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Baltimore Sun staff predictions for the 2010 NFL season

Kevin Cowherd

Super Bowl champion

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: Colts

AFC championship game

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: Colts

NFC championship game

: Packers

AFC division playoffs

: Ravens, Colts

NFC division playoffs

: Packers, 49ers

AFC wild-card playoffs

: Bengals, Texans

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Vikings, 49ers

AFC East champ

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: Patriots

AFC North champ

: Ravens

AFC South champ

: Colts

AFC West champ

: Chargers

AFC wild cards

: Bengals, Texans

NFC East champ

: Cowboys

NFC North champ

: Packers

NFC South champ

: Saints

NFC West champ

: 49ers

NFC wild cards

: Vikings, Falcons

MVP

: P. Manning, Colts

Off. Player of the Year

: M. Schaub, Texans

Def. Player of the Year

: N. Asomugha, Raiders

Off. Rookie of the Year

: D. Bryant, Cowboys

Def. Rookie of the Year

: N. Suh, Lions

Coach of the Year

: J. Harbaugh, Ravens

Three storylines to watch this season

• How will the Vikings' Brett Favre do after his umpteenth un-retirement and supposedly last season?

• How will the loudmouth Jets and their loudmouth coach, Rex Ryan, fare in a season in which every team is gunning for them?

• How will coach Marvin Lewis handle his assorted troublemakers (Pacman Jones, Rey Maualuga, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco)?

Jamison Hensley

Super Bowl champion

: Ravens

AFC championship game

: Ravens

NFC championship game

: Falcons

AFC division playoffs

: Ravens, Texans

NFC division playoffs

: Falcons, Eagles

AFC wild-card playoffs

: Dolphins, Colts

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Eagles, Vikings

AFC East champ

: Dolphins

AFC North champ

: Ravens

AFC South champ

: Texans

AFC West champ

: Raiders

AFC wild cards

: Colts, Patriots

NFC East champ

: Eagles

NFC North champ

: Packers

NFC South champ

: Falcons

NFC West champ

: 49ers

NFC wild cards

: Vikings, Cowboys

MVP

: A. Rodgers, Packers

Off. Player of the Year

: A. Johnson, Texans

Def. Player of the Year

: P. Willis, 49ers

Off. Rookie of the Year

: R. Mathews, Chargers

Def. Rookie of the Year

: B. Graham, Eagles

Coach of the Year

: G. Kubiak, Texans

Three storylines to watch this season

• The New Orleans Saints are looking to overcome a Super Bowl hangover as well as the upstart Atlanta Falcons.

• Increased hype and Darrelle Revis' holdout has put major pressure on the New York Jets.

• Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers seem primed to overtake Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.

Edward Lee

Super Bowl champion

: Packers

AFC championship game

: Patriots

NFC championship game

: Packers

AFC division playoffs

: Patriots, Colts

NFC division playoffs

: Packers, Cowboys

AFC wild-card playoffs

:Ravens, Colts

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Cowboys, Eagles

AFC East champ

: Patriots

AFC North champ

: Bengals

AFC South champ

: Colts

AFC West champ

: Chargers

AFC wild cards

: Ravens, Texans

NFC East champ

: Cowboys

NFC North champ

: Packers

NFC South champ

: Saints

NFC West champ

: 49ers

NFC wild cards

: Eagles, Falcons

MVP

: A. Rodgers, Packers

Off. Player of the Year

: A. Johnson, Texans

Def. Player of the Year

: P. Willis, 49ers

Off. Rookie of the Year

: J. Best, Lions

Def. Rookie of the Year

: N. Suh, Lions

Coach of the Year

: M. McCarthy, Packers

Three storylines to watch this season

• Will the New York Jets implode under the weight of high expectations, media attention and Darrelle Revis' holdout?

• Could Nnamdi Asomugha and the Oakland Raiders create some waves in a weakened AFC West?

• Will Brett Favre really call it quits after this season, or can we expect another cringe-worthy moment from Ed Werder?

