Here are my picks for each Division:
AFC East: New England. Hard to seriously consider any other teams in the AFC East as long as Bill Belichick is coaching and Tom Brady is playing QB (This is exactly what I wrote last season. No need to change anything.)
AFC North: Pittsburgh-Choice here between Steelers and the Bengals. Have to go with Big Ben and the Steelers.
AFC South: Tennessee-Houston should be improved, especially with the return of All-World DE JJ Watt, but I think the Titans are the better team and have big edge at the QB position.
AFC West: Kansas City-This division will be a total dog fight. You could make a case for every team in the division winning. I think you could make a case for every team in the division winning it. Oakland has the best QB, but I think Chiefs have the best all around team. I will be pleasantly surprised if the Los Angeles Chargers find a way to win the division. I still find it very hard to call them the “Los Angeles Chargers–As a former San Diegan and loyal Chargers fan. I would love to see Philip Rivers win a Super Bowl before his great career comes to an end.
NFC East: New York- The NFC East will be another total dog fight. The Giants and the Cowboys are the best teams in the division, but the Redskins and the Eagles will competitive as well.
NFC North: Green Bay-The Packers are the best team in the division. Aaron Rodgers is still in his prime
NFC South: Atlanta-After very nearly winning the Super Bowl I think Atlanta may lose a few more games than they did last season, simply because the more teams will be gunning for them as the defending NFC Champs.
NFC West: Seattle-The Seahawks should win this division and will be a serious threat to go all the way to the Super Bowl.
AFC Conference Champion: New England–Very tough choice here. I don’t have a high degree of confidence that the Patriots are going to make it as far as the Super Bowl. Wining the AFC East should be fairly easy for NE, but then things will get much more difficult.
NFC Conference Champion: Green Bay–Toss up pick here. I think there probably at least 3 or 4 other NFC teams that are good enough to make it to the Super Bowl, depending on the breaks. In addition to the Packers, I would include the Seahawks, Cowboys, Giants and the Atlanta Hawks.
Super Bowl Champion: New England–Last year I wrote the following: “Any doubts about Belichick and Brady both being GOAT’s will be put to rest when the Patriots win Super Bowl LI in Houston.”
Well, I think it is fair to say that doubts about Brady and Belichick being GOATs were indeed put to rest. Will the Patriots win number SB number 6 this season?? I don’t think they will. I can’t point to one specific thing that I think will cause the Patriots to fall short, but think something or multiple things are going to catch up with them this season.
I think it is very likely that I will have to revise my playoff predictions by the time the playoffs start, but as it stands right now I’ll go with the Packers and Patriots meeting in Minneapolis for Super Bowl L II and I predict that Aaron Rodgers will lead the Packers to victory.