Bold Predictions for the 2013 NFL Season

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Sept 11, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs in for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The best part about the off-season is the ability to speculate about the coming season! I took to Facebook and Twitter and got some bold predictions from fans of all different teams for this upcoming year. Some will shock you, others could be expected. At the end of the year, I will revisit these people’s predictions and see who did well and who missed the mark.  Fair warning, some of these are my own predictions! Let’s take a look:

 

Tim Dillon (@omfsmtim): “The Chiefs will make the playoffs and the Saints will miss again.”

I was shocked the Chiefs missed the playoffs with all the talent they have on their roster. Alex Smith should thrive under Andy Reid which will boost the rest of the team to perform well. It helps that they reside in an incredibly weak division aside from the Broncos. They have one of the easiest schedules this season, so if they take advantage of that weakness, they could potentially take a wild card spot. As for the Saints, last year was a mess without Sean Payton on the sidelines. Drew Brees pulled a Brett Favre last season when he led the league in TDs thrown but also INTs. Yes, he threw more picks than Mark Sanchez. Despite the picks, he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Unfortunately for him, he has one of the league’s worst defenses to back him up. In a very competitive NFC South, and NFC in general, their road back to the playoffs will be difficult. They statistically have the third hardest schedule in the league this season, which will be hard on their incredibly weak defense. If the Falcons can claim the division title again (which I believe they will), then the Saints will have tough competition for a wild card spot. The NFC North is filled with potential playoff contenders (besides the Lions) and the NFC West has two incredibly strong teams in the 49ers and Seahawks with two teams on the rise in Arizona and St. Louis. To wrap it up, I think this prediction has a good chance of coming true.

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  • Tyler Cary

    With the current Pats roster you should worry a little. What if all the new faces cause him to hold on to the ball a little longer? His under pressure stats don’t scream a complete lack of doubts.

    • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

      More screen passes will slow down the pass rush…..Vereen, Amendola, Washington, Ridley….McD likes to use screen passes.

      • Tyler Cary

        I don’t think screen passes can solve a potential every passing down problem. McD is little more than a bad punch line to me, Tebow, Denver, getting caught cheating again.

        • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

          With the 7th best running game in the NFL, I do not think they will be passing every down. The strong running game will create play-action passing downs……which will freeze the LBs and the safety in the box. Brady will have plenty of time to target an open receiver.

    • unclealfie

      bugger off troll.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    I have to disagree with the Chiefs playing in the postseason this year. I think Miami has a better chance of getting to the playoffs.

    Pats, Denver, Texans, Bengals, Colts, Miami, maybe the Ravens having an outside shot at taking the sixth slot from Miami. (I have the Bengals winning the AFC north)

    • unclealfie

      chiefs are not a playoff team yet.

      • antony555

        We will see about that dude, the team had a bad few seasons because of no QB play and should have won 6 or 7 games last year including the Raven’s game to much talent not to be taken seriously

        • unclealfie

          As I said (quoting Bill Parcells) earlier, you are what your record says you are. If you start counting coulda’, woulda’, shouda’ games as wins, every team in the league would be in the playoffs.

          • antony555

            You sir have your opinion, and I have mine and mine is the team will turn it around and will make the playoffs as a wildcard team. Why is it not possible in your mind as with so many other teams to completely reverse their record the next year. Did one of the Chiefs player not give your kid an autograph are something, to be so negative no need in asking about your cup!!

          • Alter Ego

            Antonny…I’m actually concerned about the Chiefs this year. I think its going to be a real battle. I’m so happy we have the Raiders in our division – that helps a lot. Kudos for standing your ground against these Fucktards.

          • antony555

            Paul the team is going to have to play lights out and everyone is going to have to buy into Big Red’s theme, if they do and play smart and mean with that chip on their shoulder remembering us for one Chief’s Nation, actually I would not want to play’em cause football will be played!!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I like your picks, Paul. However, I would take Baltimore over Indy, largely because I don’t believe in Indy’s defense.

    • antony555

      I beg to differ, its going to be a two team race in the AFC west and the Charges are not one, also Manning has skated on thin ice his entire career as far as injury is concerned except off season, now every one in the league knows of his neck problems. The man was blessed last year not to hardly get touched and I don’t know if that’s out of respect for a great player are just plain luck, but its the NFL and bound to happen sooner are later.

  • Al Martin

    Reggie Bush will do fine if he can stay healthy.

