Predicting Division Standings

AFC East

 

  1. New England Patriots

The Patriots continue their dominance in the division and win it for the 10th time in a row, however, this is one of worse rosters that Brady has had to work with in the past decade. The receiving corps is lack luster and far below average among the league. Regardless they will win anywhere from 11 to 14 games this year, and finish atop the division.

2. Miami Dolphins

Adam Gase has a lot to prove right now this team doesn’t have an identity. Last year became a year that was lost due to the injury of their QB. But this season with Tannehill returning they win a few more games, but not enough to topple the Patriots from their throne.

3. New York Jets

This year the Jets don’t have much to prove, they can win a few games and still have a successful season, mainly because of their promising QB Sam Darnold. They’ve got a better roster than the Bills and win more games.

4. Buffalo Bills

This playoff team’s hopes were granted by Andy Dalton and this year, things don’t look so good. They lost a steady arm at QB in Tyrod Taylor but also picked up rookie QB Josh Allen to pilot their franchise back to the playoffs. This team doesn’t have a good enough O-line to follow up their success from last year.

 

AFC South

 

  1. Houston Texans

The Texans finish atop their competitive division on the backs of a great defense and an offense that can put up points. They are going to be very good this year, and they finally found their franchise QB.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Several people would disagree with this prediction, but I believe that the Texans have an equivalent defense and way better offense, hence they beat Jacksonville twice and win the division. This team doesn’t have the QB to have continued regular season success.

3. Indianapolis Colts
This team is slept on by many. The Luck-Hilton connection is back after a season long hiatus.The Colts have one of the worst defenses in the league but if Luck returns to form then they win a few more games on top of what they won last year.

4. Tennessee Titans

The Titans drop from the Playoffs, and it’s not because they have gotten worse, it is that a handful of teams have improved greatly which displaces the Titans from their success.

 

AFC West

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers

The Bolts win this division easily by 2 or 3 games, they have caught the rest of the division rebuilding while they have one of the best defensive rosters in the NFL and a great offense that can put serious points. The potential of this team is one of the highest in the league.

2.Oakland Raiders

The Raiders despite several offseason departures compete well under first year head coach Jon Gruden. They win a similar amount of games last year and neither underachieve or overachieve with their current roster.  

3. Kansas City Chiefs

This team looks to transition from game-manager QB Alex Smith to electric sophomore QB Patrick Mahomes. The offense will be potent, but with a below average defense this team won’t win as many games.

4. Denver Broncos

The Broncos are a mess, at least on the offensive side of the ball. The defense looks as stout as ever with the addition of Bradley Chubb, but their offense will hold them back from winning games. Case Keenum doesn’t look like the solution at QB and this team will sit in mediocrity for the foreseeable future.

 

AFC North

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Many analysts picked the Steelers to have an off year, history says otherwise. The Steelers have yet to have a losing season under Mike Tomlin, and although the division got more competitive, this roster is talented and should be able to handle the surging Ravens.

2. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens will most likely make the playoffs this year, but won’t have enough wins to sit atop the division. The QB position remains a question, but motivation from their selection of Lamar Jackson could lead to improved play from Flacco.

3. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have finally nailed a pick at the running back position in Mixon, but still lack a coach to develop their young talent. The defense will be good, but will still be held back by subpar coaching and a mediocre QB.

4. Cleveland Browns

The Browns will improve, but not enough. The Browns will win 5 games maximum this season and Hue Jackson will be fired.

 

NFC East

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles

The Super bowl champions win their division over the Giants with a comfortable lead in wins this season, and have a great season. Probably the most well rounded team in the league, it would be a major surprise if they don’t win their division.  A big question for this team is when Wentz can rejoin the team. He won’t play week one, so when will he?

2. New York Giants

The Giants improve a lot this year, with the return of Odell and the addition of Saquon Barkley this team wins a lot more games than last year. The firing of Mcadoo aids the team’s needs as well.

3. Dallas Cowboys

America’s team don’t have a bad roster, but suffer from the case of being in a good division and a better conference. Who knows, this team could get hot like in 2016 and win 13 games. But I don’t see that happening this year, even though their defense had improved greatly from last year’s unit.  

4. Washington Redskins

The Redskins offense looks legit but questionable coaching and bad defensive play doesn’t help them win the division or place higher than last.

 

NFC South

 

  1. New Orleans Saints

The best team in the division, steadies their course this year and repeat as division champions. With a potent offense and a young defense ready to play, this team can win upwards of 14 games this year.

2. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are a darkhorse for this year’s super bowl trophy, mainly due to the speedy defense in combination with an electric offense that features one of the best QB-WR-HB trios in the NFL.

3. Carolina Panthers

The Cam Newton led Panthers were a playoff team last year, and were the second best team in the best division. This year they stay relatively the same, but drop a spot with the only real improvement to the team coming in the form of DJ Moore.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This team has made some improvements over the offseason but not enough to usurp any of the playoff teams above them, especially with their opening three games.

 

NFC West

 

  1. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have the most talented roster on paper in all of the NFL, their division championship reflects that as they only improve in McVay’s 2nd year.

2. San Francisco 49ers

This team is led by newcomers Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan, although the loss of Mckinnon will hurt their offense, the rest of the team will make a big leap and become one of the better teams in the NFC.

3. Arizona Cardinals

The Cards get David Johnson back but lose Carson Palmer. The QB position is still a big question mark at this point, even though they have a solid starter at the QB1 spot. This team is good, but not good enough to upset either the Rams or 49ers.

4. Seattle Seahawks  

As Pete Carroll’s tenure comes to a close, the Seahawks legion of boom defense has been dismantled and Russell Wilson is the only reliable figure on the offense. Wilson will likely have a solid season, but the same cannot be said for the rest of the team.

 

NFC North

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are a real contender, they win their division with ease despite major improvements across the board for the division. This team is well-rounded and poised to make a super bowl run.

2. Green Bay Packers

A-Rod and Company help out the Packers a lot, they win more games with the best QB in the league back in the lineup.

3. Chicago Bears

Khalil Mack has upgraded this team’s defense from above-average to elite. That paired with Mitch Trubisky’s breakout season that seems imminent because of the addition of Matt Nagy.

4. Detroit Lions

Possibly the best 4th place team in the rankings, the Lions finally have an identity in Matt Stafford lobbing it to Marvin Jones and Golden Tate, however this team has a knack for winning close games and likely won’t win as many this year, all the teams above are much better, and will win more games.

 

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