The SportsMan NFC Predictions

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People often wonder “what’s the best part of football”? Is it the beer drinking? Is it a day away from the wife/girlfriend? Is it the thrill of seeing two teams battle is a barbaric way to determine which is more manly? Not for me. For me it’s the thrill of predicting. As the season fully kicks off today it brings the best of predictions. The complete season standings and playoff predictions. What follows is sure to be a horribly wrong and dreadful look at what the final NFC standings and run to the Super Bowl in New York will look like.

NFC EAST
New York Giants:10-6
Dallas Cowboys: 9-7
Washington Redskins: 8-8
Philadelphia Eagles: 8-8
Logic-> The NFC East is the most competitive division in the NFL. The G-Men and Eli Manning have been there before and know what it takes to win it all. Once again the title comes down to the final week with NY at 9-6 and Washington at 8-7 (Washington having won in week 13) playing a winner-take-all. New York uses a week 17 victory over the ‘Skins to clinch the division.

NFC NORTH
Green Bay Packers: 15-1
Detroit Lions: 10-6
Minnesota Vikings: 10-6
Chicago Bears: 6-10
Logic-> For my first bold prediction of the season I have Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers nearly running the table. A week 8 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota is the only blemish on the record. Rodgers plays unreal and wins the MVP. He’s too good and has too many weapons. Look for Eddie Lacy to be the stand-out rookie this year.

NFC SOUTH
Atlanta Falcons: 12-4
New Orleans Saints: 11-5
Carolina Panthers: 6-10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-14
Logic-> It’s no surprise the Falcons and Saints will battle it out. Both will make the playoffs. The big thing here is Tampa Bay. In bold prediction number two, Tampa wins only two games and coach Greg Schiano is fired the day after the season ends. People in Tampa expect a Super Bowl run with the addition of Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. However, teams have a full season of games to learn Schianos game plans and quarterback Josh Freeman just isn’t the man to win. Now this may also be a personal pick being that I have a nice family rivalry with people in Tampa and I’m sure this prediction will upset them. Regardless, the Buccaneers will be in prime prediction to select a real franchise QB in Teddy Bridgewater next draft.

NFC WEST
San Francisco 49ers: 14-2
Seattle Seahawks: 12-4
Arizona Cardinals: 5-11
St. Louis Rams: 4-12
Logic-> After dropping the first two games of the season against Green Bay and division foe Seattle, the 49ers then go on a 14 game winning streak to claim the division and a first round bye. Seattle earns the second wildcard by having an incredibly rounded team. I love Russell Wilson this year, Marshawn Lynch is in line for a third straight MVPish season and the defense may be the best in the league.

WILD CARD GAMES:
Atlanta over New Orleans: Home Field advantage doesn’t matter here as Matt Ryan once again comes up short in the playoffs. Drew Brees spreads the ball around and the Falcons have no answer for Darren Sproles as the Saints pull off the upset.
Seattle over New York: Despite having to travel cross-country the Seahawks keep the Giants from being the first team to host a Super Bowl with an overtime win at Met Life Stadium. Despite snow falling Russell Wilson doesn’t turn the ball over once and Marshawn Lynch has two touchdowns to win on the road.

DIVISIONAL GAMES:
Green Bay over New Orleans: It’s a cold and bitter day at Lambeau Field and Brees has trouble throwing the ball. Rodgers doesn’t as he lights up the weak Saints defense for four touchdowns and Green Bay hosts the championship game.
Seattle over San Francisco: These teams know each other and the Seahawks use hard hitting defense to rattle Colin Kaepernick. A late punt return for a score seals the game for Seattle

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP:
Seattle over Green Bay: The Seahawks are road warriors and pull off the shocker in Green Bay. Seattle has the defense to slow Rodgers just enough and use a deadly run game in the frigid conditions. Pete Carroll is one of the best game planners in the league and comes up with the winning edge.

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