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Old 09-05-2007, 01:23 PM   #5
Brad O.
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Toby: I meant winning the NFC West.

Toby and grizzle: Yeah, the Niners have a shot. I'll be interested to see how the offense looks without Norv. Don't misinterpret this as me thinking the Seahawks are good. I just don't think the rest of the division will be particularly good this season, either.

Originally Posted by CKFresh View Post
Do you have any information or reasoning behind this retarded prediction?

Carson Palmer is finally healthy and they are returning 10 of 11 starters on offense.

They have gained speed and experience on defense...

I am guessing you live in Pittsburgh?
Hmm. I see you live in Cincinnati, and apparently you like the Bengals, but personal attacks ("retarded") and accusations of bias (I've never even been to Pittsburgh) are not called for.

My reasoning is that the Bengals play in what seems right now like the league's toughest division (though their out-of-conference games, against the NFC West, look pretty soft) and HAVE NO DEFENSE.

The line is Justin Smith and a bunch of nobodies.
Their best linebacker who's allowed to play this season signed less than two weeks ago.
Their secondary looks like the strongest unit on defense, and it's just okay.

Furthermore, offensive line has become a question mark, and the team has no depth at any position, except maybe WR once Chris Henry's suspension is over. This team is very vulnerable to injuries, and if someone important -- Palmer, Rudi, Willie Anderson, starting wideouts, J.Smith -- goes down, I don't see how the Bengals can finish with a winning record.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not predicting 4-12 or anything. 7-9 sounds about right. When you have a top-10 offense and a bottom-five defense, a little below .500 is about where you'd expect a team to finish, especially in the AFC.

Having said all of that, these predictions are meant to be a little risky, and if ALL of them come true, f-ing Sports Illustrated had better call about hiring me.
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