Will Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Alex Smith, or Matt Ryan hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season?
As with my AFC edition, these NFC prediction are highly fluid. I have taken into account, as you will probably notice, some of the off-season issues that has plagued some of the NFC teams. Please feel free to comment, or for you Twitter-ers, shoot me a Tweet.
As I looked over the schedules for the NFC East teams, I was surprised that I saw a massively disappointing season for the defending Super Bowl champions. I like Eli. He’s a much better quarterback than he gets credit for. But I think with the defensive additions that Dallas has made, they will be the team to beat in the division this year – and Andy Reid will be looking for a new job next year.
- Dallas Cowboys – 11-5
- Philadelphia Eagles – 9-7
- New York Giants – 8-8
- Washington Redskins – 5-11
The 49ers were this close to going to the Super Bowl last year. Alex smith may or may not be the guy to take them all the way, but you have to think this team is set up for some big things in 2012. The off-season additions of Randy Moss will be bigger than I feel most people are saying, and Mario Manningham will be less so. One has to wonder where LaMichael James will fit into this offense, but Jim Harbaugh should find a way (probably in the return game) to get him on the field.
- San Francisco 49ers – 14-2
- Arizona Cardinals – 6-10
- Seattle Seahawks – 5-11
- St. Louis Rams – 3-13
Oh if it only weren’t for the Green Bay packers, the Detroit Lions could probably have the best season they’ve ever had post-merger. But, the Packers are there, and though I have them with a “worse” record than they had last year, they are probably just as good as last year. Look for Ro(d)gers to keep putting up sick numbers.
- Green Bay Packers – 13-3
- Detroit Lions – 11-5
- Chicago Bears – 9-7
- Minnesota Vikings – 6-10
Matt Ryan has yet to win a playoff game. I have a strong feeling that streak ends this year, and ends in a big way. The Saints have added some good players in the offseason, but I think the “Bounty scandal” (I refuse to call it Bounty-gate, the media are so unoriginal anymore) will be a massive distraction to overcome. And that’s only IF Drew Brees gets back on the field.
- Atlanta Falcons – 11-5
- New Orleans Saints – 9-7
- Carolina Panthers – 5-11
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4-12
1st Round Byes: San Francisco, Green Bay
NFC Championship: San Francisco vs. Atlanta
NFC Champion: San Francisco, 17-14
NFC MVP Candidates: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Calvin Johnson (yes, over Matt Stafford)
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