Predicting All 8 NFL Division Winners

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With NFL Training Camps just getting underway, there is still plenty of football to be played before the regular season opener. Players will get injured, coaches will adjust depth charts and teams will change. But why not predict all 8 NFL division winners this season in the meantime?

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti holds out the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ersin Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Here I will examine some of the important offseason moves that teams made, and highlight reasons why I think certain teams will win their division. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some football!

The beauty of Training Camps beginning is that the preseason is just around the corner. It’s been almost 6 months since we have seen an NFL football game. Now there’s just over 40 days until the start of the regular season…

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Topics: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

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

    I agree with most of your “early” picks. I would have picked Texans in the AFC south (Colts will not take many teams by surprise this year) and Atlanta in the NFC south (Saints may score a lot of points but their defense may not be able to stop teams from scoring at will).

    • bob

      Colts will win their division because they have an elite qb which the other teams in their division do not have.

      • mrvicchio

        Luck is one year into the game and he’s elite? Schuab is going to make you eat your words this season and the colts will be lucky to get a wild card berth.

        • bob

          Are you crazy man? You have the most injury prone abd chocker qb in the league

          • mrvicchio

            Feel free to place your bets on the Colts or Titans for the AFC South, that fail is on you.

          • AndrewGibbs

            I would be surprised if anyone is taking the Titans…

        • Candysmokeshop Nostalgia Candy

          Luck is already better than Schuab….please

    • Tyler Cary

      The Dolphins will unseat the Pats, this year, not the next.

      • unclealfie

        Right. The fins added a JAG linebacker and a head case WR. Now their 2nd year QB is going to take them the SB!! Will you be wearing your cute, frilly little outfit there?

        • Tyler Cary

          A Jag LB you say? If you are referring to the two new LBs on the team they came from Oakland and Baltimore. Mike Wallace has a level of speed that no Pats player possesses. Brian Hartline and Wallace have both recorded better seasons as a receiver than any single Pats receiver. Amendola had his best season in 2010 with a whopping 690 yards, Edelman or however it is spelled has racked up a whopping 230 ish yards in a season. Who is the Pats #1 WR, a rookie? This Pats team is utterly depleted of talent on offense with the exception of Brady and Ridley, as they are the only proven stars starting the season. Brady was young once just like Tannehill is now, and he won a Super Bowl. Just think of how well Tannehill did last year with only 50% of the college starts at QB than almost all of his rookie peers. If you don’t think that the Dolphins are on their way up then you don’t get football. I am not the only person predicting the Dolphins winning the division, there are quite a few analysts that have taken my stand point. Brady is a great pocket passer, but he is terrible under pressure, and how well do you think that he will handle the added pressure when his untested WRs take an extra second to get open. A monster hot from Cam Wake is what will happen. I have watched Brady not even try to avoid a DE because he cannot scramble very well, and he freezes like a deer in the headlights. He has to protect his fragile aging body. I win, Dolphins will sweep the entire AFC East.

          • AndrewGibbs

            The Dolphins have the best WRs in the AFC East, but i think you are underestimating the Patriots a little bit. And by the way, Brady moves extremely well in the pocket, and can avoid a DE a lot of the time. Every QB performs worse while pressured, i invite you to check Tannehill’s stats in that area. There’s no doubt the Dolphins are much improved and will be the Pats biggest threat for the East in the near future, but they will not sweep the AFC East this season. No way.

          • Tyler Cary

            Brady was 6th worst under pressure, Tannehill was 7th best.

          • AndrewGibbs

            But Brady only gets sacked 15% of his “pressured” plays, where Tannehill took a sack on 20% of them. you might be on to something with the timing of Brady’s release this season, however Amendola is faster and bigger than Welker which should result in quick releases.

          • Tyler Cary

            I actually think the Pats and Dolphins will go 1-1 and sweep the Bills/Jets. I was just picking on the other guy. If any QB can do well with the lack of proven talent around him it will be Brady. He does move in the pocket well, but once the pocket collapses and he needs to avoid defenders and throw he does poorly. My only true question regarding Brady with the new unit is whether or not he will be able to unload the ball as quickly as he is used to, then he might face some trouble under some serious pressure, especially if Dion Jordan can make the transition to the pros in a hurry. Right now this is nothing but trash talk and speculation. When Miami went 11-5 they lost all 4 preseason games, the same goes for the 18-1 2007 Pats when they went 16-0 in the regular season. I really just like to rile people up, and I absolutely love talking football. I do think that the Pats reign is coming to a close, and I think that Mallett will be about as good for the Pats as Fiedler was for Miami, about 9-7 or 10-6 record with a wild card spot and the occasional division leader. I say this because Mallett has rather poor regular season stats, but he has only attempted four passes.

