In anticipation of the 2011-12 NFL season, ESPN’s analysts predict the winners of the eight NFL divisions, the NFC and AFC Wild Cards, and the teams they believe will represent both conferences in Super Bowl XLVI. ESPN Analyst Predictions and Top Picks
Of the 24 analysts surveyed, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers were a unanimous pick to win the NFC North. Other overwhelming favorites included the San Diego Chargers (AFC West), New England Patriots (AFC East) and New Orleans Saints (NFC South). Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is the consensus choice to win MVP honors. Six analysts picked New England to host the Lombardi Trophy, while another six picked the Packers to win repeat as champions.
ESPN’s MNF season begins Sept. 12 with a doubleheader: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (7 p.m. ET) and Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos (10:15 p.m.).
Complete MNF schedule