You're always warned every year not to put too much stock in the release of the NFL schedule, opponents winning percentage can be deceiving and you never do know how good some teams shall be.
Didn't stop me from counting down the minutes till the NFL schedule was released, I'm an addict what can I say!? There is no such thing as a boring team or a boring game to me. I want the season to start right now, unfortunately I have to wait but I don't need to wait to play things out in my head.
Unfortunately I worked last night so I couldn't write this then but I was able to look at every team's schedule on my phone during my psychology and business classes and was able to go down the line and pick every single game on the schedule.
The NFL draft certainly will change things as well as potential injuries down the road among other things. But I press forward with these picks, picks that will likely change in September and be laughed at in January.
Here's a few notes before the list-
- In the AFC East I am predicting a pretty big drop-off for all teams not named the New England Patriots. What a radical change in the schedule! The AFC East went from playing what many felt to be eight games against the two worst divisions in the league (NFC and AFC West) to two of the better divisions in the league. (NFC and AFC South)
- For the people hopping on the bandwagons of the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs because of quarterback changes, I can't help but look at the stats and personnel and wonder if they are any better. Kansas City lost a lot of close games after Tyler Thigpen started to find his groove so their win/loss record should be better with more experience and better coaching. But I'm not seeing them as a playoff contender this year, the Bears on the other hand, I think overachieved last year and I actually have them winning less games this year even with Cutler.
- Want to give a Dallas Cowboys fan a heart attack? How about this December schedule with the teams recent history: @NYG, SD, @NO, @WSH, and then on January 3 they host Philadelphia for the final game. I'm nervous already.
- I didn't pick them to make the playoffs, but don't sleep on the Bengals. They quietly finished 12th in the league in defense and will have Carson Palmer back. Palmer's receiving core may not be what it has been in years past but he should still be good.
AFC Final Standings
1.New England Patriots (AFC East Champions: 15-1)
2.Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North Champions: 13-3)
3.Indianapolis Colts (AFC South Champions: 12-4)
4.San Diego Chargers (AFC West Champions: 10-6)
5.Houston Texans (AFC Wild Card: 9-7)
6.Baltimore Ravens (AFC Wild Card: 9-7)
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Tennessee Titans (8-8)
Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
Kansas City Chiefs (6-10)
Buffalo Bills (6-10)
New York Jets (5-11)
Miami Dolphins (5-11)
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
Denver Broncos (5-11)
Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Cleveland Browns (3-13)
NFC Final Standings
1.Green Bay Packers (NFC North Champions: 14-2)
2.New York Giants (NFC East Champions: 12-4)
3.Arizona Cardinals (NFC West Champions: 11-5)
4.New Orleans Saints (NFC South Champions: 9-7)
5.Minnesota Vikings (NFC Wild Card: 11-5)
6.Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Wild Card: 11-5)
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Washington Redskins (10-6)
Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
San Francisco 49ers (8-8)
Carolina Panthers (8-8)
Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
Chicago Bears (6-10)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
Detroit Lions (3-13)
St. Louis Rams (2-14)