NFL Projected Team-by-Team Records and Playoffs Picks

My utopia arrives tonight with the kickoff for the 2010 NFL season. I would love to pick the Steelers to win their seventh Super Bowl title like Sports Illustrated’s Peter King did.

I can’t due to the offensive question marks of this year’s squad, which will be without its superstar QB Ben Roethlisberger for four games, and lost its best receiver and offensive lineman from last season in Santonio Holmes and Willie Colon, respectively.

Pittsburgh finished a disappointing 9-7 in 2009 and this year’s team is no better on paper.  Yes, an aging defense could revert back to 2008 form when it was one of the best units in NFL history. But that is predicated on the continued health of S Troy Polamalu and DE Aaron Smith, both of who missed large portions of the 2007 and 2009 seasons in which the Steelers’ defense struggled without them.

In other words, both are now injury-prone veterans and it goes against logic to count on both remaining healthy all season. If that happens, though, this team can get into the playoffs, where it would have a decent chance of winning against any opponent in any stadium.

Take comfort in that I predicted the 2004 Steelers to finish 7-9 and they instead posted a 15-1 record. Likewise, with the schedule, depth and returning talent, I pegged the 2009 Steelers to finish 15-1, only to watch them go 9-7 in one of the most painful and frustrating Pittsburgh seasons since the early 1970s.

In other words, the Steelers often underachieve when they are supposed to be good and overachieve when they are projected to be mediocre or worse. The Ravens are picked by most to win the AFC North and few experts even have the Steelers in the playoffs. Here’s hoping the experts, including myself, are wrong. For now, though, here are my 2010 NFL picks:

AFC
East
Jets 10-6
Pats 10-6
Dolphins 9-7
Bills 4-12

North
Ravens 10-6
Bengals 10-6
Steelers 9-7
Browns 4-12

South
Colts 12-4
Texans 9-7
Titans 9-7
Jags 6-10

West
Chargers 11-5
Broncos 6-10
Raiders 6-10
Chiefs 5-11

NFC
East
Cowboys 11-5
Giants 10-6
Eagles 8-8
Redskins 7-9

North
Packers 11-5
Vikings 10-6
Bears 7-9
Lions 4-12

South
Saints 11-5
Falcons 10-6
Panthers 7-9
Bucs 4-12

West
49ers 10-6
Cardinals 8-8
Seahawks 6-10
Rams 2-14

Wild-Card Round
AFC
(3) Jets over (6) Bengals
(4) Ravens over (5) Pats

NFC
(3) Saints over (6) Falcons
(5) Vikings over (4) 49ers

Divisional Playoffs
AFC
(1) Colts over (4) Ravens
(3) Jets over (2) Chargers

NFC
(5) Vikings over (1) Packers
(2) Cowboys over (3) Saints

Championship Games
AFC
(3) Jets over (1) Colts

NFC
(2) Cowboys over (5) Vikings

Super Bowl
Cowboys over Jets

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  • drinkingclub

    I am going to predict a Steelers Packers Super Bowl. Steelers win 27-24 in the first Super Bowl to go to over time. You heard it here first!

  • Smheart78

    Not cool, I’m picking the Jets and Boys in the Super Bowl as well.

  • JCRODRIGUEZ

    Err…you are practically “predicting” the exact same AFC playoff matchups from year to year, with the exact same results, save form the 9-7 Jets, somehow beating the Colts this time…that is a very lame set of predictions…I know that you need to have your set, but the AFC portion of it it is just sad…and that aint gonna happen…overall only 2 new teams on the playoffs from last year…very bland forecasting…

  • Ocgunglinger

    Wow……you do this for a living????