Holy crap! We’re less than ONE WEEK away from the beginning of the NFL season. I think it’s about darn time I gave you some completely unsolicited opinions about the league and how I think each team will fare. This exercise showcases the best and worst parts of writing a blog. If my predictions are right, you sure as heck know I’ll link it as often as I can. However, if they’re wrong, that can be proven by others too.
Just so everyone knows, I didn’t simply look at schedules by team and assign a certain record for each. I looked at the WHOLE schedule and picked EVERY game – meaning if one team got a win, another got a loss. No Mike-and-Mike-style mathematically impossible records here!
The “Wild Card” in the NFC (see what I did there?)
- Can Chicago be the pre-Jay Cutler-injury team for all 17 weeks this year?
- Can Detroit avoid being another in the long line of 10-win teams that disappointed the following season?
- Can the Packers rebound from the 15-win regular season and zero-win postseason?
- Will Minnesota be the 2013 version of St. Louis (the team that has a top-two draft pick but already drafted its “franchise QB”)?
Studs: Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings
Starters: Kevin Smith, Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin
Sleepers: Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery, Randall Cobb, Kyle Rudolph
Chicago at Green Bay – Week 2: A chance right out of the gate to see what Da Bears are made of…tough scheduling – a Thursday Night road game
Green Bay at Chicago – Week 15: if the teams happen to be closer in the standings than I’m projecting, this could be for the division.
Chicago at Detroit – Week 17: I have both teams at 9-6 entering the game with Chicago stealing it.
- Green Bay – 14-2
- Chicago – 10-6 *
- Detroit – 9-7
- Minnesota – 4-12
Read the rest of the NFC predictions