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princefielder28 08-13-2013 09:42 AM

Predictions and Power Rankings
 
NFC East

1. New York Giants
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Washington Redskins
4. Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Chicago Bears
4. Detroit Lions

NFC South

1. Atlanta Falcons
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Carolina Panthers

NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. St. Louis Rams
4. Arizona Cardinals

Playoff teams

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

AFC East

1. New England Patriots
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Buffalo Bills
4. New York Jets

AFC North

1. Cincinnati Bengals
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Cleveland Browns

AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Houston Texans
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West

1. Denver Broncos
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Oakland Raiders

Playoff teams

1. Denver Broncos
2. New England Patriots
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl

Denver over New York (Yes, a Manning Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey)

Power Rankings

1. Broncos
2. Seahawks
3. New York Giants
4. 49ers
5. Packers
6. Patriots
7. Falcons
8. Bengals
9. Cowboys
10. Colts
11. Buccaneers
12. Chiefs
13. Redskins
14. Steelers
15. Vikings
16. Texans
17. Dolphins
18. Ravens
19. Saints
20. Rams
21. Bears
22. Panthers
23. Bills
24. Titans
25. Cardinals
26. Eagles
27. Browns
28. Lions
29. Jets
30. Chargers
31. Jaguars
32. Raiders

Rosebud 08-13-2013 10:09 AM

Peyton would so go down in the 4th quarter against little brother.

SuperMcGee 08-13-2013 10:26 AM

Mannings pull a Bart & Lisa and walk out. Carrsweiler Bowl!

I'm still uncomfortable with the Chiefs. Being in the top half of their division should not be much of a problem, so they're in the discussion. It's not a stretch to say what is seemingly seen every year as such a talented team making a jump with the new head on the team's shoulders, but I don't think they quite get there. Indy taking the next step forward this year might be another point of contention, though I do think that will be an interesting division.

prock 08-13-2013 10:34 AM

I don't like the Giants nearly as much as you do.

Rosebud 08-13-2013 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prock (Post 3424199)
I don't like the Giants nearly as much as you do.

Our D will suck as much as it has the past two years, but our offense is going to be insane this year, the OL is improved, our RBs are better than they have been in years and with Randle emerging, our passing game will be even more insane.

Splat 08-13-2013 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SuperMcGee (Post 3424196)
I'm still uncomfortable with the Chiefs. Being in the top half of their division should not be much of a problem, so they're in the discussion. It's not a stretch to say what is seemingly seen every year as such a talented team making a jump with the new head on the team's shoulders, but I don't think they quite get there. Indy taking the next step forward this year might be another point of contention, though I do think that will be an interesting division.

I think they hover around 7-9 wins. I really don't see them going to the playoffs unless their D plays lights out.

Eazy Picks 08-13-2013 12:20 PM

ok this is the way Im leaning right now

NFC

West
49ers
Cardinals - wild card
Seahawks
Rams

North
Vikings
Lions - wild card
Packers
Bears

South
Falcons - bye
Panthers
Saints
Bucs

East
Cowboys - bye
Giants
Eagles
Redskins


AFC

West
Broncos - bye
Chargers
Chiefs
Raiders

North
Steelers
Browns
Ravens
Bengals

South
Texans - bye
Colts - wild card
Titans - wild card
Jags

East
Bills
Pats
Dolphins
Jets


Playoffs

49ers over Lions
Cardinals over Vikings

Steelers over Titans
Colts over Bills



Falcons over Cardinals
49ers over Cowboys

Broncos over Colts
Texans over Steelers


Falcons over 49ers
Texans over Broncos

SB: Falcons over Texans

Legacy 08-13-2013 01:50 PM

You have the Bucs about 6 or 7 spots higher than I would rank them right now... And I'm a Buccaneers fan.

cmarq83 08-13-2013 01:57 PM

The Texans and Ravens dropoffs you have are really steep. I have a hard time seeing either of those teams being a middle of the pack or below team.

AcheTen (Thumper) 08-13-2013 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rosebud (Post 3424200)
Our D will suck as much as it has the past two years, but our offense is going to be insane this year, the OL is improved, our RBs are better than they have been in years and with Randle emerging, our passing game will be even more insane.

RBs and WRs don't matter nearly as much as DL and OL and QB. When the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011, they were ranked dead last in rushing during the regular season. And I don't see any evidence that Randle is emerging; that's only speculation or wishful thinking.

