2014 NFL Season Predictions
The 2014 NFL season begins tomorrow night at 8:30 PM EST in Seattle, Washington, as the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. This marks the official start to the 2014 season and finally gets all of us fans back into football mode. We have a great slate of NFL games in week one and the Seahawks-Packers match-up is at the top of the list. Another fantastic match-up pits the Denver Broncos, the reigning AFC Champions, against the Indianapolis Colts, with Peyton Manning facing his old team for the second straight season after an incredible game last year in Indy. Other solid games in week one is the Bengals vs Ravens, Redskins vs Texans, Saints vs Rams, Panthers vs Buccaneers, 49ers vs Cowboys, Giants vs Lions, and Cardinals vs Chargers.
The Thanksgiving schedule this year is amazing and should appease everyone’s appetites as we get the Bears @ Lions at 12:30pm, Eagles @ Cowboys at 4:30pm, and the Seahawks @ 49ers in the nightcap. Does it get much better than that? I don’t think so.
Last year I had the Denver Broncos over Seattle Seahawks as my Super Bowl pick. I was right on the matchup, but way wrong on the outcome as the Seahawks obliterated the Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Broncos offense, which broke numerous records in 2013, looked completely over-matched against that incredible Seahawks defense which gobbled up every good Denver receiver throughout the game. Hopefully this year I can repeat myself by getting the Super Bowl match-up correct again, but this time I can get the outcome correct. The NFL seems a bit more wide open this year compared to last year in my opinion, thus making it a little tougher to determine who makes the playoffs and ultimately wins the Super Bowl. Here goes nothing though..
* Indicates a Wild Card team
1.New England Patriots (11-5)
2.New York Jets (9-7)
3.Miami Dolphins (6-10)
4.Buffalo Bills (3-13)
1.Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
2.Baltimore Ravens (10-6)*
3.Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
4.Cleveland Browns (4-12)
1.Indianapolis Colts (12-4)
2.Houston Texans (7-9)
3.Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)
4.Tennessee Titans (2-14)
1.Denver Broncos (12-4)
2.Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)*
3.San Diego Chargers (9-7)
4.Oakland Raiders (3-13)
AFC Wild Card Round:
3 New England Patriots over 6 Baltimore Ravens
4 Cincinnati Bengals over 5 Kansas City Chiefs
AFC Divisional Round:
1 Denver Broncos over 4 Cincinnati Bengals
2 Indianapolis Colts over 3 New England Patriots
AFC Championship Game:
2 Indianapolis Colts over 1 Denver Broncos, 34-30
1.Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
2.New York Giants (8-8)
3.Washington Redskins (8-8)
4.Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
1.Green Bay Packers (12-4)
2.Chicago Bears (10-6)*
3.Detroit Lions (9-7)
4.Minnesota Vikings (4-12)
1.New Orleans Saints (13-3)
2.Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
3.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
4.Carolina Panthers (5-11)
1.Seattle Seahawks (14-2)
2.San Francisco 49ers (10-6)*
3.Arizona Cardinals (9-7)
4.St.Louis Rams (5-11)
NFC Wild Card Round:
3 Green Bay Packers over 6 San Francisco 49ers
5 Chicago Bears over 4 Philadelphia Eagles
NFC Divisional Round:
1 Seattle Seahawks over 5 Chicago Bears
2 New Orleans Saints over 3 Green Bay Packers
NFC Championship Game:
1 Seattle Seahawks over 2 New Orleans Saints, 27-17
1 Seattle Seahawks over 2 Indianapolis Colts, 28-24
NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers.
Offensive Player Of The Year: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Darrell Revis, CB, New England Patriots.
Offensive Rookie Of The Year: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Defensive Rookie Of The Year: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans.
Comeback Player Of The Year: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons.
Coach Of The Year: Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts.
Executive Of The Year: Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints.
Most Improved Team: Houston Texans
Most Disappointing Team: Carolina Panthers
Tennessee Titans select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills) select Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi with the #2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Oakland Raiders select Alabama WR Amari Cooper with the #3 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.