Thursday, September 05, 2002

After the smashing success of my baseball previews, we have NFL Previews. We'll do the NFC today, and the AFC tomorrow. (And I really will get to the AFC this time, I promise).

One more note: I will predict records for each team, but I am making no effort to ensure they "balance." out to .500 overall. If this bugs you, I'm sure there are plenty of "balanced" NFL Previews out ther.

NFC East
  1. Philadelphia Eagles (12-4): Concerning that they didn't do anything to make the team better in the off-season, despite plenty of cap space, but Andy Reid is a great coach, the defense is solid, and Donovan McNabb can win some games on his own. Deuce Staley must stay healthy and carry the load on the rushing offense.
  2. Washington Redskins (9-7): I think Spurrier will be successful, if only because he'll bring some fun to a team that's been toliling under intense pressure for the past couple years. Could be a surprise
  3. New York Giants (6-10): Team could self-destruct this year.
  4. Dallas Cowboys (4-12): I love Emmitt Smith, but there's not much there.

NFC North
  1. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Not sure about Terry Glenn, but the Pack should win this somewhat weak conference
  2. Chicago Bears (8-8): 16 road game won't help.
  3. Minnesota Vikings (5-11): Randy Moss still seems to be running this team, and that's not good.
  4. Detroit Lions (3-13): On the long road back

NFC South
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(11-5): I like what I'm seeing from this team. Michael Pittman looks good in the backfield, but they may have missed their window with the defense
  2. New Orleans Saints (8-8): Will we see the tough, surprising team of 2001 or the team that had already given up in 2002.
  3. Atlanta Falcons (7-9): Michael Vick should provide some excitement.
  4. Carolina Panthers (2-14): Not much to like here.

NFC West
  1. St. Louis Rams(14-2): They're ticked off after the Super Bowl loss
  2. San Francisco 49ers (13-3): They put it all together this year.
  3. Seattle Seahawks (6-10): Another disappointing season for Holmgren & co.
  4. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Pass

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