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Sowing's 2021 NFL Predictions

List is my top 14 albums of 2021 thus far.
1Iosonouncane
IRA


AFC East: Bills 13-4 / Dolphins 10-7 / Patriots 8-9 / Jets 3-14: The Bills remain the class of this division, although the Dolphins could prove to be a thorn in their side. I'm not sold on Tua at all, but the surrounding talent on both sides of the ball in Miami is enough to make them a strong playoff contender. The Patriots will continue to spin their wheels without Brady, as they try to decide between riding it out with a "good enough" but clearly in-decline Cam Newton or an untested rookie in Mac Jones. The Jets are a year away from being competitive each week, but at least Zach Wilson will make them entertaining to watch. Look out for RB Michael Carter as a sneaky fantasy sleeper, too.
2The Killers
Pressure Machine


AFC North: Ravens 12-5 / Browns 11-6 / Steelers 9-8 / Bengals 8-9: Will anyone figure out how to stop the Ravens from running the football? Probably not. In the meantime, the Browns will prove that 2020 was no fluke by earning another playoff berth. The Steelers will find themselves relying on their defense yet again, unless Najee Harris can prove to be the next coming of Le'Veon Bell. I'm high on the Bengals - Joe Burrow is the real deal and will be healthy with a full cast of elite offensive weaponry. They'll compete hard this year, and we may see a coaching change if Zach Taylor can't bring this rising squad to the postseason in 2022.
3Manchester Orchestra
The Million Masks of God


AFC South: Titans 11-6 / Colts 8-9 / Jaguars 5-12 / Texans 3-14: The Titans need to improve vastly on defense to contend for a title, but either way they've got enough firepower on offense to run away with this division. The Colts' success hinges on QB Carson Wentz and if Frank Reich will be able to help him recapture his 2017 form, and that's once he heals from his training camp injury. The defense in Indy is borderline elite and will help keep the team in games even when Wentz struggles. The Jaguars will turn some heads on offense with Lawrence/Etienne/Robinson/Chark, but are still a rebuilding team. I have no idea what is happening to the Texans' organization, or how much Deshuan Watson will actually play, but things are just a mess and it's safe to bet that they'll implode sooner rather than later.
4Lord Huron
Long Lost


AFC West: Chiefs 14-3 / Chargers 11-6 / Broncos 6-11 / Raiders 6-11: The league should be afraid of an extra motivated Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs are my best bet to carry the NFL's top record this year, as long as they can patch up the offensive line. The Chargers are ascending on the arm of Justin Herbert. This ridiculously talented on-paper roster can never seem to fully translate into on-the-field results, but I have a hunch this will be the year they break through. The Broncos will field a strong defense, but neither Lock nor Bridgewater inspire much confidence that the offense will be able to hold up its end of the bargain. The Raiders made some questionable moves this offseason and in the draft; it will be interesting to see if Gruden and his massive contract can survive another year of mediocrity.
5Leon III
Antlers in Velvet


AFC Playoff Seeding:

(1) Chiefs 14-3
(2) Bills 13-4
(3) Ravens 12-5
(4) Titans 11-6
(5) Browns 11-6
(6) Chargers 11-6
(7) Dolphins 10-7
6Needtobreathe
Into The Mystery


NFC East: Cowboys 10-7 / Football Team 9-8 / Giants 7-10 / Eagles 6-11: I had a hell of a time picking between Dallas and Washington for this division, but ultimately decided to go with the more talented team on-paper. Washington's defense is scary though, and if Ryan Fitzpatrick can jumpstart the offense even a little they could easily win the division for a second straight year. The Eagles and Giants are both trying to reload, but I don't trust either of their quarterbacks enough to consistently deliver when the game is on the line. They'll both win some games and be competitive, but neither looks like a playoff-caliber squad to me.
7Foxing
Draw Down the Moon