Ken Murray

Super Bowl champion

: Packers

AFC championship game

: Chargers

NFC championship game

: Packers

AFC division playoffs

: Chargers, Colts

NFC division playoffs

: 49ers, Packers

AFC wild-card playoffs

: Ravens, Bengals

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Cowboys, 49ers

AFC East champ

: Dolphins

AFC North champ

: Ravens

AFC South champ

: Colts

AFC West champ

: Chargers

AFC wild cards

: Bengals, Patriots

NFC East champ

: Cowboys

NFC North champ

: Packers

NFC South champ

: Saints

NFC West champ

: 49ers

NFC wild cards

: Falcons, Eagles

MVP

: D. Brees, Saints

Off. Player of the Year

: A. Rodgers, Packers

Def. Player of the Year

: P. Willis, 49ers

Off. Rookie of the Year

: R. Mathews, Chargers

Def. Rookie of the Year

: N. Suh, Lions

Coach of the Year

: M. Singletary, 49ers

Three storylines to watch this season

• Rex Ryan's bold offseason moves could send the Jets to the Super Bowl -- or stumbling out of the playoffs.

• Joe Flacco's third season promises fireworks now that the Ravens have improved their receiving corps.

• Aaron Rodgers already has shown he should have been the No. 1 pick in 2005; now he may take the Packers to the Super Bowl.

Mike Preston

Super Bowl champion

: Jets

AFC championship game

: Jets

NFC championship game

: Cowboys

AFC division playoffs

: Ravens, Jets

NFC division playoffs

: Saints, Cowboys

AFC wild-card playoffs

: Ravens, Chargers

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Packers, Cowboys

AFC East champ

: Jets

AFC North champ

: Ravens

AFC South champ

: Colts

AFC West champ

: Chargers

AFC wild cards

: Dolphins, Bengals

NFC East champ

: Cowboys

NFC North champ

: Vikings

NFC South champ

: Saints

NFC West champ

: Cardinals

NFC wild cards

: Packers, Falcons

MVP

: A. Rodgers, Packers

Off. Player of the Year

: C. Johnson, Titans

Def. Player of the Year

:P. Willis 49ers

Off. Rookie of the Year

: C.J. Spiller, Bills

Def. Rookie of the Year

: N. Suh, Lions

Coach of the Year

: R. Ryan, Jets

Three storylines to watch this season

• How will Tony Romo destroy the Cowboys in the postseason in 2010-11?

• Who is the best receiver in Cincinnati, Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco?

• Has Ray Rice become an elite NFL running back?

Peter Schmuck

Super Bowl champion

: Chargers

AFC championship game

: Chargers

NFC championship game

: Packers

AFC division playoffs

: Chargers, Colts

NFC division playoffs

: Packers, Saints

AFC wild-card playoffs

: Ravens, Jets

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Vikings, Cowboys

AFC East champ

: Patriots

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AFC North champ

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: Ravens

AFC South champ

: Colts

AFC West champ

: Chargers

AFC wild cards

: Jets, Titans

NFC East champ

: Cowboys

NFC North champ

: Packers

NFC South champ

: Saints

NFC West champ

: 49ers

NFC wild cards

: Vikings, Falcons

MVP

: P. Rivers, Chargers

Off. Player of the Year

: P. Rivers, Chargers

Def. Player of the Year

: T. Suggs, Ravens

Off. Rookie of the Year

: R. Mathews, Chargers

Def. Rookie of the Year

: N. Suh, Lions

Coach of the Year

: N. Turner, Chargers

Three storylines to watch this season

• Will Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez avoid the sophomore jinx and take the next step in his development as an elite quarterback?

• Can Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco really co-exist in Cincinnati?

• Who would win a steel cage match between Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth?

Mark Viviano

Super Bowl champion

: Colts

AFC championship game

: Colts

NFC championship game

: Cowboys

AFC division playoffs

: Patriots, Colts

NFC division playoffs

: Cowboys, Saints

AFC wild-card playoffs

:Patriots, Chargers

NFC wild-card playoffs

: Falcons, Packers

AFC East champ

: Patriots

AFC North champ

: Ravens

AFC South champ

: Colts

AFC West champ

: Chargers

AFC wild cards

: Bengals, Jets

NFC East champ

: Cowboys

NFC North champ

: Packers

NFC South champ

: Saints

NFC West champ

: 49ers

NFC wild cards

: Falcons, Giants

MVP

: D. Brees, Saints

Off. Player of the Year

: P. Manning, Colts

Def. Player of the Year

: M. Williams, Texans

Off. Rookie of the Year

: C.J. Spiller, Bills

Def. Rookie of the Year

: B. Spikes, Patriots

Coach of the Year

: M. Singletary, 49ers

Three storylines to watch this season

• Brett Favre (ugh…again!).

• Rex and Jets Big Apple drama.

• CBA: Is this the last season for a while?

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