ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

NFL: Predictions for the 2011-2012 Season

Updated on September 9, 2011
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


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


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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • FreddyCaple profile image


      6 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!!

    • Bigpayno profile image


      7 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!

    • Nickalooch profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Columbia, MD

      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.

    • Malchiah profile image


      7 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.

    • Nickalooch profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Columbia, MD

      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.

    • Malchiah profile image


      7 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.

    • Nickalooch profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Columbia, MD

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

    • profile image


      7 years ago

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

    • Nickalooch profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Columbia, MD

      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

    • CyclingFitness profile image

      Liam Hallam 

      7 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?

    • LittleStash profile image


      7 years ago

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

    • Nickalooch profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Columbia, MD

      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.

    • manthy profile image


      7 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.

      Follow me back


    • Nickalooch profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Columbia, MD

      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.

    • Shawn Scarborough profile image

      Shawn Scarborough 

      7 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)