LOS ANGELES, September 2, 2014 — The 2014 NFL season is upon us, which means predictions.
The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will again finish with the best records in the AFC at 13-3. In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints will storm through the season to a 15-1 record due to a favorable schedule and a pinball offense.
The Houston Texans will again go 2-14 and again have the top pick in the draft next year. Their defense will be vastly improved, but their offense needs a ton of help.
This list contains some very controversial suggestions that will outrage loyal fans. Before calling for the scalp of the columnist, here was a 2013 prediction.
“Arizona will be the most vastly improved team in the NFL as Bruce Arians wins coach of the year. They will be this year’s surprise team, missing out on the division by losing at home in the finale to San Francisco.”
The Cardinals did go 10-6 and miss the playoffs by losing that finale.
In 2014, the Seahawks and 49ers will both make the playoffs, but their records will only be 10-6 and 9-7 respectively. The Seahawks still have a great team that could repeat, but both teams face a brutal schedule.
The New York Giants have no business going 11-5, but their schedule is very easy. The Oakland Raiders will finally get to 9-7 but only due to a very easy schedule early on and a significant upgrade in quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders will miss the playoffs anyway.
This analysis was not simply staring at each team and seeing how they looked. The records were compiled by looking at every single game and then even at the tie-breakers.
With that, here are the predictions for the NFL 2014 season.
Baltimore Ravens 10-6
Cincinnati Bengals 8-8
Pittsburgh Steelers 7-9
Cleveland Browns 5-11
Indianapolis Colts 11-5
Tennessee Titans 4-12
Jacksonville Jaguars 4-12
Houston Texans 2-14
New England Patriots 13-3
New York Jets 9-7
Miami Dolphins 4-12
Buffalo Bills 4-12
Denver Broncos 13-3
Kansas City Chiefs 9-7
Oakland Raiders 9-7
San Diego Chargers 6-10
Green Bay Packers 13-3
Minnesota Vikings 8-8
Detroit Lions 6-10
Chicago Bears 6-10
New Orleans Saints 15-1
Atlanta Falcons 9-7
Carolina Panthers 7-9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-10
New York Giants 11-5
Washington Redskins 9-7
Philadelphia Eagles 9-7
Dallas Cowboys 8-8
Seattle Seahawks 10-6
San Francisco 49ers 9-7
Arizona Cardinals 8-8
St. Louis Rams 4-12
1) New England Patriots 13-3
2) Denver Broncos 13-3
3) Indianapolis Colts 11-5
4) Baltimore Ravens 10-6
5) New York Jets 9-7
6) Kansas City Chiefs 9-7
The New England Patriots will have the top seed due to their regular season win over the Denver Broncos.
The Oakland Raiders will finish 9-7 but miss the playoffs due to their opening week loss to the New York Jets.
Wildcards: Chiefs at Colts, Jets at Ravens
Divisionals: Ravens at Patriots, Colts at Broncos
AFC Title Game: Broncos at Patriots
AFC Champion: Patriots
1) New Orleans Saints 15-1
2) Green Bay Packers 13-3
3) New York Giants 11-5
4) Seattle Seahawks 10-6
5.) San Francisco 49ers 9-7
6.) Atlanta Falcons 9-7
The Philadelphia Eagles will finish 9-7 but miss the playoffs due to their regular season loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Washington Redskins will finish 9-7, but miss the playoffs due to an inferior conference record than the Atlanta Falcons.
Wildcards: Falcons at Giants, 49ers at Seahawks
Divisionals: Giants at Packers, Seahawks at Saints
NFC Title Game: Packers at Saints
NFC Champion: Saints
Super Bowl XLVIII Champion: New Orleans Saints
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