Welcoming your hatred: NFL season predictions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gets sacked by Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

After the jump, find my season predictions. I look forward to you questioning my intelligence, telling me why your team is so good, and why your least-favorite team really won't make the playoffs. Funny disses are encouraged. Serious ones may get you banned. Really, if this sucks so bad, try to do better in a Fan Post.

This exercise in sadomasochism is an effort to begin the mock draft process, where you can throw even more hatred in my direction. Fun times! Save me, Packers fans.

AFC EAST

New York Jets

The pieces and the maturation are coming together for the Jets. If Mark Sanchez is the franchise quarterback some think him to be, this is the season for him to show it.

New England Patriots
It's a little difficult to pinpoint what New England is going to do on defense this season and who is going to rush the passer consistently. However, it wouldn't be a shock to see them win the division.

Miami Dolphins
De-evolution is real. Reggie Bush is splitting time with a rookie at running back Daniel Thomas and Chad Henne remains the starting quarterback. The defense looks like it will be good, but it's hard to see that offense scoring many points.

Buffalo Bills
This spot is close with Miami. Unfortunately for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the offensive line and wide receivers could lead to a long season. At least the defensive line should be fun to watch.

AFC NORTH

Pittsburgh Steelers
Other than aging parts, it's hard to find many faults with the Steelers. If the offensive and defensive lines can hold up for another season, Pittsburgh should go far in the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco is another young quarterback under the gun this season. By adding Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans in consecutive seasons, it can no longer be said Baltimore no longer has good receivers. But did the team wait too long while the defense aged?

Cleveland Browns
Slowly the Browns have added pieces, but still don't have many elite parts outside of left tackle Joe Thomas. The receivers are questionable and the defense lacks depth and playmaking ability. Colt McCoy could be the key for the Browns, and he's still somewhat unproven.

Cincinnati Bengals
The Andy Dalton/A.J. Green combination may have a bright future, but it could be a year of growing pains. It wouldn't be a surprise at all to see the Bengals win some unexpected games, though, because the roster has a fair amount of talent.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans
Even with the odd experiment of Mario Williams at outside linebacker, the Texans have really rounded out their roster impressively. If the safeties can make some plays, there is little to be worried about in Houston.

Indianapolis Colts
Of course what happens with the Colts is dependent on what happens with Peyton Manning. The Colts didn't do a lot in the offseason, though the addition of tackle Anthony Castonzo has to help the offensive line.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Even if David Garrard was kept or if Luke McCown eventually leads to rookie Blaine Gabbert, this is probably where the Jaguars would land in this division (unless Manning is lost for the season). The wide receivers here are still questionable, but the rest of the team is developing.

Tennessee Titans
Who thinks, at 35, that Matt Hasselbeck can lead a team to more than a handful of wins? Don't forget, he threw 17 interceptions and only 12 touchdowns last season. The front seven of the defense also has questions.

AFC WEST

San Diego Chargers
The offense is clearly in order in San Diego. The question is on the defensive side of the ball, particularly the pass rush and run defense. If Bob Sanders stays healthy (which is unlikely), look out.

Kansas City Chiefs
Was last year's 10-6 season a fluke and can the loss of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis be overcome? The defense is loaded with talent, so that shouldn't be the issue. Really, this team's success is tied directly to the play of quarterback Matt Cassel.

Oakland Raiders
It's hard to get a beat on how good or bad the Raiders can be this season. The defense has a lot of good players and running back Darren McFadden broke through last season. But then again, the quarterback situation is a mess, the receivers are marginal and the secondary is going to give up a lot of big plays.

Denver Broncos
If the quality of the offensive linemen for the Broncos is indicative of how good the team is going to be, it's going to be a long season in Denver. It will also be interesting to monitor Elvis Dumervil as he moves to end in the 4-3. The ancient secondary is also starting to show it's age.



NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles
This isn't an indication of how good the Eagles could be. Rather, it's an indication of how average this division could be in 2011. The Eagles obviously have talent but plenty of questions at linebacker and offensive line.

Dallas Cowboys
As its been said plenty of times, the health of quarterback Tony Romo will determine how good of a year the Cowboys have. Behind a questionable offensive line, Romo could get beat up again this season.

New York Giants
Speaking of injuries, the Giants will have to overcome plenty on defense to have a successful season. Add in Eli Manning's penchant for throwing interceptions and it could be a boom or bust year for the Giants.

Washington Redskins
The Redskins may not finish the season with the worst record in the NFL, but there are plenty of areas where this team needs to improve. Unless head coach Mike Shanahan can work wonders, this offense needs a lot of work.

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers
Unless Aaron Rodgers gets hurt, it's hard to see another team winning this division. The Super Bowl champions are loaded across the board and poised for another deep run in the playoffs.

Detroit Lions

Here is yet again another team where the health of the quarterback is the major issue. If Matt Stafford stays healthy, there's no reason to doubt this team's ability to challenge for a wild card berth. The Lions may have the best defensive line in football.

Minnesota Vikings
This appears to be a team on the downturn. The offensive line needs work, Donovan McNabb is declining, the coaching is somewhat unproven and the interior of the defensive line needs another piece or two. Adrian Peterson can only do so much.

Chicago Bears
At least Matt Forte looks good. The offensive line in Chicago is in shambles, Lance Briggs wants out and Jay Cutler could revert to his old unpredictable self. The worst thing? Roy Williams is expected to be a starting wide receiver.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons
If the cornerbacks can hold up, the sky is the limit for the Falcons this season. The offense has every piece it could need and the front seven of the defense is strong.  

New Orleans Saints
While the Saints are picked second in the division, they should still be one of the best teams in the NFL. A running back like Mark Ingram could be exactly what this offense has needed. The only question is the pass rush.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers may have to hope that either the Falcons or the Saints falter, or they could again be the tough luck team that misses the playoffs. One question the Buccaneers do have is the safety position. Cody Grimm is a great story but limited and Sean Jones is a career underachiever who had a nice season in 2010.

Carolina Panthers
While the Panthers are improving more than most think, there's going to be some growing pains for rookie quarterback Cam Newton. This team is building a good core but still needs a couple more offseasons to add players.

NFC WEST

St. Louis Rams
This isn't just a token placement because the Rams are in arguably the worst division in football. Sam Bradford is expected to make a big step in his second season and he has some weapons at wide receiver this season to do so. if the pass rush improves, the typical 9-7 expectation could go up to 10-6.

Arizona Cardinals
With Kevin Kolb, the Cardinals could be a surprise team in the NFL in 2011. Or, he could be another quarterback who struggles going from mostly backup duty to starter.

San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco is here because Alex Smith is only slightly better than Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle. Minus Patrick Willis, the back seven in San Francisco's defense needs work. The additions of Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers don't add much proven talent and the pass rush needs work.

Seattle Seahawks
You can see what Pete Carroll is doing – adding loads of size and athleticism – but the offense needs work. Everyone is high on Marshawn Lynch, but his first game of more than 100 yards for Seattle came in the playoffs. He followed 131 yards against the Saints with 2 against the Bears.

PLAYOFFS:

AFC:

Wild Card round:


New England Patriots over Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens over Houston Texans

Divisional round:

San Diego Chargers over Baltimore Ravens
New York Jets over New England Patriots

AFC Championship:

San Diego Chargers over New York Jets

NFC:

Wild card round:


Philadelphia Eagles over Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints over St. Louis Rams

Divisional round:

Philadelphia Eagles over Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers over New Orleans Saints

NFC Championship:

Green Bay Packers over Philadelphia Eagles

SUPER BOWL:

Green Bay Packers over San Diego Chargers

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