The NFC West is definitely a tight division. However, these teams have a better chance at playing for a high draft slot instead of a playoff spot. There is quite a lot of rebuilding out west.
The Saints are going to be on top of the South again. How far will they make it? We’ll have to wait and see.
Green Bay should have an outstanding season. Rodgers has improved every year since he took over, and I expect him to continue to get better, if that’s possible. The Packers are one of the favorites to not only win the North, but also to make it to the Super Bowl.
The teams I pick to win these Division Predictions are the teams I feel have a better chance of making the playoffs, not the teams I personally like. That’s why it hurts me to make this year’s NFC East prediction. This will be the first season in a long time I’m unable to pick Philadelphia as an outright winner, mainly because of the uncertainty of the Kolb era.
This division still belongs to San Diego. The holdouts will hurt them, but not ruin their season. And that’s how the West was won.
I’m really looking forward to see if the Texans can finally jump that hurdle to earn their first playoff appearance. The Colts, I believe, will once again have what it takes to make another deep playoff run. Maybe another game in February?
I wanted to pick the Ravens to win the division, but their weak secondary will be a real problem with non-divisional opponents like the Patriots, the Texans, and the Saints. The Bengals have given Palmer some solid weapons to revamp the offense, and the defense will remain strong. Give Cincinnati their second straight AFC North Championship
In this first of a two-part Pickin’ Splinters series previewing the 2009 Major League Baseball season, Chas will be discussing each of the 16 teams in the National League. Tomorrow, Smitty will be providing some analysis of the American League.