I know when we think about the final four, we think about March Madness and the Final 4 in college basketball. Since the NFL has a playoff system, unlike the NCAA football teams (who really need one), there will come a time in January where only 4 teams remain alive to win a Super Bowl. I believe I have a pretty firm grasp on the 2010 NFL football season; which will determine the teams in the 2011 Super Bowl.
To pick a final 4 in the NFL, you need to pick two teams from the AFC and 2 teams from the NFC. Every year, we have the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game and the winner of these two games, are the two lucky teams who get to play in the Super Bowl each year. So in order for me to name a final four in the National Football League, I am really just predicting which 4 teams will play in these 2 championships games in the NFL. I know everyone will have a pre-season pick for which two teams they see participating in the 2011 Super Bowl, but I figured I would make it a little harder and choose the final 4 teams, who will be the last standing in the 2010/2011 NFL football season.
Let me know how many teams you think I got right in my final 4 prediction and you can pick your own 4 teams you think will be left to play in the NFC and AFC championship games. Please just get your predictions in as early as possible. If you come here around Thanksgiving, your prediction is worthless. A Halloween prediction isn’t really that good either. If you let me know your 4 team NFL prediction before the Week 3 games begin, I will allow you official entry into my little NFL Final Four Prediction Contest for the 2010 Football Season.
In the highly competitive and super talented AFC Division, I see the best quarterback in the game today, at least leading his horse-shoe helmet team to an appearance in the AFC title game. Yes, Peyton Manning hands down is the best current quarterback in the NFL and the best all-time QB the League has ever seen. The Indianapolis Colts is my number 1 seed for a NFL final 4 showing.
The number 2 seed in my final 4 bracket heads to the NFC, where we find the 2nd best QB currently playing in the League and is also the defending Super Bowl Champions. Former San Diego Charger quarterback Drew Brees is without doubt the 2nd best quarter back in the NFL today. His New Orleans Saints will have a bulls-eye on their back, being the Super Bowl Champs, but they are good enough to meet these challenges each Sunday and will be playing in the 2010 NFC Championship Game.
I got the easy part over with and most would agree the Colts and Saints make it at least this far in the upcoming 2010/2011 NFL Season. Now time to breakdown the rest of the football league and decide which teams get a chance to play the Saints and Colts in January of 2011.
I will start in the AFC because I really only see a two team race. I like Randy Moss and the New England Patriots the best, if they will throw the ball to the best wide receiver ever. The coach of New England and Tom Brady are slightly above average NFL people, but Randy Moss is the brightest NFL superstar the game has ever seen. The Pittsburgh Steelers start the season with a 3rd string quarterback, but I think they get tough near the end and will be playoff ready. I can only pick one and I like the Patriots and Steelers both, but let’s go ahead and say Moss gets the ball in New England and this puts them in the AFC Title Game.
2011 AFC Championship Game Prediction - Indianapolis Colts 29 vs. New England Patriots 27
Now let’s see who gets to play the Saints team in the NFC division. I like 4 teams in this division. 3 of them in the East. You have the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. These 3 teams and the Arizona Cardinals all have a good chance to see the 2011 championship game for the NFC. Cowboys find a way to mess it up each year and 2010 will be no different, so cross them out. The NFC East becomes a quarterback battle between Eli Manning and the Eagles real QB in Philly, which is Michael Vick. Forget who the Eagles start the season with as their starting QB. The Eagles are Mike Vick’s team and look for number 7 to edge out the Giants for the East crown. If the Eagles don’t get smart fast, we might just see Manning carry his Giants to the promise land in 2010. You can’t overlook the Arizona Cardinals fantastic bunch they have on offense. I won’t be surprised to see the Cardinals playing in the NFC Championship Game, but I will give my last final four prediction to Michael Vick.
2011 NFC Championship Game Prediction – New Orleans Saints 42 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 10
Since I have team predictions and the score for each championship game, I guess I should go ahead and officially get my 2011 Super Bowl Prediction in and give a winner and final score.
2011 Super Bowl Prediction – New Orleans Saints 24 vs. Indianapolis Colts 21
That is my final 4 NFL prediction. What is yours?