August 24, 2011

2011 NFL Divisional Crystal Ball

By - Brian Harrington

Finally, it's that time of the year! Here are my division winner predictions for the upcoming NFL season.

Let's start with the AFC:

East: New England Patriots - I just don't see anyone else that can keep up. Rex Ryan will prove to be detrimental to the Jets, his style will wear thin on his team in time. Bills and Dolphins are just not that good.

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North: Pittsburgh Steelers - This one is tough because it could be either Pittsburgh or Baltimore. I just see the Ravens defense getting older and older. Browns could be a sleeper, and Cincinnati is it's own worst enemy.

South: Tennessee Titans - Yeah, I'm taking the homer pick, but that's not why I think they will. Manning's questionable status, Houston staying healthy is always a problem, and Jacksonville being garbage make the Titans the only viable pick. The O-line is superb and the young D shows promise.

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West: San Diego Chargers - Much like the Patriots, I just don't see anyone else keeping pace with them. If they can get off to a better start than the last few season, this could be a dangerous team. That being said, I still hate Phillip Rivers.

Now the NFC:

East: New York Giants - I know everyone else will probably pick the Eagles here, but why did they go spend a fortune on pass D when their problem is stopping the run? Dallas could also be a factor but I think Tony Romo is done. Redskins are betting the farm on John Beck, so enough said.

North: Green Bay Packers - The champs are just too tough, but I think it'll be a much harder fight than last year. The Bears could either win the division of finish last. Detroit could also be this year's big sleeper. I don't trust Donovan McNabb in Minnesota.

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South: New Orleans Saints - I think the Saints come back better than last year. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Falcons win it either. Bucs D is good but offense has questions. Carolina might as well be on the clock now.

West: St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford has made strides and the offense looks good, it's the defense that will be the question. 49ers could win it if Alex Smith can finally get it together. I'm not buying Kevin Kolb in Arizona, too much hype. Seattle won't win with Tarvaris Jackson, maybe with Charlie Whitehurst.

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We'll see how these pan out. I'll come back to this later in the season for playoff predictions.


  1. Agree with- Steelers, Chargers, Packers, Saints and Rams. Titans pick is a stretch. I don't think Manning will miss time. I don't see how you like the Giants over the Eagles either.

  2. The Giants are the walking wounded. so they are in trouble already. Still think the Colts are the team to beat in the afc south, if Manning doesn't miss much or any time that is.

  3. Can't say I'm surprised, but this is all wrong pretty much. Only one I agree with is Green Bay. The afc divisional winners will be the Jets, Ravens, Texans, and Chiefs. The nfc will be the Cowboys, Packers, Falcons, and Cardinals. Book it.

  4. Pats, Steelers (although I too like the Browns for some strange reason unknown to me), Texans (they finally put it all together this year), Chargers, Eagles, Packers, Falcons, and Rams. And if I'm the Colts, Peyton misses games, and the team starts the season off poorly... I tank the season, 1st pick in the draft - Andrew Luck, Stanford. That guy tutored by Manning = greatness.

  5. I'm not going to give my predictions cause I'm gonna do a full-blown NFL preview in the next week or so, but I will say I find you (Boyett) liking Cleveland somewhat interesting. I'm surprised you didn't take ya boy Romo and Dallas in the NFC East man. Lol