NFL 2014: My Predictions

Are you ready for some football? The NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers. One of these teams will play in the Super Bowl – read on to find out which team I pick.

Unfortunately, the Thursday game will be televised on KBGF (NBC in Great Falls) which is an analog low power television station. The only time I watch the local NBC station is when football is on because the picture is terrible.

If you follow me on Twitter or read this blog very much, you know that I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Last year we (Chiefs) made the playoffs – and we blew a 28 point lead in the second half against the Colts. So, that makes me wonder if it’s better to not make the playoffs instead of getting in and losing like that. Discuss amongst yourselves. I am still hurting.

There is a ray of sunshine. The Great Falls (MT) Tribune Sports Editor, Scott Mansch, picked the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers to play in the Super Bowl – I hope he was not referring to Super Bowl I.

I have always been pretty bad at predicting who will win each division in the NFL. The last time I picked the division winners was for the 2011 season. There are eight divisions in the NFL. For the 2011 season I picked the winners in just three divisions.

So here goes – I’ve read the stories, checked the schedules, read what the teams and the fans are saying and here are my predictions for the National Football League’s 2014 season:

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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

Six Days…

The last two weekends have given us plenty of NFL Football. Eight games over two weekends. Now, we are winding down and there are only two games next weekend.

Sunday. It seems to so far away. That’s when the next football games will be played. It’s the Packers at the Bears and the Jets at the Steelers.

But that is six days away. There will be a lot of “talk” before Sunday. My bet is most of it will come from the Jets. They just beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady is successive weeks so the Jets have that right.

The Jets beat the Steelers 22-17 on December 19 in Pittsburgh. The Bears and the Packers split their NFC North meetings both winning at home. They played each other on January 2 in Green Bay, with the Packers winning 10-3. That Packer victory clinched a playoff spot for them.

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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?

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