Predict the Playoffs

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2016 Results:
  • NFC:
    • E: Cowboys (13-3)
    • S: Falcons (11-5)
    • W: Seahawks (10-5-1)
    • N: Packers (10-6)
    • WC: Giants (11-5)
    • WC: Lions (9-7)
  • AFC:
    • E: Patriots (14-2)
    • W: Chiefs (12-4)
    • N: Steelers (11-5)
    • S: Texans (9-7)
    • WC: Raiders (12-4)
    • WC: Dolphins (10-6)
2017 Prediction (non-seeded):
  • NFC:
    • N: Packers
    • E: Eagles
    • S: Saints
    • W: Seahawks
    • WC: Cardinals
    • WC: Buccaneers
  • AFC:
    • N: Steelers
    • E: Patriots
    • S: Titans
    • W: Chiefs
    • WC: Raiders
    • WC: Bengals
This exercise really highlights the depth of the NFC compared to the AFC. Picking wildcards in the former was really challenging because there are so many realistic choices. It's also difficult in the latter, but because the second spot seems to be up for grabs among a bevvy of uninspiring choices.

I have a turnover of 6 teams from 2016, with the Giants, Lions, Cowboys, Dolphins, Falcons and Texans dropping out while the Eagles, Saints, Cardinals, Bucs, Bengals and Titans replace them.

Some of this is bound to make me look pretty stupid, however there's typically a turnover of about 5 teams from season to season. The NFCN and NFCW divisions are easy to predict. I have the Eagles winning the East on the back of a big step forward from Wentz. I believe they'll have the best defense in the division to bolster their young QB. The south was really hard to call. I have a hunch about a big regression in Atlanta, so I'm going with it. I think the Panthers are going to pull way back on Cam's running, and without that factor I don't really like him or that offense. So I have the Saints winning it with Brees making one more run, while the Bucs sneak in on the strength of their new weapons and Mike Smith's improved defense. I'm a little leery of Winston and his turnover prone nature, but going bold is more fun. I gave the Cardinals the last spot largely because of schedule. They obviously get the Niners and Rams twice, but they're also playing the AFC south out of conference, which should present four fairly winnable games.

On the AFC side, the first 5 choices were pretty easy for me. The East and North are super simple calls. I like the Chiefs in the west because of their defense, but one way or another I think both OAK and KC make it. And with the Colts season seemingly slipping away, the Titans are the only promising looking club in the south (the Texans have a stout defense, but their offense is still pretty messy). That last spot is a really tough call between the Bengals, Dolphins, Texans, and Broncos. I settled on Cincinnati because of their roster talent (allowing that the OL doesn't completely collapse and render them inoperable) and schedule. In addition to four games against the Browns and Ravens, they're playing the AFCS and the NFCN, which includes a number of easy games against clubs that I don't think will be very good. All told, I see 9 games against teams that I expect to have losing records in 2017.

So that's my guess. What's yours?
 

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NFC North: Packers
NFC East: Cowboys
NFC South: Falcons
NFC West: Seahawks
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Wild card I: Giants
Wild card II: Bucaneers

AFC North: Steelers
AFC East: Patriots
AFC South: Titans
AFC West: Chargers
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Wild card I: Raiders
Wild card II: Bengals

And to take this to the end....

NFC Championship game: Packers over Seahawks
AFC Championship game: Patriots over Steelers
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Super Bowl LII: Packers over Patriots
 

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NFC North: Packers(12-4)
NFC East: Giants (12-4)
NFC South: Buccaneers (11-5)
NFC West: Seahawks (11-5)

Wild Card 1: Cowboys(11-5)
Wild Card 2: Cardinals(10-6)

AFC North: Steelers(11-5)
AFC East: Patriots(13-3)
AFC South: Titans(10-6)
AFC West: Chargers(10-6)

Wild Card 1: Dolphins(10-6)
Wild Card 2: Ravens(10-6)

NFC Championship: Packers over Seahawks
AFC Championship: Patriots over Steelers

Super Bowl: Packers over Patriots
 

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NFC North: Packers
NFC East: Giants
NFC South: Panthers
NFC West: Seahawks

Wild Card 1: Buccaneers
Wild Card 2: Vikings

AFC North: Bengals
AFC East: Patriots
AFC South: Texans
AFC West: Raiders

Wild Card 1: Titans
Wild Card 2: Steelers

NFC Championship: Packers over Buccaneers
AFC Championship: Raiders over Texans

Super Bowl: Packers over Raiders
 

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NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST

1-Packers 1-Falcons 1-Giants 1-Seahawks

2-Vikings 2-Bucs 2-Cowboys 2-Cards
3-Lions 3-Panthers 3-Eagles 3-Rams
4-Bears 4-Saints 4-Redskins 4-49ers


WILD CARDS- Cowboys, Vikings
NFC CHAMP- Packers



AFC WEST NORTH SOUTH

EAST 1-Raiders 1-Steelers 1-Titans
1-Patriots 2-Chiefs 2-Bengals 2-Texans
2-Dolphins 3-Chargers 3-Ravens 3-Colts
3-Bills 4-Broncos 4-Browns 4-Jags

4-Jets


WILD CARDS- Chiefs, Texans
AFC CHAMP- Patriots



SUPER BOWL- Patriots over Packers
 

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