NFL 2013 Predictions

*I started writing this last week, and wasn’t planning on it taking me a week to finish, so I didn’t plan on having a Week 1 recap, so I won’t. I’m going to do that later this week*

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m super excited about football season. I’ve even found myself watching some college football the past few weekends, to prep my mind and spirit. As I’ve done every year, I am going to lay out some predictions for the upcoming year. In the past, I have been pretty good with predictions, if I do say so myself, so feel free to use this post to bet, and then send me some money.

Over the past few years in the NFL, it’s almost a given that 4-5 playoff teams from the previous year will not make the playoffs in the current year. Last years playoff teams for the AFC were Patriots, Broncos, Ravens, Texans, Colts, Bengals. And for the NFC 49ers, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Seahawks, Redskins. Since history shows that 4 of these teams won’t make the playoffs, I’ll go with Ravens, Redskins, Vikings, Colts. And the 4 I’ll have making it instead are the Cowboys, Saints, Chiefs, Dolphins. I’m not super confident about the AFC picks, mostly because the AFC has an unequal balance of power, unlike the NFC, in which almost any team can make it.

 

To recap, Here are my playoff rankings (again, Week 1 has no bearings on these picks):

AFC

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Cincinnati Bengals
  4. New England Patriots
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
  6. Miami Dolphins

NFC

  1. San Francisco 49ers
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Dallas Cowboys
  4. New Orléans Saints
  5. Seattle Seahawks
  6. Atlanta Falcons

And I have the Denver Broncos beating the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. I promise, it’s not a homer pick!

 

Who are your playoff and Super Bowl teams? Don’t forget to send me money when I help you win!

 

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The Remaining QB Rankings

I firmly believe that, in order to make it through 3 or 4 games of NFL playoffs, a team must have a good quarterback. He doesn’t need to be elite, just good. Big Ben fits in here, but Christian Ponder does not. So, with 8 teams remaining in the playoffs, I will rank the QBs for each team. This ranking is based solely on my trust in the QB, in general, not necessarily for their matchup this week. Here goes:

8.) Colin Kaepernick– It’s his first playoff game. I’m not sure what to expect out of him yet.

7.) Matt Schaub- He got his first playoff win last week. I don’t trust him to take me all the way.

Tie-6.) Russell Wilson- He’s only this low because he’s a rookie.

Tie-6.) Matt Ryan- Matt Ryan has fewer playoff wins than Tony Romo. I’m not sure why, but the Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs under Matt Ryan.

4.) Joe Flacco- He hasn’t been to the big game yet, but Flacco has some good-to-great wins in the postseason.

3.) Tom Brady- I know he is probably higher in everyone else’s book, but he hasn’t won a SB since 2005. That’s 7 seasons.

2.) Peyton Manning- Peyton is the best QB right now, in my opinion,but he has much more help than most other QBs in the playoffs. 

1.) Aaron Rodgers- Aaron is currently the scariest QB in the league right now. He has to make the Packers win, because they have nothing else.

How would you rank the QBs that will be playing today and tomorrow?

Playoff Predictions: Divisional Round

Half of last weeks playoff games were a bit surprising to me. I really thought the Colts would play better against the Ravens. I also didn’t expect the Ravens’ offense to play as well as they did (2 fumbles notwithstanding). I underestimated how injured RGIII was. Watching that knee buckle was absolutely painful. I hate seeing such a good guy go down like that.

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Week 7 Quick Hits

I spent most of my time this week writing my Politics post from yesterday, so today’s NFL post is a bit lacking. But, there are some things I want to talk about, so I’ll just rapid fire them.

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Why I Don’t Feel Bad For The Packers-Week 3 In Review

Week 3 is hopefully the last straw for the NFL replacement refs. I feel like the games are getting more and more unwatchable as time goes on. And since the refs are starting to really affect games, I think the NFL will quickly get an agreement done. Nobody wants to talk about referees after the game, we all want to talk about the players.

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