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Luke Graham's column appears periodically in the Steamboat Today. Contact him at 970-871-4229 or lgraham@SteamboatToday.com.

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Don’t let your children grow up to be Buffalo Bills fans.

It’s a lowly existence, full of tears, soul-crushing losses and mediocrity passed off as trying.

We last made the playoffs in 1999. Barring an AFC East collapse, my team won’t make it again. Because of that, it’s essential to find other ways to make the NFL intriguing. Fantasy football helps, but so does prognosticating a 16-game season with the rest of the buffoons in a violent and often volatile sport.

There’s always a surprise team, that’s for sure. The only certainty I have going into this season is that that team won’t be my Buffalo Bills.

Guaranteed.

That said, here’s how it plays out:

AFC East

New York Jets 12-4

Miami 10-6

New England 8-8

Buffalo 3-13

Overview: The Jets win the division going away with that defense. Miami might be the most balanced team, and New England is too young on defense and missing too much on the offensive line. For Buffalo, please refer to the 2000 through 2009 seasons.

AFC North

Baltimore 11-5

Cincinnati 9-7

Pittsburgh 7-9

Cleveland 5-11

Overview: Absolutely love Ray Rice in Baltimore. Cincinnati could make a charge, while Cleveland is a couple of years away. Pittsburgh can’t run the ball and will be without Ben Roethlisberger for the first four games.

AFC South

Indianapolis 12-4

Tennessee 10-6

Houston 8-8

Jacksonville 4-12

Overview: Until Peyton Manning is done, this is his division. Houston is always a letdown, but I like Tennessee and a young defense and great running game.

AFC West

Oakland 10-6

Kansas City 8-8

Denver 7-9

San Diego 7-9

Overview: Oakland is my surprise team. The Raiders defense is legit, and they’ll score against teams in their own division. Kansas City, Denver and San Diego are all interchangeable teams. Oh, and relax, Broncos fan, seven wins is a good year for you.

NFC East

New York Giants 10-6

Philadelphia 9-7

Dallas 8-8

Washington 6-10

Overview: This division has gone from the best to most overrated. Dallas has too much pressure with the Super Bowl in its backyard. Philly coach Andy Reid may know more about quarterbacks than anyone in the league. Kevin Kolb will have a good year, and Donovan McNabb is done.

NFC North

Green Bay 13-3

Minnesota 10-6

Detroit 6-10

Chicago 4-12

Overview: Your 2010-11 MVP? Green Bay’s Aaron Rogers. The Vikings aren’t going to be as good as last year, and Jay Cutler could throw 25 interceptions. Detroit’s Matt Stafford is my favorite young quarterback in the league.

NFC South

Atlanta 11-5

New Orleans 9-7

Carolina 6-10

Tampa Bay 3-13

Overview: Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is due for a huge year. New Orleans will experience some letdown after its Super Bowl year.

NFC West

San Francisco 8-8

Seattle 8-8

Arizona 5-11

St. Louis 2-14

Overview: The 2010 nominee for the Judge Smails division as the worst in football. San Francisco wins by default, sweeping Seattle. Pete Carroll comes back to the NFL, produces mediocre results, but can finally legally pay players.

AFC Championship game

Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 21

NFC Championship game

Green Bay 42, New Orleans 38

Super Bowl

Green Bay 31, Baltimore 13

Comments

fartpark 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Gary, Steelers to the Superbowl !!!! Denver will stink it up as usual.

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nodui 4 years, 3 months ago

Steelers Suck!!! and Big Bung is a disgrace!!! LOL

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