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|Sowing's 2014 Nfl Predictions For All 32 Teams|
Last year I got 8 of the 12 playoff teams correct let's see if I can keep the
Philadelphia Eagles (9-7, 1st place NFC East): It won't take much to win this slop
bucket of a division, and even though I expect them to take a small slide
backwards in terms of production, they're still the class of the NFC East.
Until We Have Faces
Washington Redskins (8-8, 2nd place NFC East): Call it a hunch, but I think this
squad is a tad underrated heading into this year. The offense will be scary with
DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon stretching the secondary, not to mention a
healthy RGIII and Alfred Morris threatening on the ground. I don't see them running
away with the division, but I wouldn't be shocked if they performed above this
prediction and eeked out an NFC East title.
Dread Champions Of The Last Days
New York Giants (7-9, 3rd place NFC East): Eli Manning will turn it around a bit this
year, but the questions at RB and the loss of Nicks will factor in too. If Beason can
stay healthy on D there's upside to this prediction.
|4||Job for a Cowboy|
Dallas Cowboys (5-11, 4th place NFC East): It's a bit sad when your team goes 8-
8 three straight years. Even sadder when every one of those seasons ended with
a playoff-preventing loss. Even more devastating that those 3 losses came to all
of their division rivals, in order, Giants, Redskins, Eagles. Ware has departed for
Denver. Garrett can feel the heat. This is the year it all comes crashing down.
|5||The String Cheese Incident|
One Step Closer
Green Bay Packers (12-4, 1st place NFC East): The Packers almost beat the 49ers
in the playoffs with a barely healthy and very rusty Aaron Rodgers. If he can stay
healthy, the team has very few rivals that perform at their level. The additions of
Julius Peppers and Ha Ha Clinton Dix (nice name, buddy) will ensure that the Pack is
playing well into January.
Chicago Bears (9-7, 2nd place NFC North): Marshall and Jeffery might be the most
dynamic pair of WRs in the league. Factor in the consistency of Forte and a
healthy Cutler, and we should at the very least see an offense that scores 24+ per
game. It's up to the defense to get better, which it should. They aren't on par
with Green Bay, so really it will be a dogfight with Detroit for the number two spot
in the NFC North.
I'm Not Here to Make Friends
Detroit Lions (7-9, 3rd place NFC North): The Lions have the offensive firepower to
run with anyone in the league. The defense needs to sure up its secondary,
however, and being under a new coach always requires time to gel. I'm holding my
expectations high for 2015-2016.
Man of Straw
Minnesota Vikings (4-12, 4th place NFC North): This team was in a sad state of
affairs last season at QB, and the sooner Teddy Bridgewater stabalizes that
offense, the better. Peterson is still a top 3 runner, but he isn't getting younger.
The loss of Jared Allen on defense hurts.
Saints Will Conquer
New Orleans Saints (11-5, 1st place NFC South): The Saints' defense turned
around in a hurry last year, finishing fourth in the league. Adding Byrd to the
secondary only complicates things for opponents. The loss of Sproles takes away
an element of Brees' short passing game, but I'm confident that Curtis Martin clone
Khiry Robinson can erase that gap. Cooks will be among the top rookie WRs, if for
no other reason because of the situation he's coming into.
Show Me Your Moves
Atlanta Falcons (10-6, 2nd place NFC South): I expect a major turnaround from
this club. I believe 2013 was an anomaly, and that Matt Ryan is an elite QB with
an excellent supporting cast. Steven Jackson must come alive in order for this
projection to hold up (or someone needs to take responsibility for the ground game,
anyone at all), as does the defense. But they really aren't that different from the
2012 squad that came tantalizingly close to reaching the Super Bowl.
|11||Cats and Cats and Cats|
Sweet Drunk Everyone
Carolina Panthers (6-10, 3rd place NFC South): What in sweet hell happened this
offseason? A team that went 12-4 and grabbed the divisional crown a year ago let
their top 4 receivers walk away, failed to patch the holes in the O-line, and added
nobody significant to the roster in the process. This isn't a flashy team; they rely
on disciplined play, clock control, and defense. They won most of their close
games last year which was great, but they easily could have been 10-6 or even 9-
7. Now factor in the disastrous offeason and a midseason schedule stretch of:
Chicago, Cincy, Green Bay,Seattle, New Orleans, and Philly, and...oh, ugh.
|12||Walk the Plank|
Dead Weight in Hostile Waters
Tampa Bay Bucanneers (6-10, 4th place NFC South): Tampa will turn it around
under Lovie Smith, just not this year. Too much faith is being put in McCown, a
perennial journey-man and career backup, to lead the offense. Doug Martin must
prove he can bounce back from an injury marred 2013 season. There's talent on
both sides of the ball, and they'll be competitive this year for sure, but it simply
isn't their time yet.
