BACK! After a hellish month of August, I return for September with a furry…or as better said a look at the 2012 NFL Season. I know predictions mean nothing but I like them so I am going to do them. I figure, if I get one out of 10-things right, I can boast about that all off-season neglecting the other inept things I spit out.
10.) 50% of teams that made the playoffs last year, won’t this year. They are…
- Denver Broncos – I think the division will be too competitive
- Cincinnati Bengals – I don’t believe in Andy Dalton
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Injuries and getting old
- New York Giants – It’s how the Giants roll, so up and down
- Detroit Lions – big heads and tough division derail things
- New Orleans Saints – Half bounty sanction, half better division
9.) The 6-teams that didn’t make it last year that will this year…
- Chicago Bears – I am have been drinking the Jay Cutler Kool-Aid for a few years now…
- Philadelphia Eagles – Yup, it’s Mike Vick’s time to shine! Plus I think their defense will be improved
- Tampa Bay Bucs – Yup, my out on a limb SHOCKER!!! Hey, it could happen, right? 3-teams from AFC East…
- San Diego Chargers – in Phillip Rivers I trust (for some reason)
- Buffalo Bills – I LOVE what they did on defense, hard to pass them by
- Oakland Raiders – I think they will ride the coattails of San Diego as being a top heavy division…plus, the AFC is wide open enough where 9-7 WILL be a Wild Card
8.) Andrew Luck will outperform RG3
- It’s the question that everyone is asking…who will fair better??? The NFL is a PASSING league right now and because of that, I give the edge to Luck. I think RG3 will be solid, maybe Andy Dalton esque with some running flare but Luck will have more success. I also like his weapons a lot better…
7.) No QB will toss for over 5,000 yards
- Last year, we saw three signal callers break a 27-year-old record and do something that was only done twice before in league history. I think teams will be doing more to stop the pass this year and therefore some of the eye-popping passing numbers will take a step back. Don’t get me wrong, teams will be built on the pass game but it will subside quickly.
6.) The replacement refs will be gone by October
- I give the refs credit for standing up to the all-mighty NFL. The league walks around like all must bow…the players last year didn’t and the league caved. I think we will see the same thing this year. The league doesn’t realize how much they need the officials. After 1, or god forbid 2-3 weeks, of ******** from the fans…the NFL will have to fold their stance.
5.) Tim Tebow will start more games at QB than Mark Sanchez
- How much pressure will he be under this year? Not only is he playing in New York where they hate everyone, he has not had a “breakout” season yet. On top of that, the Jets traded for Jesus Jr. who everyone loves no matter what! Sanchez doesn’t last and Tebow leads the Jets to their inevitable 8-8 record.
4.) Aaron Rodgers will repeat as NFL MVP
- Yup. Best player in the league on the best roster will get the award that goes to him for the 2nd year-in-a-row. In case you are wondering, Packers 13-3 is my prediction.
3.) The Houston Texans will win the AFC
- It’s been a steady climb to the top for Houston. It took a while, but last year they left their mark on the League. If Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson stay healthy, LOOKOUT! Playing in a crappy division doesn’t hurt either…
2.) The Green Bay Packers will win the NFC
- Let me clarify…I AM NOT A PACKER FAN! If their defense is a little bit better, they will once again be the team to beat. After last year’s late collapse and a tougher division to play in, the Packers will be better prepared to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy.
1.) The Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl
Justin Hull is the host of the “Home Stretch” heard 2p-5p on 95.3 FM, WSCO Radio n Green Bay/Appleton, Wisconsin and Sports Reporter for WHBY Radio in Appleton, WI. He is not a writer by trade so grammar and spelling errors should be expected. Feel free to email justin (email@example.com) with any corrections. Also, follow him on twitter (@jh1570) or facebook.