Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Cheap Seats Mega Football Preview 2005: AFC All Cardinal Directions Except South

Today begins our pro football preview in earnest.

AFC East
TeamBest Record GuessThe Skinny
N.Y. Jets13-3Surprised? With Pennington coming off a great season and his favorite target Laveranues Coles back in green, (in Herm Edwards voice) the Jets will play to win a lot of games. Hello!
New England12-4There's no way a team with as many key personnel losses as they've had should be a favorite to go to the Super Bowl. The last team to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years in the salary cap era had a huge dropoff the year after winning the third. Not saying they aren't a playoff team, but I'd like them better as a repeat champ if they had Tedy Bruschi and Ty Law
Miami6-10Ronnie Brown will eventually take over and provide a steady running game, but the growing pains will be felt early in Nick Saban's first season.
Buffalo4-12I'm still not convinced that J.P. Losman is a competent NFL quarterback or Tom Donohoe is a competent NFL personnel guy.
AFC North
TeamBest Record GuessThe Skinny
Pittsburgh12-4While this may be percieved as a sophomore slump by Rothlesberger after his stellar rookie year, Pittsburgh's defense is still good enough to keep them on top of the division.
Baltimore11-5And Kyle Boller will be personally responsible for all 5 losses.
Cincinnati8-8This team will once again be on the verge of the playoffs, but on the outside looking in.
Cleveland3-13Nice coach, no NFL-quality players. Crennel needs personnel
AFC West
TeamBest Record GuessThe Skinny
San Diego10-6With Antonio Gates back in the fold and an improved defense, San Diego should repeat.
Oakland9-7Never trust a Norv Turner-coached team, even if that team has Randy Moss on it.
Denver7-9This is the year the payment on Mike Shanahan's conract with the devil comes due.
Kansas City5-11Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you need receivers in the NFL? And FredEx doesn't count as an NFL reciever. Dick Vermeil will thank Freddie Mitchell for getting him fired. Also, don't you have to play defense once in a while?

Tomorrow, we talk Texans.

Until then, here's a random fact about Chuck Norris!
(link courtesy The Holywriter)

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