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Re-Visiting My Pre-Season Predictions

AFC division winners: 2. New England, 1. Baltimore, 3. Indianapolis, 4. San Diego. Wild Cards: 5. Houston, 6. Cincinnati
All these teams except Cincinnati are in play.

NFC division winners: 2. Dallas, 1. Minnesota, 3. New Orleans, 4. Arizona. Wild Cards: 5. Green Bay, 6. Carolina
Wow, did I mess this up. I think injuries had a small factor with Carolina. If Moore, Smith and the running backs had been together through the first six games, I think they could have started to piece together wins. Injuries weren’t really a factor with Dallas but they have been with Minnesota. Favre going to training camp might have helped them win their first two games.

Offensive Rookie of the Year:  Jahvid Best

If the Rams miss the playoffs, it’s a three-man race between Sam Bradford, Best, and Mike Williams with Bradford currently a nose ahead.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Terrance Cody
Ndamukong Suh  and only Earl Thomas will make it close.

Coach of the Year: John Fox
If they make the playoffs, Raheem Morris. If they don’t, Bill Belichick.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Cam Cameron

I expect Rob Ryan to win this.

Super Bowl XLI: Ravens 33, Vikings 20
I have felt since the beginning of the year that the Steelers are the best team in the NFL, followed by the Ravens. If Joe Flacco can get more consistent, it will help out the defense by letting them play with bigger leads. That said, they are not closing on the ball in the secondary very well, and the blitzing and lack of jamming being called by Mattison is not helping.

#1 Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft if it happens: Buffalo Bills; Jake Locker, QB, Washington
This is still in play but Carolina looks more likely to get the top spot and they drafted two QB’s last year. Of course, every new GM and coach have their own preferences with who they want at quarterback. Many believe if Andrew Luck comes out, he’ll go far ahead of Locker.

Comeback Player of the Year: Terrell Owens
The ASPCA and PETA don’t have votes and it’s arguable, that while he was only a slightly above average QB before, no one has never come back from so much. It may have been self-inflicted but Michael Vick wasn’t just away from the game, he was in federal prison. He has come back and set records as the Eagles’ QB, on a national stage against his mentor. Back-to-back signature wins against the Colts and Redskins have propelled him to the undisputed leader of this bunch. No one can say Seattle’s Mike Williams or Peyton Hillis. You have to come back FROM something bad back TO something good. I do think Vick can’t possibly continue this INT-less streak. If he does, he’ll win a different award.

MVP: Tom Brady
As much as I want to give this award to Philip Rivers, what it would be depend upon is not if the Chargers make the playoffs. It would be depend on what Adrian Peterson does the rest of the way. Adrian’s blocking has been just as bad as last year but if his role continues to expand as a receiver, I could see his numbers go way up these last seven games.


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