Predicting the 2012-13 Season NFL Standings

Colin McGrawContributor IIMay 9, 2012

AFC East:

  1. New England Patriots (AFC East Division Champs)
  2. Miami Dolphins (Wild Card)
  3. New York Jets
  4. Buffalo Bills

Since I am a Dolphins fan this is a complete stretch I know, but I think Miami was overlooked at how well they did this offseason. There are a few concerns in the secondary and WR, but with the staff we hired, I think these are solvable. I see a lot of talent with the Dolphins and they could snatch a Wild Card sport.

The Patriots maintain the division. I believe the Jets are on the decline; a lot of issues still in the air. The Bills did upgrade this offseason and I see them being a threat this year and could jump the Jets.


AFC North:

  1. Baltimore Ravens (AFC North Division Champs)
  2. Cincinnati Bengals
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Cleveland Browns

I feel bad not giving the Bengals a Wild Card slot because of the talent they have. I think they will be a bigger threat this year and could very well get into the playoffs. I see the Ravens still succeeding. The Steelers' defense has been the rock of that team, but aging players and losing some big names will be a problem. I see the Ravens or Bengals leading this division.


AFC South:

  1. Houston Texans (AFC South Division Champs)
  2. Tennessee Titans
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Texans take this division no problem. I can see the Titans being a threat, but they are also inconsistent. Colts I feel had a nice draft for their rebuilding mode, but they won't be a contender for a few years. I feel like the Jaguars just aren't getting the talent they need. They did trade up for Justin Blackmon, but I feel as if they are still missing the talented needed to compete for a division title.


AFC West:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West Division Champs)
  2. Denver Broncos (Wild Card)
  3. San Diego Chargers
  4. Oakland Raiders

Surprise! The Chiefs are completely underrated and they have a lot of talent. Injuries killed them this year, but if Matt Cassel can get over the hump and step it up, I see a great Chiefs team this fall. Denver has talent and I think Peyton will struggle a little at first, but will get back on track mid-season.The Broncos will take a Wild Card spot.

Raiders and Chargers I see a lot of hope for. There is tons of talent on both of these teams, I just think Kansas City and Denver have more. I could be completely wrong about this division, but I have a feeling they take 2 playoff spots.


NFC East:

  1. New York Giants (NFC East Division Champs)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (Wild Card)
  3. Washington Redskins
  4. Dallas Cowboys

This division is very tough for me to get a read on. It is an extremely competitive division. Experts on NFL Network think the Giants don't make the playoffs after winning the Superbowl. I find that extremely hard to believe and Eli Manning will prove them wrong. The Eagles got into a great groove at the end of last year, I see them taking a Wild Card spot this year when their talent forms a team. RGIII will definitely improve the Redskins, but I still don't see them keeping up with the Eagles and Giants. The Cowboys I think are overrated and there will be coach, player, and owner drama that holds them back. Maybe I'm wrong...


NFC North:

  1. Green Bay Packers (NFC North Division Champs)
  2. Detroit Lions (Wild Card)
  3. Chicago Bears
  4. Minnesota Vikings

I think the Packers have too good of a team not to make the playoffs, so I give them the division. The Lions and Bears will be battling for a Wild Card spot all year. They both could make it, but I see the Lions taking one spot. I just believe the Lions have a more talented team that can take them into the playoffs and perhaps make a run. The Bears are still a big threat though. The Vikings are building for the future. They could surprise some people this year, I wouldn't rule them out winning 6-7 games.


NFC South:

  1. Atlanta Falcons (NFC South Division Champs)
  2. Carolina Panthers
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Saints are in trouble and I think this is the year the Falcons finally have the division. The Falcons can take the division and make a run for the Superbowl. The Panthers and Buccaneers are interesting. I could see them both contending for playoff spots, but I see Cam not having as incredible of a year as last. Buccaneers added a lot of talent, but it all depends on the performance and development of Josh Freeman. The Saints I just think have too much to deal with at the moment.


NFC West:

  1. San Francisco 49ers (NFC West Division Champs)
  2. Arizona Cardinals
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. St. Louis Rams

The 49ers really stepped it up last year and shocked the world. I see them being even better and a Superbowl contender. The Cardinals have talent and will be spoilers throughout the year. I see them contending for the playoffs as well, but falling short in the final stretch. Can the Seahawks win with Matt Flynn or Tavaris Jackson? Maybe, but I see them struggling this year. Jeff Fisher and his staff have a long ways to go before the Rams get back to being a consistent contender.


Overall, the teams I think that will surprise people and can get Wild card spots will be the Dolphins, Bengals, the whole AFC West, and the Eagles, Lions, Bears, Panthers, and maybe Cardinals. Those teams will all be competing and I think it is going to be a very interesting year.


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