NFC North: Packers 10-7 / Vikings 9-8 / Bears 7-10 / Lions 4-13: With the drama finally (sort of) resolved in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers, I still see them as the comfortable favorite in this division. I don't think they're going to win 12+ games however; that sort of divide and tension has a way of affecting team chemistry, so I'm curbing my enthusiasm for now. The Vikings could surprise - they still have the weapons on offense to succeed (Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen), but it will depend on Kirk Cousins to deliver and also for the defense to improve over their middling efforts last season. The Bears would be wise to get Justin Fields out there soon, because Andy Dalton will not lead this team anywhere that Trubisky couldn't. Look for the Bears to start slow and then surge late in the year once Fields gets into a rhythm. The Lions are in full tank mode, but they still have enough veteran leadership to pull off a few wins.
8Dvne
Etemen Ænka


Buccaneers 12-5 / Panthers 8-9 / Saints 7-10 / Falcons 6-11: Tampa returns with their superbowl roster intact, so there's no reason to think that they can't at least duplicate last year's 11-win season. Carolina is my dark horse this year, and my bold prediction is that they will field a top-10 defense. I'm just not sold on Sam Darnold...if the Jets proved to be his only obstacle and he ascends, then the Panthers will shock everyone with a playoff berth. I'm just not convinced that he's any better than Bridgewater (if not a step down, even). The Saints will face a long year of adjusting to life without Brees, and I don't see Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston leading New Orleans to the promised land. The Falcons will no longer have the luxury of defenses doubling Julio Jones every single down, so we'll see if Ridley and Pitts are up to the task of creating their own space. The defense in ATL still needs work, too. This will be a year for Arthur Smith to lay the groundwork for 2022-23.
9Wolf Alice
Blue Weekend


Rams 12-5 / 49ers 10-7 / Cardinals 8-9 / Seahawks 8-9: I had a hunch about the Rams this year, but that good feeling took a hit when they lost Cam Akers. They're still a playoff team though, and Stafford should be an upgrade over Goff. In a weird way, it feels like their window of opportunity is closing - I sense an urgent championship push coming this year. The 49ers should return to form under the leadership of either Jimmy G or Trey Lance - I'm confident in both. Their running game and defense is still excellent, and having George Kittle back healthy will lift the entire squad. Kyler Murray is a fantasy monster, but I am not sure I'm feeling his leadership. Call it a misguided hunch if you want, but I foresee another missed postseason despite the loaded roster, and Kingsbury could find himself on the hot seat. The Seahawks have consistently been a wildcard team thanks to Russell Wilson alone, but how long can he carry the burden of a middling rush attack and no defense?
10Lightning Bug
A Color of the Sky


NFC Playoff Seeding:

(1) Buccaneers 12-5
(2) Rams 12-5
(3) Packers 10-7
(4) Cowboys 10-7
(5) 49ers 10-7
(6) Vikings 9-8
(7) Football Team 9-8
11Low Roar
maybe tomorrow...


Wildcard Playoffs: (2) Bills over (7) Dolphins, (6) Chargers over (3) Ravens, (5) Browns over (4) Titans, (2) Rams over (7) Football Team, (3) Packers over (6) Vikings, (5) 49ers over (4) Cowboys
12Esoctrilihum
Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath


Divisional Playoffs: (1) Chiefs over (6) Chargers, (2) Bills over (5) Browns, (1) Buccaneers over (5) 49ers, (3) Packers over (2) Rams
13The Notwist
Vertigo Days


Conference Championship Games: (2) Bills over (1) Chiefs, (3) Packers over (1) Buccaneers
14Porter Robinson
Nurture


Superbowl LVI: Packers 31, Bills 26 - In the ultimate fuck you to everyone in the entire universe, Aaron Rodgers once again takes a wildcard Packers squad the distance and finally earns his second ring. Afterwards, he leaves the league to host Jeopardy as the Bills mourn yet another failed superbowl appearance.
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