NFL: Predictions for the 2011-2012 Season

Who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season
Who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season

It's safe to say everyone is excited that football is back, without it the coming months could have been incredibly boring for sports fans. With football officially starting off with some preseason games being played yesterday, it's time for some predictions. This article will go over who I believe will be hoisting the Lombardi trophy when it is all said and done. As well as revealing my champions for this season, I will also predict who will win the Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year awards.


Michael Vick
Michael Vick

Champions

Philadelphia Eagles - Everyone knows what kind of dynamic offense they have with guys like Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson. Now add a top notch defense to that team that played the Super Bowl winning Packers pretty close. It could very well come down to the Eagles and the Packers in the NFC Championship, and whoever wins that game will probably win the Super Bowl. Don't get me wrong, the AFC teams are good, but don't have enough to match the high powered offenses and aggressive defenses that the Packers and Eagles have. The Eagles biggest problems last year was the defense, espescially the lack of a pass rush and the other corner back position opposite Asante Samuel. The Eagles brass went out and got the prized free agent, and arguably the best corner, Nnamdi Asomugha. They also added DE Jason Babin who was a probowler last season as he had achieved great success under defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who is now coaching the defensive line in Philly. The Eagles also managed to add Cullen Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Ronnie Brown, Vince Young, Steve Smith, Ryan Harris, and Anthony Hargrove. They did a great job in bringing in pieces that can instantly make a difference, and also adding depth to an already good team. The Eagles do however still have issues at linebacker. They are starting rookie linebacker Casey Matthews in the middle, who is a good player but not much is known on how he will perform in the NFL just yet. However, the Eagles can possibly get by with average linebackers seeing how dominant their defensive line and secondary can be with the additions they've made.


Tom Brady
Tom Brady

Awards

Offensive Player of the Year and MVP: Tom Brady -

If you want any more proof look at his numbers last year without Randy Moss, now add Chad Ochocinco to an already talented offensive group. Chad can provide Brady the deep threat they lacked when Moss was traded last season and also opens up everything for everyone else underneath. Brady has to be excited for the season to start seeing how it may be one of the best offensive groups he has had with Welker, Ochocinco, Edelman, Branch, Tate and the talented tight ends Gronkowski and Hernandez. Expect Brady to put up 4000+ yards, 40+ touchdowns and under 10 interceptions making it very easy for him to get the award.

Expect this to happen due to the changes in Houston
Expect this to happen due to the changes in Houston

Defensive Player of the Year: Mario Williams -

Williams has had a pretty successful young career as a defensive end, now with Wade Philips implementing a new 3-4 defensive scheme in town he becomes the biggest outside linebacker in recent memory. It may not work out, but look at Phillips track record as a defensive coordinator, especially his years in San Diego when he coached Shawne Merriman who enjoyed his best years under Phillips. Williams will be able to run free after the quarterback much easier now seeing how the front seven of the Texans is much improved. A healthy Brian Cushing would definetly help free up Super Mario as would the beefed up defensive line.

Rookie WR Julio Jones
Rookie WR Julio Jones

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Julio Jones -

Julio Jones is one of the most talented offensive rookies and is lucky to be walking into a great team. That being said, Jones won't have the kind of pressure on him that others will have and will most likely perform better and put up the best numbers out of all of the rookies. Jones also benefits from being in a pass happy team with a capable quarterback in Matt Ryan. With Roddy White on the other side of the field and Tony Gonzalez dominating the middle of the field it'll leave the big bodied Julio Jones with single coverage against smaller defensive backs frequently.

Rookie DB Patrick Peterson
Rookie DB Patrick Peterson

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Peterson -

This may very well be the easiest award to predict. Peterson is the most talented and NFL-ready rookie as he is a shut-down cornerback with returning abilities. When he was drafted there were comparisons to Deion Sanders, I think that is a bit premature but the kid is incredibly talented. He immediately comes in to the Arizona Cardinals as one of the best defensive players on the team. The Cardinals like Peterson so much that they were fine with trading away their top cornerback in order to get QB Kevin Kolb. Peterson's size also bodes well for him in his position as he is 6'1 220 pounds. His size and speed will make him able to bump receivers off their routes when the ball is snapped. Peterson in a few years may be one of the best corners in the NFL.

Divisional Predictions

I hope you enjoyed this article as more are coming. Leading up into the season I will go through each division giving predictions on each team. My next article will give predictions of the NFC North.

