Have to admit there is not a lot of better feelings in the world than the dawn of a new NFL season, in this case the 2012 season which is only 2 days and a few hours away.
I guess beggars can’t be choosers but having the two teams I hate the most facing each other in the season opener is a bit disappointing but its regular season, non-lockout, real football so lets get it on.
So without any further ado here are my annual NFL predictions for the 2012-2013 NFL Season;
AFC EAST – New England Patriots
AFC NORTH – Baltimore Ravens
AFC SOUTH – Houston Texans
AFC WEST – Denver Broncos
AFC WILD CARDS – Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals
NFC EAST – Dallas Cowboys
NFC NORTH – Detroit Lions
NFC SOUTH – Atlanta Falcons
NFC WEST – San Francisco 49ers
NFC WILD CARDS – Green Bay Packers, New York Giants
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP – Packers @ Lions
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP – Texans @ Ravens
SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Detroit Lions v Houston Texans
SUPER BOWL XLVIII Winner – Houston Texans
SUPER BOWL MVP – Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
NFL MVP – Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
NFL Offensive Player of the Year – Arian Foster RB Texans
NFL Defensive Player of the Year – Mario Williams DE Buffalo Bills
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year – Russell Wilson QB Seattle Seahawks
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year – Luke Kuchely, LB, Carolina Panthers
NFL Comeback Player of the Year – Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
NFL Coach of the Year – John Fox Denver Broncos
NFL Team with best regular season record – New England Patriots
NFL Team with worst regular season record – Cleveland Browns
NFL rushing title (by yards) – Lesean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
NFL receiving title (by yards) – Roddy White Atlanta Falons
NFL passing title (by yards) – Tom Brady New England Patriots
So there we go – the 48th Super Bowl between two teams that have never made the big dance before.
Even if both don’t make it I have a real feeling one of these two ‘upside’ teams will make it to the final dance. I think no-one really imagined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the New Orleans Saints winning a Super Bowl in their lifetimes (especially if you followed the teams in the 1980s).
We are in the age of the un-coverable wideout, the athletic tight end and the 5000 yard passer. Aside from the huge question mark that is the Detroit Lions running game I think my AFC and NFC predictions have some amazingly talented athletes.
As for my Redskins if I actively publish zero expectations any playoff action will be one huge late Christmas present.