It's your official Deadspin NFL Preview Podcast. MJD and I go through both conferences and give our predicted records for every team, plus our playoff and Super Bowl picks. Will they all turn out to be wrong? You fucking know it.
I remember when I was a kid and it was a big deal when SI's NFL Preview would arrive in the mail, and it would have all of Dr. Z's predicted team records inside. They were always wrong, of course (BILLS TO WIN IT ALL HARUMPH!). But because there were, like, three people who predicted things in print back then, they had some semblance of authority to them. Dr. Z won't be making those annual SI picks this year due his series of strokes in November. Taking his place will be Westin's worst nightmare, Peter King. Somehow, I doubt his picks will be as authoritative as Dr. Z's used to be.
MJD and I also have time to touch on a couple of other things. Astoundingly, MJD says that the talent pool of women in Morgantown is equal to that of Arizona State. This is a man who spends a good deal of his time looking at pussy, so that kind of bold statement isn't to be taken lightly. I still think it's bullshit, though.
By all means, consider this post a chance for you to do some predicting of your own. Before you do, I strongly suggest you check out the strength of schedules for each team as listed by KFFL. For your reference, here are all eight NFL divisions ranked in order of schedule strength, strongest to weakest:
1. AFC East
1. NFC South (tie)
2. NFC East
3. AFC South
4. AFC West
5. NFC West
6. AFC North
7. NFC North
And here is a list of which divisions play each other during the course of the regular season. I can never find a list like this anywhere, so here it is for your reference.
NFC North: AFC North, NFC West
NFC East: NFC South, AFC West
NFC South: NFC East, AFC East
NFC West: AFC South, NFC North
AFC North: NFC North, AFC West
AFC East: NFC South, AFC South
AFC South: AFC East, NFC West
AFC West: NFC East, AFC North
Aaaaaand, Doctor. This weekend is the last weekend without meaningful football. I am officially fucking excited.
This week's Deadcast is available for your listening pleasure right here. You can also find the new Deadcast in the iTunes Music Store here. Next week, it's the Hater's Guide To The Top 25, with Spencer Hall. Got a team in the Top 25 you hate? Want your death threat to Bobby Stoops read over the air? Send it to me here. Special thanks to Liberated Syndication for hosting us. Now sit back, relax, and get ready for the NFL.
NOTE: Due to a tech snafu, the AFC Fantasy football preview was overwritten. I'll repost it by the end of the week.