2011 Sports with Balls Show NFC Predictions

The air is crisp, the temperature has dropped a few degrees and sports bars everywhere are stocking up on chicken wings.  What else could that mean but the 2011-12 NFL Season is right around the corner.  As we get ready for the Packers and Saints to kick off the season this Thursday night, here are the Sports with Balls Show NFC Predictions:

Each member of the SwBS staff submitted a ballot, which was tabulated to form consensus picks. Individual Division, Wild Card and Conference Champion picks for each staff member can be viewed at the bottom of the page.  

An asterick (*) denotes a consensus division winner.

NFC East

1. Philadelphia Eagles – “They may not live up to the ‘Dream Team’ status some expect, but they are still the class of the NFC East. With some key defensive additions and the long-term future of QB Michael Vick locked up, the Eagles can focus on finally bringing a Lombardi to Philly.” – brandonapter23

2. New York Giants – “Eli Manning has the weapons once again, but will he be able to avoid the turnover bug in 2011? – sherms18

3. Dallas Cowboys – “What a difference a year makes, last year all the talk surrounding the Cowboys was if they would become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.  A poor start to 2010-11 and a season ending injury to all-pro QB Tony Romo has the Cowboys out of peoples minds.  Look for a big bounce back season in Dallas.” – Mike O

4. Washington Redskins – “With an unstable QB situation and gaping holes on both sides of the ball, Rex Grossman’s prediction of a first place finish within the division may come true- if he reads his newspaper upside down.” – wfucich

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers* – “The defending Super Bowl Champs return Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant to QB Aaron Rodgers’ already explosive arsenal of offensive play makers. A Super Bowl hangover may be the only thing standing in the way of a Green Bay repeat.” – scottyb4

2. (tie) Chicago Bears – “Expectations seem to be remarkably light for an 11-win team, NFC Championship game participant and the defending NFC North Champs in 2010-11. Luckily for the Bears they seem to persevere when little is expected of them; in order for Chicago to exceed last year’s performance Jay Cutler must prove he is an elite NFL quarterback.” – wfucich

2. (tie) Detroit Lions – “Could be a classic case of picking a young team a year too early but the Lions look solid on paper.  They have an offense that could be sensational if Stafford stays healthy and the defensive line has a chance to be dominant.” – Mike O

2. (tie) Minnesota Vikings – “With the Brett Favre drama behind them and Donovan McNabb under center, this is now Adrian Peterson’s offense. The defense, behind Jared Allen, isn’t too shabby although their window for success seems to be closing fast.” – sherms18

NFC South

1. (tie) Atlanta Falcons – “With rookie Julio Jones added to the mix, Matt Ryan now has another option opposite WR Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez is still a great target at tight end and Michael Turner is among the best rushers in the NFL for what should be an explosive Falcons offense.” – brandonapter23

1. (tie) New Orleans Saints –  “Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles give the Saints and QB Drew Brees the running back combo they haven’t had since the duo of Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush.” – warrencroxton

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – “The young Bucs have the most underrated QB in the NFL with Josh Freeman under center; however with Super Bowl contenders Atlanta and New Orleans in the same division, Tampa Bay may take a step back from their 10-win 2010 season.” – wfucich

4. Carolina Panthers – “The Panthers are not ready to compete just yet but they have brought in young talent for rookie head coach Ron Rivera. Cam Newton and a healthy DeAngelo Williams should bring some excitement to Carolina fans.” – Mike O

NFC West

1. St. Louis Rams* – “QB Sam Bradford makes even bigger strides in 2011 after a tremendous rookie campaign and leads the Rams back to the playoffs.” – scottyb4

2. Arizona Cardinals – “The addition of Kevin Kolb gives Larry Fitzgerald a real quarterback. Hopefully, he lives up to the 60 million dollar contract he signed during the off season.” – warrencroxton

3. San Francisco 49ers – “Rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh has weapons Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards on the offensive side of the ball but there are still major concerns with Alex Smith.  Smith has not proven he can be a consistent quarterback and San Francisco will not be a viable playoff team, even in a weak division, with him under center.” –brandonapter23

4. Seattle Seahawks – “Pete Carroll may be a good coach but last season was as fluky as it gets. Although Seattle may not be much worse than last year’s 7-9 team, the Seahawks- behind new QB Tarvaris Jackson- will fall to the bottom of the West. –sherms18

Individual SwBS Staff Picks:

brandonapter23

NFC East – Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC South – New Orleans Saints

NFC West – Arizona Cardinals

Wild Cards – Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants

NFC Seeding – 1. GB 2. NO 3. PHI 4. ARI 5. ATL 6. NYG

NFC CG – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints

NFC Champion – Philadelphia Eagles

Mike O

NFC East – Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC South – New Orleans Saints

NFC West – St. Louis Rams

Wild Cards – Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons

NFC Champion – New Orleans Saints

scottyb4

NFC East – Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC South –  Atlanta Falcons

NFC West – St. Louis Rams

Wild Cards – New Orleans Saints, New York Giants

NFC CG – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons

NFC Champion – Atlanta Falcons

sherms18

NFC East – Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC South – Atlanta Falcons

NFC West – St. Louis Rams

Wild Cards – New York Giants, New Orleans Saints

NFC Champion – Atlanta Falcons

warrencroxton

NFC East – Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC South – New Orleans Saints

NFC West – St. Louis Rams

Wild Cards – Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears

NFC Seeding – 1. GB 2. NO 3. PHI 4. STL 5. ATL 6. CHI

NFC CG – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers

NFC Champion – Green Bay Packers

wfucich

NFC East – Dallas Cowboys

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC South – Atlanta Falcons

NFC West – St. Louis Rams

Wild Cards – New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles

NFC Seeding – 1. ATL 2. GB 3. DAL 4. STL 5. NO 6. PHI

NFC CG –  Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons

NFC Champion – Atlanta Falcons

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-The 2011 SwBS AFC Predictions can be found here.

-Also check out the Sports with Balls Radio Show 2011 NFL preview, on air at 2 p.m. today, here.

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  1. EAGLES all the way

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