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NFL Predictions. Beginning of the Second Quarter.

Updated on October 1, 2013
I don't have to tell you who this guy is.
I don't have to tell you who this guy is.

DISCLAIMER

This is all just guesswork.
These are all assumptions.
Last season, the Arizona Cardinals started the season off 4-0... and remember how that ended.
Looking back, this is what I think will happen in the next 12 games.

Power Rankings.

32. Jacksonville. *Is it just me, or does somebody really want Teddy Bridgewater?*
31. Tampa Bay.
30. Washington.
29. Pittsburgh.
28. St. Louis.
27. Philadelphia.
26. Minnesota.
25. New York (Giants)
24. Oakland.
23. New York (Jets)
22. Buffalo.
21. Carolina.
20. Cleveland.
19. Arizona.
18. Dallas.
17. San Diego.
16. Houston.
15. Baltimore.
14. Atlanta.
13. Green Bay.
12. Tennessee.
11. Cincinnati.
10. Detroit.
9. San Francisco.
8. Miami.
7. Indianapolis.
6. Chicago.
5. Kansas City.
4. New England.
3. New Orleans.
2. Seattle.
1. Denver.

The AFC Divisional Standings.

North.
1. Baltimore.
2. Cincinnati.
3. Cleveland.
4. Pittsburgh.

South.
1. Indianapolis.
2. Houston.
3. Tennessee.
4. Jacksonville.

East.
1. New England.
2. Miami.
3. Buffalo.
4. New York.

West.
1. Denver.
2. Kansas City.
3. San Diego.
4. Oakland.

The NFC Divisional Standings.

North.
1. Green Bay.
2. Chicago.
3. Detroit.
4. Minnesota.

South.
1. New Orleans.
2. Atlanta.
3. Carolina.
4. Tampa Bay.

East.
1. Dallas.
2. Philadelphia.
3. New York.
4. Washington.

West.
1. Seattle.
2. San Francisco.
3. Arizona.
4. St. Louis.

AFC Explanations.

The AFC North-
Why Baltimore? it's easy. If not them, who else? True, they're having difficulties on offense, trying to find players to catch passes from Joe Flacco, but the reality is that the rest of the division is a mess. The excruciating mediocrity of Andy Dalton is becoming more and more obvious as the team surrounds him with talent and he continues to find ways to lose. The Browns have shown life over the last two weeks, but we can't exactly take wins over MInnesota and Cincy seriously, and the Steelers are so bad that they almost have as many consecutive losses as Super Bowls. Yeah, there's a cute twist on that stat you guys love to brag about so much.

The AFC South-
Why Indy over Houston? Matt Schaub. I'm serious, I don't get how he continues to fail. Much like Andy Dalton, the guy is surrounded by talent. A great defense, a wily veteran in Andre Johnson, an explosive rookie in DeAndre Hopkins, a versatile playmaker like Arian Foster, and a weak division? Come on, you get to play Jacksonville twice. But the guy keeps snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I mean, Richard Sherman had something to do with it, but... come on now. I think the Colts will figure it out eventually. Andrew Luck will be the best QB in the NFL in the next couple of years, he just needs to grow up a little more in the huddle. And they have all the pieces. It looked like Tennessee was going to be pretty good for a while, but you can't win for long in this league playing small-ball, and the injury to Jake Locker certainly doesn't help.

The AFC East-
Shut up about this division. Between this and the NFC East, I feel like it's unfair that they get to send a team to the playoffs. The film on EJ Manuel and Geno Smith would be bad if they were in little league, I have to believe they had really low wonderlic scores, and Miami?? Please. This division will belong to Tom Brady long after he's retired.