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Shawn Scarborough 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

Nice hub. I think the Packers are the team to beat in the NFC. The Eagles have signed a lot of high profile free agents which will improve some of their weaknesses. However, they do not have a proven quarterback that knows how to win in the post season. The Eagles will probably win the NFC East but I don't see them winning in the playoffs. I predict a Packers vs. Patriots Super Bowl with the Patriots winning it all. As a die hard Cowboy fan it is hard not to pick the Boys to at least win the division.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

i think the Pats make it to the super bowl to. I just think that there defense is still weak. As far as saying Vick isn't a quarterback that knows how to win in the post season, i feel that is really unfair to say. Everyone can agree he is completely different from his days in Atlanta, and in his first game in the playoffs with the Eagles he went toe to toe with a better team and still came close to pulling out the win. The bigger issue with the Eagles may just be the chemistry.

The Cowboys i think will struggle again. They need to fix up the D, bringing in Rob Ryan is a start but they werent able to bring in guys he can work with. The only linebacker worth mentioning on the cowboys is Ware, the others are either to old or to inconsistent.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Good Hub - I hope you are right about Julio Jones, he was a bit of a disappointment at Alabama but he has all the tools for the NFL. Also Brady will be in the running for MVP along with Manning.

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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

The two of them will always be in the running for it, they are loved by the public and put up big numbers. I think Julio will do well, he is walking into the perfect situation.


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LittleStash 5 years ago

Nice hub - enjoyable to read. Welcome to hubpages! Looking forward to more of your work.


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Great predictions. Being on the opposite side of the Atlantic we struggle for info apart from the internet and the occassional late night highlights show so some early season predictions gives me someone to look out for early doors. Well written. Any money on the above predictions?


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

its so difficult to do something like that. you never can predict injuries, and theres always a team that comes from nowhere like last season was Kansas City and Tampa Bay


Grazod 5 years ago

Excellent analysis and commentary. Are you going to finish with the last two divisions though (AFC West and South)?


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

Yes i am almost done the South now. I've just been a little busy between work and school now


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Malchiah 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

I'm not sold on the Eagles for a variety of reasons -as I stated in my analysis of Philly, they've replaced 4 out of the 5 offensive line starters and if they don't jell (which they hadn't during the preseason), Vick won't even be upright by mid-season, let alone the playoffs. New England is always the trendy, easy pick, but I'm not sure about their defense and last year, they couldn't stop anybody through the air. The team that no one seems to be talking about -yet, are the San Diego Chargers. Top offense in the NFL last year, top defense as well, but downright Halloween-like on special teams. They will be better and they won't have the slow start issues that have plagued them in the past. It's the Chargers for me, out of the AFC and I'm still -even as their defense gets better, with Green Bay in the NFC and the Super Bowl -in Indy, will be shoot-out.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

more i think about it yes i agree. Eagles more than likely wont make it. Not just because the offensive line, but also chemistry issues among the defense to. I wouldn't choose the Chargers because they don't have playmakers on defense. They have a solid defense but I don't see it. I think Packers are the clear favorite for the Super Bowl yet again. They are just to strong and benefited from the injuries that happened last season.


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Malchiah 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

It should be interesting. The Packers HAVE TO win at 13 games just based on their schedule, with only TWO tough road games (Atlanta and San Diego), which should get them a first round bye and then in a good position to repeat. I still like San Diego, simply based on the fact that their division is so-so,they could (and should) sweep and even though they're at New England and at the Jets before Halloween, they could still find themselves with an 11 or 12 win season, which is a far cry from the slow-starting, playoff-missing situations they've been in previously.

It should be interesting.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I have a hard time seeing the Chargers beating the Patriots, Steelers, Jets, or even the Ravens in the playoffs. That's the only reason why i don't see them making the Super Bowl. i do think they are a very good team though no question.


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Bigpayno 5 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

Nice article. I'm sure after the first few weeks you may want to change your choice of Super Bowl Championships,but it's still too early to tell. Follow my articles. I would love to compare articles and thoughts on the league. It's great to see other NFL enthusiasts!


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FreddyCaple 4 years ago from Louisville, Ky

Great content, but as with most preseason predictions, real life gets in the way. Peterson did have a big year for AZ and Brady may yet be the MVP, but we won't be seeing Philly in Indianapolis!!

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