NFL PREVIEW PART 2-THE NFC

Before I begin, I would like to take this opportunity to tell my fellow Floridians and everyone else in the path of Hurricane Irma to please follow any directions given by local authorities.  Please make sure you have plenty of water and supplies on hand. Good luck to everyone who is  riding out this storm. Please take this storm seriously!  I pray we all stay safe!

When last I left you, we had previewed the American Football Conference, tonight we look at the National Football Conference.

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Will Dak Prescott continue his success after an amazing rookie campaign?

Let’s begin in the east.  Last year there was a changing of the guard in Dallas.  Rookie Dak Prescott took over the reins from future hall of famer Tony Romo.  Prescott, along with rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott shocked the NFL with a 13-3 record.  Will these wonder rookies carry their success into their sophomore year?  Elliott will play in the Cowboys opener on Sunday and then begin a six game suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident.

Meanwhile, the New York Giants have added Brandon Marshall to Odell Beckham, Jr. in Eli Manning’s arsenal of targets.  The Cowboys and Giants should be a touch and go battle beginning with their tilt on Sunday night.

The Northern Division could turnout to be a crap-shoot.  With the exception of the 3-13 Chicago Bears the “Black and Blue Division” was separated by a total of  2 games last year. Will Matthew Stafford’s record contract extension motivate him to lead the Detroit Lions to a division title?  Will Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers repeat as champs?  Can the Minnesota Vikings become the first team to play a Super Bowl at home?  Lots of questions in an interesting division.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

 

In the Southern Division, the big question to this writer surrounds the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons.  Will the second half implosion in last year’s Super Bowl result in a hangover?  Can Matt Ryan and Julio Jones reprise the magical seasons that they both had in 2016?

 

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Can Adrian Peterson revive the New Orleans Saints?

The New Orleans Saints signed future hall of famer Adrian Peterson during the off-season.  Can Peterson and Drew Brees revive the Saints and make them a playoff team again?  Speaking of Super Bowl hangovers, will the Carolina Panthers return to their dominant form from 2015?  Finally, due to Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opener in Miami has been moved to their bye week in November.  Will the Bucs run out of gas playing 16 games without a break?

The Western Division has a top tier and a bottom tier.  Will Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson lead the Seattle Seahawks to another division title?  Will Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals unseed them?  Who will hit a harder bottom, the Los Angeles Rams or the San Francisco 49ers?

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Can Richard Sherman lead the Seattle Seahawks defense to another division title?

 

So now it’s prediction time.

Eastern Division:

  1. NY Giants       12-4
  2. Dallas              12-4
  3. Philadelphia    7-9
  4. Washington    4–12

Northern Division:

  1. Green Bay    10-6
  2. Minnesota     9-7
  3. Detroit           9-7
  4. Chicago        4-12

Southern Division:

  1. Atlanta           11-5
  2. Carolina          9-7
  3. Tampa Bay     8-8
  4. New Orleans  5-11

Western Division:

  1. Seattle              11-5
  2. Arizona            10-6
  3. LA Rams          5-11
  4. San Francisco 2-14

Wild Card winners Dallas and Arizona

NFC Championship  Green Bay over Seattle

Super Bowl  Green Bay over New England

Yes, Aaron Rogers will defeat Brady & Company in Minnesota this February!

 

Program note.  I will be on hiatus this weekend.  Originally it was for a little R&R, but a lady named Irma had other ideas.  I will be surrounded by friends and family as we ride out this hurricane over the weekend.  I am hoping all will be well for me to resume Wednesday Night Baseball after the storm.  I will try to keep you, my readers, posted.

 

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