Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the Favre experiment ending well in Minnesota.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the Favre experiment ending well in Minnesota.

Just one more day without the NFL folks – it’s a beautiful time of year. With the clock winding down, I feel it’s time to call a few shots before the season gets going.

1.) Brett Favre’s streak is over

Favre has started 269 consecutive games. He doesn’t do training camp, is about to turn 40, and is it just me … or does he look a little frail this season? Maybe it’s the purple.

It’s a long season and the dome turf is hard. There’s no way this guy starts 16 games.

2.) The Dolphins will return to Earth

The most underplayed storyline of last season was the Miami Dolphins. The Fish went from 1-15 to 11-5 and Division Champs in ’08 … are you kidding me? Hopefully fans have realistic expectations this season.

Outside of their division the Fish play the NFC South and AFC South – yikes. And their two other games are against the Steelers and Chargers. Who pissed off the schedule maker? Thanks for playing Miami … welcome to 6-10.

3.) The Raiders will be decent

That’s right I said it – the Oakland Raiders will be respectable this season … I’m talking 7, mayyyybe 8 wins. So what if coaches are sucker punching each other in practice and owner Al Davis lost his marbles a decade ago?

The Raiders have one of the best running back trios in the NFL – Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, and Justin Fargas – have some speed on the outside, and a reliable target at tight end in Zach Miller (56 catches, 778 yards in ’08).

And call me crazy, but I still believe Jamarcus Russell will be a good NFL QB. Of course, none of this will matter if the defense doesn’t improve. Has anyone seen Richard Seymour?

4.) Patriots drought continues

As they have for the latter part of the decade, the Patriots enter the ’09 season as most everyone’s Super Bowl favorites. It’s been a minute since Bill and the boys brought home the Lombardi Trophy … since the ’04 season to be exact. And don’t look now, but the Steelers might have something to say about who the team of the decade is should they retain the hardware in ’09.

The Patriots’ offense is still potent to be sure, but the running game is a big question mark. Fred Taylor is 33 and Laurence Maroney is getting dangerously close to being labeled a bust. And what about that defense? Trading Seymour was a great move for the Pats down the road, but there’s been a lot of turnover on the Pats defense.

Winning the division won’t be a problem for the Pats, but winning the AFC? I think the Steelers will have something to say about that.

5.) The 49ers will still suck

Seems analyst after analyst has the 49ers as some kind of surprise team this season. Um, no. This team has 5-11 written all over it.

Sorry, Shaun Hill isn’t going to cut it. And he’s throwing to Josh Morgan and Isaac Bruce. Can you say 9 men in the box Mr. Gore?

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