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2011-2012 NFL Expert Picks

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith sign the new CBA to officially usher in the 2011 NFL season. (AP Photo)

After a lengthy lockout and a preseason that just zipped by, it’s time once more for the annual NFL Pick ‘Em. And for the first time in any pick ‘em ever, we have combatants from our sister blog Sports of New York joining our Sports of Boston regulars in predicting the outcome of the 2011-2012 NFL season.

It’s a big competition, with 11 participants this year. The Packers, Eagles and Falcons are getting plenty of love in the NFC, while the Patriots, Chargers and Steelers are holding sway in the AFC. Beyond that, the Jets, Ravens and Saints are getting plenty of votes, while the young Texans are getting a lot of attention and wave-making predictions. That’s what Peyton Manning having another neck surgery will do for you.

As usual, the points are as follows:

  • Correctly picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for a correct division winner pick instead.
  • Correctly picking the #1 seed precisely in each conference nets an extra six points, then five points for the #2 seed, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will have the better record is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker is which team will wind up with the #1 pick in next year’s draft, then the #2 pick, then the #3 pick, then the total number of top three picks in any order.

With that in mind, check below for this year’s picks. Boston writers are in red, while New Yorkers are in green. Have fun following along, and check back at the end of the season for the results.

Adam Allen Argun Aryeh Brian K Erikk John Josh KC Pete Tony
NFC
#1 Green Bay Packers Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans Saints Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
#2 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
#3 New York Giants Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints
#4 St. Louis Rams Arizona Cardinals St. Louis Rams Arizona Cardinals St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals St. Louis Rams Arizona Cardinals St. Louis Rams
#5 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints Minnesota Vikings Dallas Cowboys Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints Dallas Cowboys
#6 Philadelphia Eagles Detroit Lions New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints New York Giants Detroit Lions Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys Detroit Lions Dallas Cowboys Atlanta Falcons
AFC
#1 Pittsburgh Steelers New England Patriots New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers San Diego Chargers New England Patriots New England Patriots New England Patriots New England Patriots New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers
#2 New England Patriots San Diego Chargers San Diego Charagers New England Patriots New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers San Diego Chargers Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers New England Patriots
#3 Indianapolis Colts Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers Houston Texans Pittsburgh Steelers San Diego Chargers Pittsburgh Steelers Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers
#4 San Diego Chargers Houston Texans Tennessee Titans San Diego Chargers Houston Texans Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers Houston Texans Houston Texans Houston Texans
#5 New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets New York Jets Baltimore Ravens New York Jets
#6 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Indianapolis Colts Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs Baltimore Ravens
NFL’s Top Team
#1 Green Bay Packers New England Patriots New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles San Diego Chargers New England Patriots Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers
Tiebreaker
#1 Pick Carolina Panthers Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals Seattle Seahawks Cincinnati Bengals Jacksonville Jaguars Washington Redskins Washington Redskins Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
#2 Pick Washington Redskins Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Cincinnati Bengals Jacksonville Jaguars Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Seattle Seahawks
#3 Pick Buffalo Bills Denver Broncos Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins Cleveland Browns Arizona Cardinals Minnesota Vikings Cleveland Browns San Francisco 49ers Jacksonville Jaguars

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