Baltimore Sun staff predictions for the 2010 NFL season

September 09, 2010

Kevin Cowherd

Super Bowl champion: Colts
AFC championship game: Colts
NFC championship game: Packers
AFC division playoffs: Ravens, Colts
NFC division playoffs: Packers, 49ers
AFC wild-card playoffs: Bengals, Texans
NFC wild-card playoffs: Vikings, 49ers
AFC East champ: Patriots
AFC North champ: Ravens
AFC South champ: Colts
AFC West champ: Chargers
AFC wild cards: Bengals, Texans
NFC East champ: Cowboys
NFC North champ: Packers
NFC South champ: Saints
NFC West champ: 49ers
NFC wild cards: Vikings, Falcons
MVP: P. Manning, Colts
Off. Player of the Year: M. Schaub, Texans
Def. Player of the Year: N. Asomugha, Raiders
Off. Rookie of the Year: D. Bryant, Cowboys
Def. Rookie of the Year: N. Suh, Lions
Coach of the Year: J. Harbaugh, Ravens

Three storylines to watch this season

• How will the Vikings' Brett Favre do after his umpteenth un-retirement and supposedly last season?

• How will the loudmouth Jets and their loudmouth coach, Rex Ryan, fare in a season in which every team is gunning for them?

• How will coach Marvin Lewis handle his assorted troublemakers (Pacman Jones, Rey Maualuga, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco)?


Jamison Hensley

Super Bowl champion: Ravens
AFC championship game: Ravens
NFC championship game: Falcons
AFC division playoffs: Ravens, Texans
NFC division playoffs: Falcons, Eagles
AFC wild-card playoffs: Dolphins, Colts
NFC wild-card playoffs: Eagles, Vikings
AFC East champ: Dolphins
AFC North champ: Ravens
AFC South champ: Texans
AFC West champ: Raiders
AFC wild cards: Colts, Patriots
NFC East champ: Eagles
NFC North champ: Packers
NFC South champ: Falcons
NFC West champ: 49ers
NFC wild cards: Vikings, Cowboys
MVP: A. Rodgers, Packers
Off. Player of the Year: A. Johnson, Texans
Def. Player of the Year: P. Willis, 49ers
Off. Rookie of the Year: R. Mathews, Chargers
Def. Rookie of the Year: B. Graham, Eagles
Coach of the Year: G. Kubiak, Texans

Three storylines to watch this season

• The New Orleans Saints are looking to overcome a Super Bowl hangover as well as the upstart Atlanta Falcons.

• Increased hype and Darrelle Revis' holdout has put major pressure on the New York Jets.

• Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers seem primed to overtake Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.


Edward Lee

Super Bowl champion: Packers
AFC championship game: Patriots
NFC championship game: Packers
AFC division playoffs: Patriots, Colts
NFC division playoffs: Packers, Cowboys
AFC wild-card playoffs:Ravens, Colts
NFC wild-card playoffs: Cowboys, Eagles
AFC East champ: Patriots
AFC North champ: Bengals
AFC South champ: Colts
AFC West champ: Chargers
AFC wild cards: Ravens, Texans
NFC East champ: Cowboys
NFC North champ: Packers
NFC South champ: Saints
NFC West champ: 49ers
NFC wild cards: Eagles, Falcons
MVP: A. Rodgers, Packers
Off. Player of the Year: A. Johnson, Texans
Def. Player of the Year: P. Willis, 49ers
Off. Rookie of the Year: J. Best, Lions
Def. Rookie of the Year: N. Suh, Lions
Coach of the Year: M. McCarthy, Packers

Three storylines to watch this season

• Will the New York Jets implode under the weight of high expectations, media attention and Darrelle Revis' holdout?

• Could Nnamdi Asomugha and the Oakland Raiders create some waves in a weakened AFC West?

• Will Brett Favre really call it quits after this season, or can we expect another cringe-worthy moment from Ed Werder?


Ken Murray

Super Bowl champion: Packers
AFC championship game: Chargers
NFC championship game: Packers
AFC division playoffs: Chargers, Colts
NFC division playoffs: 49ers, Packers
AFC wild-card playoffs: Ravens, Bengals
NFC wild-card playoffs: Cowboys, 49ers
AFC East champ: Dolphins
AFC North champ: Ravens
AFC South champ: Colts
AFC West champ: Chargers
AFC wild cards: Bengals, Patriots
NFC East champ: Cowboys
NFC North champ: Packers
NFC South champ: Saints
NFC West champ: 49ers
NFC wild cards: Falcons, Eagles
MVP: D. Brees, Saints
Off. Player of the Year: A. Rodgers, Packers
Def. Player of the Year: P. Willis, 49ers
Off. Rookie of the Year: R. Mathews, Chargers
Def. Rookie of the Year: N. Suh, Lions
Coach of the Year: M. Singletary, 49ers

Three storylines to watch this season

• Rex Ryan's bold offseason moves could send the Jets to the Super Bowl -- or stumbling out of the playoffs.

• Joe Flacco's third season promises fireworks now that the Ravens have improved their receiving corps.

• Aaron Rodgers already has shown he should have been the No. 1 pick in 2005; now he may take the Packers to the Super Bowl.


Mike Preston

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