Well, my 2013 prediction were close… I just picked the wrong NFC West titan to beat the Broncos. I even correctly predicted camera-less Brady would once again not looking anything like Joe Montana in losing to Denver in the AFC Championship.
Frankly this year I’m not feeling so confident… I really want to predict a rematch between Seattle and Denver; neither lost anyone too dramatic and Denver signed a bunch of big names. But it’s tough to repeat and both the Seahawks D and Denver O seem primed for some regression.
East – PHI (9-7), WAS (8-8), NYG (7-9), DAL (6-10)…. Eagles will once again be the best of four flawed teams.
North – GNB (11-5), CHI (10-6), DET (7-9), MIN (6-10)… Packers and Bears best the one dimensional Lions and Vikes.
South – NO (13-3), CAR (9-7), TB (8-8), ATL (7-9)… Saints will benefit from a somewhat soft division and even softer schedule.
West – SEA (12-4), SF (10-6), ARI (8-8), STL (6-10)… Still the toughest division in football by far; I was this close to predicting the 49ers to falter and miss playoffs but they just have too much talent. Rams way better than 6-10 but not in this brutal division.
East – NWE (11-5), NYJ (8-8), MIA (7-9), BUF (5-11)… sigh, Pats cruise to another title; only real question is whether this is final year in Buffalo for Bills. Jets secondary a mess but the offense has to be better after looking like a D3 team last year so they will sneak into the playoffs to keep Rex around for at least 1 more year.
North – CIN (10-6), BAL (9-7), PIT (7-9), CLE (4-12)… Dalton taking a lot of flak for playoff losses but he’s still young and improved each of his 3 seasons. Ravens are a sleeper if o-line figured out…. Steelers are old and Browns losing Gordon really hurt whoever ends up playing QB.
South – IND (11-5), HOU (7-9), TEN (6-10), JAC (3-13)… Colts should go 6-0 in division play and improvement from Luck could make them the #1 seed in AFC. Texans bounce back a bit but still a weak field here.
West – DEN (12-4), KC (8-8), SD (7-9), OAK (4-12)… Denver still loaded but both they and KC will come back down to earth a bit after 2013 peaks. Raiders suffer through another miserable season… and possibly last season moving back to LA again.
NFC Wild Card Round – Packers and 49ers prevail over Bears and Eagles
AFC Wild Card Round – Jets sneak into playoffs only to get stomped by the hated Belicheats, Bengals finally get a playoff W vs Ravens
NFC Divisional Round – Saints edge the 49ers, Seahawks edge the Packers
AFC Divisional Round – Broncos rough up Bengals, Belicheats edge Colts as traitor Revis snags two of Luck’s 3 INTs
NFC Championship – No 12th man no problem as the Seahawks silence the Superdome.
AFC Championship – Manning-Brady bowl part 57… I really want to pick Denver but my gut is telling me Belicheats
Remember how bad the Seahawks made Peyton look last year? Welp, this year Tomwina is on the receiving end of “baby seal clubbing”. Seahawks repeat as defense is not quite as dominant but Russell Wilson grows into a top 5 or so NFL QB.