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|2016 NFL Regular Season Predictions|
Yeah it's way too early to be doing this but I'm board af and ready for football to come back.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
Okay, so the Steelers are now in a small championship window much like the Cardinals are. Only a matter of time before Leveon Bell's and Antonio Brown's contracts are up. Plus, although Big Ben seems to be in his prime, he is 34. The defense will be much improved this year and I see them grabbing the #1 seed in the weak AFC.
2. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
Last season's Ravens were a complete fluke. Pretty much all their best players were on IR by the end of the season, not to mention almost every single one of their eleven losses was by only one score. With Steve Smith returning for one more season (and Breshad Perriman actually playing this year), I see them going back to their old ways, posting a solid 12-4 record and take the top wild card seed.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)
The end of the Bengals 2015 season was pretty anti climactic in every way. I honestly see that loss carrying over into this upcoming season. In spite of losing his #2&3 receivers to free agency, Andy Dalton still puts up similar numbers to last season. However, I predict they barely miss the playoffs, and Marvin Lewis will finally be fired sevens seasons late.
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The Downward Spiral
4. Cleveland Browns (3-13)
The Cavs bringing a title to Cleveland for the first time in 50+ years will have no effect on the Browns, and they will still be the same train wreck of a team that they have always been since the late 80's, although with less drama after cutting Johnny Football, or maybe not with the addition of RGIII.
1. Houston Texans (9-7)
JJ Watt and co. finally got their quarterback of the future in Brock Osweiler, who will be throwing arguably the leagues best receiver in Deandre Hopkins, as well as handing the ball off to new addition Lamar Miller.
I think in spite of growing pains on offense, the Texans take the AFC south again, and I expect them to be even better the following season.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9)
Blake Bortles proves he is Jacksonville's QB of the future by leading the league in touchdowns, with the help of the Allen brothers, who prove that they are the best receiving duo the league has to offer. Even with Dante Fowler returning from the torn Acl, the Jag's D will continue to allow big plays like Marcus Mariota 90 yard touchdown runs, and will hold them back from stealing a playoff spot (and even a .500 record).
3. Indianapolis Colts (6-10)
2016 will be the year everybody finally realizes that Andrew Luck is quite possibly the most overrated player to ever play in the NFL. He will very much under play his new contract (which is the biggest contract in NFL history btw), and with hardly any other supporting cast on both sides of the ball, the Colts won't come close to the hyperbolic expectations that a lot of people have for them.
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4. Tennessee Titans (5-11)
The Titans will be noticeably better then they were last year, but still won't win a lot of games. They should be a lot better in the coming years after obtaining all those high round draft picks from the Rams.
1. New England Patriots (9-7)
There is absolutely no way Tom Brady gets off his suspension, and the Patriots will go, wait for it... 0-4 without him. Brady will have to put the team on his back and claw his way to .500, barely taking the AFC East with an ugly 9-7 record.
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From Parts Unknown
2. Buffalo Bills (8-8)
Rex Ryan will have yet another typical Rex Ryan season. Beat the good teams (and the Jets twice), lose to the bad teams, have a chance to win the division and squander it, win in Week 17 to barely keep his job. Literally identical to last season.
3. New York Jets (5-11)
With or without Ryan Fitzpatrick and his Fitzmagic, I don't see the Jets being nearly as good as they were last year, even with the addition of fantasy superstar Matt Forte. The coaching staff (and fans) won't trust Fitz as much after how last season ended if he does comes back, and if he doesn't, the Jets will have to wait until next years draft to find a quarterback of starting caliber.
4. Miami Dolphins (3-13)
Can't see Miami reaching anything close to a winning record, and they will finally get rid of Ryan "screen pass" Tannehill. The DLine will continue to struggle in spite of the huge amount of star power it possesses, and with the loss of Brent Grimes the secondary will get eaten alive.
How to Save a Life
1. Denver Broncos (12-4)
In spite of losing Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, the Broncos will be the exact same team they were last year, even with The Sanchize or Paxton Lynch at QB, and will be looking to defend last year's title, stealing a first round bye in the process.