    • unclealfie

      That’s like saying “if we had some eggs we could have ham and eggs, If we had some ham.”.

      • Alter Ego

        Actually…Reggie has started 31 out of 32 games and had 2669 yards as well as 15 TDs the last two seasons…while playing behind a horrible O line and poor QB play. Al is not completely right though…Reggie is going to be outstanding – top ten easily this year.

      • Alter Ego

        Hmmm….

  • Alter Ego

    Uh…beg to differ. This team came very close to being 11-4 (which is to say they allowed several games to get away from them). They fired everyone and improved the staff and the roster. Denver may be the Wild Card this year.

    • Tim Dillon

      you think a slightly improved Chargers roster and new coach will be enough to oust Peyton Manning? even though Manning now has Welker to throw to as well? that’s the faith of a true fan haha we’ll see i guess!

      • Alter Ego

        Yep !

    • unclealfie

      You are what your record says you are.

      • Alter Ego

        Yeah … I say that they go @ worst 11-5 for the season. I believe in 13-3 though. We’re talking about this year.

        • Tim Dillon

          The Chargers haven’t won more than 10 games since 2009 when they went 13-3. Without a solid running game I don’t see that happening again this year

          • Alter Ego

            They will have a solid running game. They have rebuilt there line, brought in Woodhead and Mathews is finally healthy. Lets look at the bigger picture. The last “losing season” they had was in 2003 (4-12)…2004 (12-4)…since then they have gone 91-52 and were AFC West champs 5x and 2nd 3x. I’m betting on them.

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            Adding Woodhead was just incredible for the Chargers, because they desperately needed another back behind Mathews. They especially needed a back who can play on third-downs, and Woodhead is the best third-down back in the NFL. If you look at his success rate and WPA, Woodhead gets the job done on tough downs, and his pass-catching ability is going to be huge for Rivers. Mathews wasn’t good enough on third-downs, and having Woodhead behind him will be a huge help. I believe in the Chargers running game and offense, but the CBs really need to bounce back and the pass rush needs to improve. The Chargers are headed for a better year than last year, but I think there is only one playoff team in the AFC West (and that team is also the AFC’s best team, and I hope I am wrong about that).

          • Alter Ego

            Joe – you postulant papule…they upgraded at DBs.

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            Ouch, sounds like someone doesn’t want to talk football and would rather throw insults (that was actually a really good one, though, but I’m not surprised since you are one of the Bolt Beat commenters- you guys are entertaining). I love Derek Cox, but was it enough? I don’t think so, and I do think DB is a position of uncertainty. Weddle is the best safety in the game and Cox is really good, but I’m not sold on the #2 CB or safety opposite of Weddle. And I’ll shut up when I feel like it, thank you very much. I am the irritating pimple that will not leave until it desires to.

          • Alter Ego

            Well its not that I don’t want to talk football – I just don’t want to give a class.

            Weddle – nuff said

            Cox – 60 tackles 4 INTs , 11 pdef, 1 ff LY – upgrade over Jammer

            Shareece Wright – (Chargers secret) would have beat out Cason LY if not hurt…absolute stud.

            Brandon Taylor – LSU crushing SS would have started last year if not hurt.

            Our new coaching staff know what they have..,could have kept other guys who were cheaper – went with upgrades across the board.

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            See, Wright and Taylor are the two I am concerned about, but Wright does look like a sleeper. The Chargers depth at CB is a bigger question than the starting two. And yeah, Cox is a massive upgrade over Jammer at this stage of his career. I admittedly don’t know much about Taylor, so I should probably reserve judgement.

          • Alter Ego

            The first game against the Texans on MNF…that will be an unexpected blood letting. The Texans will make General Custer’s last stand look good in comparison.

          • unclealfie

            What else can you expect from anyone associated with the Dolts?

