The Predictions: Super Bowl edition

August, 27, 2008
8/27/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Am I the only one surprised by the fact that the Patriots didn't dominate our Super Bowl predictions? We had 16 writers participate.

By my count, five people picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl, five San Diego, three New England, two Indianapolis and one Jacksonville.

As I talk to people across the league, there's a feeling that the Chargers have figured out a game plan for slowing down the Patriots. I have no clue, though, why we're lining up to declare the Cowboys Super Bowl champions.

I had a tough time convincing myself to put them in the game. The Cowboys have not won a playoff game since 1996. Yes, I know they're loaded, but I've always thought you might want to win one playoff game before you start talking about winning Super Bowls.

But with what happened to Osi Umenyiora and the "retirement" of Brett Favre, I'm just not sure who will challenge the Cowboys in the NFC. Donovan McNabb looks great, but who's he throwing it to? Does Hank Baskett do anything for you?

In the AFC, my gut's telling me the Jaguars are going to unseat the Colts, but I didn't trust it this time. So much more to come.

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