Lost Forever // Lost Together
2. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)
Identical to last season, just without the 1-5 start and Jamaal Charles tearing his acl. With the return of aforementioned Charles, Alex Smith will feel a lot more comfortable and will put up a career high in passing yards, leading the chiefs to yet another Wild Card.
3. Oakland Raiders (9-7)
The Raiders will just barely miss the playoffs due to being in the strongest division in the league, but who cares about that? This will be their first season over .500 since 2002. Things are definitely looking good up for the Raiders, and they will be Super Bowl contenders in the near future.
Monolith of Inhumanity
4. San Diego (8-8)
Phillip Rivers and Keenan Allen will set records together, and Melvin Gordon will actually play to his draft value, but it won't be enough to escape the AFC West basement. Also, Joey Bosa will be a defensive player of the year contender.
For Emma, Forever Ago
1. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
With Jordy Nelson returning, the Packers will be back with a vengeance, posting a 13-3 record. But it won't be enough to secure a first round bye. Eddie Lacy will be a monster this year (and not the cookie monster he was last year), and will end the season top 3 in rushing yards.
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2. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
Teddy Bridgewater won't throw passes farther then ten yards, AP and the defense will carry the team to the playoffs, nothing new here.
The College Dropout
3. Chicago Bears (8-8)
Jay Cutler will play better then Jay Cutler expectations and throw a bunch of TD's to Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White (remember him?). Jeremy Langford won't be Matt Forte but will reach 1k rushing yards. Defense will hold them back from being contenders though.
4. Detroit Lions (5-11)
In the wake of Megatron's retirement, Matthew Stafford will have to actually spread the ball around to other receivers. Expecting Golden Tate to have a huge year, as well as Ziggy Ansah. Ameer Abdullah will continue to not reach expectations and Theo Riddick will continue to slaughter teams in PPR leagues. In spite of all this, the Lions are still going to have a horrible record.
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1. Carolina Panthers (14-2)
They may have lost their #1 corner in Josh Norman, but they are also getting back their #1 receiver in Kelvin Benjamin after he missed last year with a torn acl. Cam Newton will continue to dominate the stat sheets, but will not retain home field advantage from last season.
2. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
Other then the Panthers, the NFC South is void of good teams. The Falcons have the offense fire power to be better then 4-12, but have literally no OLine or Defense.
Altars of Madness
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
The Bucs needs more then Jameis Winston and Doug Martin to get anywhere.
4. New Orleans Siants (3-13)
The Saints need more then Drew Brees and Mark Ingram to get anywhere.
1. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
Will only win the division because 1. The NFC East reeks of mediocrity, and 2. Because Tony Romo and Dez Bryant connection. Ezekiel Elliot has huge upside, not sure if he will be the Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon of this year though.
2. Washington Redskins (8-8)
Captain Kirk disappoints while playing under the franchise tag, but missing the playoffs won't be his fault alone. Josh Norman will also disappoint after signing a huge contract with the team, and will show part of the reason of his success last year was because of the defense he was on.
3. New York Giants (6-10)
The Giants need more then Eli and OBJ to get anywhere.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (5-11)
Chip Kelly ruined this team, but the Eagles will still find ways to win because they have a pretty solid defense. Expecting Ryan Matthews to have a big year.
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1. Arizona Cardinals (14-2)
Bruce Arians and co. know that they have a short window to win a Super Bowl, and will do anything in his power to make the road easy for Carson Palmer. The first step being to clinch home field advantage, which I think the Cardinals will do.
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2. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
With Beast Mode gone, the offense is now in Russell Wilson's hands, and Russell Wilson is a bad man. With the return of Brandon Browner, the OG Legion of Boom is officially back. The loss of Bruce Irvin will hurt, but I still expect Seattle's defense to be top 5 by year's end.
The Documentary 2
3. Los Angeles Rams (8-8)
A new city and a new quarterback calls for a better Rams team. They finally got their quarterback in Jared Goff, and 8-8 is not bad for a rookie QB. Expecting big things from them in the future.
Me Against the World
4. San Francisco 49ers (3-13)
Not expecting much from these guys, especially if Chip Kelly and Colin Kaepernick can't get it together by Week 4.
