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    Bengals to the Super Bowl?

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    No need for sentimental memorials, opinion pieces on steroids, or any of the other things that have made TFSB your number bookmark on your favorite places. The NFL season is less than a week away. Without further ado, here are some predictions you can take to the bank.......or better yet, just take them to Vegas.

    AFC East

    Miami Dolphins (11-5): The Dolphins have many experts across the nation drinking the kool-aid. Well, pass me a glass because I see a team strong on both sides of the ball with a motivated and hungry coaching staff. Duante Culpepper could be one of the biggest steals in NFL history.

    New England Patriots (10-6): The "we can win with anyone" philosophy in New England may finally be catching up to them. Last year, the depleted roster was carried by Tom Brady. They will need another herculian effort from their quarterback if they hope to contend in the AFC. Brady is good enough to get them back to the playoffs, but they don't have enough reinforcement to advance.

    Buffalo Bills (6-10): Marv Levy has a lot of work to do. A lot. If quarterback J.P. Losman improves, the Bills can hover around .500. If Losman plays like he did last year, the Bills will still be searching for Jim Kelly's replacement.

    New York Jets (4-12): The J-E-T-S will be seeing a lot of L-O-S-S and hearing a lot of B-O-O-S.

    AFC North

    Cincinnati Bengals (11-5): So maybe I have a man-crush on Carson Palmer. Can you blame me? By the end of this season, he will be fully acknowledged as the best player in the NFL. The Bengals have added enough on defense to give Palmer and company the support they need.

    Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6): Riding a hunch here that the Steelers are in for a real struggle this season. Repeating isn't easy, and many people forget that Pittsburgh barely even made the playoffs last year before their stellar January run.

    Baltimore Ravens (8-8): The timing just isn't right. Put the Steve McNair of four years ago with the Ravens defense of four years ago and you have a dominant NFL team. But four years later, both look old and past their prime.

    Cleveland Browns (6-10): Cleveland will be more competitive than most think. It just won't show up in the win column. Expect a breakout year from quarterback Charlie Frye.

    AFC South

    Indianapolis Colts (12-4): The Colts winning this pitiful division is the easiest prediction in sports.

    Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8): Expect a regression in Jacksonville as the Jags front office failed to address their pressing offensive needs in the off-season.

    Tennessee Titans (5-11): Something about Jeff Fisher tells me the Titans won't be doormats for long. But for this year, they better get ready for some muddy shoes.

    Houston Texans (4-12): Contrary to popular opinion, the Texans made the right move in passing up Reggie Bush with the first pick in the draft. However, they still made a mistake in selecting Mario Williams instead of D'Brickshaw Fergusen. The Texans sieve-like offensive line will continue to be their achilles heal.

    AFC West

    Denver Broncos (10-6): Still the class of the west, but the Bronocs will never go far with Jake Plummer at quarterback. Jay Cutler better be ready.

    San Diego Chargers (9-7): Don't sleep on San Diego. Phillip Rivers may be unproven, but he has some deadly weapons surrounding him in LT and Antonio Gates.

    Kansas City Chiefs (8-8): Larry Johsnon will rack up numbers, but the vaunted Chiefs offensive line lost two of it's main cogs in the off-season. The defense still needs work as well.

    Oakland Raiders (4-12): Things have become comical in Oakland, with a revolving door of horrible coaches and unhappy players.

    Division Winners (in order): Colts, Bengals, Dolphins, Broncos

    Wild Cards: Patriots, Steelers

    Wild Card Playoffs:

    Dolphins over Steelers
    Broncos over Patriots

    Divisional Playoffs:

    Colts over Broncos
    Bengals over Dolphins

    AFC Championship:

    Bengals over Colts

    NFC East:

    Washington Redskins (11-5): A miserable pre-season has raised some serious questions in Washington, but Joe Gibbs has assembled an all-star staff that may be playing possum right now. The slimmest margain separates first from last in this brutal division-- my money goes on the best staff.

    Dallas Cowboys (10-6): A combustible team on many levels. Capable of winning the Super Bowl or going 8-8. History tells us Bill Parcells will not implode, however, it also tells us that in each of his stops he has advance one step shorter than before.

