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Old 06-29-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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I have been checking out this years stack of football mags...just to see what they are predicting....My usual favorite (Pro Football Weekly...whom I will refer to as Pro Football Weakly until they stop the Patriots love-fest ) has become somewhat slanted and the information in it lacked the "meat" of previous years. They have our Steelers at 10-6 but losing the North to the Browns....They do have a pretty good article on teams "Spreading It Out"...with the Steelers mentioned prominantly.
Lindy's is pretty good but its predictions are pretty suspect...and rely more on last years records then on any stat analysist or draft strength.
I have scanned several more not not enough to give any insight on articles...but the most common prediction seems to be...... the Chargers win this years Superbowl over the Cowboys...I have seen the Patriots and Cowboys also mentioned as winners next year.

The Steelers are predicted to go to the playoffs in almost every magazine but I have see nothing that shows us winning a playoff game....Good....so much more enjoyable when it happens!!

If anyone has bought any of the others...I would love to hear what they predict and how good the magazines are.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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They have our Steelers at 10-6 but losing the North to the Browns.....
How do we go 10-6 and lose the division to an 8-8 team?
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That magazine also has Cleveland going 10-6. I think that is too high from a team that their QB played way over his head last year. This year will be a different story.
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we shall see how cleveland does.
but im sure most teams will just pick apart at their secondary
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That magazine also has Cleveland going 10-6. I think that is too high from a team that their QB played way over his head last year. This year will be a different story.
I agree..as I stated in another post.....

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They also were hampered by the fact that they were 3rd in total penalties and 5th in penalty yards.

As much as Derek Anderson is (over) hyped..he ranked a VERY poor #28 in pass completion percentage at 56.5%...his pass rating was #17 ... and there were only three other QB's who threw for more interceptions.

Last year was as much of a fluke for the Browns, as the Bengal season was in 2005-2006. A bad defense...below average QB...and poor discipline/penalties are not the hallmark of a team that is on the rise
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according to this years sporting news preseason guide the steelers will face the jags again in the first round and lose .(and the championship game is a repeat of last year.) no real bold predictions for this season playoffs from them except the bungels will get the second wild card spot. i really doubt the cowboys and charges will go to the superbowl.
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no real bold predictions for this season playoffs from them except the bungels will get the second wild card spot. .


that's pretty bold right there
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The Browns ranked #30 in total defense...#24 in pass defense...#27 in rush defense
They also were hampered by the fact that they were 3rd in total penalties and 5th in penalty yards.

As much as Derek Anderson is (over) hyped..he ranked a VERY poor #28 in pass completion percentage at 56.5%...his pass rating was #17 ... and there were only three other QB's who threw for more interceptions.

Last year was as much of a fluke for the Browns, as the Bengal season was in 2005-2006. A bad defense...below average QB...and poor discipline/penalties are not the hallmark of a team that is on the rise
Quite Easy to suck on defense with a crappy d-line. Williams and Rogers are an upgrade to those positions. Hate on Rogers as much as you like, but he's miles better than anyone we had on last years line.

It all starts up front folks.

DA is overrated and ANY Browns fan can tell you that a lot of his success is due to have some very very good weapons on O (KWII, Braylon, Jurevicious.), a decent back in Jamal Lewis, Josh Cribbs setting him up for good field position, and having probably one of the best lines in football. Add all of those things up and its pretty hard to fail. And if he does, we have a certain hometown golden boy who's been waiting to take the reigns.

As far as the penalties and discipline, Yeah, we're young, What did you expect? . I can tell you that from my point of view, unlike the bungles management, Phil looks very hard at player character and other qualities of that nature. I don't really detect any Neon Deion/Chad Johnson locker room type cancers on this team. One might argue KWII but there really hasn't been that much of a rift, as even though he wanted a new contract, he still came to camp. Braylon at one point got pointed out as "fighting" with frye on the sideline, but from what I saw, he seemed pretty pissed that the line wasn't blocking for him, "This jersey should be clean".

Areas where I'm concerned?

Depth at Secondary, and Maybe at Runningback. But from what I see, we might have a chance to improve those before preseason starts.

Now what about Pittsburgh? The offensive line has hardly improved from last year, and the defensive line is fairly weak from what I've seen in regards to depth. That and your current players seem to be getting up there in age.

on paper, There seems to be more holes on your side, but we shall see. Remember Football is played on the field, not in Lindy's
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I am sure they will be good games better then what the rest of the of the north will be.
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Again (from LLT's PFW article), this is the secondary that will lead the Browns into the playofs?

"As it stands now, Jereme Perry has the edge to be the Browns’ fourth cornerback behind Terry Cousin, Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright. But speculation persists that Cleveland will be looking hard at the waiver wire come August."

No. No it's not. That's only one legit CB and they will be lit up early and often in nickel and dime packages.
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