It feels like they're still trying to clear the confetti from the Saints' Super Bowl celebration on Bourbon Street. Either that, or they're still shoveling off beads from Mardi Gras.
Anyway, the 2010 NFL season has quickly arrived, with the official kickoff Thursday when the Vikings visit the Saints in an NFC Championship rematch.
With that, let's shake up the Magic 8-Ball and see if we can stumble upon some league-wide predictions for this season.
NFL Most Valuable Player — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
The hype has fully set in, and Rodgers is finally his own man, rather than the guy who took over for Brett Favre. The Packers are in for a big year, and Rodgers' stats will be award-worthy.
Offensive Rookie of the Year — Bills running back C.J. Spiller
Buffalo has a crowded backfield, but Spiller has been named the starter after early injuries have derailed Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Spiller is a dynamite athlete who will wind up on the highlight reels every Sunday, and he'll be the lone bright spot in a down year in Buffalo.
Defensive Rookie of the Year — Raiders inside linebacker Rolando McClain
The eighth pick in April's draft edged out Patriots inside linebacker Brandon Spikes for this pick. McClain will likely lead the Raiders in tackles, and he'll help improve a shoddy run defense from a year ago.
AFC Playoff Teams
AFC East champions: New England Patriots
AFC North champions: Baltimore Ravens
AFC South champions: Indianapolis Colts
AFC West champions: San Diego Chargers
Wild Card: Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Playoff Teams
NFC East champions: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North champions: Green Bay Packers
NFC South champions: New Orleans Saints
NFC West champions: San Francisco 49ers
Wild Card: Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons
AFC Championship Game: Ravens over Chargers
NFC Championship Game: Packers over Saints
Super Bowl: Ravens over Packers