Monday, August 1, 2011

Super Bowl Predictions

I'm not going way out on a limb or anything, but the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will play in the Super Bowl this year. The moves these two teams made in free agency gives them a distinct advantage over the rest of the league.

The New England Patriots have turned into the new version of the Oakland Raiders. They have the ability to bring in disgruntled, misunderstood players and maximize their talents where other teams have failed. Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth certainly fit the bill. Now that both players are no longer in adverse situations and playing under a more structured system look for both of these guys to return to their Pro Bowl form.

The Philadelphia Eagles have decided the future is now by adding defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, quarterback Vince Young, and shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha. Contrary to popular belief Michael Vick is highly regarded around the league and players respect the way he's been able to resurrect his career. Vick's presence, personality, and skill set have made the Eagles a team free agents want to play for. With their recent acquisitions Philadelphia has more talent than any team in the league.

The New York Jets have tried to keep pace by re-signing Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie while adding Plaxico Buress, but their defensive line is still a question. As much as I love Rex Ryan and Revis Island I still think the Jets will come up a bit short.

Let us not forget the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers may have a little something to say about this as well. Aaron Rodgers is coming into his own as an elite quarterback and the Pack will have several key starters back from injury, but only great teams win back to back Super Bowls. The Packers are just very good.

In the end it always comes down to injuries. All the predictions in the world don't mean a thing if Tom Brady and Michael Vick miss significant time. A team's future can change at the drop of a hat if they can't stay healthy. Let the quest begin.

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