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Sowing's 2020 NFL Predictions

Prediction #1: Season gets cancelled due to COVID. Below, you will find my predictions should the season actually follow through to completion.
1Raven Woods
...And Emotions Are Spilled


AFC NORTH: Ravens 11-5 // Steelers 10-6 // Browns 8-8 // Bengals 4-12. SYNOPSIS: I expect some minor regression from the Ravens; after all, it's tough to repeat a 14-2 record. The Steelers should surge a bit - they finished 8-8 last year without Roethlisberger and his return should provide some stability to the offense. Browns gonna Browns - I want to believe in this team so bad but 8-8 feels right. Joe Burrow will get his feet wet in the NFL and the weapons on offense will keep them competitive in at least some games.
2We Speak Texan
Annihilation


AFC SOUTH: Texans 10-6 // Titans 9-7 // Colts 6-10 // Jaguars 3-13. SYNOPSIS: Watson will be out to prove that he's a winner even without Hopkins, and I think he'll do exactly that by distributing the ball to Fuller, Cooks, and Fells. David Johnson is a wildcard at RB; if he resumes his old form then you can add a win or two to their record. The Titans were a feel-good cinderella story last year, but something tells me it's too good to be true - they'll still be good and I expect AJ Brown to take another leap forward, but this is a .500-ish team disguised as a contender. Count me among the Philip Rivers non-believers; I think he's washed up and the Colts will fall well short of expectations. The Jaguars are back to square one in terms of rebuilding.
3Fire Spoken by the Buffalo
Air Your Grievance


AFC EAST: Bills 12-4 // Patriots 9-7 // Jets 6-10 // Dolphins 5-11. SYNOPSIS: I'm very high on the Bills this year - they have a championship-caliber defense, and the Josh Allen/Devon Singletary two-man show on offense got new additions in Zack Moss and Stefon Diggs. I still think this is a ground n' pound team that will need to win with primarily with their defense, but that strategy has worked for many other teams in the past. Darth Belichik will find a way to make the playoffs without Tom Brady - most likely by relying on some sort of inventive rushing attack featuring Cam Newton, Damien Harris, James White, and co. In New York, I'm still baffled how Adam Gase has a job. The Jets flash potential as usual, but ultimately finish 6-10 and Gase finally gets fired. Miami isn't the bottom dweller some make them out to be - I love Tua if healthy, but whether it's his athleticism or Fitzpatrick's veteran leadership, the 'Fins should be able to squeeze out 5 wins.
4Big Chief
Face


AFC WEST: Chiefs 13-3 // Raiders 11-5 // Broncos 8-8 // Chargers 4-12. SYNOPSIS: The Chiefs are still the class of the NFL - they've lost no major weapons and continuity will be more important than ever in a year marred by COVID-19. The Chiefs will stroll to the best record. Oakland is my sleeper pick, a dark horse if you will. I love Josh Jacobs and I think the addition of Henry Ruggs will allow them to stretch teams deep in a way they couldn't last year. They still have some holes but this is a wildcard team for sure. The Broncos could go either way based on how Drew Lock turns out and whether or not the Melvin Gordon/Phillip Lindsay tandem can co-exist, but more likely than not they'll settle somewhere in the middle. The strength of their defense gives them a high floor, too. The Chargers are toast if they try to play out the year with Tyrod Taylor - hopefully they'll get Justin Herbert in the game sooner rather than later. They have the offensive weapons to win 4 games easily.
5Big Cheese
Aggravated Mopery


NFC NORTH: Packers 12-4 // Lions 9-7 // Vikings 8-8 // Bears 6-10. SYNOPSIS: I originally projected the Packers to slide down further, but then I remembered that Aaron Rodgers is quite possibly the most conceited human being on the planet - and with his pride at stake after the drafting of QB Jordan Love, he will do everything in his power to delay that man's career. That will likely mean that he balls out. I have a weird hunch about the Lions this year; they made some good moves on defense and I think this is the year they break through to the positive side of .500. Yet, in typically disappointing Detroit fashion, they'll still miss the playoffs. Between the departure of Diggs and the emergence of Detroit, the Vikings slide out of the playoff picture. The Bears defense will win them some games, but the Foles/Trubisky QB battle is less than inspiring.
6The Saints
Eternally Yours


