Last week, I unveiled my somewhat surprising Super Bowl picks and now I need to break down my final records for all 32 National Football League teams and predict my award winners as well. Let’s get after it!
New England 11-5, Miami 9-7, Buffalo 6-10, New York Jets 5-11
The Pats may have a new cast of receivers for Tom Brady to work with but this division is brutal. Belichick and company will take advantage of that although there the Dolphins could give them a run.
Cincinnati 11-5, Baltimore 9-7, Pittsburgh 8-8, Cleveland 7-9
The Browns will be better and the Steelers will struggle behind a young offensive line. Baltimore will score but will it find consistency from its’ defense? The Bengals have far and away the most talent and I expect them to win the division while the other battle it out.
Houston 10-6, Indianapolis 7-9, Tennessee 7-9, Jacksonville 3-13
The Texans can only go as far as Matt Schaub can take them and they’ll take advantage of a weak division. I see a step back for the Colts and Andrew Luck this year. The Titans and Jags will struggle with poor QB play.
Denver 12-4, Kansas City 9-7, San Diego 7-9, Oakland 4-12
The Broncos are the class of the division and maybe the whole AFC. I do expect a significant improvement from the Chiefs under Andy Reid as long as he doesn’t abandon the run. San Diego has some talent but they’ll struggle and the Raiders continue to be a train wreck.
Washington 10-6, New York Giants 9-7, Dallas Cowboys 8-8, Philadelphia Eagles 7-9
I believe Mike Shanahan will find waysa to keep RGIII healthier and the defense is improved. The Giants have injury issues in the backfield and the defense has question marks. Dallas will once again under-acheive and Philly doesn’t have enough defense to compete.
Green Bay 11-5, Minnesota 8-8, Detroit 8-8, Chicago 7-9
The Packers will be challenged within the division but their overall skill players are that much better than everyone else. Minnesota will face stacked defenses that will dare Christain Ponder to beat them and I don’t think he can. I just don’t see a good relationship between Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler in Chicago.
Atlanta 12-4, New Orleans 10-6, Tampa Bay 9-7, Carolina 7-9
The Falcons have tons of talent but the one area that concerns me is the pass rush. The Saints will start slowly but will finish on a tear to make the playoffs. The Bucs will push hard for a wild-card spot and I think the Ron Rivera days in Carolina are coming to an end.
Seattle 12-4, San Francisco 11-5, Arizona 8-8, St. Louis 7-9
Both Seattle and San Francisco will go to the playoffs but I see the Niners stumbling somewhere to give the division to the Seahawks. Arizona will threaten with an athletic defense and and I see offensive woes for the Rams.
Cincinnati over Baltimore, Houston over Kansas City
Denver over Houston, New England over Cincinnati
Denver over New England
New Orleans Over Washington, San Francisco over New York Giants
Seattle over San Francisco, New Orleans over Atlanta
New Orleans over Seattle
Super Bowl XLVIII
Denver over New Orleans
Most Valuable Player: Drew Brees – I look for a monster year from him as 5,000 yards isn’t out of the question.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Eddie Lacy – He finally becomes the hammer the Packers have been looking for to help Aaron Rodgers.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jarvis Jones – The kid just makes plays and I see him creating turnovers and sacking quarterbacks.
Coach of the Year: Sean Payton – No one expects much of the Saints but I do because I’m not underestimating Payton.