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NFL Preview 2017 - 5 Cents
Posted by: Paul Nichols

07 Sep 2017

 

Heres a quickie menh NFL preview for the 2017 season. Teams are listed in their predicted finish in their division.

 

AFC East

 

New England Patriots On top until proven otherwise. I barely have to edit this column from year to year thanks to good quarterbacks. Unfortunately, at some point this column does have to rate the teams in the AFC South. Even Tom Brady at 40 can win this thing

 

Miami Dolphins Isnt Cutler an upgrade over Tannehill? I think so. Ill keep them in second place again this year.

 

Buffalo Bills Still haven't made the playoffs since the 2nd millennium. I think Tyrod Taylor is criminally underrated. Such that he could get this team to second in the division. Im close to talking myself into flipping Miami and Buffaloclose.

 

New York Jets Nicely entrenched in last place.

 

AFC North

 

Cincinnati Bengals Imma get risky here. I managed to predict them outside of the playoffs last year. Lets go with a playoff birth this year. Division champs! Can they get past the first round of the playoffs??!! See below.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers My continuing logic on Pittsburgh is that its an every-other-year kind of team. They got back on track three years ago by winning the division, but they remained good two years ago, and the same for last year. Seems like I need a new continuing logic. Nah, lets stick with it. That means theyll be bad this year. So lets put them in second place in the division and just out of the playoffs.

 

Baltimore Ravens This is a team I love to root against after they beat the Broncos on the road in the playoffs years ago and somehow won a Super Bowl. So regardless of how good they are, theyre down here in third place.

 

Cleveland Browns RGIII!!!!!!!! Woooooo!!! Waithe doesnt play for them? Tough to keep track of these things. Whove they got? Theyve got last place wrapped up at least.

 

AFC South

 

Tennessee Titans [Autotext] It's a race for last between these guys and Jacksonville again. Who'll finish third in this division??? Oh, the excitement. [record scratch] Wait, what? Finished 9-7 last year somehow. I think theyre legitimately better than the other teams in this division. Youre looking at the division champions here!

 

Houston Texans Let's put the Houston Watts and the proset offense in second in this division. Theyve won 9 games three years in a row, last year without Watt even.

 

Indianapolis Colts Lets put the Indianapolis Lucks in third place. Not sure whos on this team, but they technically have to be better than the Jaguars, right? Technically everybody is, right?

 

Jacksonville Jaguars They last had a winning record in 2007, and last won this division in 1999. I still assume Blaine Gabbert is their quarterback. I looked it up again this year. It's Blake Bortles still, just like last year.

 

AFC West

 

Oakland Raiders Have looked really good the past two years. Carr has got to stay healthy, and if he does, they should take the division with 11 wins.

 

Denver Broncos I still like Siemian as their QB1. The offense cant be any worse than last year. Sure, the defense can be worse. But overall a better team.

 

Kansas City Chiefs At the top of this division last year and theyve been really good. But at some point its difficult to sustain really good seasons without getting over the hump, a la Cincinnati last year. I think they take a step back this year and miss the playoffs.

 

Los Angeles Chargers I think theyll challenge for a playoff spot early on before fading late. Like usual. Theyll be better than predicted, though, but this division is too tough to make the playoffs.

 

NFC East

 

Washington Redskins Every year this division seems like any one of these teams could win it. If Kirk Cousins is brave enough to bet on himself in terms of his contract, I should be brave enough to bet on them to take first. Lets do this.

 

Philadelphia Eagles I hear a lot of people talking a lot of improvement for this squad. Without knowing any of the specifics, lets go for it.

 

Dallas Cowboys The Dallas Romos cannot make the playoffs without their signature player. Whats that? Oh, new quarterback. They were great last year. This is this year. I think Philly might take this division and Dallas could finish second. But Ive already gone all in on Cousins.

 

New York Giants Tell me again why this team will be the best in this division? I cant remember and its not 2007 or 2011. Waitthey won 11 games last year? Hmmmmmaybe Ive got this division upside down

 

NFC North

 

Green Bay Packers Rodgers all by himself can get it done. They're always one injury away from a total meltdown of a season it seems. And the injury always happens in their receiving corps. Detroit abided with a total meltdown at the end of last season. Lets keep GB here in first.

 

Detroit Lions Second place but no playoffs.

 

Minnesota Vikings Third place. This division seems weaker than the AFC South this year.

 

Chicago Bears I'm still not sure who's on this team.

 

NFC South

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Is Tampa third in this division the biggest risk I'm taking in my predictions? What if I write the word playoffs here?

 

Carolina Panthers Perhaps a little bounce-back year for the Carolina Newtons? I think theyll be hungry.

 

Atlanta Falcons Had a great year last year, but lets regress them.

 

New Orleans Saints Weve been talking about Drew Brees for a long time. And there is still no defense. Last place.

 

NFC West

 

Los Angeles Rams I called them the St. Louis Rams last year. Time to switch the name. And make their run to the playoffs DimeBrothers official!

 

Seattle Seahawks I'm still upset about their playoff win from 7 seasons ago. Remember? When they won 7 games and hosted a playoff game?!? I think they'll finish second in this division with a drop-off akin to my argument about the KC Chiefs above.

 

Arizona Cardinals They won 10 four seasons ago, 11 three years ago, 13 two years ago, and 7 last year. Remember that video of their coach doing something stupid before last season? It means this team is not making the playoffs this year, either.

 

San Francisco 49ers How much can they improve? Even if they improve a lot thats still like 6 wins. Maybe enough to overtake Arizona for third in this division, but Ive already got em down here in 4th, so here they stay.

 

Playoffs

 

AFC 1st Round: New England, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Oakland, Denver, Im having trouble choosing the 6th playoff team. Lets say Miami.

2nd Round: New England, Cincinnati (gets past the first round by virtue of having a bye!), Tennessee, Denver.

3rd Round: Cincinnati, Denver.

 

NFC 1st Round: Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Washington, Los Angeles, Seattle, Carolina. (almost went with Philly in this last spotits a tough year to predict!)

2nd Round: Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Carolina.

3rd Round: Green Bay, Tampa Bay.

 

Super Bowl: Denver over Green Bay. This prediction is menh for sure!

 

Two of the teams I enjoy picking most in the Super Bowl. I'm two-for-seven so far with predicting Super Bowl winners, having predicted Green Bay (Green Bay won), then New Orleans (the Giants of New York), then Green Bay (Baltimore), then Denver (Seattle won), then Denver (New England won), then Denver (Denver won), then Pittsburgh (New England). Good thing I've got a day job.

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