Cue the Monday Night football song…duhduhduhduh!!! Are you ready for some football?!?!? The NFL season is upon us ladies and gentleman. With all teams training camps under way, it’s time to roll out the storylines and predictions for this year’s season.
After going through each individual game and choosing a winner for every week of the season, I have came up with my record predictions for the upcoming season for all 32 NFL teams.
Will start in the NFC…
1.) Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)
2.) Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
3.) New York Giants (8-8)
4.) Washington Redskins (6-10)
**Though the dynasty talk with the Eagles is a repeat almost of the “Dream Team” label last year, I think the Eagles have a shot in this division. The Cowboys should be good again this year, and remember they could of made the playoffs last year with a win on the last week of the season. I don’t have much faith in the Giants because they just got hot at the right time last year, and well Washington, I’m surprised I gave them six wins because I’m not a believer in RGIII (overrated!!!!!)
1.) Carolina Panthers (13-3)
2.) New Orleans Saints (10-6)
3.) Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
4.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
**I know I’ll get a lot of wrap for the Panthers but I’m a believer in the young Panther offense. The only catalyst for that will be can Cam Newton avoid the sophomore slump. But I say, whoever breaks a Peyton Manning record, is good to me. The Saints without Sean Payton will struggle, I believe down the stretch. The Bucs are still another one-year away team and the Falcons could have a strong regular season (like usual) but I don’t see that happening.
1.) San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
2.) Arizona Cardinals (9-7)
3.) Seattle Seahawks (2-14)
4.) St. Louis Rams (1-15)
**By far, by far, by far the weakest division in quite possibly all of football. The 49ers will be good yet again in that division because they are really the only team with a strong defense. I just hope Alex Smith can stay consistent like he was last year (hint hint, I don’t think he will). I have faith in the Cardinals as they have an improving defense, but they just need to figure out which quarterback will be throwing it up to Larry Fitzgerald. And the Seahawks and the Rams will be fighting for the number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Which is sad, because just two years ago, those teams played for a spot in the playoffs.
1.) Chicago Bears (13-3)
2.) Green Bay Packers (12-4)
3.) Detroit Lions (8-8)
4.) Minnesota Vikings (5-11)
**I believe and not just because I am a Bears fan, but also because I am a realist, if the Bears offensive line can protect Jay Cutler, than this team will be contending for the Super Bowl. Guarantee it! The Packers will be good as always will last year’s MVP Aaron Rodgers. With all the optimism surrounding Lions fans, it’s a shame that their team is going to go with an even record. I think last year, the Lions got lucky (on many occasions) and will return back to their old stylings of football.
Now switching conferences to the tightly more contested AFC…
1.) New England Patriots (15-1)
2.) New York Jets (12-4)
3.) Buffalo Bills (8-8)
4.) Miami Dolphins (2-14)
**Look for the Patriots to do what they do practically every year, that’s just keep having the best record in the AFC. Even with one of the worst defenses in the league, I think they addressed that in the draft and it will help them dramatically. The jets will be heavily publized because of my main man Tim Tebow (and I love me some TEBOW). The Bills defense will be better, but won’t be able to stop the offenses in this division and well Miami, get ready for another top five draft pick in the spring.
1.) Houston Texans (11-5)
2.) Indianapolis Colts (8-8)
3.) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
4.) Tennessee Titans (2-14)
**If the NFC West is the weakest division in the NFC, then the AFC South is the weakest division in the AFC. There is really no other team that I think can compete with the Texans in the division. The Colts will be intriguing with basically a whole different system with Andrew Luck replacing Peyton Manning. The Jaguars were bad last year and I don’t expect anything to chance, and well the Titans I believe are going to go through a transition period with quarterback Jake Locker. I really don’t see any team coming close to the Texans, unless the injury bug nails them again.
1.) Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
2.) Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
3.) Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
4.) Cleveland Browns (5-11)
**This is defiantly a tough division with the great defenses. The Steelers are poised to have one of those years if they can just stay healthy. With a fairly easy schedule, the Steelers with the defense and running game they have could have a run. For the Ravens, the main thing is that Joe Flacco needs to stay consistent in order for them to have a big year. The Bengals will be good, but I think quarterback Andy Dalton will get hit with the sophomore slump. And the Browns will be my surprise team that I could see stealing the show from the big boys up at the top.
1.) Denver Broncos (11-5)
2.) Oakland Raiders (7-9)
3.) San Diego Chargers (5-11)
4.) Kansas City Chiefs (5-11)
**In one of the more level division in the NFL, I do see the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning winning. However, I don’t see Peyton playing the whole year and I think young rookie quarterback from Arizona State Brock Osweiler will come in and grasp the starting job. The Raiders are a team to look out for, as they work on the Carson Palmer Project and believe it or not, he is actually a decent quarterback. The Charges and Chiefs well, too inconsistent and won’t strain together enough wins.
NFC Playoff Standings
AFC Playoff Standings
|1.) Carolina Panthers (13-3)||1.) New England Patriots (15-1)|
|2.) Chicago Bears (13-3)||2.) Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)|
|3.) Dallas Cowboys (11-5)||3.) Denver Broncos (11-5)|
|4.) San Francisco 49ers (11-5)||4.) Houston Texans (11-5)|
|5.) Green Bay Packers (12-4)||5.) New York Jets (12-4)|
|6.) Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)||6.) Baltimore Ravens (10-6)|
3.) Dallas Cowboys vs. 6.) Philadlephia Eagles
4.) San Franscico 49ers vs. 5.) Green Bay Packers
3.) Denver Broncos vs. 6.) Baltimore Ravens
4.) Houston Texans vs. 5.) New York Jets
1.) Carolina Panthers vs. 5.) Green Bay Packers
2.) Chicago Bears vs. 3.) Dallas Cowboys
1.) New England Patriots vs. 6.) Baltimore Ravens
2.) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 5.) New York Jets
NFC Championship: 2.) Chicago Bears vs. 5.) Green Bay Packers
AFC Championship: 5.) New York Jets vs. 6.) Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XVII
Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Chicago Bears will be the Super Bowl Champions with the dynamic duo of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. I think the Bears offense is more consistent than the Ravens offense, which will ultimately be the deciding factor. I see a low scoring game and linebacker Brian Urlacher retires a super bowl champion.
**Winners in Bold**