It was a pretty good year for me in predicting the recent NFL season. I wasn't perfect but I wasn't way off either.
Preseason Projection Actual
AFC East AFC East (Perfect)
AFC North AFC North (Not so perfect. At least I got the Ravens right.)
AFC South AFC South (Who could have picked the Colts last, really?)
In the next two divisions, I was right except the last place team finished first.
AFC West AFC West (I, like many, underestimated Tim Tebow.)
NFC East NFC East (I clearly underestimated the Giants.)
NFC North NFC North (Close)
NFC South NFC South (No comment)
NFC West NFC West (I always pick the 49'ers last.)
Eagles over Patriots in the Superbowl (I had one team right. I had the wrong NFC East opponent.)
Other fearless predictions:
Besides Peyton Manning, another top tier quarterback will miss much of the season due to injury. (Matt Schaub)
Of the teams that are expected to be improved (Lions, Rams, Buccaneers), one will fall flat and finish last. (Rams and Buccaneers. I was off by one.)
Of the teams that are expected to be elite (Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, Eagles, Packers, Saints, Falcons), one will greatly disappoint and struggle most of the season. (Chargers and Eagles. Off by one again.)
There will be one team that will come out of nowhere and do extremely well, defying all the odds with players experts thought to be inferior. (49'ers)
One and only one rookie quarterback will have a successful season. (Newton and Dalton. Damn!)
Scoring will be down this year. The new kickoff rule and the short preseason will be the reason. (Wrong! I underestimated the effect of the "no leading with your helmet" rule. Defenses were pretty soft this year.)
There will be a renewed emphasis of the running game for many teams in the middle of the season as many complex passing schemes fail. (Wrong! Most teams think they are the Packers or Patriots.)
At the end of the season, I'll go over these and see how I did.