You see predictions made by several "experts" all over the web and on TV. Since most of you out there know that I'm an expert and since my predictions are the ones everyone wants to see....I say hey, why not? Giving people and my fans what they want. I'll provide reasons why I feel they will finish where the team does along with giving you reasons why team X will have more success than the others. Here is what you all wanted final standing come week 17 will look like this: The team in italic will be the ones making the playoffs.
Patriots-As much as I dislike the Pats, I know they will be the division winner. Pick your sleepers folks, but you'll be looking like fools as always if you choose any team other than the Patriots.
Bills-Bills weren't healthy last season which is why they had a huge drop off last year with top offensive players hurt which includes Jackson, Fitzpatrick, and so forth. Adding a defensive player like Mario Williams may take them to the playoffs. I expect them to make the playoffs this year.
Jets-I believe pass rush will continue to be an issue defensively for this football team. Don't believe they have enough weapons for Sanchez to be successful offensively. Biggest factor to me is their running back Greene. I don't believe in him.....prove me wrong!!
Dolphins-Best weapon is Ocho Cinco and they have the likes of Matt Moore or Garrard leading that team. I don't believe like one of the Dolphin players....they are not winning the AFC!! I hope they are better than I predict....o.
Steelers-What else do I need to say.....isn't it obvious?
Ravens-Of the division, I believe Ravens had the worst offseason. Several huge losses via FA this year which includes a pro bowl guard, Jarrett Johnson, and so forth. You got the Ravens still signing lineman to compete for the starting job. McKinnie still has his condition issues. Isn't the only guy on the Ravens who has those issues. Rookie 2nd round pick Upshaw failed first conditioning test. That is one of the main reasons he fell in the draft. Asking him to come in and fill the starting spot of Jarrett Johnson while asking Kruger along with a man who has recovered from having a broken skull to replace Suggs. Lewis looked old and slow late in the year....expect it again this year. Ed Reed is coming off the worst season of is career. Not good signs at all for Ravens to be successful. One could argue they will miss the playoffs. It could happen....
Bengals-Who is the #2 receiver? Green-Ellis that much of an upgrade over Benson? Not much if you ask me. Losing Frostee Rucker was a bigger loss than most Bengal fans will say it is. Nice cornerback core, but I believe they made a mistake in the draft by drafting defense 1st before addressing the receiver situation. Can't beat either Pittsburgh or Baltimore last year along with the fact Dalton is struggling already in camp. I say sophmore slump is coming. When was the last time Bengals had consecutive winning seasons? I believe it was was the year of 1983.
Browns-Steeler owns the Browns? No surprise there because Steelers have owned the Browns for years. Weeden sucks with pressure on. Had a ton of interceptions in college. I expect the same despite some nice additions like Richardson who will be facing 3 count'em 3 top 10 rush defenses in this division 6x. That along with Josh Gordon seems nice, but they lost their DT Phil Taylor possibly for the season. Similar to the Suggs injury where you don't know if he is going to play a game or not.
Texans-How can anyone bet against the Texans? Dominant defense despite losing Williams last season. Got a playoff win with a 3rd string QB. They should be able to do that with Schaub back under center. Anything less than 2 playoff wins for Schaub will be seen as a failure. Pressure is on!!
Titans-Jake Locker apparently is the fav to win the job, but he did have an oppurtunity to lead the Titans to the playoffs last year in the final game. Didn't throw the ball which to me was stupid, but he will learn from those mistakes. Maybe he can ask world's funniest home videos for Rivers performance in the clutch to learn of what not to do in those situation. That is the place to find the film.
Colts-Thats right, Colts will finish 3rd in the AFC South!! I believe Luck will have the better season of the 2 this year. He has the better offense to work with if you ask me. He got him 2 nice tight end additions along with Wayne, Collie, and so forth. Advantage of being in a much easier division than the one RG3 is in. Jags may not have MJD this year because some believe he will holdout because of his contract situation.Not good because the offense is terrible. Write down the bold prediction.
Jaguars-Possibly no MJD along with a possible suspension for Blackmon. No real weapons to scare anyone offensively of course will lead to the downfall. Surprised Jags finished the way they did last season. I think Del Rio made the mistake of getting rid of Garrard and starting Gabbert too soon.
Chargers-Some Charger fans believe and say that they own Peyton Manning. Philip Rivers led Chargers have beaten the Colts in the playoffs 2x. I suppose that should speak enough volumes for some. Just like the Cowboys, I'm going to go with the Chargers getting in the playoffs as a division winner. That despite some reporters believing that one bad season will continue because his arm just doesn't have the same zip it used to. Call me crazy....isn't the 1st time!!
Broncos-I know some may hate on me for not having Peyton led Broncos win the division, but I don't care. He sucked vs the AFC West his whole career. Concerns with neck and not having great weapons he had in Indy will hurt him. Is he going to be the same Peyton? Argument like Peyton is better than Tebow is ridiculous. Peyton isn't the same Peyton Manning. Tebow can play outside something Peyton hasn't been used to. He will have an outdoor stadium not in a dome. That also will hurt Peyton. Peyton's career #s, dome, weapons, neck, and so forth is the reason why the Broncos and Peyton Manning will not make the playoffs! Unlike most posters, I provide facts with my opinions!! For all of you idiots out there saying Peyton is better than Tebow which means they will be better.....you guys must be expecting an AFC championship appearance because all Tebow was 1 win away from. If you don't believe the Broncos will make it to the AFC championship game.....stop using that argument!
Chiefs-Berry, Charles, Cassel and so forth back in the mix. New HC who led them to defeat the undefeated Packers last season. 1 reason why some have high expectations for them. 1 could argue they will win the division. I just don't believe they are that much improved. However, I think Baldwin will have a huge year.
