Its that time again. Time to show how much none of us know about picking games a month in advance of any real football being played. Lots of things can twist and turn over the course of a 16 week regular season. We are going to attempt to ride that roller coaster all the way through and predict who can (maybe no one) can unseat the Patriots as they look to defend their Super Bowl championship. We will see who the division champions are, wild card teams, playoff matchups, all the way through Super Bowl 52.
New York Giants 11-5
Dallas Cowboys 7-9
Philadelphia Eagles 7-9
Washington Redskins 7-9
This is probably the toughest division to call, I like the Giants to catch the breaks and separate themselves.
Seattle Seahawks 13-3
Los Angeles Rams 7-9
Arizona Cardinals 6-10
San Francisco 49ers 0-16
Surprised about the Rams? Wade Phillips is a defensive genius and he will get that unit to keep them in every game.
Green Bay 13-3
Detroit Lions 9-7
Chicago Bears 3-13
Minnesota Vikings 3-13
This is a reflection of one thing: QUARTERBACK. You either have or you have not.
Atlanta Falcons 11-5
Carolina Panthers 11-5
New Orleans Saints 10-6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9
I believe that Cam Newton is going to have a bounce back year, too bad for the Saints to get to 10 wins and not even be top 2 in the division.
NFC Playoff Picture
1 – Green Bay – North Champion – (beat Seattle head to head)
2 – Seattle – West Champion – (best record after Green Bay)
3 – New York – East Champion – (better conference record than Atlanta or Carolina)
4 – Atlanta – South Champion – (by the slimmest of margins)
5 – Carolina – Wild Card – (best record of non division champions)
6 – New Orleans – Wild Card – (only other NFC team to reach 10 wins)
NFC Wild Card
3 New York defeats 6 New Orleans
5 Carolina defeats 4 Atlanta – (rematch of game played Week 17)
1 Green Bay defeats 5 Carolina
3 New York defeats 2 Seattle
NFC Championship Game
3 New York at 1 Green Bay
Giants and Packers on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Just like it should be. You can see the breath of the players as game time temperatures fall below 10 degrees. Scoring is limited, after the Packers take a 14-10 lead with 3 minutes left Eli Manning gets one last shot to lead the victory charge. The tandem of Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall prove to be too much for Green Bay’s secondary as Marshall catches a lob touchdown pass as time expires. The New York Football Giants win the NFC.
New England 16-0
Buffalo Bills 7-9
Miami Dolphins 5-11
New York Jets 4-12
This is not a prediction, this is how it is going to be. I’m not sorry about saying the Patriots will go undefeated.
Kansas City Chiefs 10-6
Oakland Raiders 9-7
Los Angeles Chargers 8-8
Denver Broncos 7-9
Another division that lays claim to “toughest division in the NFL”. They have a legitimate case.
Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4
Cincinnati Bengals 9-6-1
Cleveland Browns 5-10-1
Baltimore Ravens 5-11
The tie is the ugliest game in the NFL this season. Possible last hurrah for Big Ben.
Tennessee Titans 13-3
Jacksonville Jaguars 10-6
Indianapolis Colts 7-9
Houston Texans 4-12
The Titans end a Colt and Texan stranglehold on the division and I think that the Jags invested in enough defense that Bortles will not be enough of a negative to keep them from winning games.
AFC Playoff Picture
1 New England Patriots – East Champion – (they will go 16-0)
2 Tennessee Titans – South Champion – (best record after New England)
3 Pittsburgh Steelers – North Champion – (best record after Tennessee)
4 Kansas City Chiefs – West Champion – (they get to host)
5 Jacksonville Jaguars – Wild Card – (best record of non division winning teams)
6 Cincinnati Bengals – Wild Card – (percentage points gets them in over Oakland)
AFC Wild Card
3 Pittsburgh defeats 6 Cincinnati
5 Jacksonville defeats 4 Kansas City
I expect both of these games to be old fashioned two chin strap type of slugfests.
1 New England defeats 5 Jacksonville
2 Tennessee defeats 3 Pittsburgh
Tennessee has built a really, really good football team and I’m expecting big things this year…until…
AFC Championship Game
2 Tennessee at 1 New England
Tennessee has built a team for cold weather postseason football, however these are the effing Patriots. They take teams like this and beat them in a dome, hardwood, grass, pitch, arena, etc. and make them like it. Belichek and his minions craft a defense and save it for this game against Mariota and win. New England Patriots win the AFC.
Super Bowl 52 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
New York Giants vs New England Patriots
We get the rematch that maybe some of you will throw up at. I want this game. I want another perfect season on the line against the Manning quarterback that Brady has yet to conquer. I know Coughlin is not there and this isn’t the same type of team. On the other sideline, this is the same type of team. The Patriots are 18-0 at this juncture and with an offense that has set records. Brady has 45-50 touchdowns, they’ve scored 600 points over the course of the regular season. There wasn’t a preview in the regular season finale, nothing to gain confidence from. Aside from the fact that Eli has been there and done that. If Odell wants to be highest paid player in the league then there will not be a bigger game for him to showcase his abilities that this one. I think he will, I think the Giants have all the right parts.
Giants 23 Patriots 20
For the 3rd time, the Giants defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl and for the second time derail a perfect Patriot season. They can party in Miami.