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Sun reporters make their projections for 2011 NFL season

Jamison Hensley

Super Bowl

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champion:

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Patriots

AFC

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championship game:

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Patriots over Texans

NFC

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championship game:

Saints over Packers

AFC division playoffs:

Patriots over Chargers; Texans over Steelers

NFC division playoffs:

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Packers over Eagles; Saints over Falcons

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Texans over Ravens; Chargers over Jets

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Falcons over Rams; Packers over Giants

AFC East

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champ:

Patriots

AFC North

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champ:

Steelers

AFC South

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champ:

Texans

AFC West

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Champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Jets, Ravens

NFC East

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champ:

Eagles

NFC North

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champ:

Packers

NFC South

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champ:

Saints

NFC West

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champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Falcons, Giants

MVP:

Tom Brady, Patriots

Offensive Player of the Year:

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Defensive Player of the Year:

Mario Williams, Texans

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Mark Ingram, Saints

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

Coach of the Year:

Steve Spagnuolo, Rams

Three storylines to watch

Can the Eagles' dream team live up to the offseason hype or crumble under the pressure?

A year after Brett Favre called it quits, could an injury do the same to Peyton Manning?

Ravens are going for their fourth straight playoff season but looking for first home playoff game since 2006.

Mike Preston

Super Bowl champion:

Saints over Patriots

AFC championship game:

Patriots over Steelers

NFC championship game:

Saints over Packers

AFC division playoffs:

Patriots over Ravens, Steelers over Jets

NFC division playoffs:

Packers over Falcons, Saints over Eagles

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Ravens over Chargers, Jets over Colts

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Falcons over Rams, Eagles over Bears

AFC East champ:

Patriots

AFC North champ:

Steelers

AFC South champ:

Colts

AFC West Champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Ravens and Jets

NFC East champ:

Eagles

NFC North champ:

Packers

NFC South champ:

Saints

NFC West champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Bears and Falcons

MVP:

Drew Brees, Saints

Offensive Player of the Year:

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Defensive Player of the Year:

Patrick Willis, 49ers

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Cam Newton, Panthers

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins

Coach of the Year:

Steve Spagnuolo, Rams

Three storylines to watch

Can Cam Newton turn around the Carolina Panthers?

Bill Belichick continues to get the best out of the NFL's worst.

The evolution of John Harbaugh as a complete coach near completion.

Ken Murray

Super Bowl champion:

Patriots

AFC championship game:

Patriots over Steelers

NFC championship game:

Packers over Eagles

AFC divisional playoffs:

Patriots over Jets, Steelers over Chargers

NFC divisional playoffs:

Eagles over Saints, Packers over Falcons

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Chargers over Ravens, Jets over Texans

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Eagles over Lions, Falcons over Rams

AFC East champ:

Patriots

AFC North champ:

Steelers

AFC South champ:

Texans

AFC West champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Ravens, Jets

NFC East champ:

Eagles

NFC North champ:

Packers

NFC South champ:

Saints

NFC West champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Falcons, Lions

MVP:

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Offensive player of year:

Tom Brady, Patriots

Defensive player of year:

Ndamukong Suh, Lions

Offensive rookie of year:

Julio Jones, Falcons

Defensive rookie of year:

Jimmy Smith, Ravens

Coach of year:

Jim Schwartz, Lions

Three storylines to watch

The Eagles' 'Dream Team' will flirt with greatness before the romance ends abruptly in the playoffs.

Rex Ryan's defense will torment the AFC once again, but his offense makes another false start.

Peyton Manning's neck injury puts the Colts' playoff streak on the line and their quarterback on the bench.

Kevin Van Valkenburg

Super Bowl champion:

Patriots over Packers

AFC championship game:

Patriots defeat Ravens

NFC championship game:

Packers over Falcons

AFC division playoffs:

Patriots over Steelers; Ravens over Chargers

NFC division playoffs:

Falcons over Eagles; Packers over Bucs

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Ravens over Jets; Steelers over Texans

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Falcons over Saints; Bucs over Rams

AFC East champ:

Patriots

AFC North champ:

Ravens

AFC South champ:

Texans

AFC West Champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Steelers, Jets

NFC East champ:

Eagles

NFC North champ:

Packers

NFC South champ:

Saints

NFC West champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Falcons, Bucs

MVP:

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Offensive Player of the Year:

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Defensive Player of the Year:

Terrell Suggs, Ravens

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Jimmy Smith, Ravens

Coach of the Year:

Bill Belichick, Patriots

Three storylines to watch

Will Michael Vick be able to stay healthy for an entire year? I'm going to say no.

Although Tom Brady is still king, Aaron Rodgers makes a bid to call himself the game's best quarterback.

Is this the year Terrell Suggs is an unblockable force and emerges as the game's best defensive player?

