Ice Bowl II…

Who would have predicted that the Ravens would be 2012 NFL Champions?

You have to appreciate the parody (and rivalries) of the National Football League.  If only there was more tradition and heart – then the pros would finally surpass their college peers.

But even though there pre-season favorites, there will surely be post-season surprises.  

Without further ado, here are my 2013 pre-season predictions – not who I want to win but who I believe will win . . . 

AFC EAST

New England Patriots
Wide receivers or no wide receivers . . . Tom Brady is still the best quarterback in the game (I hate to have to admit that).  But several are catching up.  It helps that this is the weakest division in the league. 

Miami Dolphins
In addition to having one of the best logo-updates in modern history, the Fins might have had one of the best off-seasons as well (outside of the Niners-Hawks arms race, of course).  

Buffalo Bills 
It helps to have a solid quarterback.  This they do not have.  

New York Jets
Goodbye Rex Ryan.  And good riddance.  


AFC NORTH 

Cincinnati Bengals 
Every year it seams like this franchise shows so much promise and yet so little results.  This year might be different.  At least until the playoffs.  

Pittsburgh Steelers 
They might have waited one year too long to rebuild.  But they will slowly but surely become more competitive.  Watch for Six-Burg to start slow and become a postseason spoiler.  

Baltimore Ravens
Too much pressure for one quarterback.  

Cleveland Browns
I want to say that the Browns will make progress.  But injuries and inexperience will just be too much.  When (if ever) will this team win again (you have to go back to the original pre-Baltimore move)? 


AFC SOUTH 

Houston Texans
Here is why I want the Texans to win . . . because nothing embarrasses Jerry Jones more.  

Indianapolis Colts 
Luck is going to get better and better. 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Everything rises and falls on Maurice Jones-Drew. 

Tennessee Titans
Never trust a Dawg under-center. 


AFC WEST 

Denver Broncos 
They better win with the talent on this roster (and lack of talent in the rest of the division).  The window is closing as Manning is aging. But he will better than last year as he is one year removed from his operation.  The question with Peyton will always be if his new neck can finally win a postseason game outdoors.  Regular season does not mean much to this team.

San Diego Chargers 
I am almost certain that Rivers will blame someone else for another ring-less year . . . but he is quickly running out of people to point the finger towards.  

Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid was the wrong guy for this team. 

Oakland Raiders 
Worst record in the league? 


NFC EAST 

New York Giants
Does this team win the Super Bowl every other year? Against the Patriots? 

Washington Redskins 
RGIII was the Rookie of the Year for a reason.  This is an explosive (and young) offense.  They will be fun to watch for years to come.  IF he can stay healthy. 

Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo.  Enough said. 

Philadelphia Eagles
Too much to change in such a short period of time. 


NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers 
If only they had a defense. Aaron Rodgers might just be this season’s MVP.  But it will not be enough without a few postseason upsets and some very bad weather in Lambeau.

Detroit Lions 
Will Stafford have any time to get the ball off? 

Chicago Bears
Many lessons will be learned this season.  One of which will be “never hire a CFL head coach”. 

Minnesota Vikings
Everyone knows that Peterson will get the ball nearly ever down.  And yet he still works his magic.  But can he take the pounding for yet another season? 


NFC SOUTH 

Atlanta Falcons
Great regular season team.  They will get contenders for years to come. 

New Orleans Saints
No more distractions.  Great coach.  But how is the defense? 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Risky off season transactions.  Time will tell. 

Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton will prove himself to be hype. 


NFC WEST

San Francisco 49ers
Who wins this division?  Whomever stays healthier the longest . . . Kaepernick or Wilson?  And will defenses make the adjustments to make either (or both) irrelevant?  I don’t believe so.  These games will be so much fun to watch. 

Seattle Seahawks
Harvin’s absence might just be the difference-maker in this division.  And home-field advantage might just be the difference between a Super Bowl Championship and an early exit.  

Arizona Cardinals 
Spoiler alert. 

St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford, I am so sorry. 

SUPER BOWL
I will break down the postseason details once the match-ups are released.  Until then, here is my bold prediction: The New York Football Giants become the first NFL franchise to win the Super Bowl on their home field.  The Texans will not be able to weather the weather.  Eli will have three times the rings as his older brother.  Who would have ever thought? 

Ice Bowl II…

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