NFL Division Predictions

The dead zone is officially here and it's the perfect time for some meaningless predictions that are sure to bite me in the rear end once December and January come around. For what it's worth (not much), last season I picked the Patriots and Eagles to play in the Super Bowl, and the Pats to win with Tom Brady as the league MVP. Here are your 2008 division champions.

AFC East- New England Patriots<- I think the Pats will come down from regular season perfection in 2008, but I can't make a legitimate case for anyone else in that division to compete for a title. Buffalo needs more talent, the Jets need a quarterback, and Miami will still be a mess for at least another year or two.

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers- I know that Cleveland is improved on paper and the Steelers need to rebuild both lines, but the Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger and no one else in the division does. Cleveland will fall victim to a much tougher schedule, and Cincinnati is a mess. Who takes the snaps for Baltimore?

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts-
How can you pick against Indy? All they do is win big regular season games, and the Jaguars still need to show they can do that. Houston is improving, and Tennessee should see a healthy decline in 2008.

AFC West- San Diego Chargers-
The Chargers are solid on both sides of the ball, but there are some question marks surrounding the health of L.T. Honestly, who else would you pick in that division? Oakland? Denver? Kansas City?

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys- The Cowboys are the sexy pick every year, due to the plethora of talent they have on both sides of the ball. I'm falling into the trap again and hitching my bandwagon to the Fighting Pacman's. The Giants will suffer a Super Bowl hangover, Washington has to start off from scratch with a whole new coaching staff, and the Eagles have fooled me one too many times.

NFC North- Green Bay Packers-
Minnesota is solid in all areas with the exception of quarterback, and the Packers seem to be the forgotten team. Detroit is Detroit, and Chicago will either start Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton at quarterback, ‘nuff said. Aaron Rodgers will pick up where Brett Favre left off and that Green Bay defense is more than solid.

NFC South- New Orleans Saints- This is really a default pick. I can make a case for each team winning the division with the exception of Atlanta, and the South hasn't had a repeat champion in many years (ruling the Bucs out). Out of Carolina and New Orleans, I trust Drew Brees and Sean Payton more than Jake Delhomme and John Fox.

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks- I'd love to pick the Cardinals, I really would, but the culture of losing permeates through the desert. Bulger hasn't been healthy, and San Francisco has quarterback issues.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.


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