn and Cincy.)AFC Representative in Super Bowl 45 in Dallas, Texas: San Diego Chargers Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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