Predicting the outcome of the 2015 NFL Season, by Richard GerberAFC East
1. Miami Dolphins 11-5 *Better division record
2. Buffalo Bills 11-5
3. New England Patriots 9-7
4. New York Jets – Bad
New England finishes 1 game worse this year than the previous season with the loss of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner & Vince Wilfork.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4
2. Cincinnati Bengals 8-8
3. Baltimore Ravens 7-9
4. Cleveland Browns 4-12
Cleveland regresses with no QB, no RB’s and at best solid WR’s and will stay in most games with a stout D. Pittsburgh returns to the top of the division with speed that kills at what seems every position on both sides of the ball.
1. Indianapolis Colts 14-2
2. Houston Texans 9-7
3. Tennessee Titans 4-12
4. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13
With the second easiest strength of schedule Andrew Luck and the Colts will make easy work of their regular season opponents…we will see how that serves them come the post-season.
1. Denver Broncos 15-1
2. San Diego Chargers 7-9
3. Kansas City Chiefs 6-10
4. Oakland Raiders 5-11
The Broncos offensive line is suspect, but this will be the most talented Defense that Peyton Has ever paired with. Count Thomas, Sanders and CJ Anderson you have the look of a very good team.
1. Dallas Cowboys 11-5
2. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8
3. New York Giants 8-8
4. Washington Redskins 1-15
The Eagles have such an insane amount of turnover it is very difficult to foresee how things will turn out, they could be 11-5 or 5-11…I don’t think anyone knows. With the recent news of RGIII likely heading out of town this could shake things up a little but I still think it’s safe to say they will hover around this record.
1. Detroit Lions 12-4
2. Green Bay Packers 11-5 *Common Opponent tie breaker over Minnesota
3. Minnesota Vikings 11-5
4. Chicago Bears 2-14
I know, it’s a lot of wins within a division but with all these teams (outside of Chicago) have a ton of talent and very good defenses. They are all in the middle range in strength of schedule and the NFC North has a history of beating each other up, I think not only will they do that but they will beat up the rest of the league as well.
1. Atlanta Falcons 9-7
2. New Orleans Saints 7-9
3. Carolina Panthers 5-11
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11
The Saints high powered era is coming to a close, Atlanta Defense is getting better and it helps they have the easiest schedule in the league this year. Carolinas best WR went down for the year already and Stewart will find out real quick if he can carry the load all by himself after his running mate of 7 years DeAngelo Williams headed north to Pittsburgh. Don’t be surprised to see Shaq Thompson get a few carries in that backfield.
1. Arizona Cardinals 13-3 *common opponent tie breaker
2. Seattle Seahawks 13-3
3. St. Louis Rams 9-7
4. San Francisco 49ers 2-14
WAIT what!? Two teams 13-3? Yes and if you look back to last year this where the division was headed before Carson Palmer got hurt, both teams made significant upgrades and if Arizona can stay healthy I see no reason why this wont be the case this year. 49ers…well just look at your offseason to answer any questions about your upcoming season.
AFC Division Winners: Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins.
Wildcard Winners: Buffalo Bills & New England Patriots
NFC Division Winners: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons
Wildcard Winners: Seattle Seahawks & Green Bay Packers
NE @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @ Colts
Buffalo @ Miami
Miami @ Denver
Colts @ Denver
Denver V. Arizona
Denver Broncos SB 50 Champs
GB @ Dallas
Dallas @ Detroit
Dallas @ Arizona
SEA @ Atlanta
Seattle @ Arizona
Comeback player of the year – Eric Berry S KC Chiefs
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Shaq Thompson OLB Carolina Panthers
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Melvin Gordon HB San Diego Chargers
Air & Ground Players of the Year – Andrew Luck and Adrian Peterson
Coach of the Year – Gary Kubiak Denver Broncos
Defensive Player of the Year – Luke Kuechly MLB Carolina Panthers
Offensive Player of the Year – Antonio Bryant WR Pittsburgh Steelers
MVP – Carson Palmer QB Arizona Cardinals
2016 NFL Draft Top 10 Picks
1. Washington Redskins – Jared Goff QB Cal
2. Chicago Bears – Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State
3. San Francisco 49ers – Scooby Wright III OLB Arizona
4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey S Florida State
5. Tennessee Titans – Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
6. New York Jets – Connor Cook QB Michigan State
7. Cleveland Browns – Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
9. Carolina Panthers – Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
10. Oakland Raiders – Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech
We all know every year the NFL is full of parity, we know there will be one team that comes out of nowhere to win its division and one team will fall to the bottom without explanation. I have combed the schedules of every team and selected my winners and losers, now there will be some games that a late interception or fumble decides the outcome of a game, a kicker will miss a sure fire game winning FG and other variables. Then of course the most dreaded aspect of the season…the season ending injury, which team gets the “injury bug” and can’t keep anyone healthy. 256 players were drafted in this past selection meeting, who is going to surprise and who is going to let their team down? No one knows any of this yet but this is my best shot at predicting who does…enjoy the article and get ready for some football!
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