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Atlanta Dan
08-29-2007, 11:37 AM
Attacahed is the link to Sports Illustrated's NFL preview issue (how newspapers and magazines have a buisness plan that makes any $$ by giving away what they used to sell escapes me, but bless 'em all)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/specials/preview/2007/scouting.report/

Steelers are predicted to go 8-8, but Peter King throws this bone:

Even after Pittsburgh's first coaching change in almost a generation, some things never change. Like the Steelers contending for the playoffs.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/specials/preview/2007/scouting.report/steelers.html

SI predicts Saints over Chargers in SB XLII - glad to see someone jump off the Pats bandwagon

CantStop85
08-29-2007, 01:49 PM
Bengals win the AFC North at 10-6 and beat the Ravens in the wildcard round. :cheers:

fansince'76
08-29-2007, 01:52 PM
Bengals win the AFC North at 10-6 and beat the Ravens in the wildcard round. :cheers:

Please bear in mind this is the same publication that predicted the Dolphins to represent the AFC in SB XLI and predicted a 7-9 finish for the Chargers last year.

CantStop85
08-29-2007, 02:10 PM
Please bear in mind this is the same publication that predicted the Dolphins to represent the AFC in SB XLI and predicted a 7-9 finish for the Chargers last year.

All predictions are crapshoots...I think, for the most part, the AFC North predictions looked pretty good. I think there will be two teams hovering around the 10-6 mark and another team around 8-8. However, it could go anyway as far as which team is in which spot.

The team-by-team previews are not bad either.

fansince'76
08-29-2007, 02:21 PM
All predictions are crapshoots...I think, for the most part, the AFC North predictions looked pretty good. I think there will be two teams hovering around the 10-6 mark and another team around 8-8. However, it could go anyway as far as which team is in which spot.

The team-by-team previews are not bad either.

Yeah, I realize the prognostication game is a crapshoot, but considering that SI is so far off the mark year in and year out, I no longer take it seriously. The only useful purpose SI serves is as bird cage liner, IMHO.

Virginia Steeler
08-29-2007, 02:51 PM
the Saints are this year's "sexy" pick.....

every year since 2001 I have predicted Steelers vs. Eagles in the Super Bowl, as a joke but sort of serious....kind of like when Chris Berman used to always pick 49ers/Bills.

HometownGal
08-29-2007, 02:53 PM
I also picked the Saints to win this year's big game in a thread a few months back and though I heave at the thought of agreeing with SI, I'm standing by that prediction.

I don't see the Bungles at 10-6. The Rats - probably, the Steelers - maybe, but not the Bungles. Their D is one of the worst I've seen thus far in preseason and with Mastah Thug gone for 8 weeks, opposing secondaries are going to be all over Beavis and Butthead like white on rice.

SteelCityMan786
08-29-2007, 02:54 PM
All predictions are crapshoots...I think, for the most part, the AFC North predictions looked pretty good. I think there will be two teams hovering around the 10-6 mark and another team around 8-8. However, it could go anyway as far as which team is in which spot.

The team-by-team previews are not bad either.

The Bengals are most likely going to hang around that 8-8. The Steelers are going to be in that 10 win class.

Atlanta Dan
08-29-2007, 03:18 PM
The Bengals are most likely going to hang around that 8-8. The Steelers are going to be in that 10 win class.

IMO Ravens, Bengals, and Steelers come up with 28 wins between them, with 2 of the teams at 10-6 and 1 at 8-8.

Ravens seem to be the most popular candidate of the 3 to get 10 wins, but I have seen predictions with both the Steelers and Bengals at 10-6.

Of those three teams, the one that could crater below 8-8 is the Bengals. Marvin is feeling heat that Tomlin and Billick will not be drawing and with that defense Carson, Ocho Cinco & friends will constantly be pressured to put up 24-30+ points a game to win.

I am optimistic about this season but Ben, the OL, and CBs make me nervous.

