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2012 NFL Predictions (Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle)

The 2012 NFL Season is near, and an opinionated, yet semi-educated, guess/prediction of what will happen this season needs to be noted, by me, for you to read.   So I’ll make a few guesses and point out division winners (and losers) without TOO much invested in actual records, plus an estiamted playoff picture with MVP’s and seasoned indivdual award tacked in there too.
After this seasons Super Bowl, we can all look back and see how amazingly CORRECT I was, or how totally incorrect I can be. After all, this is only a guess, right?

MY DIVISION  PICKS

 AFC East

1. New England

2. Buffalo

3. New York Jets

4. Miami

AFC North

1. Baltimore

2. Cincinnati

3. Pittsburgh

4. Cleveland

AFC South

1. Houston

2. Tennessee

3. Indianapolis

4. Jacksonville

AFC West

1. San Diego

2. Kansas City

3. Denver

4. Oakland

NFC East

1. Philadelphia

2. Dallas

3. New York Giants

4. Washington

NFC North

1. Green Bay

2. Chicago

3. Detroit

4. Minnesota

NFC South

1. Atlanta

2. New Orleans

3. Carolina

4. Tampa Bay

NFC West

1. Seattle

2. San Francisco

3. St. Louis

4. Arizona

ANNUAL AWARDS

Best regular season teams: San Diego & Green Bay, with a 12-4 record

Worst regular season team: Cleveland, with a 2-14 record

MVP: Phillip Rivers, San Diego

Defensive Player of the Year: Mario Williams, Buffalo

Offensive Player of the Year: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Melvin Ingram, San Diego

Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seattle

Most surprising team (positive): San Diego

Most surprising team (negative): Denver

First coach to be fired: Leslie Frazier, Minnesota

PLAYOFFS

AFC wild card games: Houston over Cincinnati, Baltimore over Tennessee

Divisional round: San Diego over Houston, Baltimore over New England

AFC Championship Game: San Diego over Baltimore

NFC wild card games: Atlanta over Chicago, San Francisco over Philadelphia,

Divisional round: Seattle over Philadelphia, Green Bay over San Francisco

NFC Championship Game: Seattle over Green Bay

Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle

2012 NFL Training Camp (Race and Course)

…training camp!

We like to hear those two words. Its like our “football-seasoned” appetizer has just arrived at our table, as our main course is nearing (the regular season).  Well, then you have preseason games, which really doesn’t have a positive flavor in our football fix (as a $60 ticket for a game that doesn’t count and doesn’t really taste that good).     But still, preseason football is still football (just like bad buffalo wings & burnt fries still get eaten), we do like watching ALL four quarters on our big screen HDTV’s.  Watching undrafted rookie free agents SHINE (at least for their quick moment) and watching the superstars socialize with each other and interview with standard cliche’ answers  on the sidelines, “…one game at a time…”

Then there are the worries: The injuries    You can only hope that your favorite players have shown up in decent shape so that training camp, drills & practices do not create any NEW injuries.  JUST STAY HEALTHY and STAY AVAILABLE!!!!    Little by little, these high performance machines are getting tinkered, pumped torked & flexed into game shape. Yet if you push their engine too far,  car problems can occur and a gasket may blow or a block may get cracked.   So we all hope the hamstrings stay healthy, knee injuries are just minor, groin/abdominal injuries are slight and ligaments & bones are normal.

And that’s just the body and the guts – or the tools, motor & parts from the neck down…

What about the HEAD, the BRAINS?  Learning the playbook, adapting to new schemes, working well with your teammates,  new coaches, new positions (and the good ole’ concussion).

It’s honestly amazing how complicated you may think this 2012 training camp really is & how much rides on it. But in actuality IT’S ONLY A GAME (a race or a course).  A game that has changed our culture and dominates our interests.  A game that keeps us connected to Twitter daily, fan-blogs and to football-related websites during the entire off-season ( just because we NEED TO KNOW whats happening with our team, the players,  Mr. General Manager and every free agent still available).

This game isn’t a game at all anymore is it?   It’s a routine. It’s a social outlet, a stalker-fetish, a daily read or should I say: a secondary life…

“…Wait, what’s that?  Who got the latest DUI, who has a new non-profit organization, who shot them self, who went cliff diving, who wrecked their motorcycle, who had their 6th child, who remains unsigned, who’s suing him, who retired, he did what to his mother???”

So preseason is next, followed by our fantasy football drafts and THEN we will have our main course (the regular season), only to hope for a sweet desert in the end.

—James Fedewa