*This article was written by our good friend Andrew Lazarz
Here we are, about to embark on another exciting season of football. Below are my predictions of who will win their divisions and why:
Cincinnati Bengals – While they aren‚Äôt my favorite team, I‚Äôm really excited to see their new offensive weapons like: T.O., Jermaine Gresham, and Jordan Shipley. I can see them winning their division for the second straight year despite what some of the critics say about the Baltimore Ravens winning it.
Indianapolis Colts – All I only have two words to say about this team: Peyton Manning. Enough said.
New York Jets – No.1 defense last year with some new additions like Antonio Cromartie and Jason Taylor, these guys will dominate the AFC East. Sorry New England fans.
San Diego Chargers – This pick was a tough one because the Chargers lost Cromartie and LT to the Jets, but with Rivers still as QB they have the better offense in this division.
Minnesota Vikings – With Favre back and Adrian Peterson in the backfield, I expect the repeat of last season.
New Orleans Saints – Defending Super Bowl champs, and with Drew Brees as QB, expect them to dominate once again.
Dallas Cowboys – This pick was also a tough one since the Giants and the Redskins look pretty good this year, I predict that Dallas has too many weapons for the rest of division.
San Francisco 49ers – Since Mike Singletary took over as head coach this team has been on the comeback. Arizona’s days are numbered if Matt Leinart didn‚Äôt learn anything from Kurt Warner.
My predictions on the disappointing teams this season:
Cleveland Browns – With Jake Delhomme and Colt McCoy on the team they still won‚Äôt make a difference in this tough division. Also, expect Pittsburgh to struggle without Ben Roethlisberger at QB for the first four to six weeks.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Terrible picks during the draft and lack of fan support, expect them to finish at the bottom of the barrel. I can see this team’s future becoming the Los Angles Jaguars.
Buffalo Bills – Who cares they got C.J. Spiller in the draft, this team is still one-dimensional and they passed on Jimmy Clausen in the second round. Expect them at the bottom of the divisional food chain.
Oakland Raiders – Main reason: Al Davis is still in charge. Who cares they have Jason Campbell at QB, they still suck.
Chicago Bears – I hate to say this about my favorite team, but they have the worst offensive line in the NFL. With a new offensive coordinator at the helm it still won‚Äôt fix this problem. Go figure, when Chicago gets a good QB (Jay Cutler) they can‚Äôt protect him. Only if they had him back during the Super Bowl instead of Rex (I can‚Äôt take a snap properly) Grossman.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I‚Äôm not too impressed with this team and it was also a toss-up with the Carolina Panthers, but the Panthers have a better offense than Tampa.
Philadelphia Eagles – This pick was also a tough decision, but I‚Äôm going with my gut instinct on this one.
St. Louis Rams – Despite receiving the first pick in the draft, this team still has a few years to get better. Huh‚Ä¶ this reminds me of the Detroit Lions.
Well, those are my predictions on who‚Äôs who and who‚Äôs not this year. I hope I‚Äôm wrong, at least when it comes to the Bears, but I‚Äôm sticking to my gut on this. If I offended you with any of these predictions go grab a tissue and let the fun begin. And oh, by the way, the New York Jets are going to win the Super Bowl.