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Football Predictions 2007 – NFC

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Update: The blue font shows you just how poorly I predicted, as of Dec. 31, 2007. 

TGINFL!

Just in case you’re wondering who my team is, this picture should help clarify. I’m not sure how my Chiefs are going to be this year – they seem a little shaky to me.

Anyway, thought I might as well list my NFC predictions for the season. I welcome plenty of banter in the comments.

NFC North:

  1. Chicago (10-6): They’re lucky they’re in a weak division, cuz that’s where most of their wins will come from. I’m calling a Detroit win on Sept. 30. Ended 7-9, and in last place. Did I say weak division? For what it’s worth, Detroit did win on Sept. 30.
  2. Detroit: (8-8): Kitna will be alright, and I’m anxious to see how their running game is this year. Ended 7-9. Almost got this one right on the record. However, they nose-dived into the end of the year. Kitna had a big year, but something just wasn’t clicking.
  3. Green Bay (6-10): Tough schedule at the beginning of the year, but maybe they’ll make up for it later. I think it will rely on their defense. Ended 13-3. Hey, weren’t we all surprised?
  4. Minnesota (5-11): Too many questions and new guys. We’ll see what Peterson adds to it. Ended 8-8. Peterson is the real deal. I think Jackson might turn out OK, too. Again, did anyone see this coming?

NFC East: 3 of the 6 NFC playoff teams come from this division.

  1. Dallas (10-6): They got some real injury issues, but I still think they’re the team to beat in the East. Their first 6 games are tough, and if they can come out 3-3, then I think they can roll. Ended 13-3. Clearly, the injuries weren’t an issue, Romo is the real deal, T.O. showed why he’s so special, and the new game plan simply works. Until December, at least. I don’t like how they’re stumbling into the playoffs, but at least they one the division, and the NFC.
  2. Philadelphia (9-7): Philly always figures something out, although I’m never impressed with what they put on the field. It will be interesting to see if McNabb makes it through the season, cuz Feeley can’t do what Garcia did last year. Ended 8-8. McNabb got hurt as predicted, and Feeley didn’t do what Garcia did last year, as predicted. Where will Donovan be next year? Where would the Eagles be without Westbrook?
  3. New York (8-8): To me, they’re the real wild card in the East (or NFC, for that matter). Will Eli finally make his triumphant entry this year? Will Shockey and Buress last a whole season? Will Strahan be worth anything? Ended 10-6. They made the playoffs, but none of the guys mentioned had breakout years. If anything, thank Brandon Jacobs for getting them through. But they ended strong with the Pats.
  4. Washington (6-10): These guys are gonna be terrible. I don’t know if Gibbs has it anymore, and their roster sucks. Ended 9-7. I guess they aren’t terrible. They had an awful year, but Gibbs pulled them through. I’m actually very scared of them if they face the Cowboys in the playoffs.

NFC South:

  1. New Orleans (10-6): Yes, I have an unfair advantage having seen them play Thursday against the Colts. I think the Saints have issues, and I feel like I’m stretching too optimistic to have them at 10-6. I love me some Brees; can he lead the way? Ended 7-9. I was too optimistic, they had too many injuries, and starting 0-4 never helps. Brees is still great, though. Is Bush?
  2. Tampa Bay (9-7): The Bucs need a winning season, and they’ve at least got some play-making experience at QB in Garcia. Cadillac Williams needs to return to his rookie year’s form, as well. Ended 9-7. Hey, I got one right. Surprisingly, that was enough to win the division. Earnest Graham was a nice addition after Williams went down.
  3. Carolina (7-9): I’d love to see Delhomme get injured and Carr just go off now that he might not get sacked every other down. Nothing special here. Ended 7-9. Got another one right. And I partially got my wish with Delhomme getting hurt. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. I can’t believe they managed to win 7 games.
  4. Atlanta (6-10): I think Vick leaving is going to be good for them – he’s the most overrated player in the game. But it’s going to take its toll, and Pitrino is going to have to be patient as they learn his offense. Fun to watch, but not many wins. Ended 4-12. As if losing your star QB isn’t enough, they had to deal with their coach leaving, too. If you’re a Falcons fan, try to just erase this season from your memory, and enjoy the rebuilding process.