I agree the Saints are the trendy pick in the NFC; at this point I do not know what it would take to cheer New Orleans up (given the dysfunctional federal, state and local govts that have screwed that city) but if the Steelers cannot do it I will be rooting for the Saints fans to get some good news in their lives.

CantStop85
08-29-2007, 03:38 PM
The Ravens have to be the favorite at this point, with no real glaring holes on their team, except maybe a lack of real explosiveness on offense (which McGahee could possibly solve).

The Bengals and Steelers are both teams that have potential to go on runs and win the division as well as make runs in the playoffs. However, both have big question marks that could derail their seasons.

The Bengals have a questionable defense, especially in the secondary...if they can't do a better job containing offenses or at least forcing a lot of turnovers like in 2005, there will be a lot of pressure on the offense to win games.

The Steelers have a lot of questions on offense...was Roethlisberger's season in 2006 a fluke? Can he revert to somewhere near where he was in 05? Will there be any continuity on the offensive line? Will someone on the O-line not named Faneca step up and prove themselves worthy of being a starter?

Atlanta Dan
08-29-2007, 03:54 PM
The Ravens have to be the favorite at this point, with no real glaring holes on their team, except maybe a lack of real explosiveness on offense (which McGahee could possibly solve).

The Bengals and Steelers are both teams that have potential to go on runs and win the division as well as make runs in the playoffs. However, both have big question marks that could derail their seasons.

The Bengals have a questionable defense, especially in the secondary...if they can't do a better job containing offenses or at least forcing a lot of turnovers like in 2005, there will be a lot of pressure on the offense to win games.

The Steelers have a lot of questions on offense...was Roethlisberger's season in 2006 a fluke? Can he revert to somewhere near where he was in 05? Will there be any continuity on the offensive line? Will someone on the O-line not named Faneca step up and prove themselves worthy of being a starter?

Pretty much agree with you (although M. Smith is a solid LT) but I am so blinded by hatred of the Ravens that I keep looking for dark clouds - my hope is age catches up with Ray Ray, Ogden and (especially) McNair, who I thought had the window of opportunity shut on him in the Indy playoff game after a relatively injury free year - he is more likely to go down or have a drop off in performance than Palmer or Ben.

CantStop85
08-29-2007, 04:01 PM
Pretty much agree with you (although M. Smith is a solid LT) but I am so blinded by hatred of the Ravens that I keep looking for dark clouds - my hope is age catches up with Ray Ray, Ogden and (especially) McNair, who I thought had the window of opportunity shut on him in the Indy playoff game after a relatively injury free year - he is more likely to go down or have a drop off in performance than Palmer or Ben.

Yeah, you would think both Palmer and Ben should be improved over last season...and McNair would be the most likely candidate to take a step back. Actually, I think that can be said for their entire teams...I don't see Baltimore being able to perform much better than they did last season, while on the other hand it's no secret that both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati should've finished better than 8-8 last year.

xXTheSteelKingsXx
08-29-2007, 05:45 PM
I can see the Saints going to the Super Bowl but winning? If they were in the AFC they would IMO be a wild card team. Nothing against the Saints its just the AFC seems so much more dominit to me.

The Duke
08-29-2007, 05:52 PM
I don't know, there's something about the saints defense that tells me it is going to crumble down and affect the whole team, their offense will be top 5 definitely, but they seem likely to become the bungles of the NFC

Bengals win the AFC North at 10-6 and beat the Ravens in the wildcard round. :cheers:

I get it, you were making a joke. I giggled :toofunny:

revefsreleets
08-31-2007, 06:16 PM
The Saints are the Colts a few years ago, and the Chargers under Dan Fouts. Until the defense becomes at least better then average, you can't count on just outscoring the opponent to win. They'll win a lot of games, but not the championship.

zoneblitz43
08-31-2007, 11:01 PM
the Saints defense is not good enough to win the Super Bowl. my SB picks are Chargers vs. Panthers with the Chargers taking the Lombardi home (sorry Steelers, 2008 maybe?). the Bungles defense is too poor to make it to the SB let alone get any further than the divisional game.