On Friday, we brought you our predictions for how the AFC will shake up throughout the 2010 season. We gave you our picks to win the division, make the playoffs, and reach the Super Bowl. Today, we bring you the same for the NFC, plus our 2010 Super Bowl champion and individual award winners. Let’s get right to it.
Prior to the Saints/Vikings season opener on Thursday night, the players gathered on their respective sidelines and held a finger in the air to show a sign of solidarity in the face of a labor dispute. The goal was for the players to get the fans on their side as they prepare for a fight with the owners regarding a new CBA.
While most people feel like the owners have the upper hand in the situation, the players’ union has some weapons in mind to fight back. Mike Silver wrote up a tome about the situation for Yahoo! Sports if you’re so inclined. In his lengthy column, Silv mentioned a few tricks the players may have up their sleeves:
We know, we’re a day late with this. But we promise last night’s game between the Saints and Vikings did nothing to change our outlook on 2010. We’ve taken some time to think about all 32 NFL teams and where we think they’ll finish the year. We also weigh in on who will take home the hardware and who goes home empty-handed. Today, we bring you our predictions for the AFC. Check back tomorrow for the NFC, along with our picks to win the Super Bowl and individual award-winners. Without further ado, here are our AFC predictions for the 2010 NFL season:
His team loses its season opener. Because Brett Favre refused to participate in training camp and instead spent his third straight offseason being a drama queen, the Vikings lost to the Saints in Thursday night’s NFL opener. Okay, maybe the defending Super Bowl champs had a little bit to do with Minnesota’s loss, but to say Favre was rusty would be a huge understatement.
With the exception of tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, Old Man Brett looked out of sync with all of the Vikings’ pass-catchers. He overthrew and underthrew Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian. He was able to hook up with newcomer Greg Camarillo on a nice connection of 20 yards but came right back and threw an awful ball in Camarillo’s direction on the same drive.
Favre finished the game 15-of-27 with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His inability to throw the ball accurately down the field forced the Vikings to become one-dimensional and painfully predictable, relying on Adrian Peterson and short passes of less than five yards. As The Big Lead points out, Favre was 4-for-12 on passes intended for his wide receivers and completed less than half of his passes that were beyond three yards down the field.
Here’s Adrian Peterson’s take on whether or not he’s better than Chris Johnson, which would in turn make him the best running back in the NFL:
Yes [I'm better]. He’s not faster, stronger, anything,” Peterson explained, via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “You’ve got to understand you’re talking to a guy . . . that’s just the mentality that I have. I have ultimate respect for the guy and he’s a heck of a player. I remember at one point and time me talking on the phone to Chris Johnson. He was telling me, ‘I’m just a big fan of yours. I like your style.’ Some [of the] advice that I gave him was, ‘I play this game to be the best player ever to play the game. That’s my mentality.’”
Now, for Chris Johnson’s take on how he stacks up against AP:
I don’t [compare myself to Peterson]. I am the best back in the league, he is not. I don’t think it is close. I feel like I am above all the other running backs in the league. I feel like I am above him.”
So Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in a pretty major car crash on his way to the team’s facilities Thursday morning. Reports are that Brady is fine and was able to practice during the day, but we know the people from the other car were injured pretty badly. Aside from the surprise that Brady actually drives his own car and that his vehicle of choice is an Audi, there was another surprise with the whole incident.
Upon seeing the video of the event, I was surprised that Brady wasn’t more concerned about the status of the other people following the collision. Then you hear that the other car ran a red light and it all makes sense — Brady was probably stunned out of his mind and completely blindsided by the collision. I’d be pissed if a car ran a red light and hit my car too. Hopefully everyone is fine, but honestly, that crash did not look good.
Tom Brady — Unruffled at Crash Scene [TMZ Sports]
Anyone who follows LBS knows that NFL training camp is a time for pranks, especially when it comes to rookie hazing. We know Pete Carroll loves messing around with his players, but who knew Jeff Fisher did too? Check out what happened with Fisher and star running back Chris Johnson. As C.J. tweeted via Sports by Brooks Live, Fisher apparently moved Johnson’s car into the team’s practice bubble. Here’s the pic Johnson shared:
Johnson says they opened up a can of worms. I’m sure he can do much better than that. That’s pretty weak when it comes to pranks. At least it’s more considerate than filling the car with popcorn, I have to say.