T.J. the Sports Geek’s 2014 NFL Preview

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It’s that time of year again, our annual NFL Season Preview. This is where I post my predictions of how I think the season will go. By the way, not too long from now, I will be totally wrong about all of this,and none of you will be remotely surprised!

Here we go, let’s start with the AFC!

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AFC West

AFC West

Denver Broncos (11-5)

Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

San Diego Chargers (8-8)

Oakland Raiders (7-9)

Overview: I think this is the Broncos’ division to win. They got a lot more talented on defense this offseason, something that killed them in the Super Bowl. I think the Chiefs will still be competitive and a possible playoff team,but not division winners. The Chargers to me overachieved last season and this season will show me just that. The Raiders are the Raiders. I don’t think they will be any better than they have been the last 12 years. 

 

AFC North

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

Baltimore Ravens (8-8)

Cleveland Browns (7-9)

Overview: I think the Steelers will have a bounceback season. I think they’re better offensively and defensively. Last year wasn’t that great and should have gone better,but I know this team is better than their 2013 record showed. The Bengals could compete for a playoff spot and possibly the division crown, but something tells me these guys aren’t as good as they were last year,also can they win a playoff game? It’s been 23 years! The Ravens have also not shown me that they’ve improved very much, I can still be proven wrong,but I just don’t see them being any better than they were last year. The Browns, I think, are going to improve with the weapons they have on offense and a defense that has been reloaded. They won’t make a playoff run,but will have something good brewing on their way to the 2015 season.

 

AFC South

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

Houston Texans (7-9)

Tennessee Titans (6-10)

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

Overview: I think this division belongs to the Colts and seeing as the rest of the division isn’t very good,it should take no fewer than 1o wins to clinch it. I think Indy can muster that just fine. The Texans will have to prove they’re as good as they were in 2012, but I think that’s a long road for them as they now have Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and an unhappy Andre Johnson. The Titans are not going 2-14, they have enough talent to not do that, I don’t see them making the playoffs,but they can get six wins for sure. The Jaguars are going to be a bad team,but I think will make a little noise should Bortles ever get in a game.

 

AFC East

AFC East

New England Patriots (12-4)

New York Jets (7-9)

Buffalo Bills (6-10)

Miami Dolphins (6-10)

Overview: The Patriots will look to repeat their AFC East crown and should everyone stay healthy, I think they’ll be 12-4 for sure. Easily. The Jets will look to prove that they have talent with Eric Decker coming over from Denver,but can Geno Smith get them to the postseason? That remains to be seen. The Bills and Dolphins to me will be woeful teams. The Bills are the same old Bills to me and Miami was an overachieving team last year in my view.

Let’s move to the NFC

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NFC West

 

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

San Francisco 49ers (10-6)

Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

St. Louis Rams (6-10)

Overview: This is yet again going to be a competitive division. Picking a winner yet again was tough,but I think Seattle has the edge. Their offense is very talented and their defense is one to be feared. The 49ers will be very good,but their offense is a little off as the preseason has shown and can the defense recover from losing several starters to free agency and Aldon Smith’s wild offseason? We’ll see. The Cardinals almost made the playoffs and might make a run again,but their running game is suspect to me. The Rams lost Sam Bradford again and may not be the team they hoped they would be,but their defense is improved.

 

NFC North

 

NFC North

Green Bay Packers (12-4)

Chicago Bears (10-6)

Detroit Lions (9-7)

Minnesota Vikings (4-12)

Overview: The Packers look to improve on their 8-7-1 season. I think this offense is great when Aaron Rodgers is healthy and I like this defense and as long as they can stop somebody, they will thrive. The Bears will look to improve on a season that was filled with big hopes that have yet to fade. The Lions are going to have a bounce back season which may include a playoff berth. They are too talented to be as bad as they were last year. The Vikings,well,they still have Adrian Peterson. I think they have another year to go before they start to improve.

 

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NFC South

New Orleans Saints (12-4)

Atlanta Falcons (8-8)

Carolina Panthers (7-9)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)

Overview: The Saints will look to recapture the NFC South crown that Carolina won last season. I don’t see much getting in their way of doing that. I think the Falcons will be better with a healthy receiving core coming back to help Matt Ryan out. I don’t know that the Panthers will be as good with a new receiving core who is young and Cam Newton who has rib issues. I think Carolina takes a step back. As for the Alarm Clocks, I mean Buccaneers, it’s gonna be a year where they will continue to rebuild but show some flashes of brilliance along the way.

 

NFC East

 

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

Washington Redskins (9-7)

Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

New York Giants (4-12)

Overview: I think this will be a repeat division title for the Eagles. They’re a pretty good squad with a lot of upside in my opinion. Washington is going to be a lot better, although I am unsure how good the receiving core really is and they’re a big key to the success of the team. While the Cowboys have a great offense, their defense is anemic and that alone may hurt their chances of breaking out a winning season. The Giants are not that good to me, they never will be, so don’t look for me to cut them any slack. Eli Manning can suck it!

NFL Playoffs

AFC Wild Card

Pittsburgh over Kansas City

Indianapolis over Cincinnati

NFC Wild Card

Seattle over Chicago

San Francisco over Philadelphia

AFC Divisional Playoff

New England over Indianapolis

Denver over Pittsburgh

NFC Divisional Playoff

Green Bay over San Francisco

New Orleans over Seattle

AFC Championship Game

Denver over New England

NFC Championship Game

Green Bay over New Orleans

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Green Bay over Denver

That’s it,that’s my preview!

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