2011 NFL Official Record Predictions For All 32 Teams On 9/11
I took a stab at assembling a comprehensive 32-part series of game-by-game and record predictions for all 32 NFL teams for the 2011 regular season. Like the 2010 NFL Draft (started series too late) and 2011 NFL Draft (struck by Tuscaloosa tornado), I only finished 18 of the 32 editions. This time around I just flat out underestimated how much of a project it was, how many different things would get in the way and that I would be taking a vacation with my family down to the beach early in the morning on 9/11 and the start of the highly-anticipated 2011 NFL season.
With that said, since I’m going out of town and it would be pointless to continue to post the series after the action kicks into full swing on Sunday, I thought I would just go ahead and put a list together of my record predictions.
Have a safe weekend, enjoy the amazing action that’s going to be put on display and God Bless America!
New England (13-3)
N.Y. Jets (10-6)
San Diego (10-6)
Kansas City (8-8)
N.Y. Giants (8-8)
Green Bay (12-4)
New Orleans (13-3)
Tampa Bay (8-8)
St. Louis (9-7)
San Francisco (5-11)
Same Exact Records As Peter King: NYJ (10-6), CLE (8-8), KC (8-8), OAK (7-9), DEN (5-11), DAL (9-7), DET (10-6), CHI (8-8), TB (8-8), STL (9-7), ARI (7-9), SF (5-11).
NFC Playoff Picture: 1. NO (13-3), 2. GB (12-4), 3. PHI (12-4), 4. STL (9-7), 5. ATL (11-5), 6. DET (10-6)
NFC Championship: Atlanta over Philadelphia
AFC Playoff Picture: 1. NE (13-3), BAL (12-4), 3. HOU (11-5), 4. SD (16-6), 5. PIT (11-5), 6. NYJ (10-6)
AFC Championship: Baltimore over San Diego
Super Bowl: Atlanta over Baltimore, 27-21.
Check out SI.com Expert’s updated season predictions! For the record, Peter King (and Jim Trotter) are two of my inspirations and I like to model my style after both renown writers, but I’m calling out PK! The odds of him stumbling across this article are slim, but Houston will win the AFC South, sir! I’ve heard you plan ahead and get your work done well in advance—something I definitely need to work on and improve. However, he has Indianapolis still winning the division and the SI.com post came out on the day of the season opener between New Orleans and Green Bay. Mark my words, the Texans will win the AFC South in 2011 and Indianapolis will fall below .500. CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco can back up that statement.
Picks For Week 1: Since there’s no time to put together a good look at all of the games, here’s my Week 1 picks right here:
PIT at BAL: Ravens over Steelers in a classic hard-boiled defensive battle. This is Flacco’s first win against Big Ben.
DET at TB: Matt Stafford leads the high-flying Lions to a close, highly-contested victory down in Tampa Bay vs. Josh Freeman.
ATL at CHI: Matty Ice and Hotlanta look to hit on all clyinders in Chi-Town, but the Bears will be ready to give a good fight.
BUF at KC: Jammal Charles and the Chiefs run wild in a comfortable victory at home against Buffalo.
IND at HOU: The Texans put up a good showing on defense—no, seriously—against Collins and the Colts and take names later in a statement game at home.
PHI at STL: Sam Bradford and St. Louis will bring it against Vick and the Eagles, but Philly flies out of the contest with the win.
TEN at JAC: Many errors will be made under center, but Matt Hasselbeck leads the Titans to a needed victory to start the season in Jacksonville.
NYG at WSH: I suspected an inevitable downfall from the Giants even before all of the injuries and the free agency frenzy. I still can’t go against them early in the season—especially against Rex Grossman/John Beck and the Washington Redskins.
CAR at ARI: Carolina did a splendid job keeping key talent in the offseason, but the Cardinals’ quarterback addition will make the difference in this early-season contest in the sweltering desert.
SEA at SF: San Francisco is a significant favorite against Seattle. This division duel will also be filled with mistakes from both teams, but the Niners strike gold with the victory at home.
MIN at SD: The Chargers have a well-documented history of sluggish starts. I don’t expect the trend to end this year, but it gets better hosting the rebuilding Vikings in sunny San Diego.
My Game of The Week—DAL at NYJ: Two extremely high-profile teams and outgoing coaching siblings take to the field to kick off Week 1 Sunday Night Football in the emotional 10-year anniversary of 9/11 in New York City. I’m going to take a guess that there won’t be many dull moments before, during or after this game. Rob Ryan and the Cowboys will make this truly entertaining from beginning to end, but a battered secondary closes the deal for Rex Ryan and the high-powered New York Jets who enter more ready and essentially represent the city that never sleeps on the momentous anniversary.
NE at MIA: I’ll take New England against Miami. The Dolphins have a history of struggling early on in the season and at any point in the year at home. Still suspect a competitive division battle.
OAK at DEN: The Broncos and Raiders sets up to be another classic. They just love each other so much! The fans of the opposing team walk in and immediately greet each other with a pre-game hug, before paying for each other’s food and drinks and then finally inviting each other for a follow-up home cookout regardless of the game’s outcome. That was a boatload of random and completely superfluous sarcasm.
Well that’s about all, folks!
Verse of This Piece: “As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life, but dishonest words crush the spirit.”—Proverbs 15:4
Cheers to a great nation and a great season!
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