The NFL season is finally here and officially started with the Kickoff Special last night where the Denver Broncos took care of the Baltimore Ravens 49-27. The main star of that one being a star of old, Peyton Manning throwing for 450+ yards and 7 TDs, showing everyone he has a lot longer left in the league and lot left in him. Last night was a strong indication that the Broncos are for real this year but it still is only one game and there is a lot of football to be played.
This new season brings about hope for, well most every team, and just a new football season brings joy to everyone no matter how bad their team is. There will be really good teams, really bad teams, frustratingly average teams and always a surprise team or two. So what teams will win their division and who will go the playoffs and win the Super Bowl you might be asking? Well your in luck because I’m going to tell you how it will all go down.
AFC East-New England Patriots
Tom Brady still there and the mastermind Bill Belichick still running things makes this an easy pick for the Patriots to retain their AFC East division crown. There will be too much offense even without the weapons for the other teams in the division to matchup. Their defense will be the unsung hero of the season, and their continued dominance of offense will be too much for division foes.
AFC North-Cincinnati Bengals
I am liking what Cincy has got going on. They will have a formidable offense led by Dalton and A.J. Green and their defense is probably their strongest point actually. Led by their star DT Geno Atkins and star cornerback Leon Hall, the Bengals defense will look to put the clamps on every one they play. Matching up with their division opponents is very favorable considering it’s against all teams that aren’t known for their offense. Cincy will edge out the Ravens and claim the division crown.
AFC South-Houston Texans
Texans are the most balanced team in the division, and they certainly have the best defense. As long as Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and Arian Foster can stay healthy, they will be able to take their division. They will receive stiff competition from the Colts but it won’t be enough. They will use their balanced offensive attack and their stingy defense to overmatch their opponents. They will split with the Colts in the season but that won’t hurt them in winning the division.
AFC West-Denver Broncos
As we saw last night, they are truly going to be a powerhouse this year. Peyton looked better than he ever has, gasp!, and there are so many weapons for Peyton to throw too. I mean he threw 3 of his TD passes to TE Julius Thomas and WR Andre Caldwell. He didn’t even hit Welker, D. Thomas, or Decker for one until he finally found Welker for his 4th TD pass of the night. Point being, they are loaded and their offense will be more than good enough to cover up for some holes on defense. They will be way too much to handle for any of their division opponents.
NFC East-Dallas Cowboys
A surprise pick I would say, but something is telling me to not go with the obvious RGIII led Redskins. I think Romo has been playing his best lately in his career and it will continue this season. Only this time he will get some help from his defense. The Cowboys will look to generate a lot of offense and hope to get a lot of it from their running back Demarco Murray, as long as he can stay healthy. This division will be highly contested but the Cowboys will edge the Redskins out.
NFC North-Green Bay Packers
This will be another shootout of a division. The Packers have to get better on defense and Clay Matthews will see to it that that does happen. QB Aaron Rodgers will see to it that the offense doesn’t slow down one bit and look to continue his dominance in the league. They will have to beat out other offensive power teams in their division but the Packers are the best overall team and take the division again this year.
NFC South-Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta is the only sure thing in this division. Although their offensive line looked soft in the preseason, they should be just fine when the real games get kicked off. They have too many offensive weapons to not win the division and I think that their defense is an underrated one. Their offense will carry them to the postseason though and the question will be if their defense can help them out enough in the postseason. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Tony Gonzalez. That’s all you need to know to tell you whose going to win the division.
NFC West-San Francisco 49ers
This will be a tough, tough division for any of the teams to win a lot of games within. The 49ers though have the best offense and best defense in their division, just by a small margin though over the Seahawks. Kaepernick will be a stud again for them and he’ll get a full season, just think of the numbers he could put up and the excitement he can create. Their defense will again be stoutly led by future Hall of Famer Patrick Willis. They will survive their tough division and schedule but benefit from it mightily down the road.
AFC-Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts
Ravens will have enough offense and defense to propel them, their weaker division will help them too. Flacco will once again make the playoffs and who knows once you get in, anything can happen. The Colts will be led by their strong QB play of Andrew Luck and a manageable division schedule will benefit the Colts. They will be improved on defense as well which will help them.
NFC-Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RG III will not be denied a trip to the playoffs, they will fall short of the division to the Cowboys but this team will be a dangerous one. Their strong defense led by London Fletcher will keep them in games and their explosive play from RGIII will propel their offense. The Bucs are a sneaky, sleeper pick. No one is giving them much respect but with their offseason additions and their nice rebound year last year, I just think they will do enough to get there. Freeman will be much better resulting in their offense being dangerous and their defense will be better to help them edge into the playoffs.
AFC Champion-Denver Broncos
The Broncos will lock up home field advantage again this year and use that to their advantage and not let it go to waste again. They are the most explosive AFC team and they will have one of the better defenses too. It won’t be as good as Houston’s defense, but it will be good enough to compliment their offense. Peyton will have record breaking numbers and look to get his second Super Bowl ring and they just might do it.
NFC Champion-San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are no doubt the most balanced and strongest NFC team. They can run, throw, play defense with all the same effectiveness. They will be too much for anyone that opposes them, but it will not be an easy road. Kaepernick will get them to the Super Bowl for the second straight season and would look like it could be their year.
Super Bowl Champion-Denver Broncos
I have the Broncos beating the 49ers in the Super Bowl. I have to go with my early, early pick of the Broncos being the best team. Peyton and his endless list of weapons will be too much for any opponent. Kaepernick and the 49ers fall short yet again, but they’ve got a lot of time ahead of them. The 49ers defense is better but Peyton Manning is well Peyton Manning. Peyton will get Super Bowl number two and not let his younger brother out do him. Wouldn’t that be nice, to see Peyton light it up this year and get a second and much deserving Super Bowl ring this late in his career, post neck injury. After the game John Elway will proclaim to everyone, “This one’s for Peyton.”
So there you have it, the NFL predictions in it’s entirety. It should be another great season and I am glad it is already here. I’m ready to kick back and take it all in. Let us know what you think about the season right here and how you see it all playing out. I wish your team well!