Looking Into My Crystal Ball

By Lloyd Vance
Updated: September 3, 2008

PHILADELPHIA — Once again it is time for me to get out my crystal ball and see if I can prognosticate the upcoming NFL season. As all of my friends can attest to I have never been totally right or wrong and I have never gotten the Super Bowl match-up or champion completely right.

But please tell me who could have predicted the ’07 season’s ending with the G-Men going from 10-6 wildcard to four consecutive road playoff wins including knocking off the near invincible 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Maybe this is my year to be the envy of my doubters (Big V, I am specifically talking to you). However, you know I will have to eat some crow later this NFL season from these predictions.

My NFL tea-leaf reading is all in good fun, so with the season ready to kickoff –Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants hosting the Washington Redskins led by new head coach Jim Zorn — we can rejoice and say “Hallelujah” as the 2008 NFL Season is finally here.


NFC South

New Orleans Saints 11-5

Carolina Panthers 9-7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-10

Atlanta Falcons 4-12

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings 10-6

Green Bay Packers 8-8

Chicago Bears 7-9

Detroit Lions 3-13

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys 12-4

Philadelphia Eagles 9-7

New York Giants 9-7

Washington Redskins 6-10

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks 9-7

Arizona Cardinals 7-9

SF 49ers 5-11

St. Louis Rams 3-13

Division Champions: Saints (Bye), Cowboys (Bye), Seahawks, Vikings,

NFC Wild Cards: Eagles, Giants

NFC Wild Card Round: Eagles over Seahawks, Vikings over Giants

NFC Divisional Round: Cowboys over Eagles, Saints over Vikings

NFC Championship: Saints over Cowboys


AFC South

Indianapolis Colts 13-3

Jacksonville Jaguars 12-4

Houston Texans 9-7

Tennessee Titans 7-9

AFC North

Cleveland Browns 11-5

Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6

Cincinnati Bengals 6-10

Baltimore Ravens 5-11

AFC East

New England Patriots 12-4

New York Jets 9-7

Buffalo Bills 8-8

Miami Dolphins 5-11

AFC West

San Diego Chargers 13-3

Denver Broncos 8-8

Kansas City Chiefs 7-9

Oakland Raiders 5-11

Division Champions: Chargers (Bye), Colts (Bye), Browns, Patriots

AFC Wild Cards: Jaguars, Steelers

AFC Wild Card Round: Jaguars over Browns, Patriots over Steelers

AFC Divisional Round: Colts over Patriots, Jaguars over Chargers

AFC Championship: Colts over Jaguars

Super Bowl XLIII: Colts over Saints


NFL Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Offensive MVP: Quarterback Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

NFL Defensive MVP: Defensive Tackle Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee Titans

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: Running back Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

**Also keep an eye on WR/KR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles and RB Rashard Mendenhall

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: Linebacker Jarod Mayo, New England Patriots

** Also keep an eye on DT Sedrick Ellis, New Orleans Saints

NFL Co-Comeback Players of the Year: Running back Deuce McAllister, New Orleans Saints and Cornerback/Kick Returner Adam “Don’t Call Me Pacman” Jones, Dallas Cowboys

NFL Breakout Player: Wide Receiver Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis Colts

First Pick of the 2009 NFL Draft: LSU pass rusher Tyson Jackson by the Detroit Lions.