My predictions are based on what took place this offseason with each team. However, I am taking into account little of last year’s results.
NFC playoff teams
Philadelphia Eagles: 10-6
Green Bay Packers: 11-5
New Orleans Saints: 11-5
Seattle Seahawks: 12-4
Carolina Panthers: 10-6
Detroit Lions: 10-6
Will miss the cut: San Francisco 49ers
I do not believe the San Francisco 49ers will make the playoffs for a multitude of reasons. They lost Aldon Smith for nine games; the aging of Frank Gore and Patrick Willis will hinder their progress as well. Navarro Bowman recovering from an ACL injury won’t help either. In addition, the 49ers lost Carlos Rodgers and Donte Whitner to free agency.
NFC Championship Game
Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
AFC playoff teams
New England Patriots: 12-4
Cincinnati Bengals: 10-6
Indianapolis Colts: 11-5
Denver Broncos: 12-4
Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5
Oakland Raiders: 9-7
Will miss the cut: San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers will not make the playoffs this season not because of their offense, but because of their depleted defense. Late in the season they always fall apart because their offense is not on the field enough due to the defense’s slacking. As talented as Phillip Rivers is, the Chargers don’t have enough firepower to pull through.
AFC championship game
Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks
The winner of the Super Bowl will be…The New England Patriots! In this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to repeat as champions in the NFL as the Seahawks are attempting to do. The Patriots have one of the best, if not the best, quarterback (Tom Brady), coach (Bill Belichick), and tight end (Rob Gronkowski). With the additions of Darelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the ‘legion of boom’ will be compromised and will not have enough offensive firepower to outlast the Patriots now vaunted defense. Keep in mind they have Vince Wilfork, Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Donta Hightower, Jerod Mayo in their front seven. It will be an arduous task for anyone to beat this well-oiled machine, if they stay healthy.
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady
Think I’m right? Think I’m wrong? Weigh in with your predictions in the comments below.
I’m Spencer (Alexander) Zied, a 10th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).