Who will win the SuperBowl this year? It’s not an easy question to answer with a bunch of teams that are still fighting for their playoff lives. The odds on favorite New York Giants are dealing with issues surrounding Plaxico Burress. So what if he shot himself in the leg? Maybe that was the best thing to ever happen to a Giants team bothered by his distractions throughout this season.
But will they be focused enough to win the SuperBowl? Yes. But will Eli Manning be good enough to win another SuperBowl. I say no. He’s been terrific this season. But getting through the NFC unscathed won’t be an easy task. Not to mention the Giants will be beaten up if they do manage to make it to Tampa.
The NFC is hard to predict this early because the playoff picture has yet to be decided. The Giants and Cardinals are probably going to make it. But teams like Atlanta, Minnesota, Dallas, Chicago and Carolina are still on the playoff bubble. So the scenario of the NFC is very confusing at best. But let’s go ahead and take a stab.
I like the Cowboys to clinch a wildcard spot. I also like the Bears with 3 home games coming up to steal the division title in the NFC North. That leaves a three way shootout with Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay fighting for a division title and the other remaining wild card spot. The Panthers and Bucs play on Monday night in what could be a division title game in Carolina. So I’ll go ahead and say it now. Panthers win the division title. The Falcons will most likely lose to a stubborn New Orleans team dropping them nearly out of contention. Dallas keeps on winning. Cowboys and Jones in the playoffs. Bucs slide in because of a young Atlanta team’s demise late in the year.
If it were to work out that way. I would have the Giants and Panthers playing for the NFC title unless I did my math wrong. Panthers will have to do it on the road unless someone can upset the Giants. That upset could and will only happen if it’s the Cowboys. With a healthy Romo it’s a definite possibility but not extremely likely. I would then take the Panthers to march on to the SuperBowl after their defense shows exactly why it’s one of the best in the league. Not to mention the 1-2 punch of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Lately it’s just been a 1 punch of Williams that’s been extremely effective. Note his 4 touchdowns this past week.
In the AFC, the picture is still scrambled. I don’t have a lot of faith in the Tennessee Titans and am not willing to jump on board that bandwagon until they can prove they can score sufficiently on a strong defense. Note the New York Jets game. Denver should win their division. Jets are in. Steelers should be in. Baltimore and Indianapolis are Wild Care entries. The Colts are on fire. Even though they didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Cleveland they have managed to win. Notice that the first several games of the year were like preseason warmups for Peyton Manning, who will hit full stride in the playoffs.
The Titans could get upset in the AFC semifinals. After a week off, one of the tough Wild Card teams will pay a visit to Nashville and steal the home field advantage away. Or more appropriately, give it to another team. I say the Colts beat the Titans after beating the Broncos. Or something like that.
Colts meet the Steelers/or Jets in the AFC title game. I hate to say it but just like a mirror image from last year’s NFC title game, the Jets and Favre can’t get it done. Or Roethlisberger self destructs and the Colts offense hits high gear and resumes it’s power in the AFC. That team knows how to win and they follow their leader into Tampa.
So you have Indianapolis and Carolina in the SuperBowl. I say the Colts struggle in the first half but right the ship in the 2nd half for a 27-21 victory. It will be hard fought and the Carolina defense will draw praise. Maybe Jonathan Stewart emerges from the shadow of DeAngelo Williams with a great game because the Colts try to bottle up Williams. But the battle of quarterbacks puts Indy over the top. Peyton makes too many good decisions and the Colts pull off the miraculous streak from Wild Card to World Champs.