Edward Lee

Super Bowl champion:

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Saints

AFC championship game:

Jets over Chargers

NFC championship game:

Saints over Packers

AFC division playoffs:

Jets over Steelers, Chargers over Patriots

NFC division playoffs:

Saints over Eagles, Packers over Buccaneers

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Jets over Chiefs, Chargers over Texans

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Eagles over Lions, Buccaneers over Rams

AFC East champ:

Patriots

AFC North champ:

Steelers

AFC South champ:

Texans

AFC West Champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Chiefs, Jets

NFC East champ:

Eagles

NFC North champ:

Packers

NFC South champ:

Saints

NFC West champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Buccaneers, Lions

MVP:

Drew Brees

Offensive Player of the Year:

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Defensive Player of the Year:

Darrelle Revis, Jets

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Mark Ingram, Saints

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins

Coach of the Year:

Jim Schwartz, Lions

Three storylines to watch

All the hype and starpower of the self-dubbed "Dream Team" won't mean much if the Eagles offensive line can't protect Michael Vick.

Peyton Manning's neck surgery and delayed return from the operation might signal the beginning of the end of an era with the Colts.

Will Jim Schwartz's work with the Lions finally culminate in postseason returns?

Peter Schmuck

Super Bowl champion:

Packers

AFC championship game:

Ravens

NFC championship game:

Packers

AFC division playoffs:

Ravens, Jets

NFC division playoffs:

Packers, Saints

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Steelers, Patriots

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Saints, Bears

AFC East champ:

Jets

AFC North champ:

Ravens

AFC South champ:

Colts

AFC West Champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Steelers, Patriots

NFC East champ:

Eagles

NFC North champ:

Packers

NFC South champ:

Falcons

NFC West champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Saints/Bears

MVP:

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Offensive Player of the Year:

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Defensive Player of the Year:

Terrell Suggs, Ravens

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Julio Jones, Falcons

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Akeem Ayers, Titans

Coach of the Year:

Sean Peyton, Saints

Three storylines to watch

With Peyton Manning's health status still in doubt, can Kerry Collins hold the fort and keep the Colts on a path to the playoffs?

Which NFC West team will crack the .500 mark this year and back into the playoffs?

Does anyone really believe the Lions will grab a wild-card berth this year, or are they just the sexy turnaround pick of 2011?

Kevin Cowherd

Super Bowl champ:

Patriots

AFC champ game:

Patriots-Steelers

NFC champ game:

Packers-Falcons

AFC divisional playoffs:

Patriots-Jets, Steelers-Ravens

NFC divisional playoffs:

Packers-Saints, Eagles-Cowboys

AFC wildcard playoffs:

Ravens-Colts, Chargers-Jets

NFC wildcard playoffs:

Saints-Eagles, Cowboys-Rams

AFC East Champ:

Patriots

AFC North champ:

Steelers

AFC South Champ:

Colts

AFC West champ:

Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Jets, Ravens

NFC East champ:

Eagles

NFC North champ:

Packers

NFC South champ:

Falcons

NFC West champ:

Rams

NFC wild cards:

Saints, Cowboys

MVP:

Tom Brady, Patriots

Offensive Player of the Year:

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Defensive player of the year:

Clay Matthews, Packers

Offensive rookie of the year:

Andy Dalton, Bengals

Defensive rookie of the year:

Von Miller, Broncos

Coach of the Year:

Bill Belichick, Patriots

Jeff Zrebiec

Super Bowl champion:

Patriots over Eagles

AFC championship game:

Patriots over Jets

NFC championship game:

Eagles over Packers

AFC division playoffs:

Patriots over Ravens; Jets over Chargers

NFC division playoffs:

Packers over Falcons; Eagles over Saints

AFC wild-card playoffs:

Ravens over Texans; Jets over Steelers

NFC wild-card playoffs:

Saints over Cowboys; Falcons over Cardinals

AFC East champ:

New England Patriots

AFC North champ:

Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South champ:

Houston Texans

AFC West Champ:

San Diego Chargers

AFC wild cards:

Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets

NFC East champ:

Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North champ:

Green Bay Packers

NFC South champ:

New Orleans Saints

NFC West champ:

Arizona Cardinals

NFC wild cards:

Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys

MVP:

Tom Brady, Patriots

Offensive Player of the Year:

Tom Brady

Defensive Player of the Year:

Ndamukong Suh

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Julio Jones, Falcons

Defensive Rookie of the Year:

Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

Coach of the Year:

Jim Schwartz, Lions

Three storylines to watch

Peyton Manning has been called the most indispensable player in the NFL. How far will the Colts fall without their signal caller?

The Philadelphia Eagles, the self-proclaimed Dream Team, won the offseason press battle. Will that be enough to win an elusive Super Bowl?

With high-powered offenses all over the NFL, what defense will step to fuel a playoff run?

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