2010 NFL: Regular Season Predictions

First of all, happy Labor Day! Second, happy opening week of the 2010 NFL season. We finally kick off the regular season on Thursday with the Vikings playing in New Orleans at the Superdome against the defending Super Bowl champs. Here’s my picks for the upcoming season (Madden simulated picks in italics):

Division Winners
NFC West – San Francisco 49ers
— San Francisco 49ers (7-9)
NFC North – Minnesota Vikings
— Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
NFC South – New Orleans Saints
— New Orleans Saints (13-3)
NFC East – Dallas Cowboys
— Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)
AFC West – San Diego Chargers
— Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
AFC North – Baltimore Ravens
— Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
AFC South – Indianapolis Colts
— Indianapolis Colts (9-7)
AFC East – New York Jets
— New England Patriots (10-6)
NFC Wildcards – Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers
— Atlanta Falcons (11-5), Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
AFC Wildcards – Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals
— Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5), NY Jets (9-7)

Conference Champions
AFC – Indianapolis Colts
— Kansas City Chiefs
NFC – Minnesota Vikings
— New Orleans Saints

Super Bowl Winner
Minnesota Vikings
— New Orleans Saints

**Edit** Here’s ESPN’s expert predictions, it’ll be interesting to see how I fare against these schmucks.

2010 NFL Quick Picks: NFC Edition

Welcome back to our pre-season football series, so far we’ve hit on Phil Steele’s Top 25college football teams, I shared some quick fantasy football picks, and last week I compiled all the off-season additions for the AFC and dropped quick thoughts about each team.

This week we’ll cover the NFC, and just like last week I referenced Foxsports.com for all of the free agent signings (accurate as of July 4),Backseatfan.com for all the trades (accurate as of June 19), and fftoolbox.com for the draft picks. I did my best to keep all the meaningful additions up to date as they happened, please forgive me if I missed some for your team. My team ratings after the jump. Continue reading 2010 NFL Quick Picks: NFC Edition

2010 NFL Quick Picks: AFC Edition

So far in our football series leading up to the season, we’ve discussed Phil Steele’s Top 25 college football teams, and I shared some quick fantasy football picks with you last week. This week we’ll cover the AFC, some quick blurbs about each team’s offseason and how I think the season might shake out.

I referenced Foxsports.com for all of the free agent signings (accurate as of July 4), Backseatfan.com for all the trades (accurate as of June 19), and fftoolbox.com for the draft picks. I did my best to keep all the meaningful additions up to date as they happened, please forgive me if I missed some for your team. My team ratings after the jump. Continue reading 2010 NFL Quick Picks: AFC Edition