Canton - We've been here before, but this team is a power.
Despite OJ Simpson's presence, the Canton strength is its passing
game. Cliff Branch (18.2), Gary Garrison (19.1), Nat Moore (16.4)
all will put a scare into opposing defenses. Charley Johnson and
James Harris will benefit, and either could win the passing title
with receivers like this. On defense, Claude Humphrey (9) and the
CB tandem of Robert James (10) and Nate Wright (8) will shut
down opposing passing games. It also helps to play in a division
that does not have a lot of dominant offensive players. Prediction
- 12 wins, wins the tie-breaker with Gate City to earn seed #1.
Minnesota - This could be going out on a limb a bit, but with
Jim Hart's low sack and interception numbers, ball control might
be a bit easier for the Storm than most teams. On offense the
ground game is ordinary but consistent, while Charlie Wade is the
lone deep threat. It could be that the NFC East teams beat each
other up so much that Minnesota sneaks in the back door. The
computer says that is the case, so that's what we'll go with.
Prediction - 8 wins, first wild card.