1. Randy Moss will not have 1,000 receiving yards: Moss' career is going to start declining. He is getting older, currently 33 years old, and he was really unimpressive down the stretch of '09 season. Over the final seven games, he average just 53 yards per game and highest total over that span was just 75 yards.
Everyone here has a prediction that other will say "WTF are you thinking, man?" They are always a fun thing to do: take shot in the dark and see how close you were to being correct. So let us make them here, check back on it in twenty weeks, and see how embarrassingly wrong we all were. Here is my four predictions:
2. Vikings will not make the playoffs, with or without Favre: Favre's last season help set a recent trend with him, alternating having a good season and a bad one. In '06, he was bad, '07 he was good, in '08 he was bad, '09 he was good. Recent trend says that Favre will be bad. And by some miracle that Favre decides to retire, Tarvaris Jackson will be Vikings' starting QB. Yeah, no way in hell Tarvaris Jackson leads Vikings to playoffs, especially with Packers also fighting to the division title.
3. Oakland Raiders will reach the playoffs: This is... absolutely insane to say. This is the offseason where Al Davis either secretly died and someone took over or he actually remembered how to run a team. They cut JaMarcus Russel, which is a huge addition by subtraction, and replaced him with Jason Campbell, who, believe it or not, has been improving over the last three seasons. Raiders also cut Justin Vargas, which leads the way for Michael Bush to start and show he can be a very good back in the league. Plus they had a good draft (again...absolutely insane to say) where they grabbed Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston to help boost their 29th rank run defense. Plus, it is really unrealistic to think the Raiders can go 4-2 or 5-1 in the AFC West with the likes of Chiefs, Broncos, and Chargers?
4. Chicago Bears will "win" a top-five draft pick: Holy hell, Bears are fucked. Their offense is just terrible: bad offensive line, invisible wide receivers, interception-happy QB with Jay Cutler, and one of the more overrated backs in Matt Forte. So, what did they do? Bring in Mike Martz! Now Cutler will be throwing even more! Which means he is either going to get killed dropping back so much behind a terrible offensive line or wind up throwing thirty picks. Maybe both. Their defense isn't much better. They fired their defensive coordinator from last year and couldn't find anyone that want the job (seriously). So they decide to promote Rod "0-16" Marinelli to be the defensive coordinator. Their actual defense includes a mediocre secondary, linebackers that are all coming off of injuries from last season, and a defensive line that, outside of Julius Peppers, is rather unimpressive.