- 08/02/2013, 10:32PM ET
kalbrecht17 said 08/02, 10:32 PM
Who ya got???
East: Pats (tempted to go fins, but just not quite yet)
Definitely some interesting matchups this year inter division so let's do this one.
DO_WORK_SON said 08/02, 11:41 PM
East: New York Giants
Clearly, you're banking on RGIII, but you and others are quickly forgetting that he already missed an entire college season with a knee injury. Tough to win a division if you can't keep your starting QB healthy.
West: Seattle Seahawks
They dominated the 49ers in the second game of 2012, but first half mistakes against the Falcons kept them out of the NFC Championship Game. They're a better team all-around.
North: Minnesota Vikings
Right now, I'm just offering 2 words: Adrian Peterson.
South: Atlanta Falcons
East: New England Patriots (No temptation to go Dolphins, and I'm a Miami fan.)
West: Denver Broncos
North: Baltimore Ravens
No reason for me to buy into the delusion that the Ravens are going backwards this year. They may not make the Superbowl, but they'll win the AFC North.
South: Indianapolis Colts
Houston was trending down while Indy was trending up at the end of the 2012 season. I expect those trends to continue into 2013.
kalbrecht17 said 08/03, 12:03 AM
i'll put this one up tonight but i'm gonna wait on the next one so theres more views. ill just hit each briefly tonight. more in depth based on your counters.
nfc north. the vikes don't have the guns to do it this year in the division and i'm a die hard vikes fan. the secondary is too young for the pass happy div. losing winfield will be a killer. i'd say wild card is their ceiling.
giants vs skins.
this one was the true toss up for me. i love the giants, but think their huge issue is depending on eli and the pass to win. eli is just so inconsistent that the nyg lose some games that they shouldn't and i can see the skins creeping past them. plus all signs are pointing to rgIII being ready. even if he's not, cousins has proved he can do it in the clutch.
hawks are no way going to pass the niners. they won't have the offense to move it especially with harvin going down now. they needed him far more than sf needed crabtree.
ravens- pitta, boldin (with the niners so double whammy to you) gone means this offense struggles bc of choice to depend on flacco. cinci is ready to make the jump.
colts rode the pagono high to a solid finish. can't see it happening so easy again
DO_WORK_SON said 08/03, 07:13 PM
Chicago is the only team in the division with a top 10 secondary against the pass from 2012, so you can't really detract from the Vikings in that regard. The concern is whether or not their offense can answer. As you mentioned, it's a pass happy division, but I believe that's where the Vikings hold the advantage. The other teams focus so heavily on the pass that they neglect the run. In fact, the Packers and Lions both finished outside the top 15 for rushing offense last season and did nothing to improve in that regard. The Vikings were #2 in rushing offense and improved their passing game with the addition of Cassel in case Ponder can't get it done.
RGIII could be ready; that's not the point. Can his knees hold up? 2 very serious knee injuries in the past few years is worrisome. Sure, Cousins showed he could get it done, but the offense becomes more limited with him under center. The Giants have been the face of consistency for the NFC East when it comes to Ws and Ls. If I'm betting on a winner, I'm betting on them.
Seahawks have just as good a passing offense and better rushing offense. Defense is also slightly better.
kalbrecht17 said 08/05, 12:21 AM
the pack will win the north. they improved their ground game through the draft, and rumor has it they still have a guy named aaron rodgers under center who will cause there to be extra running room for franklin and lacy bc of his mere presence. more space=more easy yardage for 2 capable backs. vikes were EXTREMELY lucky to even make the playoffs last year. you think walsh will be damn near perfect again? you think ponder will play out of his mind (positively) to steal a few more games? they caught a lot of breaks just to get to the playoffs. lmao at the cassell comment. if he sees the field the season is over.
giants lack of a defense is going to catch up to them. you can't be 31st in YA and 12th in pts very often. and rgIIIs knees will be just fine. the guy has done it before.
at this point i honestly think its a tossup in the west. but im going niners bc of the man on the headset. ill take harbaugh over carroll any day of the week.
ravens offensive regression plus flacco's fat contract (laziness/SB hangover?)=no division win.
texans added ed reed and hopkins. both game changers. hopkins will light up the division and houston stays on top
DO_WORK_SON said 08/05, 07:04 PM
I guess Ray Rice, Jacoby Jones, and Torrey Smith are chopped liver. Flacco doesn't need to do anymore than he did last year... Win games. The Bengals? Can you even name a WR after AJ Green? Starting RB is Green-Ellis? Dalton isn't even as good as Flacco, but you think he can do more with less?
Colts took pressure off of Andrew Luck with the addition of Ahmad Bradshaw. Their offseason moves have only made them better. Houston remains stagnant. It'll be the closest division race, but the Colts will win it.
Aaron Rogers was there last year too. Didn't open up any space for the run game... What makes two unproven rookies any different?
Giants made huge moves with their defense this off-season. Dan Connor, Damontre Moore, Cullen Jenkins... The 2013 Giants defense will look nothing like the 2012 version...
Good throwdown... Good luck!
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