Originally written on Front Office Blogs  |  Last updated 9/3/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2009: Eli Manning of the New York Giants poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL Photos)
At the risk of making myself look like an idiot, I am going to offer up some predictions for teams I think will be in the playoffs at the end of the 2012 season even before the season begins. I hate pre-season predictions but figured what's the fun in life if you can't make a fool of yourself a few times, so here goes.

From the NFC East: The NY football Giants. I am not on the Eli Manning is an elite quarterback bandwagon but out of the 4 teams in this division, the Giants are the most balanced and will likely see the playoffs yet again.

From the NFC North: A no brainer, the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rogers is just too good for the team not to be in the playoffs. He could probably get them there all by himself but he doesn't have to. They will definitely be a contender again this year.

From the NFC South: The Atlanta Falcons. They have been very close the last few years but seem to find themselves just a step behind the Saints. This year though I think will be their breakout year and they will take the division.

From the NFC West: The San Francisco 49ers in a runaway. In fact, the 49ers, may be the team in the Super Bowl from the NFC when all is said and done. They had a great season last year and I think this year will be even better. This team is for real and are back in a big, big way.

From the AFC East: The New England Patriots all the way. The Jets will suffer from an identity/soap opera crisis of epic proportions that will put them out of any contention. The other teams in this division don't stand a chance. The Patriots will make it look easy.

From the AFC North: This one is a bit tougher. Pittsburgh is a perennial contender but last year I saw signs of decline on offense and defense. Unless they pick it up they will not be able to take this division from the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are aging on defense but are still very good. They unfortunately have an average QB. This could be a close race to the playoffs but I'm going with the Ravens.

From the AFC South: The Houston Texans. Much like the Falcons, the Texans have been inching ever closer to a breakout year and I think this one is going to be the one. They will be in the playoffs and there are even those who are predicting them into the Super Bowl. I'm not going to go that far, but they will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

From the AFC West: IF and I said IF Peyton Manning is back to the real Peyton Manning, then the Broncos are into the playoffs again and not with an 8-8 record. It's just that simple. If he's NOT the real Peyton Manning, then the Chargers stand a chance at this division. Until we see which Peyton has come back to life, a prediction really can't be made in this division.

There you go folks, my very own "you're such an idiot" post for the NFL 2012 season. Agree or disagree? Post your comments below!

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