Predictions for the 2013 NFL Season

3/12/13 in NFL   |   ddesmond   |   1 respect

It's March 12th, and that means that there are roughly 130 days until training camp. There are trades being made, players getting cut, and mock draft boards that tell you which players your favorite teams are likely to acquire. This time of year is troublesome for us football fanatics because the media teases us with excitement and speculation before the NFL even releases its official schedule. We are forced to twiddle our thumbs and watch Mexico play Canada in the World Baseball Classic, or watch SportsNation's coverage of the Madden 14 cover competition. Sundays are filled with lawn mowing, church going, and 60 Minutes watching... unless it's a re-run. I have come here to change all of that. I would like to present you with 3 predictions for next season. A lot of the ideas are predicated on the state of each NFL team at this very moment. There could be trades or transactions in the future that would alter my predictions and the NFL draft could certainly have an affect. I challenge anyone reading this to give me feedback, not in the form of criticism; instead I would like to see your 3 predictions. 
 
1. The Baltimore Ravens will NOT make the playoffs.
 
It's no secret that Baltimore limped into the playoffs last season. Losing 4 of their last 5 games (granted, week 17's game against Cincy wasn't all that important), there were legitimate questions as to whether or not they would even make it past the Colts. What they did was fantastic and just like Green Bay in 2011 and New York in 2012 showed, once you're in the playoffs you have a shot. I know that Joe Flacco has made it to the dance every year since he has been in the league, and I know that John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti are some of the best minds in football, but I'm certain they will hit a wall next year. The losses of Anquan Boldin, Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger are huge blows to the team, and if they are to lose Ed Reed their defense will be in rebuild mode for the first time in more than a decade. The AFC North will be better next year. The injury prone Steelers will get back on track, the Bengals will be a year older, and the Browns might be good enough to steal a couple more wins then they had last year. The Ravens will have the 5th toughest schedule next season facing the Packers, Broncos, Texans, and the "Brady Bunch", all teams that could easily expose their depleted defense. Baltimore will resemble the New York Giants last season... mediocre, 7-9 to be exact. 
 
2. Tony Romo will have a FANTASTIC year...and will win MVP.
 
The only year that Tony Romo had under a 90.5 QB rating was 2005, and that was due to the fact that he didn't throw a single pass all season. He has played in every game of the season 5 times in his career, and 4 of those seasons he threw for over 4,000 yards. His late game collapses and awful interceptions have over shadowed his elite statistics, and rightfully so because a 400 yard passing game means nothing when you lose. This prediction comes along with the prediction that Dallas will be a playoff team next season, because in order for anyone to give gunslinger Romo credit for having a wonderful year, Dallas needs to win. Nobody ever seems to run away with the NFC east these days, and with RG3 hobbled I feel that it gives Dallas and Tony Romo that much more chance to excel next season. I don't see Philly making much of a push as long as Michael Vick is under center, so that just leaves the Giants and Cowboys fighting for the NFC east crown. Dallas will go 11-5, and barring injury Tony Romo's statistics will look like this: 38TDS, 11INTS, 4397 Yards. MVP worthy? I think so.
 
3.MIami Dolphins will be NFL's surprise team of 2013.
 
7-9 isn't too shabby when you consider the Dolphins were a team that was led by a rookie QB and a rookie head coach. Although they mostly beat up on inferior teams they showed potential in wins over Seattle and Cincinnati. The mixture of 5 picks in the first 3 rounds of the draft, a more seasoned Ryan Tannehill, newly added MIke Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe, will make the Dolphins a contender in 2013. With opponents like the Bills (2), Jets (2), Chargers, Panthers, Bucs, and Browns, the Miami Dolphins have a shot at winning 9 to 10 games and possibly sneaking into the playoffs. 
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