          • Tyler Cary

            One more thing, I hope beyond anything that the Dolphins win the AFC East, but that while they go there they face a close race with the Pats. Football is not very exciting when every game is a blow out, and I enjoy it less when there is a clear separation between 1st and 2nd place. That stuff is boring, I a, hoping for some stellar competition between the Dolphins and Pats this year. The offseason lasts way too long.

      • Candysmokeshop Nostalgia Candy

        Doubt it.

    • AndrewGibbs

      I don’t think the Colts took the NFL by surprise last season. They won 9 of their final 11 games. Teams had plenty of time to prepare for them. I think they were just that good, and will be improved this year.

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

        The Colts opponents this year, especially division foes, will have had the entire off-season to analysis QB Luck and the offense. Teams will have a better understanding on how to pressure and contain him and his weapons. We will see how much “Luck” the Colts have this year…….I say they have a 9-7 year.

        • AndrewGibbs

          That could be true… I guess we will wait and see! But Luck had most of his success last year in the second half of the season. It’s fair to say teams will be able to prep for the Colts better, but i think you could make that argument for every team.

        • Candysmokeshop Nostalgia Candy

          yeah they use to say that about Peyton too….

      • bob

        You are totally right

    • Sardvark

      Saints D will be much better than last year. You can expect a top offense again. A middle of the road D should be enough to make a deep run.

  • Justin

    Colts will be under .500

    • Candysmokeshop Nostalgia Candy

      Doubt it….people are assuming way to much in that they will be losing to niners, hawks, broncos, and Houston twice. Also maybe Cincy.
      They can also will most of these guys….they have a guy named Luck.

  • dwestwing

    You can tell who’s gullible when they keep talking about the Saints defense. Hello, no head coach, no top assistant coach and no general manager had nothing to do with that? Bottom line, Saints offense will score more points than their opponents this season. Take that to the bank!

  • Joe Deasel

    Your a complete idiot. Last year the Ravens won with their offense not their defense. They only lost one starter from their offense. Everyone is use to the Ravens winning games 13-10 but those days are over. Now they will win 34-31. Cincy is a trendy pick but until Dalton shows he can beat the big boys, I don’t see them winning the division. However your pick doesn’t surprise me. I know the last team you wnt to see in the playoffs is the Ravens, cause they got your number.

  • loverpoint

    How much money do you have Andrew Gibbs ? Take it all divide it 8 ways and plunk down that allotment on each of your teams. My guess is that your pocketbook will be a lot lighter come next year.

    You are wrong about every team you picked in the NFC but were right on 3 out of 4 divisions in the AFC. Even with the odds I give your picks. If you put $10,000.00 on each team given the odds. You’ll still end up – $10,000.00 at the end of the year

    • AndrewGibbs

      So you would say that the NFC winners will be the Vikings, Giants, Falcons and 49ers? I could see the last two, but it’s definitely a stretch to pick Minnesota over Green Bay. The East could be won by any of the 4, but the Redskins are a step ahead in my mind.

  • jimpassi

    i agree with all of it

  • joeblow

    Andrew, must be nice to be young, blogging, and a blatant homer. I hate to break it to you but there is this Hernandez case looming, maybe may have heard about it, maybe not. Media circus and paparazzi are going to destroy Pats season. Probably miss the playoffs. You will be looking up at the lowly Phins.

    • AndrewGibbs

      I doubt the media frenzy will do what you are anticipating. No one from the Patriots (players, coaches, or execs) will be addressing anything Hernandez related. I hope and believe the worst is behind us when it comes to the Hernandez media. New England still has the best QB and HC in the division. I like the chances. Dolphins would have to go at least 11-5 to win the East. I just don’t see that happening. Call me a homer if you want, but I’m not the only person to say this is the Patriots division.

      • joeblow

        No surprises there. Have yet to hear/read a beantowner admit that the AH case will have the slightest impact. Denial being served 3 meals a day in Boston.

        • AndrewGibbs

          I don’t live in New England. And what do you expect Patriots fans to sulk over the loss of AH for years to come? Not going to happen… And no one is going to hand over the division to Miami just because of an arrest. Sure Miami has made good offseason moves, but we haven’t even seen a coin toss yet, let alone actual football. The Dolphins have to go out there and prove they can hang with the big boys before people regard them as the best in the East.

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