San Francisco 49ers (12-4, 1st place NFC West): The window of opportunity won't
stay open forever, and the Niners know it. They'll be itching for payback versus
Seattle, and I anticipate that at last one of their two matchups will be a demolition
(presumably the first) in favor of SF. The Seahawks will be dealing with that famed
"we just won the super bowl, now everyone wants our heads" hangover, which will
be just what the 49ers need to leapfrog them and win the West.
|14||A Lot Like Birds|
Seattle Seahawks (10-6, 2nd place NFC West): Even under the intense scrutiny
that comes with being a defending champ, I think this team has the talent to make
another playoff run. Scratch that, everyone KNOWS they have the talent. It will
all come down to health and motivation, two things extremely difficult to keep in
tact in a defending champ year. The stiff competition and punishing defenses in
this division won't help Seattle, either.
Arizona Cardinals (8-8, 3rd place NFC West): Well, they may not quite be
"basement birds", but their chances of winning this nightmarish division are about
the same as my chances of winning a Pitchfork and Sputnik joint review-off.
There's just too much talent in the West, and even though I think they'll play well -
just like last year - they won't be able to remain above .500 for the second
|16||Surrounded by Monsters|
St. Louis Rams (8-8, 4th place NFC West): Feel bad for the Rams. Their defense
will be scary good this year, and it won't matter. They'll probably lose a lot of
close 17-13 type of games. Sam Bradford needs to have a breakout year, but
NFC Playoff Picture: Wildcard Playoffs - Falcons over Eagles, Seahawks over
Saints...Divisional Playoffs - Packers over Falcons, 49ers over Seahawks...NFC
Championship - Packers over 49ers
|18||My American Heart|
Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather
New England Patriots (11-5, 1st place AFC East): Tom Brady will silence critics who
have been babbling about him possibly being washed up. The defense will be much
improved. It's basically a foregone conclusion that they'll win the division again
(knock on wood, Pats fans).
|19||Swimming With Dolphins|
Miami Dolphins (9-7, 2nd place AFC East): Miami probably should have made the
playoffs last year but collapsed late. With all the drama and distractions of 2013
hopefully behind them, they should be able to step into the postseason finally.
Wallace is primed to break out the way everyone hoped he would last year, and the
defense is way more disruptive than anyone has given them credit for.
|20||Build Us Airplanes|
At the End of the Day
New York Jets (6-10, 3rd place AFC East): The Jets just have the feel of a team
falling apart. Geno Smith struggled as a rookie and isn't in a QB friendly system, so
I expect him to get replaced by Vick at the first sign of trouble. Vick will inevitably
get injured. Chris Johnson (IMO) is washed up and will have 2 or 3 games this year
where he explodes, but the rest of the time will average 2 yards per carry. The
defense deserves better, because any victory this team earns this year will surely
be on their shoulders.
|21|| ||Phantom Buffalo|
Take to the Trees
Buffalo Bills (5-11, 4th place AFC East): Buffalo is still rebuilding...I would have
liked to of seen what a Stevie Johnson / Sammy Watkins duo could have done, but
Johnson has departed for the 49ers...The defense is stout, but lost impressive
young LB Kiko Alonso for the year. All signs point to this being another forgettable
season for the Bills.
Cincinnati Bengals (10-6, 1st place AFC North): The Bengals have been the
Bungles in the postseason, but that doesn't change the fact that they are a
supremely talented squad that is capable of beating some of the league's best
teams. Expect Jeremy Hill to bring a punishing ground game, a la Eddie Lacy.
Malice in Wonderlands
Baltimore Ravens (9-7, 2nd place AFC North): The Ravens will slightly bounce
back, and it will almost be enough to win a tight division. Expect the offense to
lead the normally defensive-minded black birds.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7, 3rd place AFC North): Did I mention that the talent in this
division is very close? The Steelers offense looks to take of in 2014, with
Roethlisberger/Bell/Brown in their second year together. The aging defense needs
to hold it together.
