I would love to say that the following article is a result of being overly bored. Unfortunately, it's just a result of being a complete football-a-holic who can't sit through the NBA playoffs without itching for some NFL content.
So, I downloaded the full 2013 schedule and picked every game over all seventeen weeks of a season, which nobody has even really thought about yet. Draft picks aren't even signed yet, depth charts are barely in any kind of order, and I'm predicting playoffs already.
Yup...I'm a football nerd.
Now that we've clarified that, I must say that I'm pretty amused by how this turned out. I ran through each team individually and predicted all of their games based purely on instinct. I included some upsets and offered some favor to home teams, plus teams coming off their bye week.
In an effort to keep this article from being a mile long, I'm not including the full standings. But, if you are interested to see the whole thing, you can contact me on Twitter @ChrisRadez, or ask me how your team did in the comment section below.
The two teams that really stood out as surprises were obviously the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. I had to look again and make sure I wasn't favoring these teams more than I should have, but strength of schedule combined with some improvements to their teams put these two in the thick of the playoffs.
Without further ado, here's how everything turned out:
1. Denver Broncos (15-1)
2. New England Patriots (13-3)
3. Houston Texans (12-4)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
5. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
6. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
1. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
2. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
3. Green Bay Packers (12-4)
4. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
5. Washington Redskins (11-5)
6. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
Wild Card Round
Bengals over Texans in an upset. Houston is left scratching their head, yet again.
Steelers over Chiefs as expected. Nice season KC, but you still need one or two more pieces if you want to hang with the big boys.
49ers over Packers in a close one. Aaron Rodgers' playoff issues are now a huge topic for discussion in the media.
Seahawks over Redskins. Russell Wilson continuing to outperform RGIII, and the Seahawks look like they're on their way to winning it all.
Broncos over Bengals in a laugher. Like KC, Bengals still a piece away, but Denver being in an entirely different class makes them look worse than they are.
Patriots over Steelers as usual. This is becoming quite a headache matchup in Pittsburgh.
49ers over Falcons. Atlanta continues to have playoff issues, while a young San Francisco team gains more and more playoff experience.
Eagles over Seahawks to continue a surprise season. Chip Kelly clearly lives up to the hype.
Broncos over Patriots—New England close but no cigar once again. It's time to address defensive backfield depth issues once and for all. It's also time to consider drafting Tom Brady's replacement.
49ers over Eagles—very close game which is won in overtime. One Harbaugh is headed to a second straight Super Bowl.
Broncos over 49ers—Denver’s offense is just flat-out too much for anyone to handle. Both Peyton Manning and Wes Welker are used to playing in inclement conditions, which could very well be the case in this one.
San Francisco, while walking away with a bruised ego after a second straight Super Bowl loss, is also walking away with another entire January of playoff experience. This could lead to a future dynasty.
I hope you enjoyed my predictions! I may do this again once we're closer to the actual start of the season.