Last year I predicted 49ers vs Belicheats in the Super Bowl which was half right. And Colin Kaepernick and the Niners came pretty close to fulfilling my prediction that they would win the big game. Throw in the fact the Belicheats made it to the AFC Championship and I’d say that’s not half bad.
But let’s cut right to the chase – I’m going to nail it this year b/c I’m taking the 49ers again. They are going to steamroll through the NFC and then bitch smack the weaker AFC in the title game. Peyton and the Broncos look like the cream of the top heavy AFC but they will not be able to handle the 49ers D or Kaepernick. Denver is built well to beat a pocket QB like Brady but I see Kaepernick shredding their blitzes for a 38-17 win while Peyton tries to do much and throws 3 picks.
Now that I’ve told you what’s going to happen in the big game I might as well give you the standings.
East = NE (13-3), BUF (7-9), MIA (5-11), NYJ (5-11)… yawn – Belicheats dominate the weak east again as Dolphins look like 2011 Marlins, Geno Smith looks like a bust for the soon to be Rex-less Jets and EJ Manuel gives Buffalosers hope for the future.
North = (9-7), CLE (8-8), BAL (8-8), PIT (6-10)… the Bengals improved offense and solid D is enough to win a hard fought but ultimately underwhelming division race. The Browns surprise by stealing a wild card as the Ravens fail to replace all the pieces they lost and the Steelers look like a team in need of a rebuild.
South = HOU (12-4), TEN (9-7), IND (7-9), JAC (4-12)… Texans easily take another division titles. Colts come back down to earth after Cinderella ’12 and Jaguars stink again. Big story is Titans getting hot late in the year and snagging wild card berth.
West = DEN (13-3), SD (6-10), KC (5-11), OAK (3-13)… Broncos dominate a putrid AFC West.
East = DAL (10-6), WAS (8-8), NYG (7-9), PHI (6-10)… Romo and the Cowboys get back into the playoffs with minimal drama this year but still don’t win when they get there. Redskins can’t match 2012 performance while Giants and Eagles both show they need to seriously reload talent wise.
North = GB (12-4), CHI (9-7), MIN (8-8), DET (6-10)… Packers class of this division. Bears offense plays better but still not enough protection for the passing game. Vikings and Lions are “tough outs” but generally outs none the less.
South = ATL (12-4), NO (8-8), TB (6-10), CAR (5-11)… Falcons barely break a sweat within the division. Saints rebound a bit but even Sean Payton can’t cover up the terrible D that much. Bucs and Panthers both end up way worse than they might look on paper.
West = SF (14-2), SEA (11-5), STL (9-7), ARI (5-11)… wasn’t it just 2 or 3 years ago someone with a losing record won this division? Now its got 3 teams that would stand a good chance of finishing first in any other division. Ultimately the 49ers defense is just too good and Kaepernick terrorizes the league both running and throwing. The ‘Hawks are probably 2nd best team in the AFC but can’t get away from SF as they’ll eventually lose to them in the playoffs as well. Rams are going to sneak up on a lot of people – their offense loaded up and an improving young D. Cardinals are better than 5-11 but can’t compete in this brutal division.
AFC Wild Card Round = Texans hold off feisty Browns, Titans upset Bengals
NFC Wild Card Round = Seahawks throttle Cowboys, Packers edge Rams
AFC Divisional Round = Pats over Texans in a classic, Broncos romp over Titans
NFC Divisional Round = 49ers offense is too much for Seahawks to match, Packers best Falcons in a no D shootout
AFC Championship = Even Belicheat can’t cover all the Denver receivers and the Broncos pass rush shows once again Brady can’t take a hit
NFC Championship = Just like last year, the Packers defense is no match for Kaepernick.
The game is close early as Kaepernick looks a little tentative despite being on the big stage 2nd straight year. But eventually the 49ers offense starts to click and San Fran starts to pull away early in the 2nd half. By the end of the 3rd quarter Peyton has resorted to trying to do it all by himself, forcing throws for a couple of bad picks. By early in the 4th quarter this one is over and the 49ers may just have the start of another hall of fame qb career & dynasty on their hands.