The AFC West-
Oddly, the best division in the AFC. Weird isn't it? Denver might be the best team in the NFL, and an undefeated Super Bowl run doesn't seem out of the question. San Diego has fixed Philip Rivers and the offense has been moving nicely, but the loss of Dwight Freeney will hurt the defense versus explosive teams like Denver or New Orleans. Kansas City is playing the best 1970's style football I've ever seen. They're hitting QBs, stuffing the run, and avoiding turnovers. It may be simple, but it's gotten them a 4-0 start. And Oakland. Oakland is an anomaly. It remains to be seen how good Terrelle Pryor really is, but last sunday, we saw the team without him, and I've gotta say, the kid makes a huge impact.


NFC Explanations.

The NFC North-
Green Bay will win this division, but that's about it. There are SEC teams that could score versus their defense, and they need to seriously invest in a good offensive line for Aaron Rodgers. I don't know how many times we have to say that before they actually do it. The turnover bug came back for Jay Cutler last week, but there's simply too much talent on this team for them to have another 10-6 collapse. Detroit is improved... But not enough. I foresee a Matt Stafford injury in the very near future, leading to more loaded boxes and mediocre talent desperately flinging the ball at Calvin Johnson.

The NFC South-
Tampa Bay can't seem to score points, and I don't understand. True, they don't have a really good passer, but with Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson, and Doug Martin... Do ya really need one? New Orleans has already pretty much wrapped this division up, poor Matt Ryan is already choking, and the playoffs haven't even started.

The NFC East-
This division is god awful. Dallas is clearly the best team, and even with them, I feel like Tony Romo will collapse in any game where they actually have a lead in the fourth quarter.

The NFC West-
San Francisco is done. They just don't have the tools. They can run all over St. Louis and Arizona, but Seattle already has 2 away wins... That essentially guarantees a 10 win season.

The Awards.

Defensive Rookie of the Year- Eric Reid. The rookies are complicated, most of them are still figuring it out. However, Reid has been very good for San Francisco so far this season. He doesn't look like he's in over his head and has actually contributed to an already prolific defense.

Offensive Rookie of the Year- DeAndre Hopkins. For one of the more difficult positions to learn, Houston's DeAndre Hopkins has already contributed greatly already. He's explosive and productive and a much better #2 receiver than Walters or Jones ever were.

Defensive Player of the Year- Richard Sherman. So much hype around the Seattle Seahawks this season. One of the few 4-0 teams in the NFL, and home of one of the best defenses. And who is at the center of that defense? The best cornerback in the NFL. Owner of the worst completion against rating so far and two interceptions, Richard Sherman is going to steal this award from Justin Houston or whichever Pass rusher has a statistically pleasing season.

Offensive Player of the Year- Peyton Manning. See "MVP"

Coach of the Year- John Fox. Hear me out, I don't think that he deserves it. It doesn't take a genius to sign Peyton Manning and give him a bunch of offensive weapons (Even Bill Polian could do it), but they look invincible at this point and I don't know how anybody could beat them. This team could realistically be undefeated going into the playoffs. In my opinion, it should be Andy Reid. So far, Andy has taken the Chiefs from first overall pick to 4-0. He's created a small, conservative West Coast offense to suit the skills of Alex Smith, and turned a talented defense into one of the best.

Comeback Player of the Year- LeSean McCoy. "Shady" McCoy has been one of the better runningbacks in the NFL over the last couple of years but in 2012, we saw a drop in his production due to a pass happy offense and injuries. However, 4 games into this season, McCoy leads the NFL in rushing and is benefiting greatly from Chip Kelly's offense. He's had a couple of really explosive games and if he and Michael Vick can stay on the field, he could end up being the rushing champion.

NFL MVP- Peyton Manning. Of all my picks, this is the one I am the most confident about. Barring any injuries, Peyton Manning will shred Tom Brady's touchdown record, and I don't think it will take 16 games either. In fact, at his current pace of 4 touchdowns a game, he will throw his 51st touchdown in Week 13. Assuming the potentially undefeated Broncos don't rest their starters in the last couple of weeks, that gives Peyton 3 games to make up for any "pedestrian" 3 touchdown games. Keep in mind that the Broncos still get to play the Raiders again, the Chargers twice, the Jaguars, Redskins, and Eagles. If you have him in your fantasy league, you're one lucky son of a gun.