If the DLine isn't great, they're not making any playoff runs, no matter how great the RBs and WRs are.

Of course, the DLine could still be solid especially if Damontre Moore emerges as a rookie, which isn't out of the realm of possibility.

jrdrylie 08-13-2013 02:06 PM

NFC East:
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. New York Giants
3. Washington Redskins
4. Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North:
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Chicago Bears
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Detroit Lions

NFC South:
1. Atlanta Falcons
2. New Orleans Saints
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West:
1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. St. Louis Rams

AFC East:
1. New England Patriots
2. Buffalo Bills
3. Miami Dolphins
4. New York Jets

AFC South:
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Houston Texans
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC North:
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Cleveland Browns

AFC West:
1. Denver Broncos
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Oakland Raiders

Wildcard Round
Dallas Cowboys over Chicago Bears
New York Giants over Green Bay Packers
Cincinnati Bengals over New England Patriots
Indianapolis Colts over Buffalo Bills

Divisional Round:
Dallas Cowboys over San Francisco 49ers
Atlanta Falcons over New York Giants
Denver Broncos over Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens over Indianapolis Colts

Conference Championships:
Atlanta Falcons over Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos over Baltimore Ravens

Super Bowl:
Atlanta Falcons 34
Denver Broncos 31

Mufasa 08-13-2013 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eazy Picks (Post 3424235)
ok this is the way Im leaning right now

NFC

West
49ers
Cardinals - wild card
Seahawks
Rams

North
Vikings
Lions - wild card
Packers
Bears

I will chop off my left nut and mail it to you if both the Seahawks and Packers miss the playoffs

armageddon 08-13-2013 02:21 PM

NFC West:
1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. St. Louis Rams

Arizona ahead of the Rams? That's plain silly talk. The Rams were 3 plays away from 10-6 last and are MUCH better this year.

Eazy Picks 08-13-2013 02:38 PM

hey no guts no glory right? I dunno I think theres gonna be some surprises this year.

jrdrylie 08-13-2013 02:42 PM

A lot of teams are a play or two away from being much better or much worse. Very few games are blowouts. 51% of games were one play away from a different outcome (within 8 points or fewer).

But are the Rams better? Sam Bradford is still the QB and that doesn't exactly excite me. His weapons are supposedly better but Jared Cook is inconsistent and you still have basically the same receivers. Tavon Austin is new but he was a reach and I don't have as high hopes for him as others do.

San Francisco and Seattle are better teams and Arizona will be much improved just because Kolb and Skelton are no longer leading the team. Plus there are games agains Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Carolina, Indianapolis, Chicago, and New Orleans (all but Chicago and New Oreleans on the road). This team is 8-8 at best.

Eazy Picks 08-13-2013 02:57 PM

I dont totally buy the whole Rams got better theory. They lost Amendola, Steven Jackson and Brandon Gibson, and added Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Jake Long. Austin is still unproven, Cook is inconsistent, and Long may or may not regain form. And the guys they lost were proven performers. I think it shows the Rams are building something, and I think its gonna take time. That is a ridiculously young group of skill players they have, and that defense still has some holes.

As for the Cardinals, I absolutely love that passing offense. Palmer I hate cuz he forces too many throws, but I dont think thats gonna be an issue throwing to this group of receivers. He has the arm to make every throw and this group of receivers can give defenses fits. I dunno if Mendenhall and Ryan Williams will be healthy, but I am a big fan of Stepfan Taylor and believe he can be their workhorse if need be. Their defense has plenty talent. I see them having a damn good year.

niel89 08-13-2013 02:57 PM

18 is a pretty harsh drop off for the Ravens. I'm not arguing at top 5 spot but we are clearly better than some of those teams above them.

The NFCW is a very talented division. Anyone of those teams could win against each other. I don't personally have faith in Palmer or Bradford so I see those two as the bottom two teams probably. Just because your team is more talented or better this year doesn't mean you will win more games.

