2013 NFL Season Predictions

Super Bowl XLVIIIThe 2013 NFL season is 25 hours away as the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos take battle in Denver to open the season tomorrow night. In a rematch of last years AFC Divisional Playoff match up, where the Ravens upset the Broncos 38-35 in Double Overtime, en route to their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers 34-31, the Broncos look for big revenge, especially with the addition of WR Wes Welker through free agency and RB Montee Ball through the draft from Wisconsin. I think we all know that Denver will have the most high-powered offense this season and may be the clear-cut favorite in the AFC, but the loss of LB Von Miller for the first six weeks on a defense that already lost LB Elvis Dumervil in free agency to the Ravens will be hard to swallow and could really force Peyton Manning and the offense to put up a lot of points the first six weeks to make sure they stay atop the AFC and not fall too far behind early in the season. Baltimore lost a lot of leadership on the team in ILB Ray Lewis (retirement) and S Ed Reed (free agency), but made up a little bit for it with the addition of LB Elvis Dumervil, the return of DB Ladarius Webb (injury), and S Matt Elam (draft, Florida). I don’t think the defense will be as good as it was with Lewis and Reed, but it won’t drop off too much with those additions. I do question the offense a bit, especially with the injury bug hitting the tight end position and the trade of WR Anquan Boldin to San Francisco. Is Torrey Smith ready to be the full-time #1 wide out? Can Flacco replicate what he did during last years Super Bowl run? Who will be Flacco’s second option? Should be a very interesting season for Baltimore.

Last year my Super Bowl pick was the Houston Texans over New York Giants and boy was I wrong. The Texans would be crushed by the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs, and the New York Giants didn’t even make the playoffs. I didn’t even pick the Broncos to make the playoffs last year and I had the Ravens losing to the Texans in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs. I also had the Kansas City Chiefs as the most improved team and I couldn’t have been more wrong after they had the worst record and #1 pick in the draft, which I thought the Miami Dolphins would’ve had. And had the Dolphins gotten the number one pick, I thought they’d take QB Matt Barkley out of USC, who ended up going to the Philadelphia Eagles in round four. Very bad predictions from me last season, so lets hope I made a complete 180 this season. So without further ado, here are my 2013 NFL season predictions, and don’t be afraid to add yours in the comments section.

* Indicates Wild Card Winner

AFC East:
1.New England Patriots (10-6)
2.Miami Dolphins (7-9)
3.New York Jets (4-12)
4.Buffalo Bills (4-12)

AFC North:
1.Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
2.Baltimore Ravens (11-5)*
3.Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)
4.Cleveland Browns (5-11)

AFC South:
1.Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
2.Houston Texans (11-5)*
3.Tennessee Titants (4-12)
4.Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)

AFC West:
1.Denver Broncos (14-2)
2.Kansas City Chiefs (5-11)
3.Oakland Raiders (4-12)
4.San Diego Chargers (3-13)

AFC Wild Card Round:
3 Indianapolis Colts over 6 Houston Texans
5 Baltimore Ravens over 4 New England Patriots

AFC Divisional Round:
1 Denver Broncos over 5 Baltimore Ravens
2 Cincinnati Bengals over 3 Indianapolis Colts

AFC Championship Game:
1 Denver Broncos over 2 Cincinnati Bengals

NFC East:
1.New York Giants (9-7)
2.Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
3.Washington Redskins (8-8)
4.Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)

NFC North:
1.Green Bay Packers (12-4)
2.Minnesota Vikings (9-7)
3.Chicago Bears (8-8)
4.Detroit Lions (8-8)

NFC South:
1.Atlanta Falcons (12-4)
2.New Orleans Saints (11-5)*
3.Carolina Panthers (6-10)
4.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10)

NFC West:
1.San Francisco 49ers (14-2)
2.Seattle Seahawks (12-4)*
3.St.Louis Rams (8-8)
4.Arizona Cardinals (2-14)

NFC Wild Card Round:
3 Atlanta Falcons over 6 New Orleans Saints
5 Seattle Seahawks over 4 New York Giants

NFC Divisional Round:
5 Seattle Seahawks over 1 San Francisco 49ers
2 Green Bay Packers over 3 Atlanta Falcons

NFC Championship Game:
5 Seattle Seahawks over 2 Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XLVIII:
1 Denver Broncos over 5 Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos.

NFL MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Offensive Player Of The Year: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Defensive Player Of The Year: Aldon Smith, LB, San Francisco 49ers
Coach Of The Year: Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
Offensive Rookie Of The Year: Tavon Austin, WR, St.Louis Rams
Defensive Rookie Of The Year: Jarvis Jones, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Comeback Player Of The Year: Brian Cushing, LB, Houston Texans
Executive Of The Year: Mike Brown, Cincinnati Bengals
Most Improved Team: New Orleans Saints
Most Disappointing Team: Arizona Cardinals & Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jacksonville Jaguars select Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville with the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Arizona Cardinals select Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson with the #2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
San Diego Chargers select Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina with the #3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. (The big shocker, Clowney falls to #3 after two big QB needy teams select 1 & 2.) 


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