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Souhan blog: NFL, Vikings predictions

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Football on TV, NFL draft, NFL post-season, Vikings coaches, Vikings training camp Updated: September 4, 2014 - 9:36 AM

I'll be running Garage Logic and co-hosting Sports Talk today on 1500ESPN, 1-4. Hoping to have two friends from the great band The Jayhawks, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman, in studio at some point.

On to football...

My NFL predictions: This year, I’m going to be right on at least 3 percent of them, I promise…

MVP: Drew Brees.

Aaron Rodgers might be set up for a  great season, but he’ll have to share credit with Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson, two exceptional players. Peyton Manning will face a tougher schedule and probably not be in position to chase any records, so he could play brilliantly without matching his 2013 statistics.

Brees is set up to be just as productive as either, and he won’t have to share as much credit. He relies on only one exceptional skill-position player, and that player is a tight end – Jimmy Graham, who won’t produce as much as a great wide receiver. Brees should have an exceptional season and receive most of the credit for it.

Offensive player of the year (other than Brees): LeSean McCoy. It might be trendier to suggest Adrian Peterson in a new offense, or Eddie Lacy as an emerging star, but look at it this way: Last year McCoy led the NFL in rushing even though the Eagles changed quarterbacks while learning a new offense. Now Chip Kelly’s system is fully in place, there is no question who the quarterback will be, and Kelly will be able to spread out defenses even more with Darren Sproles as his wild card. Only an injury will keep McCoy from being the NFL’s most productive back this season.

Defensive player of the year: J.J. Watt is the best defensive player in the game, and the arrival of Jadaveon Clowney will make him more difficult to game-plan for.

Coach of the year: Chip Kelly. A great, rising coach entering his second year in a weak division. It’s all set up for him.

Playoff teams:

AFC division winners: New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Denver.

AFC wild cards: Cincinnati, San Diego.

NFC division winners: Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans, Seattle.

NFC wild cards: San Francisco, Detroit.

AFC champ: New England

NFC champ: Seattle

Super Bowl champ: Seattle

I wish I could pick someone else. But I can’t. Seattle won the Super Bowl in a route while facing a record-setting offense last year, and I think Seattle will be better this year. Better at quarterback, better at receiver, and perhaps even deeper on the defensive line, with Kevin Williams joining a fierce unit. San Francisco looks vulnerable, and the 49ers are the only team that seems capable of standing up to Seattle physically. Russell Wilson is primed to have a great season.

Vikings record: 8-8. I think this will be a well-coached team that will have people excited by the end of the season, but this team will also face a brutal early-season schedule that could end its playoff hopes early.

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Atlanta - WP: S. Miller 5 FINAL
Toronto - LP: D. Norris 2
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: S. Greene 9
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 6 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey 7
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: M. Andriese 3
Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 4
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 8 FINAL
Boston - LP: R. Porcello 3
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole 5
LA Angels - LP: G. Richards 3 FINAL
Houston - WP: S. Feldman 4
Cleveland - LP: T. House 2 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: T. May 7
Oakland - LP: E. O`Flaherty 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: F. Morales 4
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Lester 2
Arizona - WP: J. Hellickson 5 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 1
Colorado - LP: E. Butler 0 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: B. McCarthy 7
Texas - LP: N. Feliz 10 FINAL
Seattle - WP: Y. Medina 11
Cincinnati 1 Bottom 6th Inning
St. Louis 1
Boston 100 FINAL
Cleveland 113
Brooklyn 92 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Portland 39 3rd Qtr
Memphis 58
San Antonio 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Washington 1 FINAL(OT)
NY Islanders 2
Nashville 2 FINAL
Chicago 4
Montreal 0 3rd Prd 9:01
Ottawa 1
Vancouver 9:00 PM
Calgary
New England 2 FINAL
Philadelphia 1
Portland 1 FINAL
New York City 0

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