Cleveland Browns (5-11, 4th place AFC North): Manziel will start sooner or later,
and will be exciting to watch - although he'll also be in for a rude awakening
(what!? playing in the NFL isn't like running all over the screen with Vick in Madden
2004? or like college football, where teams can win like 70-0? the hell?) Ben Tate
is actually a bigger reason for Cleveland to be excited, this year anyway. His
slashing style will add a dimension to the offense that they never got with Trent
|26||Band of Horses|
Everything All the Time
Indianapolis Colts (11-5, 1st place AFC South): The Colts are a trendy dark horse
Super Bowl pick, and it's hard to disagree. Andrew Luck is a soon-to-be elite QB,
Hakeem Nicks adds to an embarrassment of riches at WR, and the defense is
underrated (even if inconsistent). They aren't anywhere close to being perfect,
but they have the juices flowing necessary to pull off a playoff upset or two and
find themselves reaching their destiny ahead of schedule.
|27||Don't Mess With Texas|
Don't Mess With Texas
Houston Texans (7-9, 2nd place AFC South): The Texans will be much better than
they were last year...the 2-14 record was a mirage. I'd actually project them
higher than this, but I don't expect superstar WR Andre Johnson to play for them
this year - a major detractor, not to mention a distraction for a young team
attempting to buy into a new coach/system. They have the talent to pull a Chiefs-
like turnaround, but there are issues bubbling underneath the surface that will clip
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10, 3rd place AFC South): I like what Gus Bradley is doing
with this team. They played with heart last year and they are only getting younger
and better. Call it another rebuilding year, with Jones-Drew departed and Bortles
learning how to be an NFL QB.
Tennessee Titans (5-11, 4th place AFC South): Like Jacksonville, this team is
building for the future. Letting Chris Johnson go was a good move, and Bishop
Sankey will fill into the RB role nicely as an underrated rookie. They need to regain
the defensive ferocity that the Titans used to be known for.
Denver Broncos (13-3, 1st place AFC West): I don't know if I've ever seen an NFL
team this stacked with talent. The defense got way better this offseason...I know
Manning is like 72 years old, but if he can muster one more great season, there's no
reason to think the Broncos won't squash everyone again in 2014.
Ride The Skies
San Diego Chargers (10-6, 2nd place AFC west): Phillip Rivers, although a well-
known insufferable douchebag, may be the most underrated QB. He's a fierce
competitor and won't let the Chargers slide back from last season's measurable
Kansas City Chiefs (9-7, 3rd place AFC West): Andy Reid is known for bringing
consistency and stability to organizations, and he'll do that this year. I just don't
think they'll start 9-0 again.
Oakland Raiders (6-10, 4th place AFC West): The Raiders made a lot of lateral
progress this year, bringing the AARP of active NFL players on board. There's
talent, for sure...MJD, Schaub...but I just don't think it will gel the way Oakland is
hoping it will. They'll win some games, maybe even shock some better teams, but
they're not a contender.
AFC Playoff Picture: Wildcard Playoffs - Bengals over Chiefs, Colts over
Chargers...Divisional Playoffs - Patriots over Bengals, Broncos over Colts...AFC
Championship - Broncos over Patriots.
Broncos over Packers - Manning wins his second ring in a thrilling game that will
probably end around 42-31, and rides off into the sunset the way that a hall of
fame QB should.
|Stupid Buffalo Bills, they always screw up everything!|
and "falcons over eagles" smh
|I'm just not high on Philly this year I dunno|
They don't impress me
|5 says NFC east|
|Giants 3rd place smh|
|I loled at the Dallas Cowboys album you picked.|
|thanks would fix but I'm deathly afraid that all these BS albums/artists would go blank|
|I think it depends almost entirely on Foles|
their line is a little worrisome as well, losing Lane Johnson was shitty
|Definitely...I think Foles is good but not the savior people think. Also Madden rated him higher than Matt Ryan like wtf|
|Not a big football fan, but I'll probably watch the playoffs.|
|to be fair Matt Ryan is a fucking enigma|
and Foles has soooooo much potential (obviously)
I think it's 30% chance he has an all pro year 10% chance he's a bust and 60% chance he falls somewhere in the "better than most starting QBs but can't touch the elite group" area
|I agree with your math|
|It's science. |
|Bengals will finally do some damage in the playoffs this season.|
Packers fan sowing?
|hoping for a repeat|
but that schedule is rough
|"Packers fan sowing?"|
Nah, Panthers since they became a team in 95 or 96 (I forget exactly what year it was).
|Why that Dragonforce album for the Eagles?|
Also, I've always loved these articles you write up each year.
|"Why that Dragonforce album for the Eagles?"|
Chip Kelly's uptempo offense
|chiefs chiefs chiefs|
|the raiders schedule is the biggest pile of shit i've ever witnessed |
|Ahh, makes sense.|
I'm glad you see the potential in the Jaguars. I think this year will be really interesting for them, even if they don't break even.
