The NFL season starts later tonight, as the Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys. With the season only hours away, it's time to get some quick NFL thoughts for the upcoming year.
-Andrew Luck will have a rookie year like Peyton Manning's (maybe a little better), though still a 5-11 team. Robert Griffith III won't play like Cam Newton last year (not a bad thing, though).
-Tim Tebow will become the Jets starting QB at some point this year. In the event of that, you'll know the Jets are missing the playoffs.
-The Dolphins will be the worst team in football. Nothing from Hard Knocks tells me any different. Jacksonville and Minnesota will be close behind them.
-Trent Richardson will be Offensive Rookie of the Year, running behind Joe Thomas. Browns will be 7-9, benefitting from a year-after Bengals team and an aging and banded-up Ravens (yes, both miss the playoffs).
-If there's any doubt left on which conference is better, the NFC will shatter that this year. Too many top-flight QB's than in the AFC (Brady, Roethlisberger and Rivers are the only ones who match the NFC's best, unless Peyton comes back strong)
-Aaron Rodgers wins back-to-back MVP's and Offensive Player of the Year. Defensive Player of the Year will be Jason Pierre-Paul.
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Steelers
AFC South: Texans
AFC West: Chiefs
AFC Wild Cards: Bills and Broncos
AFC Championship: Texans over Steelers
NFC East: Giants
NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Falcons
NFC West: Seahawks
NFC Wild Card: Bears and 49ers
NFC Championship Game: Packers over Bears
Super Bowl XLVII: Packers over Texans
Also: my first NFL weekly pick this year is Giants (-4.5) over the Cowboys.