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1. Steelers (13-3)
2. Broncos (12-4)
3. Patriots (9-7)
4. Texans (9-7)
5. Ravens (12-4)
6. Chiefs (11-5)
1. Cardinals (14-2)
2. Panthers (14-2)
3. Packers (13-3)
4. Cowboys (9-7)
5. Seahawks (12-4)
6. Vikings (10-6)
|Listened to almost the whole Weezer discog while making this list.|
Never, never, NEVER again.
|Yo i fucking love you. I'm dying for football to comeback.|
I agree with most of your predictions. I feel like it will be near impossible for the Broncos to have their defense on the same level though and the low key Raiders will win the division. If Broncos have good QB play they might have a chance though.
I really hope your Colts prediction is on point and as a Pats fan 9-7 seems unlikely but with so many questions around the QB position it's a definite possibility .
|@Maniac Honestly a lot of the really good and really bad records are kind of exaggerated. Still think it's possible though since the NFC doesn't have a lot of great teams other then those two, the Packers and the Seahawks.|
|@Gmember The Broncos had horrible QB play from Manning last year though, plus Osweiler was not good at all with that OLine. I don't think they even need a decent quarterback to be good, at least not yet.|
| I just feel like it will be it be very hard for their defense to be on the same level. Von miller is holding out, Aqib Talib got shot, Demarcus Ware is getting old, and they lost a couple of underrated players in the off season. |
Despite all that i feel like they will still be good on the defense side they just aren't gonna be able to win with it alone like last season. If they do manage to get decent to good quarterback play to pick up the slack though they will still be a serious contender.
|Not sure about Paxton Lynch, but I think Sanchez can win them games as long as he doesn't have to win them on his own. I'm sure they are gonna try to play defense on offense too by running the ball a lot, whether it's working or not. I personally wouldn't start Lynch this season at all because he's never even been in a non-spread offense. Then again, Elway seems to always know what he's doing when it comes to QBs so he may prove me wrong.|
|Lynch didn't look impressive to me in college but he has potential. I do feel like most rookie QB's really benefit from sitting at least one year but we'll see who they end up starting. As for Sanchez he isn't someone I'd trust in big moments, but he can definitely win some games and you could argue if he plays he'll be with the best team he's ever played on. |
|jags winning the division easy|
|hope you're right about the Packers, esp that bit about Eddie Lacey|
|I hope I'm not right, outside of fantasy I don't like the Packers at all.|
|also osweiler is garbo dude|
|lol fair enough, I've been a packers fan since I was a kid|
|"also osweiler is garbo dude"|
Deandre Hopkins can make any quarterback look good, and Osweiler is better then any quarterback that was throwing to Hopkins last year. Also the Texans have a way better offensive line then the Broncos did last year (I think at least).
|"Also the Texans have a way better offensive line then the Broncos did last year (I think at least)."|
pff ranked houston's oline at 18th and denver's at 20th so not really
|also new orleans will win more than 3 games|
|How tf was Denver's 20th? Easily one of the top 5 worst from last year.|
I agree New Orleans will win more then three games, but like no more then 6. They play the NFC West and the AFC West this year, possibly the two best divisions in the league, not to mention the Panthers twice, and they are very inconsistent when it comes to how they play the Falcons and Bucs anymore.
|Lions will win at least 14 this year.|
|Deandre Hopkins can make any quarterback look good, and Osweiler is better then any quarterback that was throwing to Hopkins last year. Also the Texans have a way better offensive line then the Broncos did last year (I think at least).|
that is literally saying nothing. osweiler has shown me nothing to prove he is competent at all.
