Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 NFL Post-Season Predictions

Finally this past weekend I had time to put the finishing touches on this post, which for the record was written over the couple of weeks leading up to the start of the 2011 NFL regular season. And what a wild Week 1 it was, which will quickly become apparent when you see some of my picks for the postseason this year in the NFL.

NFC East: Eagles
NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Saints
NFC West: Cardinals

NFC Wildcard: Cowboys, Bears

NFC Almost's: Falcons, Lions, Rams

AFC East: Cheatriots
AFC North: Steelers
AFC South: Texans
AFC West: Chargers

AFC Wildcard: Jets, Ravens

AFC Almost's: Chiefs

So, that is a total of four new playoff teams I am predicting in 2011, two in the NFC (Cardinals and Cowboys, replacing the Seahawks and the Falcons), and two in the AFC (Texans and Chargers, replacing the Colts and the Chiefs). Four out of twelve ain't bad, but over the recent past that's still not as much annual turnover as the NFL has seen in its slate of post-season participants, so there are likely some more surprises to come this year. I just think the Seahawks have fallen behind both the Rams and the Cardinals given the moves of this past offseason, and for some reason I decided to hitch my prediction this offseason to Tony Romo, the greatest step-down-in-the-clutch artist in the NFL today, over Matty "Ice" Ryan. Pure. Genius. And in the AFC, I am expecting the Chiefs to impress again this year but they are going to have trouble winning their division again due to a much harder schedule and not being overlooked by their opponents this year, while the Colts are in my mind finished without Peyton Manning at the helm.

I'm not typically one for making detailed post-season predictions for later rounds here without even knowing who is playing who, who is injured, etc. But I will say that I think the Cheatriots look once again to be the class of the AFC if they stay healthy and are likely to show up in the superbowl again this year, while the picture in the NFC is a bit murkier, between the Eagles and the Packers. I'll take the Packers over the Cheatriots in the superbowl in a repeat for Green Bay. Since, just like the Red Sox over the Dirty Decade in Boston, the Cheatriots have never won a damn thing since they haven't been allowed to cheat.

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Blogger columbo (at eifco dot org) said...

I'm banking on the Lions finishing AHEAD of both Dallas and Chicago. We'll find out by week 5...

9:14 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

They're call The Patriots not The Cheerios!

12:53 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Wow...someone has anti-Boston issues. Yeah, the Red Sox were the only team with a player or two on steroids. Can you say "Sheffield - Rodriguez - Pettite - Clemens - Giambi?" They won four rings with that arrogant bunch of juicers, yet you don't call them the "Cheatkees," do yer?

But listen, you can also ridicule the Celts, who won recently, and the Bruins, who are currently the Stanley Cup Champions. It's OK. Be true to your school, my brother.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Never said Boston was the only team with multiple steroid users, of course. The Yankees were in fact probably worse.

All I'm saying is, the Curse of the Bambino lives on....

10:31 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

A gracious admission. You're a gentleman, sir. HOWEVER, since 2000:

2 World Series victories
3 Superbowl Championships
1 NBA Championship
1 Stanley Cup

Boston: The new Titletown, curses notwithstanding.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

But see that's the whole point -- 5 of those 7 "titles" were obtained completely by cheating, and those two teams haven't won squizznat since the possibility for cheating in that way has been eliminated. So you Bostoners can trumpet it all you want, but the rest of the country sees it my way. But hey, two titles in the past 25 years with four professional sports teams isn't so bad I guess. It's no worse than what Philly has produced in basically that same time period.

Btw, I lived in Boston for years and am generally a big fan of the city, and the sports teams. I just can't stand the cheating is all.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

If you're going to nullify the legitimacy of championships due to steroid use you have to spread that taint to every sports team from 1985 to 2005. To single out the sox for having two "illegitimate" rings is disingenuous.

And regarding the Patriots cheating, I really am no fan of the Pats so I have no personal axe to grind, but I suspect the major difference between them and the rest of the league is that they got caught.

11:42 PM  
Blogger PokahDave said...

The hero of your Phillies world series team J.C. Romero..who won 2 games in the World Series has been suspended more than once for Steroid use. I know....it sucks...especially when the series hero is a fraud. Just thought people who read your diatribes might not know that.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

JC Romero -- "the hero of the 2008 World Series". Now that is rich.

In all 100% seriousness, I was more the Phillies' 2008 hero than JC Romero. Lololololol.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Bayne_S said...

we can be sure Tim Lincecum was not on steroids last season.

No guarantee he was not smoking a little weed,

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