Why the 2012 NFL Season Will Be Spectacular
To the average football fan, every new NFL season is greatly anticipated. The training camps and OTAs start the juices flowing with the guys showing up in the training facilties and host camp cities alike. Fans flock from miles around to see their favorite players gear up for the season during the hot sweltering days in July and August. It a rite of passage in the true football fans book, from driving through the Monk filled fields in Latrobe, PA for die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fans to the Napa Valley wine country to see the Oakland Raiders train hard during the 2 a days in camp. Its just part of the NFL standard and signals the upcoming start of the season. While those who casually follow the sport might not think much about the events leading up to the NFL season, the real nuts know every practice, every scrimmage and every preseason game because they just can’t get enough.
Looking ahead to the actual 2012 NFL season, lets start with the NFC who has the current Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. The NFC East is always deemed as one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL yet last year the NFC East Champion Giants struggled greatly just to get into the playoffs. Everyone expected the Philadelphia Eagles with the newly acquired Michael Vick to emerge or the Dallas Cowboys and the always confounding Tony Romo to be the top dog. In 2012, look for the Giants to continue their strong play with top WR combo in Nicks and Cruz along w/ Eli Manning to run the show.
The NFC North had a dominating regular season by the Packers end in heartache to their nemesis in the Giants. The resurgent Detroit Lions with Megatron and Matt Stafford made the playoffs however were dismantled by the New Orleans Saints in the end. The Vikings and Bears were doormats last year. This year, expect the Packers to come back to the Pack (no pun intended) and the Bears to be a pleasant surprise with the addition of Brandon Marshall. The Lions will drop back to reality.
The NFC West is San Fransisco’s to lose. They are clearly the best team in this division and the only thing stopping them will be their playoff mettle. The Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals will all play for 2nd place once again.
The NFC South is one that seems to change the guard every year. The Saints are currently holding the division crown but the Falcons are always buzzing around. We expect the Carolina Panthers to make a strong run at the division even as early as this year with Mr. Cam Newton showing his tremendous skills as a leader. The Bucs are toast.
Moving on to the AFC, we start in the East where the Super Bowl runner up Patriots have dominated this division for so long their fans are becoming bored. Can the NY Jets and their new beau Tim Tebow make a run at them? Buffalo and Miami are clearly rebuilding and we expect a Patriots division crown once again and the Jets to fall mightily. Don’t plan on streaming nfl games in New York in January.
The AFC North has been a battle of titans between the Steelers and Ravens in the past 5 years with the Ravens taking the crown in 2011 and narrowly missing the Super Bowl. The Bengals defense makes them a legit wildcard threat while the Browns go through another regime change. Expect the Ravens to continue their quest to another Super Bowl.
No more Peyton Manning in Indianapolis means no chance. The Texans took advantage and rolled over the division while the Titans and Jags basically show up on gamedays for a beating. Expect nothing to change as the Texans have too much raw talent to fail. Expect them in the AFC Championship this year.
Speaking of Peyton, he’s now with the Tebow-less Denver Broncos in their desperate grab for one last hurrah with the future hall of famer. Denver shocked everyone last year in defeating the Steelers in the wildcard round only to get obliterated by New England next week. Throw in the competitive Chiefs, Raiders and Chargers and this division might be the most interesting in football. We see the Raiders as a team on the come and taking the division.
So are you now ready for the the 2012 NFL Season? You’re welcome. Start Streaming NFL Games at your convenience.