Tip Drill: A few football predictions for 2011

Scott Pianowski
Roto Arcade

Predictions are fun to make, no matter if they come true or not. Let's gaze into the crystal ball for 2011 and beyond and throw a few darts:

• The Chargers finally put it all together, in spite of Norv Turner.

• Keiland Williams makes a sneaky fantasy impact in Detroit.

• Brad Evans gets at least five unsolicited marriage proposals on Twitter.

• Chad Ochocinco is a mild disappointment.

• The Dolphins finish last, and Brandon Marshall has at least one epic meltdown.

• The Browns win at least eight games.

• Aaron Hernandez is second on the Patriots in receptions, only trailing Wes Welker.

• Jacksonville's two home games on Monday Night Football draw horrendous ratings.

• Kevin Kolb has a terrible start, then gradually improves.

• Bill Cowher takes a head coaching job before the 2012 season.

• Gus Johnson is the most popular announcer, by a mile.

• Felix Jones has a terrific start, then gets hurt.

• Jay Cutler gets into a fistfight with a member of his own team.

• The Chiefs collapse and go 6-10.

• Ray Rice goes ballistic. Lee Evans has more touchdowns than Anquan Boldin.

• The Eagles make the playoffs but as a Wild Card - Dallas wins the NFC East.

• The Saints win the NFC South, but lose in the playoffs due to some Sean Payton cuteness.

• Michael Vick misses at least three games, and DeSean Jackson doesn't play a full season either.

• The Panthers easily surpass their over/under of 4.5 wins.

• Andy Reid challenges a coin flip.

• Chris Berman attempts to kiss himself on camera.

• Jared Cook doesn't make the leap.

• Mike Tolbert outscores Ryan Mathews.

• Peyton Manning plays eight games or less and the Colts finish with a losing record.

• A punter hits the scoreboard at Jerry World.

• The Jets make the playoffs again, but this time lose in the divisional round.

• Sam Bradford flourishes in the Josh McDaniels offense and the Rams win the NFC West.

• Three different quarterbacks start games in San Francisco.

• Miles Austin outproduces Dez Bryant.

• Seattle's offensive line is the worst in the NFC.

• The Steelers pass more than expected and Ben Roethlisberger makes the Pro Bowl (front door, as one of the first three QBs in).

• At least one playoff game goes to overtime, prompting everyone to realize how much they hate the new playoff overtime rules.

• Kenny Britt makes the Pro Bowl.

Andrew Luck wins the Heisman and goes first overall in the 2012 draft.

• Andre Johnson scores 12 touchdowns.

• John Beck starts at least five games.

• C.J. Spiller is missing in action, again.

• The NBA plays a partial season.

• Detroit just misses the playoffs, in part because Matthew Stafford misses some time.

• NBC's game production is far and away the best in the land, once again.

• The Packers win the NFC North by at least two games and return to the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers leads the league in QB rating.

• Jamaal Charles doesn't see a significant increase in touches, to the chagrin of fantasy nation.

• Joe Buck is the most despised announcer, by 100 miles.

• Philip Rivers wins the MVP Award.

• Jimmy Graham leads the Saints in receiving touchdowns.

• DeAngelo Williams is one of the fantasy bargains of the season.

• Reggie Wayne has his worst yardage return in eight years.

• Josh Freeman is legit but the Bucs regress anyway.

• Dwayne Bowe scores eight times or less.

• Phillies win the World Series over the Rangers in six games. Ryan Braun and Jacoby Ellsbury win the regular-season MVP awards, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander the Cy Youngs.

• Marvin Lewis, Tony Sparano, Jack Del Rio and Mike Martz don't return in 2012.

• Greg Olsen leads the Panthers in receptions.

• Terrell Owens signs with a team in November.

• Buffalo is the most entertaining 6-10 team you ever did see.

• Donovan McNabb isn't starting by the end of the year.

• Chargers 31, Packers 27.

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