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My NFC Final Regular Season Standings & First Round of Playoffs

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    NFC EAST                                 NFC NORTH                       NFC SOUTH               

1. Eagles 12-4                               1. Vikings 11-5                        1. Falcons 10-6

2. Giants 10-6                              2. Packers 9-7                         2. Panthers 8-8

3. Cowboys 8-8                           3. Bears 8-8                              3. Saints 7-9

4. Redskins 7-9                           4. Lions 5-12                            4. Buccaneers 5-11

     NFC WEST                                                                     FINAL NFC STANDINGS

1. Cardinals 10-6                  *=first round bye                         1. Eagles 12-4*        

2. Seahawks 8-8                                                                                 2. Vikings 11-5*

3. 49ers 6-10                                                                                      3. Falcons 10-6

4. Rams 3-13                                                                                      4. Cardinals 10-6

                                                                                                                 5. Giants 10-6

                                                                                                                 6. Packers 9-7

FIRST ROUND NFC PLAYOFFS

#3 Atlanta Falcons vs. #6 Green Bay Packers

Atlanta vs. Green BayThis should be another great game in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta, relying on one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL, will play Green Bay, who has one of the best defensive teams in the NFL. This game could be an epic battle, and the way these two teams are built, this could become a rivalry for years to come. The key factor in this game will be TE Tony Gonzalez, and will provide a nice target in the end zone for QB Matt Ryan.

Prediction: 28-21, Falcons

#4 Arizona Cardinals vs. #5 New York Giants

This is possibly the least exciting game of my projected first round, andGiants vs. Cardinals looks pretty easy to figure out as well. The Giants will be relying on the running game all year long to carry them, and RB Brandon Jacobs will be tired and beat up. QB Eli Manning just doesn’t have the receivers to make big plays in the passing game, and the Cardinals defense isn’t too weak. Arizona, of course, has an explosive offense and will ride that to victory.

Prediction: 35-7, Cardinals

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NFL Season Preview: #4 Philadelphia Eagles

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Overview: The Eagles had a crazy ’08 season, that included a 9-6 record, and a tie. That tie, that everyone was criticizing Philadelphia for at the time, is what got the Eagles into the playoffs. Philadelphia took care of the Vikings and Giants respectively, before falling to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship game.

Offseason Moves: The Eagles made a variety of moves during the off season. They let go longtime fan favorite S Brian Dawkins, and Ts Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan. To replace these players, the Eagles signed T Stacy Andrews and S Sean Jones, and traded for former Buffalo T Jason Peters. Philadelphia also added more weapons via the draft, taking Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin in the first round and Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy in the second. The team also added FB Leonard Weaver, DE Jason Babin, and CB Ellis Hobbs. The Eagles also signed QB Donovan McNabb to a contract extension, although this wasn’t the biggest quarter back move of the off season. Two weeks into the preseason, Philadelphia signed QB Michael Vick to give them more big play ability, and athleticism in the offense. The Eagles moves may not even be done, because there are many rumors that the team could bring back T Jon Runyan.

Upcoming Season: When the dust settled after a busy off season, the Eagles look to have the best offense in the NFL. QB Donovan McNabb now has plenty of weapons in WRs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Kevin Curtis. The running game now has two strong running backs in Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. Of course, nobody knows just how QB Michael Vick will be used in the offense, but it just gives the team one more weapon. The offensive line is also solid, providing an opportunity for big plays. On defense, Philadelphia experienced a tragic loss when defensive coordinator Jim Johnson passed away a couple of months ago. New coordinator, Sean McDermott, learned under Johnson so the change isn’t expected to be to big. McDermott has a solid defensive line, that is led by DE Trent Cole. The linebackers may prove to be the weak spot for the Eagles, where LB Stewart Bradley went down with an ACL injury early in the preseason. The secondary is solid, but has a big hole that S Brian Dawkins left. Look for S Quintin Mikell to do his best to fill it.

DeSean JacksonPlayer to watch: The farthest this core of Eagles players has gone is to the Super Bowl. That year, they had a legitimate No. 1 receiver in Terrell Owens. Now, all reports out of Eagles’ camp is that WR DeSean Jackson is looking even better than he did last season, providing QB Donovan McNabb with a big target and deep threat. Look for Jackson to step up and be the No. 1 guy for the Birds this season.

Prediction: 12-4, 1st in NFC East

It’s obvious to me that the Eagles are the class of this division, if not the NFC. With such a high powered offensive, Philadelphia could put up record numbers. Not to mention a defense that will be playing inspired football all season long.

NFL Season Preview: #17 Green Bay Packers

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Overview: The Packers kissed Brett Favre goodbye last season, and did the same to a winning record. Green Bay struggled in QB Aaron Rodgers’ first year starting, going 6-10. The defense struggled mightily, both with injuries and consistency.

