jbburton-18 said: Niners forsure to win NFC west. Alex Smith is gonna surprise people this year and I think have an even better season than last year. Defense will still be solid, and their special teams is also just fine. I also don't see anyone in that division competing with them. I mean the Rams are a joke, Seattle I just don't see at the same level as the 49ers, and Arizona has a whole bunch of question marks especially at that QB position.
NFC South, I just don't see Drew Brees carrying that entire team in New Orleans. I'm going with the Falcons. I think Newton has a sophomore slump (probably still a good season but nowhere near as many rushing TDs). Tampa still has a long way to go in my mind to do anything.
NFC East I gotta go with the Giants. Defense I think will be better (if healthy) and watch for JPP and Eli to both have monster seasons. Also gonna pick Bradshaw to be more of an impact since I'm guessing that he will have increased carries this season. RG3 isn't gonna turn the Redskins around (at least this year), the Eagles will underachieve once again, and the Cowboys i'm guessing have an 8-8/7-9 type year.
NFC North, would love to see the Lions win that division but I feel the Packers are just too explosive. But anything can happen as it is a long season. Bears are also gonna be in the mix forsure, but forget Minnesota.
NFC Wild card picks will be the Saints and Lions. Bears will be another close pick as will the Panthers.
As for the AFC:
AFC West I'm going with the Broncos. Peyton comes back and still has enough gas in the tank to take his team to the playoffs. I think with that hurry up offense he runs in that high altitude will leave opposing defenses exhausted. Broncos win 6-7 games at home this year. Chiefs I'm going with second in the division with Oakland and San Diego trailing. I hate Philip Rivers, so I guess it's kinda a bit biased, and the Raiders just commit too many penalties.
AFC South is easily the Texans. Colts are a mess, as is Jacksonville, and Tennessee has a lot of holes to fill too.
AFC East is gonna be the Pats. Easiest schedule in the league IMO but because of it I see an early playoff exit.
AFC North is gonna be the Ravens. Cincinnati is in trouble already with injuries, Pittsburgh is aging too much all around, and the Browns are not strong enough to win that division.
AFC Wild Card Picks are Chiefs and Steelers.
It's a LONG season so anything can happen. But those are my predictions.
Agreed with most of your predictions.
The NFC West is the Niners division to lose this year. Seahawks will surprise a lot of people this year, especially if they can get solid play for whoever starts at QB (although that's a whole other debate). Arizona is laughable, Whiz is on the hot seat, and he'll be gone next year IMO. He's overlooked the offensive line for basically his entire tenure, and they are the epitome of Swiss cheese. Levi Brown and Adam Snyder on the right side? Good luck. Plus, the entire QB controversy with Kolb/Skelton isn't doing them any favors. Rams are in rebuild mode, and I think they'll compete from 2013 on due to the bounty of picks they stockpiled.
NFC East, you gotta go with the Giants, even though I hate them. I actually think the Eagles will rebound this year, and actually have a decent season after last years debacle. Cowboys are overhyped as always, and they have holes in their defense and passing game. Curious to see how the new cornerbacks play though. RG3 is a vast improvement over any Redskins QB in recent memory, but I don't think the addition of him puts them over the hump and into the playoffs. They paid a lot for him too, so they're going to need to reload via free agency, but that's Dan Snyder's MO anyway...
NFC South, I love Brees even though that team should wallow in mediocrity for the rest of their tenure in the NFL. Their fans are as bad, if not worse than Seahawks fans. The loss of one of the best play callers in the league, and all the other drama that went on this offseason, is in my opinion, too much for even Brees to overcome. They may compete for a wildcard spot if things go right, but I think ATL takes this division. Matt Ryan needs to step up in the playoffs though. Tampa may surprise some people, they did add a bunch of high value free agents this year (Nicks, Jackson), but that doesn't mean they're instantly better ie. 2011 Eagles. I agree that Newton will have a slight sophomore slump just due to teams game planning a bit more for him, and I don't think he can reach the stats he had last year.
NFC North, Still the Packers division to lose IMO. Chicago has reason to be excited, they were a playoff team until their franchise QB and RB went down, and the fact that they added Brandon Marshall only helps boosts their chances. Detroit has holes in their secondary and running game, due to all the injuries and cuts they made. They may sneak into the playoffs in the wildcard, but Aaron Rodgers and Co. will take the division. Minnesota is just...Minnesota. Hopefully Ponder can take the next step and become an NFL QB, otherwise AP's career is being wasted.
Niners, Packers, Falcons, Giants with wildcards being Detroit and either Chicago/Seattle
AFC West - This is the most up-for-grabs division in football. 3 teams at 8-8 and one at 7-9 last year makes any prediction speculation at best. I'm going to go with Denver, just because they won the division last year, and they did add Manning which should help the offense greatly. The Chargers, Raiders, and Chiefs all got better during the offseason, and a key injury to any of those teams could knock them out of the playoff picture.
AFC South - Texans, by far. Probably the most complete team in the AFC. Colts are rebuilding this year, Jacksonville is LOL, and Tennessee isn't as complete a team as Houston is.
AFC East - Another easy one, Pats. One of the easiest schedules and they reloaded the defense while adding some more playmakers on offense, not like they needed them. Rex Ryan will be fired after the season, and the Dolphins are rebuilding as well under Philbin. Curious to see what Buffalo does this year, they could be a dark horse team if Fitzpatrick can play all season like he did in the first 5 games in 2011. You still have to give the division to Brady, Belichik, and Co. though.
AFC North - I think the loss of Suggs hurts the Ravens chances a lot, DPOY and a team leader gone for the season? With Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aging, I think the Ravens take a step back this year. Pittsburgh is good, but I want to see how Rapelessburger plays with Haley as his new OC before I say anything. Browns are improving, but still the red headed step child of the division. I say Cincinnati takes it this year. Dalton and Green played extremely well last year as rookies, and the addition of more playmakers and the defense, I think they surprise the division this year.
Bengals, Texans, Pats, Broncos wildcards: Pittsburgh and Buffalo
Super Bowl: Niners-Texans