I went through the season and picked a winner for each game. I don't know if I like the results I got, but I also don't want to go back and start cherry picking games to get my desired results. Anyway, this is what I got...
New England(2) Miami(6) New York Buffalo
Denver(3) San Diego Kansas City Oakland
Indianapolis(1) Jacksonville(5) Tennessee Houston
Cincinnatti(4) Pittsburgh Baltimore Cleveland
Dallas(3) Washington(5) Philadelphia New York
Seattle(1) Arizona San Francisco St. Louis
Carolina(2) Atlanta(6) Tampa Bay New Orleans
Minnesota(4) Chicago Green Bay Detroit
I know I overprojected Seattle, but they'll still win. I'm probably also over-favoring Miami, and one of the tweaks I'd make would be to go back and switch their wildcard with the Steelers. Washington and Dallas tied and I didn't feel like working through tie breakers, so they are interchangeable.
As for the playoffs...
Denver over Miami Jacksonville over Cincinatti Indianapolis over Jacksonville Denver over New England Indianapolis over Denver
Dallas over Atlanta Washington over Minnesota Carolina over Washington Dallas over Seattle Carolina over Dallas
Carolina over Indianapolis
You believe me, don't you? Please believe what I just said...
From the man that gave you Houston finishing ahead of Indianapolis last season.
New England (2) Miami Buffalo J-E-T-S L-A-S-T L-A-S-T L-A-S-T
Jacksonville (3) Indianapolis (5) Houston Tennessee
Pittsburgh (4) Cinci (6) Cleveland Baltimore
Denver (1) San Diego Oakland Kansas City
Giants (1) Cowboys (6) Eagles Redskins
Chicago (4) Minnesota Green Bay Detroit
Carolina (2) Tampa Bay (5) Atlanta New Orleans
Seattle (3) Arizona St. Louis San Francisco
Playoffs Chicago over Tampa Seattle over Dallas Cinci over Jacksonville Pittsburgh over Indianapolis
Giants over Chicago Seattle over Carolina Denver over Cinci New England over Pittsburgh
New England over Denver Giants over Seattle
Super Bowl Giants over Patriots: I hate the QB of the Giants, but, for someone giving me a free bet at 18-1, I'm going directly in the tank for them. Free Money > Hatred of the Manning Family. Perfect world of course is Manning goes down early and the Hefty Lefty from Kentucky carries the Giants to victory.
Pats and Dolphins are the class of this division. You really can't bet against Brady, and I'm wondering how Daunte will do this year. The Bills defense will be improved and keep them in games, and they have two spark plugs on offense in McGahee and Evans. The Jets better hope Chad doesn't go down again, because Ramsey looked bad this pre-season.
1. Steelers 2. Bengals* 3. Ravens 4. Browns
I think the Bengals can challenge the Steelers this year, but they're not ready to unseat the champs yet. I'm not buying the Browns as much yet, and the Ravens are the wild card (not the playoff) with Steve McNair at QB.
1. Colts 2. Jaguars* 3. Titans 4. Texans
I don't buy the Jags upending the Colts, only because of the Jaguars schedule, which is brutal. I don't think the Texans improved enough to make significant strides this season. The Titans could knock off some contending teams late.
1. Broncos 2. Chiefs 3. Chargers 4. Raiders
Denver still has pretty much the same team that was one win away from the Super Bowl last year. I like Herm Edwards, and he'll keep the Chiefs in contention. It will be interesting to watch Philip Rivers play this year. Oakland is still a mess despite the coaching change.
1. Giants 2. Eagles* 3. Redskins 4. Cowboys
Any of these teams could win the division. The T.O factor in Dallas (both on and off the field) could dictate their year. Do the Eagles have enough offensive weapons to contend? Mark Brunell is another year older in Washington, but Al Saunders could have an impact.
1. Bears 2. Vikings* 3. Packers 4. Lions
The Bears have the league's easiest schedule, so they shouldn't fall. I like Brad Johnson, and he'll do a serviceable job in Minnesota. Favre's last season in green and gold won't be pretty. The Lions and Rod Marinelli will begin the turnaround in Detroit.
1. Panthers 2. Bucs 3. Saints 4. Falcons
The Panthers D is still too good to overlook. Tampa will have some growing pains with Chris Simms. I like the Saints additions of Reggie Bush and Drew Brees. The Falcons will still depend on Vick too much on offense.
1. Seahawks 2. Cardinals 3. Rams 4. 49ers
Seattle should defend their West crown pretty handily. The Cardinals D is now their weak spot, after years of carrying the team. The Rams have a tough schedule (including Panthers, Bears, Broncos) and SF will slowly try to climb out of oblivion.
Vikings over Giants Bears over Eagles Pats over Bengals Jaguars over Broncos
Seahawks over Vikings Panthers over Bears Colts over Jaguars Steelers over Pats
Panthers over Seahawks Colts over Steelers
Colts over Panthers....I mean, it has to happen eventually, doesn't it?
My Kent State Golden Flashes lost, as one might expect, to #22 Penn State, but hey, we kept it close-- we "only" lost 24-0. Against a team with such a national following, that ain't bad. I even got to see a little bit of the game on ESPN.