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An Extremely Early Prediction List of the 2011 Season

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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 06: Head coach John Harbaugh (L) talks with Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during training camp at M&T Bank Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 06: Head coach John Harbaugh (L) talks with Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during training camp at M&T Bank Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Disclaimer: Prediction lists are exactly that predictions based on an individuals perception. These are meant solely for fun and not meant to take all-so literally. Some people enjoy the process and others don't. If it's not your cup of tea (so to speak) there are plenty of other topics here on Niners Nation to discuss.

The other day I had a quarterbacks ranking as well. If you missed it, click here to check it out.

It's always fun to speculate. Speculation this early however can be relatively inaccurate. We know who the powerhouses are before the season starts but anything can happen. An injury to a team that has one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL could result in the team winning a significant amount of games less than they normally would.

The Superbowl in some ways is a holiday for some of us. Not everyone loves football but even some of those folks attend Superbowl parties as an excuse to eat some good tailgaiting food and drink some beer, or whatever the beverage of choice happens to be.

In these predictions, I've gone all the way down to the last to teams and selected who I believe has a good shot at being the cream of the crop for the 2011-2012 Season.

Join after the jump for analysis and results. 

AFC EAST

AFC SOUTH

AFC NORTH

AFC WEST

y - N.E. 13-3

y - HOU 11-5

y - BAL 10-6

y - S.D. 10-6

NYJ

x - IND 9-7

x - PIT 10-6

K.C.

BUF

JAX

CLE

OAK

MIA

TEN

CIN

DEN

NFC EAST

NFC SOUTH

NFC NORTH

NFC WEST

y - PHI 14-2

y - ATL 12-4

y - G.B. 11-5

y - STL 9-7

DAL

x - N.O. 10-6

x - DET 9-7

S.F.

NYG

T.B.

CHI

SEA

WAS

CAR

MIN

ARI

 

*Niners to go 8-8 with a few quality wins leaving us with true hope for next year.

2011-2012 AFC DIVISION WINNERS: Patriots, Houston, Ravens, Chargers

2011-2012 AFC WILD CARDS: Steelers, Colts

2011-2012 NFC DIVISION WINNERS: Eagles, Falcons, Packers, Rams

2011-2012 NFC WILD CARDS: Saints, Lions

 

 

2011-2012 GAMES

Wild Card Weekend

New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams - In the battle of dome teams, I think the Saints would just have too much fire power for the Rams defense to keep up with; even with home field advantage. Drew Brees would have a stellar game against a young Rams secondary. Saints win 31 - 27.

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - There's always a team that sneaks in to the playoffs that nobody expects. This year I believe that team could very well be the Lions. However, going to Lambeau Field for their first playoff game will result in a beating. I think the Lions could hang in there for a quarter or two but eventually the reigning world champs would take over. Packers win 27 - 13 

Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens - Peyton Manning will not be totally himself this year. I think the Colts will squeeze in to the playoff picture but the Ravens will be bringing the heat all day long. Manning will have a long and frustrating day. The Colts run game will be non-existent per usual. Ravens win 28 - 12

Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Diego Chargers - At least the Chargers won't have to fly home after this loss. And the beach is right there, although it may be too cold in January. It's basically a high-octane offense verse a bulldozing defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game and Roethlisberger could be the difference. Steelers win 21 - 14

 

Divisional Weekend

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons - If this were to transpire as my prediction, it's quite conceivable that this could wind up being the best game of the playoffs. The Saints would fight hard in this one, but the Falcons receivers would ultimately wind up dominating the Saints' secondary. The match up possibilities are pretty one-sided. Falcons win 35 - 34

Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles - The "dream team" a.k.a. the Heatgulls will have their work cut out in this game. However they won't be losing this week. The Packers will travel to Philly and struggle with all the pressure. All the defensive back help will put a stop to the Packers spreading out their wide receivers. Eagles win 22 - 16

Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans - Poor Texans. They finally will have made it to the dance just to play an experienced perennial playoff team like the Ravens. The Texans will have a very tough time stopping the ground game of Ray Rice and Ricky Williams. It will be a low scoring game despite the Texans arsenal of tools on offense. Ravens win 20 - 10

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots - The Patriots at home are tough to beat at home in the playoffs. If anyone can do it though, it would be the Steelers. Unfortunately, as last year, the Patriots will spread the Steelers secondary out thin as the Pack did in the Superbowl. Steelers get sent home in round two. Patriots win 32 - 21

 

Championship Weekend

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles - NFC Championship Game... It will have been a while since the Falcons have gotten this deep in to the playoffs. This will be a very close battle but I think that Vick would be the X-factor. I think this could be one of the best games of Vick's career. Unfortunately, it will have peaked at the wrong time. Eagles win 28-27

Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots - The Patriots will be at home once again, but not so easy this time. The Ravens defense (specifically Ed Reed and Ray Lewis) will have realized by this point that they are destined for the Superbowl. Much like the game against the Colts, Brady will be on his back more than he'd like. He will cry to the referee's all game long but in the end, it won't matter. Ravens win 20 - 14

 

Superbowl

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens - This will be a tough fought battle. The Eagles may be losing a lot of these players next year. However, the Ravens have one more shot at bringing home another ring during Ray Lewis' final game in his final year. Lewis will rally the troops and he will go out a winner. And thereafter, Vince Young can take his talents to South Beach. Ravens win 28 - 23

 

Hope enjoyed, those who read this far. Feel free to include your own thoughts or predictions below in the comments section. Be good.