TMS NFL Predictions and Picks 2008 Part 1

Toothpaste For Dinner

It's that time of year again. As the NFL season nears, we here at TMS bring you our official picks and predictions for 2008. The Saloon brings you the staff picks for the season in a long drawn-out, misguided, convoluted fashion that only TMS can bring.

SEASON STANDINGS, STAFF PICKS (* denotes playoff contenders)

AFC EAST
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The HundLB
1.
NE*
NE*
NE*
NE*
NE*
NE*
NE*
NE*
2.
NYJ*
NYJ*
NYJ
BUF
BUF
NYJ NYJ
NYJ
3.
BUF
BUF
MIA
NYJ
NYJ
BUF
BUF
BUF
4.
MIA
MIA
BUF
MIA
MIA
MIA
MIA
MIA
New England's dominance continues as Brett Favre's arrival improves the Jets, but not enough.

AFC NORTH
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The HundLB
1.
CLE*
PIT*
CIN*
PIT*
PIT*
PIT*
PIT*
PIT*
2.
PIT*
BAL PIT CLE*
CLE*
CLE
CLE*
CLE*
3.
BAL
CIN
BAL
BAL
CIN
CIN
CIN
CIN
4.
CIN
CLE
CLE
CIN
BAL
BAL
BAL
BAL
The Steelers are the favorite in the North but should get some competition from the Browns. Brant eagerly endorses the Bengals as Carson Palmer is his fantasy QB.

AFC SOUTH
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The HundLB
1.
IND*
IND*
IND*
IND*
IND*
IND*
IND*
IND*
2.
HOU
JAC*
JAC
JAC*
JAC*
JAC*
JAC*
JAC*
3.
JAC
HOU
HOU
TEN
TEN
TEN
TEN
HOU
4.
TEN
TEN
TEN
HOU
HOU
HOU
HOU
TEN
Everyone seems to like the Jags to make the playoffs, but not enough to give them the division. I'm the only asshole to not have them second.

AFC WEST
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The HundLB
1.
SD*
SD*
SD*
SD*
SD*
SD*
DEN*
DEN*
2.
DEN
KC
OAK
DEN OAK
DEN*
SD SD
3.
KC
DEN
DEN
KC
DEN
OAK
OAK
OAK
4.
OAK
OAK
KC
OAK
KC
KC
KC
KC
The Chargers will have another go at the playoffs with Norv Turner at the helm. Yeah, we'll see.

NFC EAST
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The Hund
LB
1.
DAL*
DAL*
DAL*
DAL*
DAL*
DAL*
WAS*
DAL*
2.
PHI
NYG*
WAS
WAS*
WAS*
NYG*
DAL*
NYG*
3.
NYG
PHI
NYG
NYG
PHI
PHI
NYG
PHI
4.
WAS
WAS
PHI
PHI
NYG
WAS
PHI
WAS
In an ultimate "Fuck you!" to logic and reason, The Hundley picks Washington to win the East. The Super Bowl champs get very little respect at the Saloon as only 3 of us pick them to make the playoffs.

NFC NORTH
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The Hund
LB
1.
GB*
CHI*
DET*
MIN*
MIN*
MIN*
GB*
GB*
2.
MIN
MIN
MIN
DET
GB
GB*
MIN
DET*
3.
CHI
GB
GB
GB
DET
CHI
DET
MIN
4.
DET
DET
CHI
CHI
CHI
DET
CHI
CHI
I'll give Jordi a pass since he's in Florida and may not actually be aware of hot horribly shitty the Bears are this season. A top defense and Adrian Peterson has made the Vikings a favorite in the North. We're split on whether the Lions will be any good or not. Maybe they will be decent, or maybe they'll continue their long, proud tradition of futility.

NFC SOUTH
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The Hund
LB
1.
TB*
NO*
NO*
TB*
CAR*
NO*
NO*
CAR*
2.
CAR*
TB*
CAR
CAR*
TB*
CAR
CAR
NO
3.
NO
CAR
TB
NO
NO
ATL
TB
TB
4.
ATL
ATL
ATL
ATL
ATL
TB
ATL
ATL
Aside from pretty much all agreeing the Falcons will completely suck balls, this is one of the most volatile divisions. Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Carolina are all picked to win the divison, and honestly I won't be the least bit surprised with any of them on top.

NFC WEST
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The Hund
LB
1.
STL*
SEA*
STL*
ARI*
STL*
SEA*
SEA*
SEA*
2.
ARI*
ARI
ARI
STL
ARI
STL ARI*
ARI
3.
SF
SF
SEA
SEA
SEA
ARI
SF
SF
4.
SEA
STL
SF
SF
SF
SF
STL
STL
This god damn division can go to hell.

SUPER BOWL XLIII
Chip
Jordi
Brant
The Gov
FunkDave
The Hund
LB
SD
over
DAL
NE
over
DAL
IND
over
NO
ARI
over
SD
JAC
over
DAL
DAL
over
NE
IND
over
SEA
DAL
over
IND
I am able to see past my blinding hatred of Norv Turner and the Chargers enough to pick them as the Super Bowl winners. Of course I picked the Broncos to win it all so what the hell do I know? The Governor is very enthusiastic that the Cardinals can win their first league championship since the Truman Administration. Dallas appears to be the closest to a consensus pick to make the Super Bowl but only two of us have them winning it. Daft Funk picked Jacksonville to win, making him the only one to choose a Wild Card team selection.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 where we give out our preseason awards.

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