Scouting Reports

August 31, 2008

Dr. Z's Predicted Order of Finish

Senior writer Paul Zimmerman forecasts the 2008 season

NFC EAST
Eagles 12--4
Cowboys* 10--6
Giants* 9--7
Redskins 7--9
NFC NORTH
Vikings 13--3
Packers 9--7
Lions 7--9
Bears 6--10
NFC SOUTH
Buccaneers 9--7
Panthers 9--7
Saints 8--8
Falcons 2--14
NFC WEST
Seahawks 9--7
Cardinals 6--10
49ers 5--11
Rams 5--11

WILD-CARD ROUND
AFC Colts (3) defeat Titans (6) Steelers (4) defeat Jaguars (5)
NFC Cowboys (5) defeat Seahawks (4) Giants (6) defeat Buccaneers (3)

DIVISIONAL ROUND
AFC Colts defeat Chargers (2) Patriots (1) defeat Steelers
NFC Vikings (1) defeat Giants Eagles (2) defeat Cowboys

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
AFC Patriots defeat Colts NFC Eagles defeat Vikings

SUPER BOWL XLIII
FEBRUARY 1, 2009
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM, TAMPA
Patriots 26, Eagles 23

*WILD-CARD TEAM; NUMBER IN PARENTHESES IS PLAYOFF SEED

Unit grades provided by MICHAEL LOMBARDI of SI.com and NationalFootballPost.com

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PHOTOPhotograph by John IaconoPAY DIRT The Patriots might not match the NFL-record 75 touchdowns they scored in 2007—fullback Kyle Eckel scored this one against the Bills in Week 11—but they won't come up short in the Super Bowl this time.

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