Originally Posted by bfoflcommish
I like that parlay. Little worried about Seahawks and skins for you though.
Disagree with quite a few of your other picks
Glad we're generating some discussion. I'll tell you why I chose those teams and then let me know if you agree/disagree and your basis for your decisions please.
I think the Seahawks made great upgrades to their defense via draft/free agency and I see Tampa Bay as a former stout defense that has aged severely and lost key personnel. I see Seattle's offense healthy and hungry for the playoffs again. I see Tampa's offense desperate with major questions on the line, RB, WR and QB.
I don't exactly think much of Washington, though I think Campbell is talented and will continue growing, you cannot deny the Portis/Betts punch and a defense with the best safeties in the league and great coaching. Miami on the hand is another aging team with a first year coach. Ronnie Brown is in the doghouse. Apparently so is Chambers (trade rumors). Trent Green is stop gap at best. I think Miami is in the cellar this year.
I LOVE Steven Jackson and the Rams offense. That being said, I think Delhomme had a poor year last year and is going to bounce back. Carolina's D is still a dominant force and the class of the NFC. I'm ready for them to punch the Rams offense in the mouth and move the ball with ease against St Louis's weak D.
As for the Ravens... simply put I can't take Cincinnati's defense seriously and think between the progression of Haloti Ngata, that defense is going to be too much for an offense line that lost a key player to free agency to handle.
A lot's being said about the turn around of the Raiders but until I see a few new faces on their offensive line I can't say that I buy it for a single second. Obviously the Lions have losing traditions of their own but their losing culture/attitude seems to have come to an end and I wouldn't be surprised to see them approach 8-8 while Oakland struggles to see 6 wins.
Texans and Chiefs was hard for me to decide. On one hand, KC still has gonzo and LJ. On the other, their O line is in shambles. Houston's Johnson should abuse Law/Surtain and I fully expect Kubiak to generate a running game with Ahman Green and turn Matt Schaub into a game manager at least, a playmaker at best.