NFC West:

  1. St Louis (11-5): Strong team with all the pieces in place. I think they’re the team to beat in the NFC. Ended 3-13. Can injuries really hurt you this much? Out of all my crazy predictions, this one sucks the most. Shouldn’t Bulger + Jackson + good receivers = success?
  2. Arizona (9-7): Arizona starts putting it together this year, and Leinart has a breakout season. Ended 8-8. Who’s Leinart?
  3. Seattle (8-8): Their dominance comes to an end this year. Ended 10-6. Dominance is still rolling, as they quietly dominated to end the season. Can the Skins beat them in the first round?
  4. San Francisco (7-9): San Fran is going to be good this year, but they play in what’s probably going to be the most competitive division in the NFC for the next 3-4 years. Ended 5-11. Wrong on them being good. Alex Smith is a bust, and Gore might be, too.

As as for the playoffs, here are your teams, with my prediction for the Super Bowl representative:

Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, Arizona (wild card), Philly (wild card). I only got one of these teams right. Horrible.

St. Louis in the Super Bowl. Do I really need to address this?

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Norv comes out on top

So after all the hoopla of Norv Turner possibly making his way to Valley Ranch to coach the Cowboys, he’s landed the job in San Diego.

The team that most of us thought would be in the Super Bowl last year.

The team with the best offensive weapon the league has seen in a while. (Tomlinson)

The team that probably has the most promising young quarterback. (Rivers)

The team with the best and most prolific tight end in the game (Gates – no offense to Tony G.).

The team with probably the best offensive line in the game.

And a team with one of the best defenses in the league, assuming they’ll survive without Wade Phillips.

It’s a great deal for Norv. He’s a modern-day offensive genius who now has all the tools he needs to do his thing. Maybe pick up a great  receiver just to provide some icing on the cake. But he’s set. And as appetizing as I’m sure Dallas was with its offensive tools (Romo, Jones, Owens, Whitten), it also has some big areas of concern (Romo, Jones, Owens and the O-Line).

So, congrats to Turner. I think he came out on top, and it’s going to be even more fun to watch him run what’s already one of the best offenses in the league.

What will become of Julius?

And Marion, for that matter?

With all the excitement and speculation about Wade Phillips being the new head coach in Dallas, Jason Garrett taking over as offensive coordinator, the Cowboys sticking to the 3-4, and Romo having a chance to develop, I’m actually most interested in what’s going to happen for the running backs.

jones_julius_150.jpgYou’ve got Julius Jones, who rushed for over 1,000 yards this last year, didn’t score much, and was a pretty by-the-book runner. Some even argue that Parcells trained him more in the ways of “just run the play – don’t lose yards” rather than “improvise when needed and chance finding the big hole.” What’s going to happen to Julius under a new offense? I don’t know if we’ve seen everything he’s capable of; maybe we have. And, why doesn’t he return kicks? He’s Notre Dame’s all-time leading punt-returner.

And what about Marion Barber? Big Bill loved him in the red zone, and he had some really good looks during the season. Definitely knows how to smash it up the middle. But could he carry a full load? How many of those TDs could Julius have scored if he had been given the chance in the red zone?

It will be interesting to see what Garrett makes of all this, if he sticks to the two-back system as much as Parcells did.

The Official Blog Post of the Big Game

According to this article in the Washington Post, Leventhal, Senter & Lerman, a Washington law firm says “You can make fun of the fact that you cannot say the phrase ‘Super Bowl.'” OK, here we go . . . .

It’s ridiculous how crazy regulation of saying “Super Bowl” has gotten. I understand protecting sponsorships, and trademarks, and all that crap. But keeping a business from promoting a “Super Bowl Party,” or an incentive to win a trip to the “Super Bowl,” – that doesn’t make sense.

