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January 2, 2009 4:38 PM

Upon further review

Posted by Danny O'Neil

This isn't just a time for resolutions, but also review. So with the regular-season concluded, it's worth taking a peek back at what I predicted would happen in our NFL preview section, which was published on Sept. 4, three days before the season began.

As always, the results are mixed. I correctly predicted only three of the eight division winners, but got eight of the 12 playoff entrants correct. I foresaw the Cowboys wouldn't end up in the playoffs, but the Saints didn't quite turn out to be the Super Bowl caliber team I predicted they would be.

Anyway, it's always entertaining. Here's my predictions compared to what actually happened:

 PredictionActual result
AFC NorthPittsburghPittsburgh
AFC SouthIndianapolisTennessee
AFC EastNew EnglandMiami
AFC WestSan DiegoSan Diego
AFC wild cardTennesseeIndianapolis
AFC wild cardHoustonBaltimore
NFC NorthMinnesotaMinnesota
NFC SouthNew OrleansCarolina
NFC EastPhiladelphiaNew York Giants
NFC WestSeattleArizona
NFC wild cardArizonaAtlanta
NFC wild cardCarolinaPhiladelphia

My Super Bowl prediction: the Colts, but I'm way less confident of that prediction now than I was back in September even though Indianapolis has won nine consecutive games, the longest winning streak of any team in the playoffs. I don't think Indianapolis either runs well enough nor stops the run sufficiently to get deep in the playoffs.

I also picked three teams that I saw on the rise: Houston, Carolina and Arizona. Two of those turned out OK, but my affection for the Texans proved to be misplaced especially since I thought their defense would be formidable. It was not.

My predictions on three teams on the downswing: Dallas, Cleveland and Minnesota. I got two out of three there, too, but the Vikings won 10 games and will host a playoff game.

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