This is a yearly thing with me to write down what teams I think will win their divisions. Who will go on to win in the playoffs. Then who will win the end of the year awards. Feel free to tell me your winners.
1) Patriots (13-3) (6-0) -Divisional Winner
2) Dolphins (5-11) (3-3)
3) Bills (4-12) (3-3)
4) Jets (1-15) (0-6)
- Basically the easiest division to predict. It would shock me if the Patriots lose to any of their divisional opponents and they should do well out of conference too outside of interesting match ups against the Steelers and Seahawks. I doubt the Dolphins are better with Cutler obviously and think he will probably get hurt. I would also not be shocked if the Bills tank better than the Jets since New York can never do anything right and will probably win more games than expected.
1) Steelers (13-3) (6-0) - Divisional Winner
2) Bengals (9-7) (2-4) - Wild Card Team
3) Ravens (7-9) (3-3)
4) Browns (3-13) (1-5)
- This is another predictable division where I guess you could flip flop either the Bengals or Ravens. The Steelers have a manageable schedule where their division match ups may be where they slip up since this is a division where they all play each other well. I like the Bengals over the Ravens due to their more potent offense over the Ravens and their solid defense. I think the Browns will have one of those losing seasons where the losses will look better with the team looking much more competitive than they used to be.
1) Titans (13-3) (5-1) - Divisional Winner
2) Texans (9-7) (5-1)
3) Colts (5-11) (2-4)
4) Jaguars (3-13) (0-6)
- I would be shocked if the Titans do not run away with the league's worst division. The only team that can give them trouble is the Texans with a rookie quarterback who I think will have an up and down season. Barring a Andrew Luck return I can see the Colts being worst than the Jags who are again have their bi-annual quarterback issues. Overall, this division is terrible besides a young Titans squad.
1) Chargers (10-6) (4-2) - Divisional Winner
2) Chiefs (10-6) (4-2) - Wild Card Team
3) Raiders (9-7) (3-3)
4) Broncos (6-10) (1-5)
- This is one of the better divisions in the league and you can have your pick of who can win. In my opinion, the Chargers are the most well rounded and have a fairly easy schedule. I can see the Chiefs winning the wild card out of this division with a solid defense and safe offense to go along with having the best head coach in the division with Andy Reid. My shocker is the Raiders missing the playoffs. To me their schedule is brutal with a lot of travel and their defense to me is just not good enough to stop teams from scoring. I think the Broncos quarterback issues and their defense losing key pieces will force them to restart the whole process to get back to being competitive.
1) Giants (10-6) (4-2) - Divisional Winner
2) Eagles (9-7) (3-3)
3) Redskins (8-8) (3-3)
4) Cowboys (8-8) (2-4)
- This is a pick em division where every team has a shot to win. Which, is why I have most of them splitting the divisional match ups. I do think the Giants could win with a favorable schedule and veteran team. The Eagles could sneak by them with one of the league's best defensive and offensive lines, but I think they are a year away from being really viable. I love the Redskins and their roster overall, but to me they did Cousins no favors by not upgrading the run game or finding more than a slot receiver in Terrell Pryor to help him on offense. My shocker is the Cowboys landing last in the division albeit with an 8-8 record. Their schedule is incredibly tougher than last years and to me their defense is still one of the worst in the league, which is a bad mix when you play teams with Pro Bowl quarterbacks.
1) Packers (13-3) (6-0) - Divisional Winner
2) Vikings (10-6) (2-4) - Wild Card Team
3) Bears (7-9) (2-4)
4) Lions (6-10) (2-4)
- Of course the Packers have a shot at being one of the best teams in the league so this is not a shocking winner. I think the Vikings have one of the best rosters in the league, but unfortunately have a mediocre quarterback in Sam Bradford. Still even if he is healthy all season playing poorly this team has a good enough roster to make the playoffs. The Bears to me have a very underrated roster with a good defensive line and offensive line to keep this team afloat. The Lions to me have no run game and no pass rush to speak of that will cause them to blow many games late.
1) Falcons (11-5) (3-3) - Divisional Winner
2) Panthers (10-6) (4-2) - Wild Card Team
3) Buccaneers (9-7) (3-3)
4) Saints (8-8) (2-4)
- I think the Falcons have the best offense in the division and have maybe the best defense that helps them make it out of this tough division. The Panthers will make the playoffs if their team plays like it should from the defense to Cam on offense. If they do not they will have another lost season like last season. The Bucs are on the up swing, but I still think their team is a year away from truly contending. Their defense needs help in the secondary and their offensive line needs more work. I think the Saints defense is slowly getting back to being competent, but not enough to hang in this division.
1) Seahawks (13-3) (5-1) - Divisional Winner
2) Rams (6-10) (3-3)
3) Cardinals (6-10) (3-3)
4) 49ers (2-14) (1-5)
- The Seahawks should runaway with this division even with their poor offensive line. They still have a top defense and have a top quarterback in Russell Wilson who will keep this team competitive. The Rams to me is on the upswing especially if Sean McVay can connect with Jared Goff and turn him into a solid starting quarterback. I think the Cardinals are on the cusp of a rebuild with Palmer declining in talent, their defense losing a lot of key pieces, and Bruce Arians probably on the way out too with his age and health issues. The 49ers to me will be like the Browns where they look good while losing, but their quarterback issue is a lot worst than the Browns.
AFC Wild Card Match Ups
- Chargers over the Chiefs
- Patriots over the Bengals
NFC Wild Card Match Ups
- Falcons over the Panthers
- Giants over the Vikings
AFC Divisional Match Ups
- Steelers over the Chargers
- Patriots over the Titans
NFC Divisional Match Ups
- Packers over the Giants
- Seahawks over the Falcons
- Patriots over the Steelers
- Packers over the Seahawks
- Patriots over the Packers
I know it's rare for a team to win Super Bowls back to back. However, barring a sudden drop off by Brady or a bunch of injuries this team is poised for a repeat.
MVP - Marcus Mariota
- If the Titans play as well as expected Mariota will be a key part of that. Rodgers has won in recent years already and it will take a lot for the NFL to hand the award to Brady. I think this is Mariota's year for the taking.
Offensive Player of the Year - Aaron Rodgers
- I never like giving the MVP the OPY award also. To me that's not a fun way to predict and tends to be a cope out since normally a quarterback wins the MVP. However, I think Rodgers will have better numbers over Mariota with his weaker run game.
Defensive Player of the Year - Joey Bosa
- I will be the first to say I was shocked at how good that kid was last year in his rookie year. Now he will be moved to a more traditional end spot where he will have more opportunity to attack the quarterback in open space. I can see this being a huge break out year for him.
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Kareem Hunt
- If the Chiefs have a good year I can see Hunt being a big part of that. He also has a wide open door thanks to the injury to Spencer Ware and no rookie quarterback looking like they will have a chance to start right away this year.
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Myles Garrett
- Whether or not the Browns have a good year or not I think Garrett has a shot to be the real deal. If he looks good and puts up the numbers people expect I can see him running away with this award.
Comeback Player of the Year - Keenan Allen
- If he can actually complete a full year Allen can put up great numbers and be a key part to the Chargers success.
Coach of the Year - Mike Mularkey
-If the Titans have a successful year like they are expected too I can see him winning the award for leading that team to the playoffs. I can also see Mike McCarthy of the Packers winning it if they runaway with the NFC like I expect them to.