NFC SOUTH: Saints 11-5 // Falcons 10-6 // Buccaneers 7-9 // Panthers 4-12. SYNOPSIS: The Saints' window of opportunity is closing very quickly, and I think they will continue their slide with an 11-5 record as they squeak out a division title over Atlanta - who I actually like this year between the addition of Gurley (who doesn't need to be 100% healthy to help this offense in a complementary role) and Hayden Hurst, who I like as a breakout candidate at TE. I don't buy the Tampa hype. Brady looked his age last year and that was in the perfect system for him. Now he enters a new offense in a COVID offseason? He has Gronk, but he's oft-injured and also has reportedly had issues adjusting to the Florida heat. Carolina (my favorite team), is in for a long rebuild, but they do have the weapons on offense to prevent themselves from totally bottoming out.
7Living Tall In Dallas
Living Tall In Dallas


NFC EAST: Cowboys 11-5 // Eagles 9-7 // Giants 9-7 // Football Team 3-13. SYNOPSIS: Dallas had a great offseason, adding CeeDee Lamb and some key cogs on the defensive line, and I like them to pull ahead of the Eagles. The Giants are in my opinion very underrated - at least offensively - and Daniel Jones looked excellent for a rookie last season. I expect them to be involved in some shootouts thanks to their suspect defense, but I think they'll surprise people overall. It can't get worse for the Washington Football Team, between all the offseason drama, their head coach being diagnosed with cancer, and - you know - having a shitty roster. Unless they pull some sort of "us against the world" cinderella story, they'll have one of the worst records in the NFL.
8Seattle's New Gods
Burnpile


NFC WEST: Seahawks 12-4 // Cardinals 10-6 // 49ers 8-8 // Rams 7-9. SYNOPSIS: I mentioned it a few times already, but continuity in coaching/rosters/system is going to be a huge edge this year. Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll have kept Seattle a perpetual 10-6/wildcard type of team, but this year I'm bumping them up (the addition of Jamal Adams at safety doesn't hurt either). The Cardinals should flourish in Kyler Murray's 2nd season, especially with the arrival of Hopkins, whose I think is talented enough to avoid any pandemic-related chemistry issues. Hopefully this team gives Kenyan Drake the chance to be the lead back that Miami never did - I think he's a special talent. If history is any indicator, the 49ers will falter with a Superbowl hangover (their lack of big weapons in the passing game other than Kittle may also finally catch up with them). The Rams seem to be on the decline as a whole and not even Sean McVay will be enough to save them from mediocrity.
9Late In The Playoffs
Alive and On Your Own


Playoff Seedings - AFC: (1) Chiefs 13-3, (2) Bills 12-4, (3) Ravens 11-5, (4) Texans 10-6, (5) Raiders 11-5, (6) Steelers 10-6, (7) Patriots 9-7 // NFC: (1) Packers 12-4, (2) Seahawks 12-4, (3) Saints 11-5, (4) Cowboys 11-5, (5) Cardinals 10-6, (6) Falcons 10-6, (7) Eagles 9-7
10Wild Side
Wild Side


WILDCARD ROUND: (2) Bills over (7) Patriots, (3) Ravens over (6) Steelers, (5) Raiders over (4) Texans // (2) Seahawks over (7) Eagles, (3) Saints over (6) Falcons, (4) Cowboys over (5) Cardinals
11The New Division
The Rookie


DIVISIONAL ROUND: (1) Chiefs over (5) Raiders, (2) Bills over (3) Ravens // (4) Cowboys over (1) Packers, (2) Seahawks over (3) Saints
12Lightspeed Champion
Falling Off The Lavender Bridge


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: (2) Bills over (1) Chiefs // (4) Cowboys over (2) Seahawks
13Hey Champ
Star


SUPERBOWL: (AFC #2) Bills over (NFC #4) Cowboys - In the sweetest of revenge, the Buffalo Bills get their first Super Bowl victory over the team that denied them twice in the early 90s. It's a strange ending to a strange, pandemic-marred season.
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