    New York Giants (9-7): Another tough call. If you love Eli Manning, you are probably picking the Giants to win the division, or possibly even the whole things. If you have doubts about Manning, you probably have them in this slot.

    Philadelphia Eagles (8-8): Donovan McNabb will return to form this year, but the Eagles have taken too many roster hits to stay at the top of the East.

    NFC North:

    Chicago Bears (10-6): The Bears could forfeit all of their September games and still win this division going away.

    Minnesota Vikings (7-9): The Vikings late run last year was a fluke--they collapsed when it mattered most. They have already been crushed by injuries and the defection of Koren Robinson. The Vikes better find a party boat, because there won't be much celebrating going on at the Metrodome.

    Green Bay Packers (7-9): The Packers are sacrificng a year of development for quarterback Aaron Rodgers so Brett Favre can toss a few more interceptions on his way to the Hall of Fame.

    Detroit Lions (6-10): A semi-interesting team in that Mike Martz has certainly proven he knows how to run an explosive offense. But does he have the horses in Detroit? And can the defense get them on the field?

    NFC South:

    Carolina Panthers (11-5): Once again, the Panthers are a popular pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLI. But how soon people forget they thrashing they took in Seattle last January. It wasn't a fluke. There is a missing element with this team.

    Atlanta Falcons (10-6): It's now or never for Michael Vick. Look for him to have a strong season and for WR Michael Jenkins to have a breakout year.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8): Feel me once, shame on you. Feel me twice, shame on me. We'll see which one it is, Chris Simms.

    New Orleans Saints (4-12): The Saints will stink, but they sure will look good with Reggie Bush, won't they?

    NFC West:

    Arizona Cardinals (10-6): Every pre-season prediction needs at least one shocker..... Everyone knows the Cardinals have a potent offensive attack, strenghted by Edgerrin James. What most people don't know is that the Cardinals have a tough front seven on defense that can hold opponent's in check. Balance these things with a new stadium and two lightweights in the division, and you've got a recipe for success.....finally.

    Seattle Seahawks (10-6): The past five Super Bowl losers have missed the playoffs the following year. Will the Seahwks reverse the trend? Yes, but it won't be easy.

    St. Louis Rams (6-10): Possibly the worst front seven in the NFL. That's a bad thing. A very bad thing.

    San Francisco 49ers (3-13): Yikes. Just yikes. It's weird to see the 49ers in this state.

    Division Winners (in order): Panthers, Redskins, Bears, Cardinals

    Wild Cards: Cowboys, Seahawks

    Wild Card Playoffs:

    Seahawks over Bears
    Cardinals over Cowboys

    Divisional Playoffs:

    Panthers over Seahawks
    Redskins over Cardinals

    NFC Championship:

    Redskins over Panthers

    Super Bowl XLI:

    Bengals over Redskins

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    I just don't see how they do it with that schedule.

    They are already going to be 0-1 out of the gate....

    Contrary to popular opinion, the Texans made the right move in passing up Reggie Bush with the first pick in the draft.
    If Domanick Davis goes on IR, I would respectfully disagree with you here.

    Bush was the right pick no matter what, really. They had him in their hands and passed....could be like the Bengals and Marshall Faulk.
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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    I just don't see how they do it with that schedule.

    They are already going to be 0-1 out of the gate....
    I say they beat KC by a touchdown.

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    I say they beat KC by a touchdown.
    KC's passing game has been slow opening the season the past few years, so hopefully you are right.

    With Larry Johnson going, though- to borrow from The Sixth Sense-

    I see touchdowns.

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    KC's passing game has been slow out of the gate the past few years, so hopefully you are right.

    With Larry Johnson going, though- to borrow from The Sixth Sense-

    I see touchdowns.
    Oh, KC will put up points, but I see no way they ultimately keep up with Palmer and Johnson. KC's offense is truly second rate by comparison to the Bengals--and that's much more of a compliment to Cincy than a slam of KC.

    The games on the Bengals' schedule that are truly brutal (at Denver; Carolina at home; at Pittsburgh) are all three *winnable* (though you might as well chalk up a loss at Denver that late in the season).
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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    The Bengals can beat the Chiefs.

