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Since I’ve yammered about football the last two days, I thought maybe it was time to put it on the line and offer my fearless preseason predictions.  I’ll lay it out by how I expect things to go divisionally and in the playoffs as well as guess at some potential MVP candidates. I, of course, reserve the right to change my mind if some big injuries occur in the next few weeks, but we’re a month out from the first regular season games so let’s go for it.

AFC East:

Patriots, Bills, Jets, Dolphins

AFC North:

Browns, Steelers, Bengals, Ravens

AFC South:

Colts, Jags, Titans, Texans

AFC West:

Chargers, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

AFC Playoffs:

Patriots, Colts, Chargers, Browns, Steelers & Jaguars

NFC East:

Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, Eagles (toughest division to pick right here)

NFC North:

Vikings, Packers, Bears, Lions

NFC South:

Saints, Bucs, Panthers, Falcons

NFC West:

Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers

NFC Playoffs:

Cowboys, Saints, Seahawks, Vikings, Redskins and I’ll put my Bucs here, though I wouldn’t be surprised if both wildcard teams came from the NFC East.

Superbowl:

Patriots defeat Cowboys

MVP:

Peyton Manning

Offensive Player of the Year:

Adrian Peterson

Defensive Player of the Year:

this is tougher….I’ll go with a refreshed Jason Taylor on a new team

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Darren McFadden, Raiders

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Sedrick Ellis, Saints

So that’s where I am right now.  I may sneak in and make some changes as sanity prevails, but this is what my heart says right now.  Any other football fans out there, feel free to add your picks in my comments section or just make fun of mine.  I’m sure they’ll be laughable by the time the season ends.

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So I wake up this morning at midnight to a text message that Favre has been traded to the Jets.  And honestly, I was annoyed.  Yes, I know what I said in my last post, but I had sorta resigned myself to him coming.  All the hoopla got me worked up and I bought into it.  Now, nothing changes except the Jets get a little better.  They’ll still not be in the playoffs, but whatever.

And now Tampa has to deal with their current qb, who is probably a bit disgruntled about the fact that they were ready and willing to replace him.  Sigh.  I had high hopes for this year and now there’s a big question mark and controversy looming.  You gotta love that.  Ugh.

Brett would not have been a great fit here, I already covered that, but the fact is that people were interested and excited about him coming.  I’m glad we wouldn’t give up a huge concession, but couldn’t we have made a sliding pick the way the Jets did?  Maybe not sliding all the way up to a first rounder unless we won the Super Bowl, but something?  I’m just irritated.

I didn’t even want the guy but then I got used to and into the idea.  Tampa would have gotten some actual attention going into the season and maybe not have been such a “surprise” like they were when they won their division last year.  I’m very worried that the Saints are going to take the title this year, so we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, I’m disappointed that I fell into the hype, I know better.  Enjoy mediocrity in NY Brett, you’re never going to win a Super Bowl in that division.  That’s Patriot territory and you’re not enough to push the Jets over the top, not nearly.  Oh well, at least it’s over!

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