Brinson's Breakdown: Sheesh, nice to see everyone on the Rivers-for-MVP bandwagon. Been there, done that, still driving that train. I'm hopping off the Falcons wagon, some anyway, however. At least to the extent that I can pick the Cowboys to make the Super Bowl the year after it's hosted in Dallas anyway. Irony!
Yes, I love the Lions and yes, I think Matthew Stafford stays healthy. Notsomuch for Vick who will take a step back from his otherworldly 2010 because of expectations, if he doesn't play more than 12 games, it'll be a disappointment and that line is secretly dangerous. We supply at best price and high quality.
Speaking of stepbacks, I could have put Cassel there but the Chiefs, except for Jamaal Charles, will all come back to Earth now that their schedule looks like that of a division champ and Charlie Weis isn't calling plays. Johnathan Joseph gets the Texans to the playoffs for the first time ever, while Rex Grossman will just keep us all from seeing the enthusiasm of John Beck. For a few weeks.
Wilson's Breakdown: The last two times the Steelers won the Super Bowl they missed the playoffs the following year. Luckily, they lost to the Packers in February, so they're all set in 2011. NFL fans find the ultimate selection of for your favorite team.
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, at wide receiver, and behind Joe Flacco. Oh, and I'm a huge Steelers homer. Did I mention that? No? Moving on...
Katzowitz's breakdown: Nobody can accuse me of being homer. Hell, every time I have to call DirecTV for my Sunday Ticket account, with discount. I have to explain to them how I don't have a favorite team and why I don't. They kept insisting that I must have a favorite team, and I keep telling them I don't. I wish they would stop asking and leave me alone! Anyway, I had a tough time not putting the Colts in the playoffs, but if Peyton Manning's neck is a big problem and he misses a large part of the season, there's no way they can beat out the Texans in the AFC South or the Ravens and the Jets for the wild card.
As for worst free agent pickup, you've got to go with Plaxico Burress, who either will be a)ineffective after a year and a half in jail or b) will keep suffering injury after injury or c) both. As far as the Jets, who I picked to win the Super Bowl last year? Well, I'm pretty sure they won't win it this year. In fact, I think they'll take a step back. Meanwhile, the Patriots will continue to roll along with the people they've collected off other team's scrap heaps.