    The Bengals WILL beat the Chiefs.

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    I wouldn't worry too much about the Bengals against KC. Yes they have a good offense, but the Bengals ain't looking to shabby either. Palmer hasn't lost a thing with his injury, if he's this good coming off a long abscene just think what he'll be like in mid-season form.
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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    My problem with the Bengals is that they can't stop the run.

    That is an awful first opponent for a team like that.

    I'll be cheering them on, but I'm not expecting much.

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    I just don't see how they do it with that schedule.

    They are already going to be 0-1 out of the gate....



    If Domanick Davis goes on IR, I would respectfully disagree with you here.

    Bush was the right pick no matter what, really. They had him in their hands and passed....could be like the Bengals and Marshall Faulk.
    Have you seen KC in the preseason? Not saying preseason is indiicative of the team they are but it should give you some idea. Bengals 1st halves have been pretty much utter domination.

    I will go out on a limb (not even a limb in my opinion) and say the Bengals make KC look pretty sad.

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    Kansas City isn't all that great. I could see it going either way.
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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    Quote Originally Posted by redsrule2500 View Post
    Kansas City isn't all that great. I could see it going either way.
    So you are saying the Bengals arent all that great too? I find the Bengals to be a premier team in the league pending their run defense has stiffened up enough to eliminate the long runs

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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    It will take KC some time to adjust to the loss of Willie Roaf and to having a new coach and new offensive coordinator. They'll have a hard time moving the ball. However, their defense will be a lot better than people think. They closed out last season looking very impressive against the run, and they picked up a legitimate cornerback in Ty Law. However, their nickel package is still weak, so I could see Carson and Chris Henry connecting on some huge plays.
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    Re: Bengals to the Super Bowl?

    NFC Championship:

    Redskins over Panthers
    Ed... IIRC you are a big Redskins supporter, right? And if you are not, then I seriously question the above (SERIOUSLY!). Don't get me wrong, I hope you are right about all of your picks (esp. the Bengals taking it all, WHO DEY).

    The Skins winning the NFC? Good lord! I will be shocked if the Skins have a winning record this year. I am not sure about them playing possum... I am more sure that they are not a good team. My brother-in-law is a huge Skins fan (life-long) and even he is not too confident this year. But I am not an expert. I hope your heart gets it's wish. And any team other than the 49ers (even this year's version) in the Super Bowl against the Bengals will be okay by me!
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    The Skins winning the NFC? Good lord! I will be shocked if the Skins have a winning record this year.
    Yes, I'm a die-hard skins fan, so it sort of colors my picks with bias. However, I do this every year (and post it here) and I haven't picked the Redskins to go to the Super Bowl this millenium.

    They went 10-6 last year. They won a playoff game on the road. Then, they gave Seattle a much better game than Carolina did the next week in the NFC Title game.

    Down the stretch they destoryed Dallas, beat the Giants by 15 and ended the season on a five game winning streak.

    In the off-season they added Brandon Lloyd, Randel El, TJ Duckett, Andre Carter, Adam Archuleta, and most importantly, offensive coordinator Al Saunders.

    The Redskins defense has been dominant the past two years and should only get better.

    Gibbs has an AWFUL career pre-season record, including an 0'fer once in a Super Bowl winning season. The pre-season results were certainly a tad concerning, but watching the games it is a simple fact that the starters just didn't play. In pre-season, they ran a total of FOUR plays that included pre-snap motion. I mean, c'mon. It was basically hand-off left, hand-off right, and three step drop.

    Safety Sean Taylor was TOLD in pre-season to "fade" from the line of scrimmage-- basically play a prevent at all times--purposely leave some of the young CB's on an island.

    It was an odd strategy and it has many skins fans worried, but I think people will be surprised week 1.

    Football is all about coaching. ALL about coaching.

    Gibbs is a winner. He has a brilliant staff. I think the NFC is wide open, and I could see any number of teams winning it, but yes, the Redskins are in that mix, and I defy anyone to argue otherwise based on last year's results, and off-season additions.


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