I’m going to make this brief this year: very simply I’m predicting the final 2013 won-loss records of each NFL team, along with their eventual playoff seeds and culminating with my Super Bowl XLVIII prediction.
I went against the grain and wound up looking like a genius by taking the Baltimore Ravens last year. I am trying hard not to go with all the trendy picks, because I don’t want other MSF writers calling me out by November.
1. New England Patriots (11-5)
Forget about all the offseason drama, the Patriots get a bye in arguably the league’s worst division.
2. Buffalo Bills (8-8)
Hopefully you stole E.J. Manuel with a late-round fantasy selection. If he somehow doesn’t work out, the Bills can really strip things down in an attempt to land his successor at Florida State (Jameis Winston) in 2015.
3. Miami Dolphins(7-9)
Have to temper the Dolphins expectations due to the Mike Sherman offensive coordinator factor.
4. New York Jets (3-13)
Good news, Geno Smith starts the season ts quarterback. The bad news is Geno Smith starts the season at quarterback.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
Despite Isaac Redman and his three-and-a-half yards and a cloud of dust opening season as starting running back, the Steelers will win the North.
2. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)
I’m picking the kitties to finish outside the playoffs because I can’t handle yet another Bengals vs. Texans Mike Mayock special as the first game of Wild Card weekend.
3. Baltimore Ravens (8-8)
Conditions are ripe for post-Super Bowl hangover.
4. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
For once, I look for the AFC North to be competitive from one through four this year.
1. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
Many are expecting a regression in Indy this year. I look for them to prove last year and prove last season wasn’t a fluke. Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton will emerge as one of the league’s top combo platters.
2. Houston Texans (10-6)
The window is closing, the window is closing…
3. Tennessee Titans (7-9)
I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but am not a NFL Draft expert. That said, what the world did everyone see in Jake Locker a few years back?
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
Sorry Jags fans, the Jameis Winston Cup doesn’t begin until next year.
1. Denver Broncos (12-4)
Skip Bayless likes the Broncos as well, but he somehow has the Seahawks winning the AFC West.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)
The Chiefs are way too trendy of a pick, but ditching Romeo Crennel does an NFL franchise a world of good.
3. San Diego Chargers (5-11)
I’ll do my best Bernie Kosar: “You mean I have to watch the Chargers for three and a half hours the first week of Monday Night Football?”
4. Oakland Raiders (3-13)
Some have the Silver and Black making a run at 0-16. I wouldn’t get too carried away, Terrell Pryor will get them at least a few wins.
AFC playoff seeds: (1) Broncos, (2) Patriots, (3) Steelers, (4) Colts, (5) Texans, (6) Chiefs
1. New York Giants (10-6)
Everyone is dissing on Big Blue right now. That’s exactly how Tom Coughlin’s crew likes it.
2. Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
If Ari Kaufman was not following the Pacific Coast League Playoffs so intently, he would be asking why the hell the national media is still on the Cowboys bandwagon?
3. Washington Redskins (8-8)
Per AP Style format, I am obligated to say the name of the Washington franchise, I cannot pull a Fantasy Football Index. That is the extent of my political commentary. I’m straddling the fence here considering we don’t know exactly how healthy RGIII is.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)
We do know Michael Vick never lasts long before going into the shop. Chip Kelly is going to need at least one year of rebuilding in Philly.
1. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
It absolutely scares me how south this prediction goes if Aaron Rodgers goes down in Week 1.
2. Chicago Bears (9-7)
Two more years and Jay Cutler will own virtually all of the team’s career passing records.
3. Minnesota Vikings (8-8)
I have the purple regressing slightly, but not much.
4. Detroit Lions (6-10)
I have the Norris as the best division from top to bottom, you could make a legitimate case for any of the four teams winning it.
1. New Orleans Saints (9-7)
This will be a case of the offense needing to outscore the opponents every week because of an insanely weak defense. The Saints are capable of that in this division.
2. Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
The A-T-L will find out this season that this team is getting very old, very fast.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
Mike Glennon will be in at quarterback sooner rather than later, this team is still a work in progress.
4. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Does head coach Ron Rivera even make it to Black Monday?
1. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
How can anyone not like, or root, for Russell Wilson?
2. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
The Prospectors will continue to rue the opportunity lost in the Super Bowl last February. Lack of receiving targets are the difference between the Niners and Seattle.
3. St. Louis Rams (8-8)
Rams did go 4-1-1 in the division last year, and played the Niners basically to a standstill twice. It would not shock me if the Rams won the division.
4. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
This will be the best last-place team in the NFL, the won-loss record might not show it.
NFC playoff seeds: (1)Seahawks, (2) Giants, (3) Packers, (4) Saints, (5) 49ers, (6) Cowboys
AFC Championship: Colts over Patriots
NFC Championship: Seahawks over Giants
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks over Colts