2011 NFL Predictions: The National Football Conference

Last season the NFC’s Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl and put away the “Favre curse” once and for all.  So, the Packers get to start the regular season on Thursday, September 8 (8:30 Eastern) by hosting the New Orleans Saints.  Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 will help “kick off” the season (at 7:30 Eastern).  It’s on NBC.

This just in:  President Obama will give a speech that night, too.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the Miami Heat of the NFL.  There will be much love and much hate for the Eagles this season, but one thing for sure is that Michael Vick is loving his second $100 million contract of this lifetime.  There are questions about him staying healthy, but just about every NFL team will see a drop-off in their offense if their starting QB goes down.

So 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 Conference for the 2011 season. Remember – your team is undefeated right now! 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?

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The NFC North

Today, I take a look at the NFC North!

The NFC North is home to the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings:

The Vikings are probably the most talked about team this off-season due to the Favre watch. With or without Favre, the Vikings will win the NFC North once again. They can win more games and go further into the playoffs with Favre, though. They fell one step short last year, losing to the Saints (in overtime) which was one of the best NFC Championship games of all times.

Adrian Peterson needs to hold on to the ball better this year. The defense, led by Jared Allen, will again tough this year. Look for the Vikes to roll into the playoffs at 13-3.

Green Bay Packers:

Face it Packer fans, the Vikings are where you want to be and you would still like to have the Favre problem because he whipped your team twice last year.

The Pack will need to improve their defense as the taste of giving up 51 points to the Cardinals in the playoffs last year still linger, but not as much as seeing their former QB have his best season ever – for a rival.

The Packers will finish the season at 11-5 and make the playoffs.  The Packers will suffer the “Favre Curse” which means they will never do better than the team that Favre plays for until he retires.  Pay backs are…

Chicago Bears:

Da Bears are still not there yet, but with their first three picks of the 2010 draft being defense, you know where the weakness is. Look for the Bears to finish at .500 this year (8-8).

Detroit Lions:

The last time the Lions finished above .500 was in 2000 (9-7). 2010 will add another year to that record. They did pick up defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for their defense which will help some. Suh missed the first four days of training camp, so he will be playing catch-up throughout training camp. Look for the Lions to come in at 5-11 this year, an improvement from 2009, but not enough to satisfy the Lions fans, who have suffered way too long.