2011 NFL Predictions: The American Football Conference

Growing up a Kansas City Chiefs fan let me have just a little excitement when Lenny Dawson led them to a Super Bowl victory way back in January 1970 – of course there were the “Marty Years” (1989-1998) in which we won a lot of games, put fans in the seats, but did not get to the Promised Land.  Last year there was some joy – the Chiefs contended and made the playoffs.

I guess the only big question left to be answered is which will come first: another Chiefs Super Bowl victory or my death?  This year the Chiefs reap the benefits of being the 2010 AFC West Champions – three primetime night games – and a much tougher schedule!

The AFC is where my heart is and my team is the Kansas City Chiefs. That will never change!  So this year I start off with my predictions for the American Football Conference.

Here’s hoping your team has a great year and you have something to talk about after Christmas…like the playoffs!  Continue reading

NFL: Final Predictions

NFL Football Fans: I know what you’ve been going through and the long wait is almost over, so rest easy. We’ve suffered since the final gun sounded at the Super Bowl. Then we patiently waited for the draft. We watched the draft to help us prepare for the long dry spell between draft day and the opening of training camps.

We’ve talked to friends about football; we checked our team’s website for any news. We looked up information on the draft picks. We read the paper and searched the internet to see if there had been any trades.

Yes, we’ve all been hurting for some NFL football – I hear you.

We watched some of the NBA playoffs and caught a baseball game or two. Nothing took the place of any NFL game. We are hurting. I know how you feel, my friend.

We are all undefeated and we dream of the playoffs…and the Super Bowl!

Getting Prepared for the NFL Season:

So now it’s time to make sure you have your house in order. Get those chores done now, don’t wait. You don’t want to be working on a project – you want to be sitting in your La-Z-Boy chair, drinking a cold one, eating some ribs or brats, and watching the games. So make sure your favorite chair is in front of the TV (like you are the king), and check that the TV is ready (is it time to get that new one, you know the 46 inch one?). Make sure the surround sound is working.

Check to see if the little things are in order, like ensuring the remote has new batteries and that the lighting is perfect and does not cast a glare on the TV. These should be on your pre-game checklist. You should read TV listings to ensure you know what channels the games are on so you can surf back and forth between games. Maybe it’s time you and the little wife subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket? The school clothes for the kids can wait, huh?

The Predictions: Continue reading

The AFC North

Today I take a look at the AFC North.

If you want toughness, look no further than the AFC North. The AFC North is the home of the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It is a tough division and these teams beat each other up, which hurts them come playoff time.

This year, the only thing for sure is that the Cleveland Browns will finish last in the AFC North, but they may have some competition from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore Ravens:

They should win the division and post a 13-3 record. This may be their year, but it all depends how the secondary comes around from injuries. They added Anquan Boldin to their offense and they should be able to move the ball down the field better. Coupled with an already strong defense, they may go far into the playoffs.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Look for them to make the playoffs at 10-6 as a wild card. The Bengals added Terrell Owens to their team and it will be interesting to see how that works out in Cincy. Some are saying this is the strongest the Bengals have been in years. Staying healthy will be important. If they don’t make the playoffs, look for a coaching change.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

I pull for the Steelers unless they are playing the Chiefs, but this is not their year as they will finish 8-8 or 7-9. With the stupidity of Ben Roethlisberger hurting the team through the first four or six games (he’s suspended), the Steelers may be fighting an uphill battle most of the year. Any of the games the Steelers win without stupid Ben, will help them get to .500 or a little better at the end of the year.

Cleveland Browns:

It’s tough being a Cleveland fan these days. The Browns are almost always last in their division, the Indians are fighting it out with the Royals for last place in AL Central (MLB) and we all know that LeBron left town. Any games the Browns win will help, but there won’t be many to celebrate in Cleveland this season. (5-11)