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TackleMeBen
05-06-2008, 08:53 AM
NFC

New Orleans Saints (7-9 last season): OK, while they could have been a bit better at upgrading pass coverage, the Saints' defense just has to be improved with established pro Jonathan Vilma at linebacker and rookie tackle Sedrick Ellis plugging the middle. The efforts of Ellis should enable ends Charles Grant and Will Smith to pressure quarterbacks with enough gusto to prevent excessive danger to the Saints' corners.

With QB Drew Brees still in his prime, the New Orleans offense should be fit as a fiddle. The key here may be the continued emergence of a young running back (but do I mean Reggie Bush or Pierre Thomas?) and the return of Deuce McAllister. The addition of Jeremy Shockey would have been nice, but it's been demonstrated that great success can be achieved without him.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-8): Boy, this certainly is a leap of faith.

I strongly considered going with the Washington Redskins here, but decided that if the Redskins aren't convinced regarding Jason Campbell's current level of performance, then my skepticism should prevail.
So, let's assume Donovan McNabb won't suffer a season-ending back injury while looking over his shoulder at Kevin Kolb and Brian Westbrook manages to avoid space-alien abduction. If the latter occurs, the addition of Lorenzo Booker might ease the doom until Westbrook is returned to our planet. But the big reason for optimism (delivered with a side order of skepticism) is rookie receiver DeSean Jackson, who was the nation's biggest tease while at Cal.

Carolina Panthers (7-9): I just couldn't muster enough faith in an NFC West team, so we're going with another upgrade from the NFC South.

This pick, of course, is making the huge assumption that QB Jake Delhomme will go from bad elbow to beyond competent. I also nearly talked myself off the Panthers while remaining unconvinced that the return of Muhsin Muhammad will make things easier for superstar receiver Steve Smith. But, as a card-carrying Pac-10 guy, I think a lot of rookie runner Jonathan Stewart, who -- teaming up with DeAngelo Williams -- should give John Fox a nice running game to build around.

AFC


Denver Broncos (7-9): While improving in this conference is no hayride, the Broncos are working in a division that could allow them to make a little hay. Most of my faith is lobbed at QB Jay Cutler, whose history of playing for Vanderbilt should prepare him for life with diabetes. Cutler's protection now includes rookie tackle Ryan Clady, while Arizona State draftee Ryan Torain seems like the perfect candidate for mind-blowing success in Mike Shanahan's running game.

Cincinnati Bengals (7-9): Despite the recent efforts of linebacker Ahmad Brooks and Chad Johnson, I believe the Bengals have enough talent to stagger into January.

Yeah, the blame for most of this risky optimism rests on the shoulders of QB Carson Palmer, but I'm also supportive of adding LB Keith Rivers and DT Pat Sims to the Cincinnati defense.
It also should be noted that if Johnson is moved, the Bengals may have drafted one or two kids capable of keeping T.J. Houshmandzadeh from drawing triple coverage.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8107036/Five-teams-that-could-get-over-playoff-hump

fansince'76
05-06-2008, 08:56 AM
Had me until this one:

Cincinnati Bengals (7-9): Despite the recent efforts of linebacker Ahmad Brooks and Chad Johnson, I believe the Bengals have enough talent to stagger into January.

Is he kidding? That team is imploding and will be lucky to win 5 games. Credibility = shot to hell.

TackleMeBen
05-06-2008, 08:59 AM
Had me until this one:



Is he kidding? That team is imploding and will be lucky to win 5 games. Credibility = shot to hell.
you know 76,i thought the same thing.. i was like this dude is saying the bengals.. the same bengals that have a whiney WR crying trade me or i am not going to play.. maybe he sees something in the team we just dont see..:wink02:

fansince'76
05-06-2008, 09:14 AM
you know 76,i thought the same thing.. i was like this dude is saying the bengals.. the same bengals that have a whiney WR crying trade me or i am not going to play.. maybe he sees something in the team we just dont see..:wink02:

Anybody with two functioning eyes and more than two brain cells to rub together can see and deduce that the Bengals have gotten worse over the offseason thus far, not better. On top of that, they have eight games against teams that made the playoffs this past season on their schedule in '08. Mr. Hill is either retarded or delusional.

TackleMeBen
05-06-2008, 09:19 AM
you know 76, maybe we are being unfair to the bengals. i mean they could come out and kick butt...oh wait sorry wrong team i was thinking about..lol:sofunny::sofunny:

Dino 6 Rings
05-06-2008, 09:56 AM
The team that does stand out to me is Denver. If their young QB is worth half his weight in salt, they have the potential to make a run. Especially playing in the weak sauce AFC West. Oakland and KC twice. 4 wins right there for Denver. Here is their schedule:
At Oakland (win)
San Diego (loss if Norv does't destroy the Chargers)
New Orleans (toss up but its in Denver)
At KC (win)
Tampa (toss up)
Jacksonville (loss)
at New England (win, they always beat NE)
Miami (win)
at Cleveland (win)
at Atlanta (win)
Oakland (win)
at Jets (toss up)
KC (win)
at Carolina (loss)
Buffalo (win)
at SD (loss)

I see 9 wins in there very easily. Should they pull a couple toss up games, they are a playoff team. Most likely playing week 1, but if SD falls apart, Denver could win the AFC West, more because 2 of the teams suck in that conference and they play a weak schedule.

The Duke
05-06-2008, 11:04 AM
bengals?? they suck! the brownies have a better chance than those thugs

I believe the Bengals have enough talent to stagger into January.

yeah, Palmer, Housh and........:coffee:

the panthers can be a surprise this year, and I'm talking division winners and 12+ wins. delhomme is the key, if he's healthy all season they'll be in the playoffs. their great receiving corps will just make rookie stewart better

broncos have tons of talent, but recently they seem to have problems actually winning

saints.....is bush still their runningback :rofl:

HometownGal
05-06-2008, 03:28 PM
Cincinnati Bengals (7-9): Despite the recent efforts of linebacker Ahmad Brooks and Chad Johnson, I believe the Bengals have enough talent to stagger into January.

