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Not a Stellar Season of Prophesy

Shepherd and pastor of Patriots Pulpit, I am clearly no prophet. Not this year. I preach and proselytize, but (in 2006) mine was not to predict.

After a half season of mediocre weeks, I finished strong with an 11-5 record in Week 17. For the season, it left me at 149-107, an uncharacteristically pedestrian 57.4 percent. If I lamely discount the five games I missed picking, I climb to a still second-rate 59.4 percent.

The end of the 2005 regular season saw me 165-89 (missed two games), a solid 65.0 percent. I aim for 70.0 percent. So last year was subpar and this was, to my standards, pretty poor.

My preseason predictions are pretty awful. But not as bad as Dr. Z's. I don't know if that's supposed to make me feel better.

Preseason Predictions
* denotes Wild Card

AFC

Prediction


East North South West
New England
Miami *
N.Y. Jets
Buffalo
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Baltimore
Cleveland
Indianapolis
Jacksonville *
Houston
Tennessee
Denver
San Diego
Kansas City
Oakland

Result

East North South West
New England
N.Y. Jets *
Buffalo
Miami
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Cleveland
Indianapolis
Tennessee
Jacksonville
Houston
San Deigo
Kansas City *
Denver
Oakland

NFC


Prediction


East North South West
N.Y. Giants
Dallas *
Philadelphia
Washington
Minnesota
Chicago
Green Bay
Detroit
Carolina
Atlanta *
Tampa Bay
New Orleans
Seattle
Arizona
St. Louis
San Francisco

Result

East North South West
Philadelphia
Dallas *
N.Y. Giants *
Washington
Chicago
Green Bay
Minnesota
Detroit
New Orleans
Carolina
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
Seattle
St. Louis
San Francisco
Arizona

I will pick the playoff games week-by-week. Pre-season, I made just one more prediction, and this is the only one that matters:

Super Bowl XLI
New England vs. N.Y. Giants
Winner: New England