Now that we’re part of the semi-legitimate media, we need to behave like the semi-legitimate media and pretend that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to predicting the teams that will make it to the postseason.
The reality is that no one knows what will happen, primarily because the only certainty is that injuries will screw up everything.
We often criticize so-called experts who base their predictions too heavily on the outcome of the prior season, so we’ve picked our Super Bowl teams in part by playing it safe and in part by thinking beyond the box.
Our best guess as of right now is that the Redskins and the Steelers will face off in February, and that the Steelers will win their third title in five years.
A lot of careful thought went into that. Specifically, the guys at WSSP in Milwaukee put me on the spot Wednesday morning, and so I blurted out the picks my cousin Josh had e-mailed to me the day before.
But I’ll go with that. I’ve been saying for months that the Redskins could be the surprise team of the NFC, and the Steelers are bringing back too much talent and have too good of a coach to not be considered the favorites to return to the championship game.
Here’s the rest of the AFC playoff field, as we (actually, I) see it.
AFC East champ: Patriots.
AFC North champ: Steelers.
AFC South champ: Titans.
AFC West champ: Chargers.
Wild cards: Bengals and Colts.
For the NFC, here’s what we’ve got.
NFC East champ: Redskins.
NFC North champ: Vikings.
NFC South champ: Saints.
NFC West champ: Seahawks.
Wild cards: Packers and Falcons.
I like the Pats to make it to the AFC title game, and the Vikings to get to the NFC championship.
Again, we all make these predictions because we have to. No one really knows how the season will play out. There are too many moving parts and factors beyond anyone’s control.
But, hey, if I end up being right, you’ll never hear the end of it.