The only talent they have is staggering into the local pokeys.

Can't put silk socks on a hog.

43Hitman
05-06-2008, 04:01 PM
In my best Iverson "Bengals!?, Bengals!?, we're talkin' bout the Bengals"

Seriously though, I thinkg that Carolina has a good shot at getting through a couple of rounds of the playoffs.

HometownGal
05-06-2008, 04:21 PM
Seriously though, I thinkg that Carolina has a good shot at getting through a couple of rounds of the playoffs.

If Delhomme could stay healthy for longer than a half of a season - I would agree. :chuckle:

St33lersguy
05-06-2008, 04:26 PM
Cincinnati Bengals (7-9): Despite the recent efforts of linebacker Ahmad Brooks and Chad Johnson, I believe the Bengals have enough talent to stagger into January.



:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Is he serious?

Preacher
05-06-2008, 05:54 PM
The only talent they have is staggering into the local pokeys.

Can't put silk socks on a hog.

Yeah you can...

but questions will be asked ?!?! :whistle:

BettisFan
05-06-2008, 06:53 PM
um not the broncos or the bungles

ChronoCross
05-07-2008, 12:18 AM
I have to laugh at Bengals getting over any Playoff slump when they have star players wanting off that team and causing trouble in the locker room. Bengals will be lucky if they finish above the ravens for last place. Plus bringing in misfits to help that broken defense ya not going to happen. Not to mention they lost Henry, not to mention that Housh is unhappy also. That team is in disaster mod.

Saints ya sure they could they even added to defense like the bengals did not.

Panthers could but doubt it. Defense lacks depth. QB has no backup at all.

Denver could make the playoffs in that bad conf. But I see them going anywhere.

Galax Steeler
05-07-2008, 04:04 AM
There is no way the bungholes go deep into the playoffs they have to make it first and that ain't going to happen.

CantStop85
05-07-2008, 10:49 AM
Y'all just some haters. :flap:

revefsreleets
05-07-2008, 11:11 AM
I do think that one of the 07 bottom feeders will turn it around and make a run in 08...thats been the recent trend anyway. Hasn't the last place team in the NFC South won the division the next year like a few times in a row or something like that?

However, it ain't gonna be the Bungles. They are just heading in the wrong direction entirely from the top to the bottom of the organization.

Elvis
05-07-2008, 12:47 PM
The team that I think that could suprise alot of folks is the New Orleans Saints or the Carolina Panthers in the NFC and the N.Y. Jets or the Kansas City Chiefs. There is alot of talent on all these teams and with an injury here or there and the Panthers probably would have been a play-off team last year and the Eagles are the same way. The Chiefs are gonna be young but if they can find a decent QB they could be a suprise and the Jets you ask? Just a gut feeling I guess..

RoethlisBURGHer
05-07-2008, 02:01 PM
What about the Browns...you know...a team that just missed the playoffs last year?

TackleMeBen
05-07-2008, 04:48 PM
i am going to say the falcons will make the playoffs this year...lol

Preacher
05-07-2008, 04:58 PM
Surprise team this year...

Bills.

Don't know why...

Galax Steeler
05-07-2008, 05:02 PM
i am going to say the falcons will make the playoffs this year...lol

With alot of hard work and luck the falcons might make it but I have my doughts loosing there best corner ain't going to help either.

Preacher
05-07-2008, 05:07 PM
With alot of hard work and luck the falcons might make it but I have my doughts loosing there best corner ain't going to help either.

I am sorry, but that would be DOUBT

You say, "by what authority do I have to correct you on spelling or grammar?

Well, let me show you!

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I just HAD to find a reason to use this!!

The Duke
05-07-2008, 05:08 PM
Surprise team this year...

Bills.

Don't know why...

because despite tons of injuries last season they were 7-9 and still in the playoff chase the last few weeks

marshawn lynch is great, their o line may be one of the best. if trent edwards performs they can be a wild card team. they are better than the jets imo. and the pats :chuckle:

Rhee Rhee
05-08-2008, 03:22 AM
what about houston or arizona?

Rhee Rhee
05-08-2008, 03:22 AM
I am sorry, but that would be DOUBT

You say, "by what authority do I have to correct you on spelling or grammar?

Well, let me show you!

http://home.comcast.net/%7Estormkatt/Portfolio/Logos/GrammarPolice.gif


I just HAD to find a reason to use this!!

LOL:applaudit::sofunny::laughing::chuckle:LOL

Galax Steeler
05-08-2008, 03:37 AM
I am sorry, but that would be DOUBT

You say, "by what authority do I have to correct you on spelling or grammar?

Well, let me show you!

http://home.comcast.net/%7Estormkatt/Portfolio/Logos/GrammarPolice.gif


I just HAD to find a reason to use this!!

Thanks preacher I need someone to keep me straight.:applaudit:

TackleMeBen
05-08-2008, 06:59 AM
what about houston or arizona?
houston maybe... arizona.. i doubt it. leinhart cant stop partying long enough to learn the playbook.. want to take the over/under on how many games it will be before kurt warner is starting???:flap:

HughC
05-30-2008, 05:21 PM
Surprise team(s) will most likely be out of the NFC. In the AFC there's probably only one wild card spot open after you pencil in the Steelers, Chargers, Colts, Jaguars and Patriots. With Favre gone everybody has hope in the NFC North and the NFC South has three teams with legitimate chances of winning the division. All four teams in the NFC East again have a shot. I'll throw out the Vikings as a surprise team.