NFL 2010 Experts Playoff Predictions: They All Stink

September 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This is my favorite article of the year to write. Every year, dozens of NFL experts make their "well informed" season predictions on highly visible websites. These are the people who know more about the league than us, the simple readers. That is why writing that most of the people predicting the playoff teams have no clue about the basics of the NFL is so much fun.
There are a few things about the NFL that are well-known before the season begins. The Lions usually stink. The Steelers are usually good. Peyton Manning is great in the regular season. Besides that, almost any other team can take a fall or rise up.
Below is the number of new playoff teams each season since 1996, proof that the league changes a lot from year to year.
On average, six new teams have made the playoffs in each of the last 14 seasons. The average of the last 10 years is 6.3 and the last five years is 6.6. Based on this well-established ...

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