Do you smell that? Yup, it’s that time of the year. Football season. Preseason games are being played, 3rd team wide receivers look like the next Randy Moss, and every team is in first place in the standings. The Jets and Giants played their annual preseason matchup. The Jets lost the game, but Eli lost a pint of blood. Where does NYSOS think these two teams, along with the rest of the NFL are going to finish this season? Who wins the AFC and NFC East? The Super Bowl? Keep reading…

AFC East: The Patriots won the division last year, but the Jets advanced farther in the playoffs. The Dolphins added Brandon Marshall, while Chad Henne now has some experience under his belt. The Bills, well, they’re the Bills and they’re a long way from contention. The Jets are the trendy pick, but the Patriots have the experience, and the Dolphins could be a sleeper.

2009 Champion: New England Patriots

Kenny: New York Jets (11-5)
Adam: New York Jets (10-6)
Matt: New England Patriots (10-6)
Mike: New England Patriots (11-5)
Jeff: New York Jets (12-4)

AFC North: The AFC North is completely up in the air. The Bengals are the defending champs but the Steelers and Ravens both have defenses that can carry them to the playoffs. The Cleveland Browns won their final four games last season, and while they’ll be better than last year, they’re not on the level of the other three teams. The Steelers will be without Big Ben for at least the first four games of the season and one has to wonder how much that’ll impact this team. Anquan Boldin and Terrell Owens are now part of the AFC North, giving Troy Polamalu more targets other than Ochocinco.

2009 Champion: Cincinatti Bengals

Kenny: Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
Adam: Cincinatti Bengals (10-6)
Matt: Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Mike: Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
Jeff: Cincinatti Bengals (11-5)

AFC South: The Indianapolis Colts have won at least 12 games every year since 2003, so why would anyone think that’s going to change this year? The Texans had their first season where they didn’t finish with a losing record last year, finishing 8-8. Matt Schaub looks like he’s ready to be an elite quarterback too. The Titans turned their season around when Vince Young returned under center. He and Chris Johnson have the Titans thinking playoffs as well. Only one can win the division, and I don’t know if anyone outside of Houston or Nashville think it’s not going to be the Colts.

2009 Champion: Indianapolis Colts

Kenny: Indianapolis Colts (12-4)
Adam: Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
Matt: Indianapolis Colts (12-4)
Mike: Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
Jeff: Indianapolis Colts (12-4)

AFC West: The AFC West is the worst division in the AFC, and maybe the whole NFL if it wasn’t for its counterpart in the NFC. The Chargers are good, but have plenty of question marks. LT is no longer in the west, and much to the dismay of Chiefs, Broncos, and Chargers fans, neither is JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders will be better, no doubt. The Broncos have gotten rid of all their playmakers, and look to be starting over. The Chargers may win this division by default, unless the Chiefs or Raiders sneak up on them.

2009 Champion: San Diego Chargers

Kenny: Oakland Raiders (9-7)
Adam: San Diego Chargers (9-7)
Matt: Kansas City Chiefs (8-8)
Mike: San Diego Chargers (10-6)
Jeff: Denver Broncos (9-7)

NFC East: The Cowboys are as loaded on offense as anyone in the NFC and their defense might be the best in the division Mike Jenkins and Terrence Newman were Pro Bowlers, while DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff were All Pro selections. The Giants are healthy defensively and are going to try and return to their 2007 style of running the football and playing hard nosed defense. The Eagles shipped McNabb to the Redskins and have turned to Kevin Kolb to lead them. The best division in football will certainly not disappoint.

2009 Champion: Dallas Cowboys

Kenny: Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
Adam: Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
Matt: Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
Mike: Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
Jeff: Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

NFC North: Only one name dominates the NFC North, and it’s certainly not Jay Cutler. Brett Favre is wavering once again on whether to return for another season. If he does, the Vikings have to be the favorite. If not though, the Packers and maybe even the Bears will be in the mix. The Lions offense should be improved, but they aren’t going to compete this year. Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre highlight this division and one of them will be a division winner.

2009 Champion: Minnesota Vikings

Kenny: Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Adam: Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Matt: Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
Mike: Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Jeff: Green Bay Packers (12-4)

NFC South: The Super Bowl Champion Saints are once again going to be the favorites in this division. Their offense is top notch, and while their defense has holes, they did last year also, and that didn’t stop them from winning their first championship. The Atlanta Falcons will look for their 3rd straight winning season, and with Matt Ryan entering his 3rd season at the helm, they certainly have a great shot at overtaking the Saints in the division. The Buccaneers and Panthers are most likely not going to be contenders this season. Josh Freeman and Matt Moore are both entering their first full seasons at starting quarterback, so it’s not likely they’ll be making runs at the playoffs, but hey, anything can happen.

2009 Champion: New Orleans Saints

Kenny: Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Adam: New Orleans Saints (12-4)
Matt: New Orleans Saints (11-5)
Mike: New Orleans Saints (12-4)
Jeff: New Orleans Saints (13-3)

NFC West: Kurt Warner retired and nobody is expecting Matt Leinart to pick up where he left off. That leaves the door wide open for the Seahawks or 49ers to swoop in and take the division crown. The Rams though, are a ways away. This division will come down to which quarterback makes the fewest mistakes. Hasselbeck, Leinart, and Smith will all be looking to get to the playoffs, and they all have just as good of a chance to make it.

2009 Champion: Arizona Cardinals

Kenny: Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
Adam: San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
Matt: San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
Mike: San Francisco 49ers (9-7)
Jeff: San Francisco 49ers (9-7)

Wild Cards:

Kenny: NFC- New Orleans Saints (9-7) & Minnesota Vikings (9-7) AFC- New England Patriots (10-6) & Miami Dolphins (9-7)
Adam: NFC- Minnesota Vikings (10-6) & Atlanta Falcons (9-7) AFC- Baltimore Raves (9-7) & New England Patriots (9-7)
Matt: NFC- Atlanta Falcons (9-7) & Washington Redskins (9-7) AFC- Miami Dolphins (9-7) & Houston Texans (9-7)
Mike: NFC- Minnesota Vikings (10-6) & Atlanta Falcons (9-7) AFC- Miami Dolphins (10-6) & Houston Texans (10-6)
Jeff: NFC- New York Giants (10-6) & Atlanta Falcons (9-7) AFC- New England Patriots (10-6) & Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

AFC

Kenny: Jets over Colts
Adam: Colts over Jets
Matt: Colts over Ravens
Mike: Colts over Ravens
Jeff: Jets over Ravens

NFC

Kenny: Cowboys over Packers
Adam: Cowboys over Saints
Matt: Vikings over Cowboys
Mike: Packers over Vikings
Jeff: Saints over Cowboys

Super Bowl-

Kenny: Cowboys over Jets- “A top offense meets a top defense. The only difference, the Cowboys can play defense too.”
Adam: Colts over Cowboys- “Similar game to last year, but the Colts are the real offensive powerhouse.”
Matt: Vikings over Colts- “The Vikings defense should be just as imposing this season. If Favre comes back, he’ll lead one of the most potent offense in the NFL. Expect #4 and friends to hoist up the trophy in Dallas, prolonging our Favre agony into 2011.”
Mike: Colts over Packers- “Peyton Manning wins MVP”
Jeff: Jets over Saints- “A surprisingly high scoring game, 34-28 as Darrelle Revis wins MVP.

Well there ya have it folks. NYSOS has made their predictions, and now all that is left is for the games to be played. We have two votes for the Colts to win it all, and one each for the Jets, Cowboys, and Vikings. What are your predictions for the Super Bowl? Or for the division of your favorite team?