|What I'm saying is Osweiler is better then every quarterback that started for the Texans last year, and the Texans made the playoffs last year on the back of Deandre Hopkins, who put up monster numbers in spite of having worse quarterbacks then Osweiler. He may not have proved himself yet, but I would still rather have him then Bryan Hoyer on my team.|
|way too small of a sample size to determine osweiler's viability as a starting qb|
|If I remember correctly, didn't he lead comebacks against the Patriots (off the bench) and Bengals last season? He obviously had a lot of help though but still.|
|remember tim tebow?|
|what i'm saying is a garbage can was better than the texans starting qbs last year. so saying osweiler is better is saying nothing at all.|
|the colts will win the afc south provided luck stays healthy. i have no idea how anyone can say he's overrated.|
|Andrew Luck throws more interceptions then anybody I have ever seen. He's thrown almost double the amount of interceptions Russell Wilson has thrown, while starting less games then him. Like he has an amazing arm and stuff, but he has definitely not proved to me that he deserves the biggest contract in the league's history or any of the hyperbolic praise he gets. Plus when he wasn't hurt last year, he led the league in interceptions and the Colt's offense was not good at all, but then again they had just gotten a new offensive coordinator. I think Matt Hasselbeck won more games then he did with around the same number of starts.|
|yeah he wasn't great last year but his play improved every year from 2012 to 2014. plus the colts have won at least 11 games every year he's been the starter, and it's not like he's had much help. |
|He also played is by far the worst division in the league from 2012-2014, and now the rest of the division has caught up. Yeah he made it to the championship game a few years ago, but so did Mark Sanchez in both his first two years. |
I would take him over the majority of the starting quarterbacks in the league, but there is no way I would pay him more money then say Joe Flacco.
|"Andrew Luck throws more interceptions then anybody I have ever seen."|
his career int % is on par with guys like manning and brees though
|Yeah, if Luck actually stays healthy this year they should be fine.|
And the Pats will be fine too, their success isn't just Brady. They've got the tools.
|Peyton Manning and Drew Brees consistently clinched first round byes in their primes though. Eli throws roughly the same amount of ints Luck throws, while also winning two super bowls in spite of having worse numbers then Luck (on avg), but he was never hyped up the way everyone hypes up Luck for going 11-5 and getting embarrassed in the playoffs by the Patriots every year.|
|"Peyton Manning and Drew Brees consistently clinched first round byes in their primes though. Eli throws roughly the same amount of ints Luck throws, while also winning two super bowls in spite of having worse numbers then Luck (on avg)"|
team sport homie
|The majority of Peyton's Colts teams as well as the majority of Bree's teams were not too much better (and actually worse in some cases) then Luck's teams as a whole though, especially defensively. It's not like Luck hasn't played with pro bowl receivers or anything, even though he has never had even an average running back which would help him immensely. |
|or a consistently good defense. awfully hard to beat the pats when your defense is giving up 40+. |
|Mostly agree, but I cannot see the Broncos taking the AFC West again. nor do I see the Rams even hitting .500 this season. |
|KC championship this year, I gotta see one before I die|
|The National was like the only band I could think of that was from Cinncinati though lol|
|Two teams, with 13 and 12 wins not getting a bye? I'd love to see Elias Sports Bureau check if this has ever happened.|
|"2016 will be the year everybody finally realizes that Andrew Luck is quite possibly the most overrated player to ever play in the NFL."|
exaggerate much buddy.
|Nah not exaggerated at all|
|Jay Cutler will play like Jay Cutler.. thats a given broski|
|"Two teams, with 13 and 12 wins not getting a bye? I'd love to see Elias Sports Bureau check if this has ever happened."|
Don't think there has ever been a 13-3 team that hasn't didn't get a bye, but there has been plenty of 12-4 teams that didn't get byes and have even been wild cards.
|"Don't think there has ever been a 13-3 team that hasn't didn't get a bye"|
2011 new orleans saints
|That Gronk & Martellus Bennett TE combo is gonna be so lethal. I think the Patriots can go 4-0 without Brady. |
|No way they go 4-0, they play the Cardinals week 1 in Arizona. I have trouble seeing them winning that game even with Brady.|
I can see them going 2-2 and that's as optimistic as I can get with them.
So far I've predicted the AFC pretty accurately but have been hella wrong when it comes to the NFC
|Its alright Alex - thats why Vegas has all those shiny bright lights and solid gold door knobs. In the NFC, Arizona and Carolina are in deep shit, Minnesota is doing it with smokin mirrors (their turnover ratio is off the charts while the offense is one of the worst in the league), Looks like Seattle might be finding their way, and Atlanta and Philly will probably hold on if no significant injuries. AFC? NE, Den and Pitt are the class while upstarts Bal, Oak will benefit from easy schedules. The South is brutal and boy were the experts wrong about NYJ and KC. Should be interesting how it all works out.|