Matt Ryan has what it takes to lead his team at least to the playoffs.
I think the Lions will do a bit better than you predicted, though in that division, it won't matter much because it's going to be the Packers and Bears either way.
I'm in agreement with you that Seattle won't do as well as they did last year, and the reason is because I think this will be the year that Marshawn Lynch gets injured.
The Texans...I worry about my team. With Andre John
|With Andre Johnson not slated, and Ryan Fitz at QB until one of our others shapes up, I can't in good faith keep my hopes high.|
|will matt ryan ever do anything in the playoffs tho|
|I think he can...just needs to get back there first.|
|The Dolphins will go as far as Tannehill takes them. Can't blame the offensive line anymore. |
|You expect every team to too well. The lowliest of teams on here has a record of 5-11. Also, you see the NFC East as a slop bucket of a division. I see the most competitive division in football. Not the toughest, but certainly the most competitive. |
Nick Foles could lose 16 points of passer rating and still lead the league, hypothetically. I expect him to easily throw for 4000+ yards with 30+ TDs and fewer than 15 interceptions. The Eagles' offense is monstrous, and losing Jackson was a textbook case of addition by subtraction, especially considering that Cooper was Foles' #1 target, Matthews and Huff look great (especially the former), Ertz is poised to have a breakout year (I expect to see a lot of 2 TE sets this year), and Sproles and Mccoy are gonna wreck havoc out of the backfield.
I'm also disturbed by your lack of faith in your own team. That may be an attempt at being objective but puh-leeeeeze, man, El Gato Negros are gonna unleash the ol' whoopnspank on D. Best believe that
|"I think he can...just needs to get back there first."|
they need to dump mike smith before that can happen
|i'm trying to stay optimistic for my browns. there's just so many problems that go beyond the players.|
|I don't speak Spanish|
|Eh, I think the super bowl will the Niners vs Broncos in the super bowl, mostly because I loathe the Packers. Idk I have a feeling Rogers won't be able to stay healthy|
|"Carolina Panthers (6-10, 3rd place NFC South):"|
Disappointing but most likely true
u didn't even talk about dat D tho
|Yeah their defense rules don't get me wrong...I question the secondary though. |
|yeezis influenced by dg, now this smh|
|Sweet list man. I can see most of these win/loss record predictions coming true as long as there isn't too many injuries. |
I gotta say I really wonder how much Peyton Manning has left in the tank though, then again Denver has so much talent unless he just starts making dumb mistakes i can't see the Broncos not being a top team.
Also as a Auburn fan, I am rooting for Cam Newton to do good In the NFL, so hopefully the Panthers will do a little better than that.