AcheTen (Thumper) 08-13-2013 03:09 PM

Anyway, my predictions:

NFC East:
1. New York Giants
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Washington Redskins

NFC North:
1. Chicago Bears
2. Detroit Lions
2. Green Bay Packers
4. Minnesota Vikings

NFC South:
1. Carolina Panthers
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Atlanta Falcons
4. New Orleans Saints


NFC West:
1. St. Louis Rams
2. San Francisco 49ers
2. Seattle Seahawks
4. Arizona Cardinals


AFC East:
1. New England Patriots
2. Buffalo Bills
3. Miami Dolphins
4. New York Jets

AFC South:
1. Houston Texans
2. Tennessee Titans
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC North:
1. Cleveland Browns
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC West:
1. San Diego Chargers
2. Denver Broncos
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Oakland Raiders


Conference Championships:
NFC: Dallas Cowboys over Chicago Bears
AFC: San Diego Chargers over New England Patriots

Super Bowl:
San Diego Chargers 28
Dallas Cowboys 23

AcheTen (Thumper) 08-13-2013 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eazy Picks (Post 3424308)
I dont totally buy the whole Rams got better theory. They lost Amendola, Steven Jackson and Brandon Gibson, and added Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Jake Long. Austin is still unproven, Cook is inconsistent, and Long may or may not regain form. And the guys they lost were proven performers. I think it shows the Rams are building something, and I think its gonna take time. That is a ridiculously young group of skill players they have, and that defense still has some holes.

Amendola, Steven Jackson, and Brandon Gibson are basically meaningless to the Rams.

RBs are the easiest position to replace in the NFL, and Jackson wasn't exactly in his prime the past few years in St. Louis anyway. They can just plug any old free agent / late round pick into their offense and as long as Bradford plays well they'll be fine.

Amendola and Gibson are just UDFA types who are decent, but not special or irreplaceable. They'll be fine there are well if Bradford plays well, as the QB makes the WR and not the other way around.

The defense is stacked with talent on the front four. And I like Janoris Jenkins taking the next step and turning into a top-10 CB this year, and Cortland Finnegan will be solid once again.

jrdrylie 08-13-2013 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AcheTen (Post 3424318)

NFC West:
1. St. Louis Rams
2. San Francisco 49ers
2. Seattle Seahawks
4. Arizona Cardinals

Sure
Quote:


AFC North:
1. Cleveland Browns
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
WTF?

Quote:

AFC West:
1. San Diego Chargers
2. Denver Broncos
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Oakland Raiders
Huh?


Quote:


Super Bowl:
San Diego Chargers 28
Dallas Cowboys 23
LOLOLOLOLOLOLZZZZZZOMGHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AcheTen (Thumper) 08-13-2013 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jrdrylie (Post 3424322)
WTF?

The Browns and the Bengals have the most talent in that division. It's only a matter of time before one of those teams wins the division, and I think it will be this year.



Quote:

Huh?
Everyone is sleeping on Rivers. This guy was a top-3 QB not too long ago. I think he's in line for an MVP caliber season. Everyone else in that division has question marks. Can Manning stay upright and playing like an All-Pro forever? No. The Chiefs were the worst team in the NFL last year. Are they going to bounce back past .500 that quickly? Probably not. The Raiders suck.




Quote:

LOLOLOLOLOLOLZZZZZZOMGHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I'm not so sold on the Cowboys being there, but I'm dead set on the Chargers being the AFC rep in the Super Bowl.

It's either going to be the Cowboys or Bears as the NFC rep.

Jvig43 08-13-2013 03:17 PM

If they dont represent the AFC will you promise to leave these forums again?

But like, actually leave this time?

AcheTen (Thumper) 08-13-2013 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jvig43 (Post 3424325)
If they dont represent the AFC will you promise to leave these forums again?

But like, actually leave this time?

No, but you can leave if you want to.

niel89 08-13-2013 03:30 PM

Rivers has been declining and the Chargers aren't really that talented.

Browns are doing better but they are clearly still the #4 team in the AFCN.

AcheTen (Thumper) 08-13-2013 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by niel89 (Post 3424333)
Rivers has been declining and the Chargers aren't really that talented.

Manning is playing at a high level at age 34+ and Rivers is already declining in his late 20s?

Or is it that Rivers simply had a bad year behind a bad O-Line?

How many people were saying that Manning was declining after his poor 2010 season? I know some people were.

Of course, that was on a Colts team with a bad O-Line. I see the same thing from Rivers.

Quote:

Browns are doing better but they are clearly still the #4 team in the AFCN.
"Clearly". Despite the fact that the Browns have more defensive talent on their roster than either the Ravens or Steelers.

You're still thinking about the Ravens and Steelers players as if this is still 2008-2010.

The whole point of this is to look FORWARD into the future. Don't look at the Steelers superstars based on what they did 2-3 years ago. Think about all those older players based on what they will (or won't) do in the future. The Browns have young guys who are the superstars of the next generation.


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