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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012 NFL SEASON PREVIEW AND PREDICTION





First a recap of the previous season…



Last season, the Giants were 6-6 going into their Week 14 matchup at Dallas. It was an opportunity for the Cowboys to seize control of the NFC East. New York was in the middle of a x-game losing streak. Dallas had a 12 point lead with 5 minutes remaining. The Giants scored to cut the lead down to 5. And then this happened…



The Giants scored again to take a 37-34 lead, but Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo drove his team in position for a game tying field goal. It appeared that the game was heading towards overtime…


Following the win at Dallas the Giants followed it up with a loss to the Redskins. It appeared that the Giants were heading towards the off-season and a possible coaching change. Their playoff run would have to start next week on the road… at the Jets.

Even though quarterback Eli Manning had a lackluster game, wide receiver Victor Cruz was the difference catching x-passes for y-yards and z-touchdowns.

The highlight of that game was this play:


From that point on, the Giants never trailed and “Cruzed” to a 25-14 win over their cross town rivals.

Under the NFL’s television rules, the Sunday night contest for Week 17 is left vacant so that a matchup with the most playoff implications is scheduled. This is also the 256th and final game of the regular season. The matchup chosen was the Giants-Cowboys game at MetLife Stadium.


The Giants jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the Cowboys scored two touchdowns in the second half. New York scored 10 more points to close out the game, win 31-14, and claim their second NFC East title in five seasons.

The Giants continued their winning streak with a 24-2 win over the Falcons at home, followed by a 37-20 win at Green Bay in the divisional round, and Lawrence Tynes kicking the Giants into the Super Bowl with a 20-17 overtime win at San Francisco.

Super Bowl XLVI was against the New England Patriots who won 10 straight games en route to their second Super Bowl appearance in four years. Their last loss was in Week 9 when Eli Manning drove the length of the field for a game winning touchdown at New England to give the Giants a 24-20 win.


Also, who could forget Super Bowl XLII:


With the Patriots clinging to a two-point lead with four minutes remaining, it appeared that New England was on their way to their first Super Bowl championship since the 2004 season and exercising the demons from their last championship appearance.

Until…


Just like in Dallas in December, the Giants seized their opportunity. With 3:46 remaining and the ball on the Giants 12, Eli Manning launches a pass down the near sideline to a streaking Mario Manningham.


8 plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw capped the drive with a rushing touchdown with 57 seconds remaining to give the Giants a 21-17 lead.

The Patriots had one last chance as they drove to midfield. With five seconds left, quarterback Tom Brady launched a Hail Mary Pass to the end zone…


And for the second time in four years, the Giants defeated the Patriots in a Super Bowl and Eli Manning was named the game’s MVP.

The top stories in the NFL’s off-season was quarterback Peyton Manning’s release from the Colts and signing with the Denver Broncos, the Saints “Bounty-gate” that resulted in the season long suspension of head coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma and indefinite suspension of defensive coordinator Greg Williams, the quiet return of Jeff Fisher to sidelines in St. Louis, Mario Williams signing with the Buffalo Bills, and the Broncos trading Tim Tebow to the New York Jets.

And it starts again tonight with a re-match of the final regular season game between the Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants against the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are my predictions for division winners and wild card teams:


AFC
NFC
EAST
New England
Philadelphia
NORTH
Baltimore
Green Bay
SOUTH
Houston
New Orleans
WEST
Denver
San Francisco
WILD CARDS
Kansas City, Pittsburgh
Carolina, Chicago


NFC Championship: Green Bay over Philadelphia

AFC Championship: Houston over Baltimore

Over the past three seasons I have gone with Green Bay as the NFC favorite and there is no reason to not see any change. Green Bay was 15-1 last season and had a rather embarrassing exit from the playoffs by eventual Super Bowl champion New York. This is still the same team that won Super Bowl XLV a couple of seasons ago. The 49ers are a good team, but it’s going to be tough to repeat the defensive performance they put on. The Saints have too much drama and it going to be tough for the Giants to repeat. Again, the Packers are my NFC favorite.

In the AFC, I think the Texans are good enough to make a Super Bowl run. All the top teams in the AFC have some serious flaw that I am not comfortable with. New England: being a previous Super Bowl loser and their defense. Baltimore is getting older on defense. Pittsburgh’s running game is a concern. Even though the Broncos have a new quarterback in Peyton Manning, it’s still the same team it was last year. And the Jets are all hype.

Super Bowl predicition

The game is in New Orleans this season, so I am going with Green Bay over Houston.

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