Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were holding the Lombardi Trophy when last season ended. We try to predict who will be holding it this time around. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
-- The 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers face the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC
The 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers meeting the New Orleans Saints (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Who will wind up holding the Lombardi Trophy when Super Bowl XLVI is held Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis.
Will it be one one of the co-owners of MetLife Stadium? The New York Jets and their boastful coach, Rex Ryan, think they are primed for it after losing in the AFC Championship Game the past two seasons. The New York Giants won a Super Bowl a few years back, but have missed the playoffs entirely the past two seasons. Can they rebound?
SB Nation New York staff writers have looked into their crystal balls and tried to predict what will happen this season. Take a look at the chart below for our predictions.
Feel free to drop your own predictions in the comments or at the SB Nation New York Facebook page.
SB Nation New York 2011 NFL Predictions
|Stephen Crociata||Jeff Freier||Chris Celletti||Ryan Jones||Ed Valentine|
|NFC East Winner||Eagles||Eagles||Eagles||Cowboys||Giants|
|NFC North Winner||Packers||Packers||Packers||Packers||Packers|
|NFC South Winner||Falcons||Saints||Saints||Saints||Falcons|
|NFC West Winner||Rams||Rams||Rams||Rams||49ers|
|AFC East Winner||Patriots||Patriots||Patriots||Patriots||Patriots|
|AFC North Winner||Steelers||Ravens||Ravens||Steelers||Ravens|
|AFC South Winner||Texans||Colts||Texans||Texans||Colts|
|AFC West Winner||Chargers||Chargers||Chargers||Chargers||Chargers|
|MVP||Tom Brady||Drew Brees||Philip Rivers||Aaron Rodgers||Matt Ryan|
|Super Bowl||Falcons over Pats||Saints over Ravens||Saints over Ravens||Ravens over Packers||Pats over Falcons|