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2014 NFL Predictions

August 29, 2014

As always, the exact W-L numbers won’t totally add up but this is a general idea of how I think each team will finish this year. Be sure to see the bottom for playoff thoughts and then of course share your thoughts/predictions.

NFC North

  1. Packers (12-4)
  2. Detroit (10-6)
  3. Chicago (9-7)
  4. Vikes (7-9)

 NFC East

  1. Phil (11-5)
  2.  Wash (9-7)
  3. NYG (8-8)
  4. Dal (5-11)

NFC West

  1. Sea (11-5)
  2. St L (9-7)
  3. SF (8-8)
  4. AZ (6-10)

NFC South

  1. Saints (13-3)
  2. Falcons (11-5)
  3. TB (7-9)
  4. Car (5-11)

AFC North

  1. Pitt (12-4)
  2. Cleve (9-7)
  3. Cincy (7-9)
  4. Balt (5-11)

AFC East

  1. New England (13-3)
  2. Miami (10-6)
  3. Buff (7-9)
  4. NYJ (4-12)

AFC West

  1. San Diego (12-4)
  2. Denver (10-6)
  3. Oak (8-8)
  4. KC (6-10)

AFC South

  1. Houston (12-4)
  2. Indy (11-5)
  3. Tenn (6-10)
  4. Jax (5-11)

 

Playoffs

NFC: Saints, Packers, Seahawks, Eagles, Lions, Falcons; Packers over Saints for NFC Championship

AFC: Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, Texans, Broncos, Colts; Patriots over Steelers for AFC Championship

Super Bowl: Packers 31, Patriots 23.

 

 

 

Packers to win Super Bowl

August 29, 2014

The last time I made this prediction was…in 2010. This year feels odd to me. As I went about making my season predictions I really struggled. As with any season there are a number of factors that could quickly derail many of the predictions. And that is certainly the case with the Packers. But barring a major injury to a major player (like Rodgers, Peppers, Matthews or Jordy) or a crazy run of form by either the Saints or Philly, I think the Packers will be the team to beat.

I expect, as in years past, that the offense will carry the team this year. In fact I am anticipating an absolutely wild season from the Packers offense. I think Rodgers will have his best overall year yet and our running game will be very difficult to stop (Lacy of course and both back ups – DuJuan Harris looked fantastic in the 3rd preseason game – wow). I am guessing that several offensive records will be broken this year.

While the offense will carry us this year, I do expect more significant contributions from special teams and the return game in particular (though it would have even better potential had Abbrederis not gotten injured) – and from our defense. I think TT’s acquisition of Peppers is really one of the major reasons why I am picking the Packers to win the Super Bowl. I am convinced this will prove to be a quietly huge move (and of course I love it because he FINALLY picked up a high impact veteran in free agency). With Peppers opposite (or even next to) Matthews, the Packers pass rush becomes instantly legit. Even considering Peppers age and even allowing for the likelihood that he’s lost a step – opposing QBs can’t feel too good knowing Peppers and Matthews will be in pursuit. Perhaps more important than anything though, a better pass rush should help our young but talented secondary and our overall pass D. With talent like Hyde, Hayward, Burnett, Tramon, Shields and Clinton-Dix – and now a quality pass rush – I think the Packers pass D could go from near the bottom in 2013 to top 5 this year. Seriously. (Not so sure about the run defense though…actually pretty concerned about this…as well as concerned about screens/passes to RBs/TEs given what appears to be a weak middle of the defense…yet again…) Of course, a bunch of talent on the field doesn’t mean squat if it’s not managed correctly. And while I have been an advocate of dumping Capers due to several years of poor coaching, I’m willing to give him another shot here (mostly because I suppose we have to). Yet for some reason – I think he’ll manage to pull things together this year.

Super Bowl – Packers 31, New England 23.

Jayrone Elliott better make the 53-man roster

August 29, 2014

Read here. Agree 100%. Jayrone Elliott should make the team – no question about it. I realize that at times he was going against lesser competition but the guy has a motor and a nose for the QB that reminds me of a young…dare I say it…Clay Matthews. The only place I disagree with Tom Silverstein’s take on this really, is when he says Elliott won’t need to help the team this season. Yes, with Peppers and Matthews out there, it may seem like he’s squeezed out – but really, why not put 3 solid pass rushers in there on a key 3rd down (removing Neal or Perry – neither of whom excel at it)? I think he’s the kind of guy who has nothing to lose and the kind of mentality that would enable him to just come in and start making plays.