A Glimpse At The 2011 NFL Season According To A So-Called Expert: Lloyd Vance


NFL Insider Lloyd Vance believes that the 2011 NFL season will be a big year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their up-and-coming quarterback Josh Freeman

Once again it is time for me to get out my crystal ball and see if I can prognosticate the upcoming NFL season. However as all of my friends can attest, I have never been totally right or wrong in my predictions.

I can already tell you now that I have never gotten the Super Bowl match-up or champion completely right. Because in the NFL, nothing has ever been won on paper and you always need to remember former NFL Commissioner Bert Bell’s famous line, “On Any Given Sunday”.  Our usual game keys of injuries, luck, preparation and pure want-to will all be huge factors as to who ends up playing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN on Super Bowl Sunday (February 5, 2012).

And please tell me who could have predicted in the 2010 NFL Season that the “Favre-less” Green Bay Packers would finally shake off almost 15 seasons without a Lombardi Trophy to winning an NFL record 12th championship.  Maybe this is my year to be the envy of my doubters (Big V, I am specifically talking to you).  However you know I will have to eat some crow later this NFL season for some of these predictions.

Of course, my NFL tea-leaf reading is all in good fun, so with the season ready to kickoff – Thursday September 8th with the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers hosting the New Orleans Saints in a match-up of the last two Super Bowl Champions…. We can all rejoice and say “Hallelujah” as the 2011 NFL Season is finally here.


NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers    10-6

Atlanta Falcons               9-7

New Orleans Saints       8-8

Carolina Panthers            5-11


NFC North

Green Bay Packers      11-5

Detroit Lions             10-6

Minnesota Vikings     8-8

Chicago Bears            6-10


NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles      11-5

Dallas Cowboys         10-6

New York Giants          7-9

Washington Redskins 3-13


NFC West

St. Louis Rams           10-6

Arizona Cardinals      7-9

SF 49ers                     6-10 

Seattle Seahawks       5-11



AFC South

Houston Texans         11-5

Indianapolis Colts     10-6

Tennessee Titans       6-10

Jacksonville Jaguars  4-12 


AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers    11-5

Baltimore Ravens       9-7

Cleveland Browns      6-10 

 Cincinnati Bengals     4-12

AFC East

New England Patriots 13-3

New York Jets              11-5

Miami Dolphins          4-12

Buffalo Bills                 3-13 


AFC West

Oakland Raiders           10-6

San Diego Chargers      8-8

Denver Broncos            6-10

Kansas City Chiefs       5-11


2011 NFL Playoffs


Division Champions: Philadelphia Eagles (Bye), Green Bay Packers (Bye), St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC Wild Cards: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions

NFC Wild Card Round: Detroit Lions over St. Louis Rams;  Tampa Bay Bucs over Detroit Lions

NFC Divisional Round: Philadelphia Eagles over Detroit Lions;  Tampa Bay Bucs over Green Bay Packers

NFC Championship: Philadelphia Eagles over Tampa Bay Bucs



Division Champions: New England Patriots (Bye), Houston Texans (Bye), Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders

AFC Wild Cards: New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts

AFC Wild Card Round: Pittsburgh Steelers over Indianapolis Colts; New York Jets over Oakland Raiders

AFC Divisional Round:  New England Patriots over New York Jets; Pittsburgh Steelers over Houston Texans

AFC Championship: Pittsburgh Steelers over New England Patriots

Super Bowl XLVI: Pittsburgh Steelers over Philadelphia Eagles


NFL Coach of the Year: Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions

NFL Offensive MVP: QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

NFL Defensive MVP:  DT Ndamukong Suh, Detoit Lions

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year:  WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

 **Also keep an eye on New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, and Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: DT JJ Watt, Houston Texans

** Also keep an eye on Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Tampa Bay Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn, and Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley

NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Indianapolis Colts WR Austin Collie

** Also keep an eye on Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler, Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham and Cincinnati Bengals Cornerback/Kick Returner Adam “Pacman” Jones

NFL Breakout Player:   QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Bucs

First Pick of the 2011 NFL Draft: Stanford QB Andrew Luck by the Washington Redskins



Lloyd Vance the Editor for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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