You’ve waited all off-season for this, and now it’s here!
Separate from any bias or outside influence, the following are real, honest predictions for the 2010 NFL season.
Here you will find the winner of each division, specific playoff seeding, who will win the major individual awards, and of course, who will advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6, 2011.
Let’s start with the AFC division champions:
- North: Baltimore Ravens
- South: Indianapolis Colts
- East: Miami Dolphins
- West: San Diego Chargers
NFC division champions:
- North: Green Bay Packers
- South: New Orleans Saints
- East: Dallas Cowboys
- West: San Fransisco 49ers
AFC wildcard teams: the Houston Texans and the New York Jets.
NFC wildcard teams: the Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons.
Now, for playoff seedings and head-to-head results.
In the AFC:
- 1) Indianapolis Colts
- 2) Baltimore Ravens
- 3) Miami Dolphins
- 4) San Diego Chargers
- 5) Houston Texans
- 6) New York Jets
In the NFC:
- 1) Green Bay Packers
- 2) Dallas Cowboys
- 3) New Orleans Saints
- 4) San Fransisco 49ers
- 5) Minnesota Vikings
- 6) Atlanta Falcons
Put that on hold for a few minutes, while you take a look at who will win the NFL’s individual awards in 2010…
Offensive Rookie of the Year: C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Atlanta Falcons
Offensive Player of the Year: Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick Willis, MLB, San Francisco 49ers
The 2010 NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Now, for the good stuff…
- Wildcard Round: Dolphins vs. Jets; Chargers vs. Texans
- Divisional Round: Colts vs. Texans; Ravens vs. Dolphins
- Conference Championship: Ravens vs. Texans
- Wildcard Round: Saints vs. Falcons; 49ers vs. Vikings
- Divisional Round: Packers vs. Vikings; Cowboys vs. Saints
- Conference Championship: Packers vs. Saints
Super Bowl XLV
February 6, 2011
Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers
I know, I know. I didn’t predict a Super Bowl winner. I’m trying my best to be un-biased in this analysis, and I still can’t find a clear-cut edge for either team. Of course, all of these predictions are subject to each team remaining relatively healthy throughout the regular season and the playoffs.
But I won’t leave you without a little nugget.
The Ravens have a better, more versatile run game than do the Packers. The Packers have a better quarterback; one who has handled adversity, on and off of the field, often and well throughout his career.
If the Ravens win, Terrell Suggs will be the MVP of Super Bowl XLV. Sugg’s stat line: 7 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defensed.
If the Packers win, Aaron Rodgers will be the MVP of Super Bowl XLV. Rodger’s stat line: 26/40, 311 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 4 rushes, 18 yards, 1 TD.
Whatever happens in 2010 (& 2011), this season is shaping up to be another classic.
Thanks for reading.