I’ve always thought it’s a good thing if people talk about your product. So why don’ t you let them?

You might be thinking, “The Super Bowl doesn’t need anyone to spread the word – it’s already as popular as it can be.” Maybe, but I daresay that the game itself, the ads and the halftime show are more often a huge whipping to suffer through rather than an edge-of-your-chair nail-biter into the final seconds of the game, even for sports enthusiasts. Most of us enjoy Super Sunday because of the parties we go to, better known as “Super Bowl Parties.” So if that’s what gets most of us to watch, especially those who never watch another game the entire year, shouldn’t you welcome people to have a gathering with you as the focal point?

In addition, when you charge $2.5 million for a 30-second ad spot in a culture where commercials are becoming less and less effective, you would think your advertisers would like the idea that you allow the word to spread. Obviously,  you protect what needs to be protected for your “official sponsor,” but lighten up on the rest of it.

Part of me wonders if the NFL is just trying to make a quick, cheap buck on cracking down. That business sense sucks, and makes me want to hate the NFL (and don’t get me started on the NFL Network).

Overall, though, I hate it when people are sticklers over stuff that doesn’t matter. I guarantee you,  if you want to throw a party where everyone sits around and reads my blog, you have every ounce of permission I can give you. Who wouldn’t? (obviously, the NFL).

So, to conclude my lengthy rant, let me just say enjoy tonight’s big game, may the best team win the professional championship game that is played once a year on a Sunday, have a super time watching that super playoff, and enjoy all your super parties.

P.S. Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl.

Thomas Jones fueling up for the Super Bowl

For all the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys fans, here’s a good link about Thomas Jones and Julius Jones and what protein shakes and supplements they use to get fueled up for the season. Strong and Steady. Pretty amazing that two brothers rush for over 1,000 yards each in the same season . . . .I’m not a Bears fan at all, but their defense is impressive, and what Thomas did 2 Sundays ago on just 19 carries is crazy. Good luck in the Super Bowl.

Any Super Bowl predictions out there? I’ve got Colts 24, Bears 17.

Cart before the horse?

The old Jerry Jones is back, it appears.

I was going to rant about how ridiculous it is to hire an offensive coordinator before a head coach, how it basically castrates your incoming head coach from the get-go, and how it signals that Jerry his Dallas Cowboys over again. But, I’m definitely not alone in my thoughts as I listen to talk radio today, and I know I couldn’t say it any better than Jean-Jacques Taylor said it in today’s column Coach search turns up flawed thinking. So I won’t.

However, I will go on the record as saying this really ups Norv Turner’s chances of being the head coach. He’s likely to be the least irritated by the move, since he and Garrett have worked together before. (Although Wade Phillips did say “It’s cool” when asked about it).

Expired Tuna

So, the Tuna is leaving Dallas. Bye bye Bill Parcells. No big deal. He was a round (very round) peg in a square hole. An old-timer trying to make sense of a new era of football. I think it’s probably a good thing, but it wouldn’t have been horrible if he had stayed, either.

Here are the questions I have:

  • Will they stay in the 3-4? I think yes. Let’s just hope they blitz for a change.
  • Do they need an offensive- or defensive-minded coach? I would lean offensive, but then again, won’t Romo’s development and success come more from the offensive coordinator than the head coach?
  • What are the chances Big Bill is back in the NFL or college coaching within 2 years? I say 70% we’ll see him again.
  • Who’s the next guy gonna be? With Oakland hiring their diaper dandy, and Pittsburgh, Arizona and others hiring virtual no-names (or at least new names), I wouldn’t be surprised if Brian Schottenheimer got a call. He’s young, got some pedigree and performed a miracle with a Jets offense that was worse than horrible on paper. Either him or Dick Vermeil – we need some more emotion in this town.
  • What are the chances Bill never tips the scale at less than 300 during retirment? I’d say an almost guarantee.

By the way, here’s one of the most resourceful Cowboys sites on the web, Dallas Cowboys News.