|Giants need to stay healthy|
|and get more good players|
|and not have their QB throw 20+ interceptions |
|"will matt ryan ever do anything in the playoffs"|
oh are we discussing the same matt ryan who was a play away from the super bowl in 2012 and was let down by atlanta's atrocious D
|the same matt ryan whose offense scored 0 second half points in that specific game and almost suffered the same fate the previous week|
|In my opinion Matt Ryan wasn't clutch enough to win some games he could have won last year. He has def
proved he has some talent and is clutch at times, he is for sure not the sole reason they didn't make
the super bowl in 2012.|
|Vikes should be much improved with Zimmer & Turner.|
|well obviously he hasn't been the sole reason for atlanta's playoff failures but it's not like he's played all that well in the big games either. in both playoff games in 2012 he looked great in the first half (which is why his numbers look good from that year) and then basically sucked in the second half.|
|I'd kinda agree and say Matt Ryan is definitely not the kind of QB that can put the team on his back to win a big game. |
|Matt Ryan is a baller. Throwing for 4,000+ yards without Julio Jones and a (healthy) Roddy White for most of the season and the worst o-line in football in 2013 is a remarkable accomplishment. While I think the Falcons will be much better this year, I think the defense and lack of a running game will ultimately make them miss the playoffs in the incredibly competitive NFC.|
|atlanta's problem is that they have no depth. once a few starters go down (and it's already happening) they don't have anyone behind them whos worth a shit.|
|hard to manufacture plays in a one dimensional offense|
|Not sold on Green Bay when their best player on offense & best on defense is made of glass.|
|not sold on the bengals because...well they're the bengals|
|The Bengals aren't sold on The Bengals. They sure have a talented roster, though.|
|A.J. Green brings the fantasy pts tho|
|Dolphins o-line is much improved, and I think Jarvis Landry was the steal of the draft. |
|chiefs chiefs chiefs |
|the more i read this thread the more i abhor it|
|another wc spot for the chiefs. good for them.|
|I almost gave that almost WC spot to the Dolphins, but figured if they wee both 9-7 the Chiefs would have been more likely to have the credentials to win that tiebreaker, be it conference record or whatever|
|then again i could see the chiefs missing the playoffs entirely. they have a much tougher schedule this year and we all saw what happened when they had to play good teams last year.|
|yeah and we all know how a previous nfl season dictates the results of the following nfl season. |
|jags win the super bowl agreed|
|yea but thats obvious|
i mean madden 15 has Bortles rated higher than Manziel, so what did you expect
|chiefs will go to the play-offs this year don't you worry sowing|
|They should, Reid has a track record of consistency getting to the playoffs anda squad loaded with talent|
|I need one person who is looking for a fantasy football league for this season. Me and my buddies had a 10 man league ready but 1 dropped out so we need a fill-in. Its a head-to-head league on Yahoo. |
|Dude I'd play|
|I think the Rams are a sleeper team. I'm a bit biased, but like you said, a phenomenal defense (and that feels strange to say since during their glory years they had the greatest show on turf and a miserable defense) and an offense I think will perform much better should help them push at least above .500. Obviously, being in the toughest division in the league doesn't help. Now that they have Zac Stacy, they have a reliable option in the backfield and I think it'll help Bradford find a rhythm and take some of the pressure off. If Bradford can finally start living up to his potential, I think they can definitely snatch a wildcard spot.
It just sucks that now that they're finally getting their shit together, so is every other team in the division. |
|rams defense is gonna be scary good. quinn is a monster.|
|Lets just call it like it is. the Rams have no chance. They have a good defensive line and thats it. The offense is atrocious. |
|"let their top 4 receivers walk away"
don't know if anyone broke this to you, but all of the panthers receivers last year were not very
good. although the receivers they have now look even worse. that's on them though. also thanks for
being generous with the lions prediction|
|Awesome list. BUT THE PACK WIL WIN IT ALL! Go PACKERS!!!|
|Cleveland Browns OP, fuckin Super Bowl champs this season|
|49s are missing the playoffs|
vikings are gonna suck this year, definitely getting less than 6 and 1/2 wins
chargers are much better than people give them credit for, I'm taking them for over 8 wins and I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the playoffs
Jags are gonna have a middling season as well, TEAM BORTLES, and definitely above 5 wins
Falcons are gonna crush their 8.5 win estimate as well
|fuck the packers super hard tbh and also their tryhard fans|
|browns > your team|
|lol anyone who hates the Packers is jealous of our winning history and elite quarterbacks. I'm guessing you think Aaron Rodgers sucks too?|
|wes welker ouch|
|Broncos Ain't gonna win|
|I'm excited and nervous at the same time for the Giants this year. I think they have the potential to have a top 5 defense, but at the same time I'm terrified for their offense (especially the offensive line). I think their running game will be much better this year.|
|"lol anyone who hates the Packers is jealous of our winning history and elite quarterbacks. I'm guessing you think Aaron Rodgers sucks too?"|
you kinda just proved kris' point good job
|25 is a great album that more people should listen to. Don't care about pro football though.|
|"lol anyone who hates the Packers is jealous of our winning history and elite quarterbacks."|
yeah don majkowski goat agreed
|EVERY YEAR YOU TOTALLY FUCK UP THE NFC NORTH.|
(except this year you prob got most of it right)
(more questions around the Lions offense than you let on. i do think we can win 8 games tho)
|bummer for all those people who drafted welker in ff|