The AFC Playoffs.

1. Denver.
2. New England.
3. Baltimore.
4. Indianapolis.
wc. Houston.
wc. Kansas City.

Hypothetical Predictions for Hypothetical AFC Playoffs.

Please don't take this too seriously, I'm just acting on the playoff standings that I made up. Like come on, this is all BS, but, just in case it does happen this way... I called it first.

Kansas City @ Baltimore- Kansas City.
An incredible Kansas City pass rush overwhelms Joe Flacco and the inconsistent Ravens offense and Jamaal Charles racks up over 200 rushing yards to beat Baltimore 17-13.

Houston @ Indianapolis- Indianapolis.
The game goes back and forth on long, meticulous drives, but ends late in the fourth, when Matt Schaub throws a costly interception, and the Colts drain the clock to win 24-20.

Kansas City @ Denver- Denver.
Denver goes 3-0 versus Kansas City on the season and overwhelms the Chiefs on offense. Late in the game, Andy Reid tries to make big plays with Alex Smith and he has 2 fourth quarter interceptions, we see Brock Osweiler before it's all said and done. Denver wins 37-13.

Indianapolis @ New England- New England.
In a cold, nasty game, Andrew Luck can't find any of his receivers open, and the Patriots run the ball down the Colts throat all day, with sprinkled play action passes to the healthy Rob Gronkowski. Patriots win 28-14.

New England @ Denver- Denver.
Ultimately, the Patriots just don't have the weapons to keep up with the Broncos, and Peyton finally gets post-season win #2 versus Brady. 42-28 Broncos.

The NFC Playoffs.

1. Seattle.
2. New Orleans.
3. Green Bay.
4. Dallas.
wc. Chicago.
wc. Atlanta.

Hypothetical Predictions for Hypothetical NFC Playoffs.

Please don't take this too seriously, I'm just acting on the playoff standings that I made up. Like come on, this is all BS, but, just in case it does happen this way... I called it first.

Atlanta @ Green Bay- Green Bay.
Matt Ryan doesn't play well in the playoffs as is, but if you take him out of his precious dome and make him play in the subzero temperatures of Wisconsin? Forget about it. The Falcons never heat up offensively and the Pack rolls over em, 35-14.

Chicago @ Dallas- Dallas.
In a game where everyone knows there's a terrible fourth quarter interception in the making, both sides are holding their breath. Eventually, after a whole lot of missed opportunities and four yard rushes, it's Jay Cutler who throws to the wrong team, and drives the Jerry World crowd wild. A playoff win for Dallas? Even I don't believe it. Call it... 28-21 Dallas.

Dallas @ Seattle- Seattle.
Ultimately, Seattle is built to beat Tony Romo. Ballhawking corners that can actually cover Dez Bryant? That would be awesome. Richard Sherman could eliminate Bryant from the game, and force Romo to make plays on his own. Yeah. Right. Beast Mode goes off, Seahawks win 32-17.

Green Bay @ New Orleans- Green Bay.
Could you imagine how fun this game would be? Two offensive juggernauts going at it on national television? Two great Quarterbacks versus mediocre defenses? Ooh. It would be like an intense Madden game. I say Aaron Rodgers gets the last laugh, on lets say, a roughing the passer penalty, that gives him the final touchdown, a 5 yard scramble. Packers survive 48-45.

Green Bay @ Seattle- Seattle.
Ultimately, Green Bay's biggest strength in the Aaron Rodgers era has been it's plethora of weapons. It's a match-up nightmare, and one that most teams don't have the tools to slow down. Well, Seattle does. And honestly, the Packers can't stop running QBs or running backs, or the running man. In the first rematch of the Fail Mary game, the Hawks don't need any help from the refs, 28-12.

The Super Bowl.

Lol, come on guys, I've already gone too far. Thanks for reading. =)
Go Raiders!

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