Originally written on CollegeFootballSaturday.com  |  Last updated 10/29/14
A Peyton Manning versus Tony Romo Super Bowl? It could happen. (Photos: Zimbio.com) Every year a handful of teams in the NFL surprise and a handful of teams disappoint. For instance, the 2012 Washington Redskins. Picked by most to finish in the NFC East cellar, the Redskins rode Robert Griffin the III all the way to a division title. Publications usually do a pretty bad job of picking who the surprise teams will be. That’s why they are surprise teams. They also do a really poor job of selecting a disappointment or two. So, don’t laugh when you look at the picks below. Yes, I have Atlanta missing the playoffs. The Falcons are talented enough to win the Super Bowl, but are unlucky enough to have to play both other NFC powers — San Francisco and Green Bay — during the regular season. Plus, the Falcons take on New England. They begin the season at New Orleans, who will be welcoming head coach Sean Peyton back into the mix, and finish with one of the hardest December four game stretches you’ll ever see: at Green Bay, Washington, at San Francisco, Carolina. So, who benefits from the Falcons demise? Carolina. The Panthers play some tough teams too, with New England, Seattle and the New York Giants on the schedule, but all three are at home. If Cam Newton is ever going to win games for Carolina on a regular basis, isn’t this the year he has to prove it? And once again, I’m going with the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East. Dallas has the most talented team in the division and has a schedule that I feel is way more manageable than past seasons. On the AFC side, I think every contender has a lot of questions. The NFC is a lot deeper this year. When it comes to blindly picking a winner from a group full of question marks, always pick Peyton Manning. He’s proven throughout his career that his team is going to be in position for a shot at a Super Bowl championship and with Wes Welker in the fold, I see it happening again. Below are all my season predictions, followed by by playoff picks: X-denotes wildcard team AFC EAST RECORD NFC EAST RECORD New England Patriots 10-6 Dallas Cowboys 11-5 Miami Dolphins 8-8 New York Giants 9-7 New York Jets 5-11 Washington Redskins 8-8 Buffalo Bills 5-11 Philadelphia Eagles 7-9 AFC NORTH RECORD NFC NORTH RECORD Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6 Green Bay Packers 11-5 Baltimore Ravens-X 9-7 Chicago Bears 9-7 Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Detroit Lions 8-8 Cleveland Browns 4-12 Minnesota Vikings 6-10   AFC SOUTH  RECORD   NFC SOUTH  RECORD    Houston Texans  11-5    New Orleans Saints  10-6   Indianapolis Colts-X  10-6    Carolina Panthers-X  9-7   Tennessee Titans  6-10   Atlanta Falcons  8-8   Jacksonville Jaguars  5-11    Tampa Bay Buccaneers  6-10   AFC WEST  RECORD   NFC WEST  RECORD   Denver Broncos  12-4    San Francisco 49ers  11-5   San Diego Chargers  8-8    Seattle Seahawks-X  10-6   Kansas City Chiefs  6-10    St. Louis Rams  5-11   Oakland Raiders  5-11   Arizona Cardinals  5-11 AFC Championship: Broncos over Patriots NFC Championship: Cowboys over Saints Super Bowl: Cowboys over Broncos
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