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September 18, 2012, 11:25 AM
Let's go with three interesting starts from each league. Take a look and predict which is most likely to change.

AFC
1. The entire AFC East is tied at 1-1.
2. Chiefs (predicted to be a playoff contender) 0-2.
3. The two undefeated teams in the AFC: Texans and Chargers.

NFC
1. The entire NFC North is tied at 1-1.
2. Saints are the only 0-2 team in the NFC.
3. Cardinals are at the top of the NFC West with the 49ers at 2-0.
September 18, 2012  11:29 AM ET

Most likely to change: the AFC East - Pats will end up winning the division handily. NFC West - 49'ers take that division handily as well. Only some idiot on si.com picked the Chiefs to make the playoffs and go to the AFC Championship game.

September 18, 2012  11:39 AM ET

AFC
1.The AFC East could be a close race. I still think the Pats will win the division with the Jets and Bills fighting for a wild card spot. The Dolphins looked great last week but I still doubt they contend or stay around .500. Still hard to tell with the Jets and Bills though, each looked great one week and awful in the other.
2. Why did anyone pick the Chiefs as a possible playoff contender? They have looked terrible and will probably move up in the standings but only because the Raiders have looked worse.
3. The Texans are looking to be one of the top teams in the AFC. A strong defense and running game with a good passing game will take this team far. Highly doubtful they go undefeated this season though. The chargers will quickly fall from the undefeated title. They beat the Raiders and Titans, not a difficult task.

NFC
1. Very similar to the AFC East. The Packers will most likely come out on top even though their offense has not looked as dynamic. Bears showed us they are the same old team that looks great one week and awful the next. The Lions seem to be struggling quite a bit, especially on offense. They will probably compete for a WC but I think they have taken a step backwards. The Vikings like the Dolphins will fall back quickly.
2. The Saints 0-2 start has to be the most surprising thing here. They are still a very talented team but it seems that the loss of their coach has been a major blow to the team. They look as if they are in a tough division this year. I still would be surprised to find them in the cellar at the end of the season but missing the playoffs could be a reality.
3. The 49ers seem to be a legitimate team once again. I thought last season may have been one of those magical one year deals but they are quickly proving anyone who thought that wrong. The Cardinals are the big surprise here and I doubt they keep up with the 49ers. However this team's defense has looked very strong and Kolb hasn't imploded. They could be a possible WC contender.

September 18, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Most likely to change: the AFC East - Pats will end up winning the division handily. NFC West - 49'ers take that division handily as well. Only some idiot on si.com picked the Chiefs to make the playoffs and go to the AFC Championship game.

One idiot is one too many. They look horrible! And the AFC Championship game!?

September 18, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

One idiot is one too many. They look horrible! And the AFC Championship game!?

Yes, Tom Mantzouranis predicted Houston over KC in the AFC Championship game in the SI.Com NFL Predictions for 2012 segment on Sept. 4.

September 18, 2012  12:18 PM ET

The only thing I know for sure is that week two is a very difficult time to make predictions about standings. Although I thought your commenatry was well thought out and written nicely - I enjoyed reading it.... I especially agree about the Saints as they have screwed me two weeks in a row! (dang it)
BUT.... So far the season is rolling out pretty even with a couple teams undefeated. I like this actually because it allows everyone to stay competitive and egos in check, as someone pointed out the Pats losing a home opener could be a good thing. I am rooting for the Rookies out there fighting for their place in NFL history, as this is the most exciting to me. I would really like to see a couple of those Rookie QB's make the playoffs. If the season continues bi-polar then we may see teams we would not expect fighting it out at the end of 2012!

September 18, 2012  04:56 PM ET

I agree, it is always tough to make predictions, but it is fun. The thing is, and I think this season especially, there have been quite a few surprises. It is the same thing with every sport, fans push the panic button to quickly or buy into the hype that builds with few wins, just wanted to see what people that might be legitimate or not.

September 18, 2012  05:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

One idiot is one too many. They look horrible! And the AFC Championship game!?

~ looking good ~



September 18, 2012  07:32 PM ET

Interesting starts - especially #1 in the AFC and NFC. I'd venture to guess if anything changed, it would be #3 on both lists. But there's no guarantees there!

September 18, 2012  07:55 PM ET

Those ladies hit harder than the Cowboys did in Seattle.

September 18, 2012  08:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Those ladies hit harder than the Cowboys did in Seattle.

They look better too. LOL

September 18, 2012  09:42 PM ET

Comment #7 looks as if it were suppose to be from Snail man.

September 18, 2012  09:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I agree, it is always tough to make predictions, but it is fun. The thing is, and I think this season especially, there have been quite a few surprises. It is the same thing with every sport, fans push the panic button to quickly or buy into the hype that builds with few wins, just wanted to see what people that might be legitimate or not.

I enjoy your posts. Also agree with. A lot of your views on the game.

September 19, 2012  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE:

Let's go with three interesting starts from each league. Take a look and predict which is most likely to change.AFC1. The entire AFC East is tied at 1-1.2. Chiefs (predicted to be a playoff contender) 0-2.3. The two undefeated teams in the AFC: Texans and Chargers.NFC1. The entire NFC North is tied at 1-1.2. Saints are the only 0-2 team in the NFC.3. Cardinals are at the top of the NFC West with the 49ers at 2-0.

Texans should not surprise you in my opinion. They are your sleeper team this year.

September 19, 2012  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Comment #7 looks as if it were suppose to be from Snail man.

Uh oh!! DAYUM.....WTF?

September 19, 2012  09:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Uh oh!! DAYUM.....WTF?

I've just never known Guns n Guitars to ~do this~ in any of his posts, but that's a snial trail for sure.

 
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