          • Alter Ego

            Oh that’s rich…

  • Austin Wagner

    All of the predictions look fairly plausible, but the one about the dolphins wining the AFC east has me intrigued, I can’t say off the top of my head what they’ve done this offseason to improve. But now I’m going to research if there is substance to that particular prediction which is in fact very bold. That division is wide open for the taking if the wheels have fallen off the patriot’s train

    • Tim Dillon

      A lot of people are over-reacting to the dolphins signing Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, and Brent Grimes. In reality, Ellerbe and Wheeler are replacements for Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, who were cut. Brent Grimes helps their secondary but it still needs more help. The same could be said of Wallace to their offense. People are expecting a huge year for Tannehill, even though Brandon Weeden had a better season than him last year. We’ll see what happens, although I doubt the Patriots give up the AFC East

  • 1961 Fan

    Dear Young Mr. Dillon
    You should mark down one bold prediction (NOT MINE) coming from one of the staff writers of “Bolt Beat”. This ignorant scribe has the Chargers going 14-2. Any informed fan knows the Chargers are in a re building year and have failed to plug many of the holes on both sides of the ball. If my Chargers go over 8-8 then it is a sign the new regime is on track with the teams future. As usual the Bolts were left with trying to improve the roster with cast offs from other teams. Let the games begin.

    • Tim Dillon

      14-2?? that’s a fan in complete denial haha you’re right, them going 8-8 would show they are rebuilding and on the right track. As a chargers fan, do you think Phil Rivers is your quarterback going forward?

    • Alter Ego

      Well…you proved you know squat. I’m not a writer for Bolt Beat to begin with. Just a fan.
      A well informed fan however – you are not. If you were, you would have a difficult time concealing your zeal for the upcoming Charger season. They have improved every facet of their roster and have assembled a fantastic coaching staff ( do you even know who McCoy is). Couple that with the most favorable schedule to be given to the Chargers in years…nothing is out of reach.
      Apologize for being a disloyal puke to the Bolt faithful…and stop sucking up to Tim – who doesn’t need an excuse for being unknowledgeable.
      The Colts turned everything around in one year. The Chargers are in better shape than they were LY now.
      I said the Chargers would @ worst go 11-5 this year…I believe they can go 13-3. Try to get something correct in your posts.
      One last thing…keep my name out of your mouth…Tim may be ok with all your eager repulsive obvious salivating cruising techniques…don’t use me to get a date.

  • 1961 Fan

    Kudos to Joe Soriano for having his finger on the true pulse of what is happening to the Chargers. Finally another voice of REASON has surfaced to talk about the real chances of success for the Bolts.

  • 1961 Fan

    Who is this clown Paul Hamlyn? It looks like Mike Hutt is predicting failure for the “new” Bolts, but 5-11 would really hurt all those rah rah fans pride. It is refreshing to see some people that speak from a point of knowledge.

    • Alter Ego

      hmmm…

  • AndrewGibbs

    Great article, very well written and organized. I liked the Pats top 10 defense prediction, but you left out the beat down they gave Chris Johnson (4 yards on 11 attempts, his worst game ever)! Haha hopefully they can improve upon last year and finally get this pass defense to compete.

    • Tim Dillon

      Thank you Andrew! haha oh wow i cant believe i forgot about that Chris Johnson beat down. I actually watched that game with my friend who is a Titans fan and he was sooo upset

      • AndrewGibbs

        Oh yeah after that game I seriously thought our run D was gonna be top 5. I still have the faith we can be there this year.

  • 1961 Fan

    TO: Tim

    I am unsure if the new Coach McCoy can get Rivers on track. The problem with him (as a pocket passer) is protection and time to throw. The kid certainly has a rocket for an arm, however he was never mobile and under pressure makes big mistakes in his hurried throws. From watching last years games side line antics, anyone could see he and Turner were squabbling over play calling. If he can find the time to get his passes off (without pressure) perhaps he can regain his stature as a very good QB. It is imperative the Chargers address their QB situation without the pressure of holding on to a failing QB and having to groom the QB of the future at the same time. This year he is lock on the position if he stays healthy. Even with his boney frame he has held up well after getting dumped so many times last season. With so many positions lacking quality players the new regime has a hard road to travel. I was always envious of the Patriots organization; Robert Kraft knows how to choose a great management team. I look forward to seeing more of your writings. Regards.

  • 1961 Fan

    To: The Clown

    Your 11-5 prediction is bold but that 13-3 is second only to Charger Girl Cindi with her 14-2 claim. If YOU knew what you are talking about you would be assessing the talent level more closely. I will mark you down at 11-5 to 13-3 and see where we stand at the bye week Paul Hamlyn. You obviously are another rah rah fan that is hoping and wishing without any real assessment of the new regime and acquired players. Your need to address other discenting posters with your profane gestures just shows your level of maturity and lack of regard for adult dialogue in discussing the new Bolts team. Regards to you Mr. Clown