Our prediction team at OnlineSportsBooks has been busy getting ready for the 2010 NFL season. Here is the down low on how the season will go down.
1. San Diego Chargers: Yes, Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson are holding out (probably for the whole year), which could hurt the Chargers offense, for certain. But, they still have more than enough depth and strength to take over the AFC West again. Think about it – the Chargers must be really good in order to make a winner out of Norv Turner. Imagine where this team could go with a real coach behind it.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs are developing into a rising team. The additions of Romeo Crennel (defensive coordinator) and Charlie Weis during the off-season will bring strong talent to the team. Weis and Crennel are very tenacious and will assist Todd Haley to coach the Chiefs into more wins in 2010.
3. Oakland Raiders: Many of us wondered last season how the Raiders would perform with a valid QB on the team. This year Jason Campbell will take the helm as QB with finesse and strength. Watch for the Raiders to hit a near .500 record during 2010.
4. Denver Broncos: Broncos’ head coach Josh McDaniels has been dealt some hard knocks. Booting Jay Cutler before he ever coached a game, and then the dismissals of Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler has not made it look good. The main reason the Broncos are going to finish in last place is because of the loss of Elvis Dumervil and a diminishing defense.
1. New York Jets: The Jets are going to win the AFC East by playing hard defense and running the ball. While the Jets have the talent for an aerial attack with solid receivers like Holmes, Edwards, Cotchery and Keller, they will hit the ground running. Greene and Tomlinson are going to be the catalyst for this offense.
2. New England Patriots: The Patriots have the offensive goods to put more points on the board than any team in the NFL, but their defense could be an issue for them. If you recall last season, the Ravens showed the Pats still need to address the defensive program.
3. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins would have better luck in a different division. They can’t seem to develop enough depth to beat the Jets or the patriots at this time. Look for the Dolphins to win about 8 or 9 games this season with Brandon Marshall adding some juice to the offense. 4. Buffalo Bills – The move to hire head coach Chan Gailey was good, and should increase the Bills’ offensive game. But, the Bills are lacking in team depth when it comes to this division.
4. Buffalo Bills – The move to hire head coach Chan Gailey was good, and should increase the Bills’ offensive game. But, the Bills are lacking in team depth when it comes to this division.
1. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts are going to stay on to in the AFC South. No other team in this division will surpass them this year. Peyton Manning will have Anthony Gonzalez back this season to add to his very dominant offense. The Colts defense will systematically control the opponent’s offense well enough to win games, and that will be often in 2010.
2. Houston Texans: The Texans flat out need to play better in their division if they are going to reach the playoffs ahead of the Colts. They were 1-5 against the Colts, Jags and Titans last year. The Texans are going to improve mainly in part due to the skills of RB Arian Foster.
3. Tennessee Titans: Despite the Titans going for 8-2 last season with Vince Young at QB, the depth of the team appears weak this season. Look for more of a team ranking 8-8 or 7-9. Perhaps, coach Jeff Fisher can rally the team up.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags can’t be run solely on the power of QB David Garrard and head coach Jack Del Rio. However, they could be a surprise team if Maurice Jones-Drew can stay healthy in 2010. Yet the defense also needs to pick up the pace, therefore the Jaguars are in a tough position in this division.
1. Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens’ powerful offense should work well with their tough defense in 2010. Adding Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh will give Joe Flacco the needed aerial game to run a more balanced offense. Also watch for Ray Rice to lead the NFL in rushing this season.
2. Cincinnati Bengals: Many experts have expressed concern as to whether T.O. will be able to share the ball and the spotlight with Ocho Cinco, but with that type of depth, watch for the two dynamos working together. If one of them is double-covered, watch for Carson Palmer to look the other way. The Bengals will score more points this season and win more games with this combo, plus a mighty strong defense
3. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are a fading team. Last season ending losses to the Chiefs, Raiders and Browns shows a need for development. Dennis Dixon will start at QB instead of Ben Roethlisberger, who is suspended for the beginning part of the season. Look for the Steelers to start the year 1-3 or 0-4.
4. Cleveland Browns: The Browns won their last four games during the previous season after a terrible 1-11 start. They should play better in 2010 but a very hard-hitting agenda will likely keep them behind again this year.
1. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are very strong and could go 6-0 within this division this year. If Alex Smith continues to improve so will the 49ers’ record. Watch for his efforts to be that important to the success of the team as a whole.
2. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are without Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin. That’s a lot of offense out the door. Derek Anderson at QB tends to throw too many interceptions. The Cardinals still have enough talent to possibly win this division.
3. Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll has struggled as a NFL head coach. He made some off-season changes to the Seahawk roster, yet they may not be for the better. The only thing keeping them out of last place will be the Rams.
4. St. Louis Rams: The Rams at least now have a reason to get excited. Rookie Sam Bradford will likely be starting this season. Watch for the Rams to finish in last place due to lack of overall talent.
1. Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys are the strongest team in the NFC East. They gathered a good amount of talent in the off-season. This year is crunch time for the team as they look to play in the Super Bowl in their hometown this season.
2. Washington Redskins: If the Skins can keep Donovan McNabb in one piece they will be a threat this year. It was surprising to see the Eagles trade McNabb within the division, and they may wish they hadn’t by the end of the year.
3. Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles will have a good offense with new starter Kevin Kolb. Yet, Kolb’s ball handling skills are questionable. Bearing that in mind, the Eagles are looking at a .500 season in 2010.
4. New York Giants: The Giants need to develop the defensive game. Without a D plan, they will need to score a lot of points to get anywhere in this division.
1. New Orleans Saints: The Saints were outstanding last season. That may not be the case this season, but still look for the Saints to win this division. Watch Drew Brees have another MVP-style performance in 2010 for the Saints.
2. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons need to stay healthy in order to make the playoffs in 2010. Michael Turner and Matt Ryan need to stay off the injured list all season long. The defense also needs development according to last year’s stats.
3. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are another team in development at this point. Yet, look for head coach John Fox to get the most out of his players. If Matt Moore at QB can help balance the offense some, the Panthers could win half of their games in 2010.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are going to have the first pick for the NFL Draft in 2011. The franchise has not taken efforts to better the team this season. Corporate continues to maintain no salary cap, which has allowed them to be very cheap on player payroll and it will cost them in scoring.
1. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers and the crew displayed last season that the Packers are going to be a good bet for an extended amount of time. The offensive line is healthy going into this season, unlike last year, when Aaron Rodgers took a beating early in the year. Watch for the Packers to be highly motivated and superior in 2010.
2. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have another very solid team for this season. We’re wondering if Bret Favre will continue the entire season with a troubled ankle. The Viking’s opener is against a strong Saints team (which incidentally beat up Favre last year.)
3. Chicago Bears: The Bears’ gain of Julius Peppers is going to be major this season. QBs will be looking to assist the secondary this year by getting the ball to them sooner. The offense be stronger with Jay Cutler running Mike Martz’ game plan. Watch for the Bears to accumulate high scores in 2010.
4. Detroit Lions: The Lions are developing this year, but they are still going to finish last in the NFC North. Matt Stafford looked outstanding in the pre-season. If the Lions’ D plays as poorly as last season, they will definitely suffer.
New York Jets over the Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens over the New England Patriots
Minnesota Vikings over the Dallas Cowboys
Atlanta Falcons over the San Francisco 49ers
Baltimore Ravens over the San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis Colts over the New York Jets
Minnesota Vikings over the New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers over the Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens over the Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers over the Minnesota Vikings in Brett Favre’s last game of his NFL career
Green Bay Packers over the Baltimore Ravens