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

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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 South

Today I take a look at the AFC South!

The AFC South is home to the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and the Tennessee Titans.

Indianapolis Colts:

It leaves a bad taste in a team’s mouth to lose the Super Bowl. So what do you do? You come back and post the same record as in 2009 (14-2) win your division again and rest key players for the playoff run. Look for Peyton Manning to be even more serious this year. Face it, the Colts have one challenge left and that is to win another Super Bowl. Anything else is failure. If they stay healthy, look for them to fight with the Jets for supremacy in the AFC this year. Speaking of health, their season will also depend on how quickly center Jeff Saturday comes back after knee surgery.

The Colts are starting to feel a sense of urgency as their leader (Manning) is getting older (34).

Tennessee Titans:

Last season started terribly for the Titans, but they finished strong. How Vince Young does will set the table for the year. If he starts the season making plays and keeps the INTs down, look for the Titans to make the playoffs (10-6). Chris Johnson will have another big year, but the Colts are the winners of this division, again.

Houston Texans:

The Texans finished strong last year winning their last four and posting the first winning record in their team’s history at 9-7. There was a little too much celebrating and they fall back to 7-9 this year. By the way, the Colts continue to dominate the Texans and will take two more wins from the Texans this year. (The Colts are somewhere around 15-1 against the Texans).

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Unlike the Texans, the Jaguars lost their last four games last year and they may not get out of the funk this year. Look for them to finish 5-11.