Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rolling Along in 2010

The long awaited AFC East preview is here! After all the hoopla and attention that the NYJ got this offseason, I am still not sold on them being a Super Bowl contender. In my opinion, as long as TB12 and BB are on the same team they are the team to beat. TB12 has won Super Bowls with players like J.R. Redmond and Jermaine Wiggins, so provided that he is healthy, I think he can lead any team to victory. TB12 appears to be completely returned form his knee injury two years ago, and because of that I like the NEP to win the AFCE this year. Now let's enjoy a BB PBJ and break down the rest of this division. By the way, how badly does Dump wish that he was that dog?

1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The NEP looked really good in week 1 after a lackluster preseason. Classic BB not showing his cards. Randy Moss and Wes Welker both looked solid and Fred Taylor appears to be ready to be the lead back on this offense. Moreover, youngsters Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez could add a new dimension at tight end. The Pats offense will once again have a great season in New England.

The defense is the mystery for the Pats. They looked REALLY shitty in the preseason, but stood tall against a decent Bengals offense in week 1. Brandon Spikes, Patrick Chung, Darius Butler, Jerod Mayo and Ron Brace all have the talent to step up on this defense, and my guess is they will, but with lapses along the way. Look for the Pats to go about 11-5 and win this division.


2. NYJ
The Jets are going for broke this year. They have loaded their offense with talented guys like LT, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio Holmes, but I don't think that their quarterback is ready to win a Super Bowl. Mark Sanchez simply is not good enough to win. He was basically coached how not to lose last year, but with more responsibility and the threat of a sophomore slump in 2010, I don't see him able to put this team over the top. It's all on him, and that is a bad thing.

The defense will most likely win most of the games for the Jets this year. They are easily one of the best squads in the league and can stop the run, shut down a team's best receiver, and create turnovers. Defense can win championships, but they still need help. I see the Jets being good this year at about 10-6, but ultimately falling short of Super Bowl glory because of Todd's boy Mark Sanchez.


3. MIAMI DOLPHINS
The Dolphins are another mystery team this year. Their offense could make strides with the addition of Brandon Marshall and the progression of Chad Henne. However, I don't think they are quite at the talent level of the NEP or the NYJ overall though. University of New Haven alum Tony Sparano will give it his best shot though.

On defense, the Dolphins should have a strong secondary with Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, but lost quite a bit in the pass rush department when Jason Taylor and Joey Porter skipped town. Karlos Dansby did bring his talents to South Beach though, so they get a little back there. All in all, this team is average. That is not enough to cut it with the big dogs in the AFC East. Look for a 7-9 season from the Dolphins.


4. BUFFALO BILLS
Long gone are the days when the Buffalo Bills were a relevant franchise in the NFL. They did the right thing hoping to hit a home run by drafting C.J. Spiller, but Trent Edwards blows and Lee Evans will never be a stud receiver with him at QB.

The Bills defense has some talent has a decent secondary, but they will probably be on the field the whole game so they will get pretty tired. This team is awful, and if they don't turn it around soon they might have to move north of the border in order to keep their franchise financially viable. Buffalo should go about 4-12 and once again be the whipping boy in the AFC East.


That about does her. Wraps her all up. Let's now take a look at how the playoffs might unfold:

AFC
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. NEP
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. NYJ

NFC
1. New Orleans Saints
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. Iggs
6. Skins

ROUND 1:
NYJ over Chargers
Pittsburgh over Indy

Cowboys over Skins
Iggs over 49ers


ROUND 2:
Ravens over NYJ
NEP over Pittsburgh

Saints over Iggs
Pack over Boys (Ice Bowl?)

AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHIP:
Ravens over NEP

Saints over Pack

SUPER BOWL:
Ravens over Saints

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