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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 magic going!
Inhuman Rampage

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.
3Sleeping Giant
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.
4Job 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.
5The 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.
6Grizzly Bear

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.
9Armored Saint
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.
10Falcon Punch
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.
11Cats 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.
12Walk 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.
Hello Destiny

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.
14A Lot Like Birds
Plan B

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.
15Basement Birds
Basement Birds

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 consecutive season.
16Surrounded by Monsters
Planet Horror

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 probably won't.
17American Football
American Football

NFC Playoff Picture: Wildcard Playoffs - Falcons over Eagles, Seahawks over Saints...Divisional Playoffs - Packers over Falcons, 49ers over Seahawks...NFC Championship - Packers over 49ers
18My 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).
19Swimming With Dolphins
Ambient Blue

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.
20Build 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.
22Tiger Army
Tiger Army

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.
24Steel Train
Steel Train

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.
25Downtown Brown
Downtown Brown

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 "bust" Richardson.
26Band 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.
27Don'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 their wings.
28Stray Cats
Gonna Ball

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.
29Titan Force
Titan Force

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.
31Lightning Bolt
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 progress.
32Chief Keef
Finally Rich

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.
White Warrior

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.
34American Football
American Football

AFC Playoff Picture: Wildcard Playoffs - Bengals over Chiefs, Colts over Chargers...Divisional Playoffs - Patriots over Bengals, Broncos over Colts...AFC Championship - Broncos over Patriots.
Promises Kept

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.
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