Offseason Moves: The Packers stayed relatively quiet during the off season. They drafted Boston College DT B.J. Raji and USC LB Clay Matthews in the first round of the draft, to help the defense. The biggest change is the system in which the Packers will run, switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. This move is making DE Aaron Kampman, who once led the league in sacks, become the LOLB.

Upcoming Season: Green Bay has the offense in place with RB Ryan Grant and WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, and just has to stay consistent. Hopefully Aaron Rodgers progresses like they hope, and Green Bay could be a top offense in the league. On the other side of the ball, the Packers look stronger on defense, but a switch of systems always takes adjusting to. Look for the defense to start off slow, but pick it up later in the season.

Nick BarnettPlayer to watch: If the defense wants to succeed, it needs its leader and MLB Nick Barnett healthy. Barnett missed the last seven games of the regular season due to injury, and the Packers lost six of those seven. With a change in defense, it becomes even more important that Barnett is playing, and leading Green Bay’s defensive unit.

Prediction: 9-7, 2nd in NFC North

Honestly, if the Vikings didn’t pick up Brett Favre, I could see the Packers winning the division. With Favre though, I know the Vikings will take both games from the Packers. Of course, the for mentioned change of defense will slow Green Bay down a bit.

NFL Season Preview: #18 Seattle Seahawks

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Overview: The Seahawks leading rusher last season had only 698 yards. Seattle’s leading receiver had only 627 yards. Starting QB Matt Hasselbeck was injured and missed 9 games. The defense was inconsistent, and also rattled by injuries. All of this led to a dismal 4-12 record in former coach Mike Holmgren’s last season.

Offseason Moves: First of all, the Seahawks named Jim Mora successor to Mike Holmgren. This led to a busy off season, which started off with Seattle drafting Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry with the fourth overall pick. The Seahawks then swooped into free agency and signed Pro Bowl wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Also being added to the offense were FB Justin Griffth, G Grey Ruegamer, and backup QB Jeff Rowe. On the defensive side of the ball, the Seahawks brought in DTs Colin Cole and Cory Redding and CB Ken Lucas. Seattle lost WR Bobby Engram to free agency, while they traded away LB Julian Peterson.

Upcoming Season: If Matt Hasselbeck and WR Deion Branch are healthy, the Seahawkscould have one of the best passing attacks in football. With a formidable pair of WRs in Houshmandzadeh and Branch, and up comer TE John Carlson, Seattle could be looking at a solid passing game. If RB Julius Jones can find some consistency, the offense would be complete. On defense, the Seahawks look rejuvenated, with a strong secondary and linebacking core. Seattle could use a little more depth on the defensive line, but it is a solid group.

Deion BranchPlayer to watch: A lot depends on the health of QB Matt Hasselbeck, but if he wants to have more than one target, WR Deion Branch needs to be healthy and productive. Slowed by injuries the past three seasons, Branch was limited to only 30 catches for 412 yards. If Branch can return to the form he was in during his last season in New England, look for the ball to be aired out all over the field this season.

Prediction: 8-8, 2nd in NFC West

The Seahawks are a better team this year, but are still missing some pieces to the puzzle that would make them a championship contender. Although, look for the Hawks to be in playoff contention in January.

Favre: I called this back in my first post ever in this blog. One of my many predictions that have been and will be proven right in the future. Look for the upcoming season preview of the Vikings, in which I will elaborate on how great this move will be for Minnesota.

Strasburg: Wrote about him in my second entry, all the way back in June. Congratulations to both Strasburg and the Nationals, and let us hope that they can turn it around. If only they could find some hitters now.

Favre to come back again?

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Just yesterday, ESPN reported that Brett Favre had arthroscopic surgery to repair his torn biceps tendon. This comes weeks after the Vikings had wanted Favre to “unretire”, but only if fully healthy. The fact that Favre had this surgery has to tell you that he wants to come back, because Favre is well known for disliking having to go under the knife.

With the world prepared for yet another Favre return, people begin to look ahead at the Vikings season. With inconsistency previously at the quarterback position with Tavaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte, Minnesota went out and traded for veteran QB Sage Rosenfels this offseason. Although Rosenfels is relatively unproven as a starting QB, he seemed like the best choice for the Vikings. Now with Favre on the horizon, Rosenfels is bumped to the backup role, while Jackson gets to ride the pine at third string. Although , learning from Favre could be beneficial to Jackson if he plans on being a starting quarterback in the NFL someday.

With Favre, the Vikings look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. With already one of the best running games in the league, and decent receivers in Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade, Minnesota needs consistency from the passing game. Favre seems like the QB that could provide said consistency, and take the potential-packed Vikings deep into the playoffs in ’09.

And plus, doesnt he just look good in that purple and gold?

Favre in Minnesota.

Written by Cale

June 8, 2009 at 3:40 PM

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