NFL 2013 Season Predictions.

2014-09-02 11:51:32
NFL 2013 Season Predictions.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 11:51:34 AM

The 2013 NFL season kicks off this week, so with the fantasy team or in some cases teams in place and the roster cuts made by all 32 teams its time to predict or attempt to predict the 2013 NFL season.

Judging by the strength of schedule which can be a little tainted as teams can change for good to bad and vice versa on a yearly basis but there are still some teams that expect to be really good and some you know that will be really bad.

The Denver Broncos are many peoples favourite in what looks like a weak AFC and they also have the easiest strength of schedule which is partly because they play in what is currently a poor division. The boys in Vegas seem to agree and make them the 7/1 favourite to lift the Lombardi trophy come February.  Its interesting to note that of the 5 teams that have the easiest schedule based on last years records include all 4 teams in the AFC West with the Colts being the other one.

Having an easier schedule can come back to haunt you come playoff time as that team, in this case the Broncos may not have been tested and played in many tense close games but at the same time winning breads confidence and all there are no give away games in the NFL.

As for the teams with the hardest schedule the Panthers have the most difficult and play in the tough NFC South. The Lions and Rams are not expected to make the post season especially with the 2nd and 4th (respectively)  hardest schedule on paper. The defending champion Baltimore Ravens have the 5th hardest schedule and play in a division (AFC North) where defense’s rule.

The NFC have more genuine contenders than the AFC with the Falcons, 49ers. Seahawks, Packers and the Redskins and Saints as outsiders. Over in the AFC the Broncos, Bengals and Texans are the pick of the bunch but don’t sleep on the experienced Steelers or the young Colts.

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AFC EAST: Hard not to see the Patriots winning a division which they have dominated for a decade, although the Dolphins should be better with all the free agents that they have signed. Expect the Jets & Bills to have losing records.

Patriots 12-4 Dolphins 9-7 Jets 3-13 Bills 2-14

AFC NORTH: The Bengals look strong on both sides of the ball and much will depend on the play of QB Andy Dalton. The Ravens have lost key players in free agency and could struggle. The Steelers are for once somewhat of an unknown quantity but history suggests they’ll be back in the playoffs. The Browns will be tough but will find it hard to get over 500.

Bengals 12-4 Steelers 11-5 Ravens 9-7 Browns 6-10

AFC SOUTH: The Texans are still the team to beat in the South but the Colts will push them close especially with the easier schedule. The Jags and the Titans look to still be two of the NFL’s worst teams although the Titans could be slightly improved if QB Jake Locker can play to his potential.

Texans 13-3 Colts 11-5 Titans 6-10 Jaguars 3-13

AFC West: The division with the easiest schedule and all four teams could take advantage. The Broncos have way to much for everyone else but the Chiefs could push them now they have Alex Smith at QB and Andy Reid as Head Coach. The Chargers have not addressed many of their issues and the Raiders can be tough to play but are too inconsistent.

Broncos 13-3 Chiefs 10-6 Raiders 6-10 Chargers 5-11

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The AFC’s worst 3 teams: Bills, Jets, Jaguars 

AFC Playoffs: Patriots, Bengals, Texans, Broncos, Steelers, Colts

AFC Championship Game:  Texans v Broncos

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NFC EAST: Often considered as the best division in the NFL this could actually be the worst. All four teams can be best described as unpredictable but if RG3 stays healthy you’d have to expect the Redskins to take the division. The Eagles offense could be exciting to watch in Chip Kelly’s new scheme but the defense has holes. As for the Giants and Cowboys they don’t look much different to last year where both missed the playoffs.

Redskins 10-6 Giants 9-7 Eagles 8-8 Cowboys 6-10

NFC NORTH: Aaron Rodgers is the reason that the Packers remain favourite in the North but their defence needs to play at a higher level or at least create the turnovers like it did back in the Super Bowl year of 2011. The Bears are hard to predict as they have playmakers on both sides but have missed the playoffs in the last 2 years. The Vikings will ride Adrian Peterson as much as possible and need more from QB Christian Ponder. Reggie Bush will give the Lions a much needed rushing attack but their defense is poor.

Packers 10-6 Bears 9-7  Vikings 7-9 Lions 5-11

NFC SOUTH: No team has ever won this division two years on the bounce although expect that to change in 2013. The Falcons won this division by 6 games last year  although it will be closer this time around. The Saints will be boosted by return of head coach Sean Payton but the defense was statistically the worst ever in 2012 and hasn’t improved personnel wise although Rex Ryan is the new DC. A tough schedule could prevent the Panthers from making the playoffs and again they have problems on defense. It is a big year in Tampa for QB Josh Freeman and if he doesn’t show significant signs of improvement it could be his last, Darelle  Revis will help the leagues worst ranked pass defence from 2012.

Falcons 13-3 Saints 10-6 Panthers 8-8 Buccaneers 7-9

NFC WEST: The West has gone from the worst division in football to one of the best in 2 short years with the Seahawks and 49ers both genuine Super Bowl contenders. Both teams are almost a mirror image of each other, excellent defense, young mobile QB and a solid running game. Both QB’s will now play with more pressure than they had on them last year and that could be a deciding factor. The Rams and Cardinals are both good on defense but lack offensively to make any sort of playoff run.

Seahawks 12-4 49ers 11-5 Cardinals 5-11 Rams 4-12

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The NFC’s worst 3 teams: Lions, Cardinals, Rams

NFC Playoff teams: Redskins, Packers, Falcons, Seahawks, Saints, 49ers

NFC Championship Game: Falcons v Packers

Super Bowl: Falcons v Broncos

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