Raiders-What additions did they make that make you say they will be a better team this year? Exactly why I have them finishing last because every team got better, but them.
Eagles-Vick and Eagles performance may decide whether or not Reid is heading out the door. That is why I like them this year because the way they started to play like I expected. They would start off slow and end strong because they starting gaining chemistry, play calling got better because DC started to learn what was going wrong early on. Some of his calls weren't going to the strengths of the players they signed last season. This year, Eagles will win the division!!
Cowboys-Hype is one word to describe the Cowboys. High expectations every year for the team and they continue to fail. Similar to the Chargers in a lot of ways. Great talent, but they don't produce in the win column. Jones believes Cowboys window is closing and I seem to agree with them. 1 playoff win in what? 17 years and you brag about being America's team? Prove it on the football field!!
Giants-Consistant play has been an issue with this football team. 1 week they look great and next week they get stomped the Redskins. That is one of main reasons why I'm betting against the Giants to make it back to the playoffs. Even as awful as the Eagles were last season, they almost stole the division away from the Giants which is saying something.
Redskins-I believe people out there are foolish to believe RG3 is going to make such a big impact on the Redskins. I don't believe Redskins will get out of the gutter, offensive line stinks, and questionable receiving core. Defense is best part of the team. RG3 isn't going to have a better season than Luck!! There my friends is a bold prediction for ya!!
Packers-No denying that this young team is one of the most talented groups in the NFL. Worst defense in NFL history, but they can't get much worse can they? Certainly should get a bye week again this year.
Bears-Cutler not only got a weapon this offseason, but he got the best weapon he ever had the chance to play with and that is of course Brandon Marshall. Would have made the playoffs last year if not for injuries to Forte and Cutler. I believe they were 7-3 til those injuries and Hanie ruined it despite high expectations after performance in NFC championship game.
Lions-First you wanted to root for the Lions because you felt pity for them. Now the success goes to their head and they believe they can do what they please. Leading the league in arrests this offseason along with a terrible leader in a coach. Bad formula that will turn in to a decline in Ws this season. That and most likely would have missed the playoffs had Forte and Cutler stayed healthy.
Vikings-I don't agree at all with the owner of the Vikings. For those who havn't heard: He believes the Vikings will win the NFC North. Weapons? Defense?
Panthers-I like the challenge of making bold predictions and this I believe may be 1 of them. Choosing the Panthers to win the South. Defense is instantly going to be better this year with leader returning among other additions.
Saints-Saint fans hated me, loved me, and now hate me again. I've chewed some crow in the past by talking smack about the Saints. I no longer hate the Saints as much as I did in the past. Even picked the team to go to the Super Bowl last year after a stellar draft. Alex Smith drive away from getting to the NFC Championship game. This year, I'm betting against them without Payton. Brees is very accurate with his throws, but gives up a lot of picks when Payton isn't at the helm. I'm hinting at the small stint when Payton got hurt last year during the Bucs game. Maybe they prove me and the world wrong by going back in the playoffs. I made this respectable enough for 2nd place.
Falcons-It is well-documented that I've never been that high on the Falcons. Over-rated written all over that team. Not only get blown out on your home field in the playoffs, but the next season not scoring an offensive point. Defense outscored the offense for goodness sake and the trade for Jones was going to make their offense better. Obviously that wasn't the case. Turner is said to be slowing down...maybe they prove me wrong. I doubt it o.....
Bucs-NFC South is without a doubt the toughest division to predict. I like the Bucs this year too. Bucs may prove me wrong and be 1 of the tops in the division.
49ers-Smith + weapons will take the 49ers to the Super Bowl this year. Didn't have any weapons last year in the playoffs. Shows by 1 catch by a receiver aka not a tight end. Adding Moss and Manningham is intriguing as well. Barring injuries defensively, shouldn't be a problem to get to the Super Bowl. I believe it was 2 special team fumbles that cost the 49ers the game vs the Giants.
Cardinals-Bit of a tossup with the Seahawks, but I like the Cardinals a bit more. Floyd on the other side along with the defense playing better...I do like the Cardinals more so than the Seahawks.
Seahawks-When you have to go out and sign receivers in July....I think that is a bad sign. That is why I'm picking the Cardinals!!
Rams-Battling with the Browns, Vikings, Dolphins for the #1 selection in 2013 NFL draft. Maybe it was injuries last year and they surprise us....I hope so because I like Bradford.
Underlined teams are the winners....
Playoff predictions: Byes: 1.Steelers/2.Patriots while 1.Packers/2.Eagles
WC Round: 3.49ers beat 6.Cowboys; 4.Panthers loses 5.Bears; 3.Texans beat 6.Bills; 4.Chargers beat 5.Ravens
Divisional Round: 1.Packers beat 5.Bears; 2.Eagles loses 3.49ers; 1.Steelers beat 4.Chargers; 2.Patriots beat 3.Texans
Championship Round: 1.Packers loses 3.49ers; 1.Steelers beat 2.Patriots
Super Bowl 47: 1.Steelers beat 3.49ers
There is my predictions for the season. Didn't want to spoil you with records....just make it simple for you folks out there. It was your pleasure to read the magnificent predictions I posted for all of you. Just giving you a warning of the Stairway to 7 for Pittsburgh this year. Don't like it? All I gotta say is you better get used to it. I'm going to leave you all with something special to end this post with a few statements: This year the Ravens are going to be the ones battling with Bengals for 2nd in the AFC North. The Steelers? They will be battling for the Super Bowl this year. Pointing fingers to the sky screaming "YES, YES, YES!!" Sometimes, I amaze myself with my responses. Winning debates just comes to me. Surprised??Don't be........STAY JEALOUS!!