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August 3, 2009 - Seth Staskey
It's an annual rite of late July and early August. The opening of NFL Training Camps are upon us and all of them are open with full squads in pads preparing for what many people in this nation deem the best 17 weeks of the year.
The last time we saw the NFL live was the Pittsburgh Steelers knocking off the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. I don't expect to see either of those teams back in the big game.
If I were to rank right now, I would say the Steelers have a better opportunity than the Cardinals even though I am a huge Larry Fitzgerald fan. As for the Steelers, the pieces are still there, but the distractions surrounding Ben Roethlisberger and his impending civil suit in Nevada could be a big distraction.
Personally, I am looking forward to seeing what the Denver Broncos do. I really like their coaching hire. Josh McDaniels is a bright young coach, but I am anxious to see how his ego works with the rest of the players. He already chased Jay Cutler out of town.
I am also looking forward to seeing how Tom Brady rebounds from major knee surgery. He's the second-best quarterback in the game (Peyton Manning being the best) and I think he'll be fine. Let's not forget, he's got a plethora of receivers at his disposal and Joey Galloway is one of them.
I am thinking the AFC championship will come down to New England vs. Tennessee. Watch out for the Dolphins too because they showed they are on the rise.
In the NFC, I know many of you are thinking I am going to pick the 49ers, but nah not yet. Not till No. 7 gets a start, which could be a couple of years down the road.
I am looking at the Bears to have a big turnaround year with Cutler in the fold, and I think the Giants will be back to their winning ways. Plaxico Burress distraction is out of the way and it appears so is the Antonio Pierce distraction (for the time being anyway).
My pick in the NFC is Dallas vs. New York Giants for the NFC Title. Dallas doesn't have T.O. anymore, which is a good thing for the 'Boys and Tony Romo and for Romo, he doesn't have Jessica Simpson to worry about. It's all football.
New England vs. Dallas in the Super Bowl.
Joey Galloway -- Bellaire's own -- gets his first Super Bowl Ring come February.
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