Predicting Each Division and the Playoffs

AFC

East

  1. Patriots – Nothing really needs to be said. The Patriots have been the class of this division and nobody else in the division is very strong.
  2. Jets – I’m going to say that Sam Darnold has a nice rookie season here, plus the Jets were better than expected last season.
  3. Dolphins – Tannehill is back and that should help bring some stability to the team, but ultimately I don’t think Miami is in for a great season and Adam Gase could be feeling some pressure.
  4. Bills – I firmly believe this is the worst quarterback situation in the league. The rest of this roster isn’t terrible, as they made the playoffs last season, but I think the quarterback play will be so bad in Buffalo.

North

  1. Steelers – There’s a lot of drama around this team, but I still don’t see anyone jumping up and beating them this season.
  2. Ravens – I think Flacco will have a better season with Lamar Jackson being drafted to be behind him this season and they should have a good defense.
  3. Bengals – Marvin Lewis is still somehow the coach in Cincinnati and I think they’ll be pretty average again this season.
  4. Browns – Cleveland should certainly be improved with a better roster and a way better quarterback situation, but I still think they’ll finish last in the division.

South

  1. Texans – This is a tough division to pick, but I love Deshaun Watson and if he’s healthy this season I think they’ll be able to win this division.
  2. Jaguars – The team still has a great defense, but if they slip at all, they will be vulnerable in this division.
  3. Titans – I really don’t know what to make of Tennessee with Mike Vrabel being their new coach. I think if they can be more creative on offense they could win this division.
  4. Colts – It seems Andrew Luck is healthy, but this roster still has a ways to go and I don’t think Luck will be able to carry a mediocre roster like he did a couple years ago.

West

  1. Chargers – I just feel like the Chargers have the most stability in this division, but they did suffer some serious injuries in the preseason and it’s hard to count on the Chargers.
  2. Chiefs – I’m not sure how good Patrick Mahomes will be right away, but there’s still enough talent on this roster to win games and contend for the playoffs even if Mahomes isn’t completely ready.
  3. Raiders – It’s tough to see what direction the Raiders are going with Jon Gruden. Having just traded Khalil Mack, who is of course one of the better defenders in the league, leaves a defense that wasn’t very good last season pretty void of great talent. I do expect Derek Carr to have a good season though.
  4. Broncos – The defense should keep them in games this season, but they still haven’t been able to figure out the quarterback situation. Case Keenum should be an upgrade, but he’s not playing with the roster that he was in Minnesota.

NFC

East 

  1. Eagles – This team is still pretty loaded and even though Carson Wentz won’t be starting the season, they did win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles. I’m not expecting to see that Foles again, but this roster still has a ton of talent and Wentz will be back eventually.
  2. Cowboys – What’s huge for Dallas this season is that Ezekiel Elliott isn’t facing a six-game suspension. Not saying they’ll win 13 games like they did a couple years ago, but I think their style of play will get back to what it was that season.
  3. Redskins – This annually average team should yet again be average. They’ll of course have Alex Smith at quarterback instead of Kirk Cousins, but I think this roster does still have some talent and will finish somewhere around .500.
  4. Giants – New York won’t be as bad as last season, but Eli Manning is still their quarterback and he’s bad at this point in his career. They will at least have Odell Beckham back and Saquon Barkley should be exciting.

North

  1. Vikings – This team is stacked and adding Kirk Cousins makes me love them even more. I think this team should win at least 13 games with how good they are on both sides of the ball.
  2. Packers – Aaron Rodgers is back and the importance of that can be understated. They also added Jimmy Graham, which was a pickup I liked, but the comeback of Rodgers is the most important thing.
  3. Bears – Chicago already had a nice defense and then they added Khalil Mack to that defense. Mitchell Trubisky is also in his second season and having Matt Nagy as his head coach should help him out a lot.
  4. Lions – I don’t hate the Lions and I could see them having a nice season. I just feel like we already know what they are. The key thing is that having Matt Patricia as their new coach should help them be more disciplined.

South

  1. Saints – Mark Ingram is suspended four games, but Alvin Kamara is still there and they have a good offensive line. This secondary will also be in their second year together after having a stellar first season together.
  2. Falcons – I believe the Falcons will be more consistent this season, especially on offense. This roster has plenty of talent and could very easily win the division.
  3. Panthers – A lot will of course be put on Cam Newton, but Christian McCaffrey should be able to handle more of a load this season. They’re another team I wouldn’t be surprised to see win the division.
  4. Buccaneers – The worst team by a good amount in my opinion. They do have some very good talent on defense but I think they will struggle on offense again and of course Jameis Winston is suspended to start the season.

West

  1. Rams – No team in the league might have higher end talent, but they also have a lot of big personalities. Ultimately I think it’ll take a little bit for all of the new pieces to gel, but I think Sean McVay and Wade Phillips can handle it.
  2. 49ers – Jimmy G will get a full season as the starter and that’s exciting. Will he be as good as he was last season, or will teams adjust after having film and a whole off season to prepare for him? San Francisco is one of the more interesting teams in the league to me.
  3. Seahawks – I really have no clue what to expect from Seattle. I think defensively they’ll be fine, not to the level they once were, but ultimately fine. Offensively though I think it’ll be a lot of them riding Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin.
  4. Cardinals – There are people out there who think Arizona will be horrible, but I don’t think that. Sam Bradford is a productive quarterback and I like Josh Rosen just in case he gets forced into action.

Playoffs

AFC

  1. Patriots
  2. Texans
  3. Steelers
  4. Chargers
  5. Jaguars
  6. Ravens

NFC

  1. Vikings
  2. Rams
  3. Eagles
  4. Saints
  5. Falcons
  6. Packers

Super Bowl

Vikings over Patriots

Awards

MVP: Todd Gurley

Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley

Defensive Player of the Year: Jalen Ramsey

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Saquon Barkley (Bold, I know)

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Bradley Chubb

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