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2017-18 NFL Predictions, (team previews uploaded during publish)
Published at 9/10/2017
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The NFL season is upon us, and it's time for a preview team by team with predictions.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Record prediction: 10-65th seed in NFC, 2nd in NFC East)

Key Players: QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliot (possibly suspended for 6 games after week 1 WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten, Best O-Line in the NFL, LB Sean Lee, DB Byron Jones, DE Taco Charlton and Tyrone Crawford, DE's David Irving and Demarcus Lawrence, LB Jaylon Smith, CB's Nolan Carroll and Orlando Scandrick

The Cowboys have a pretty tough schedule, and the potential Elliot ban would hurt, but they could still easily get to 10 wins (no way they're worse than 8-8, and that's a stretch)If Dez Bryant can continue to get back into a groove,, the passing attack will be even better. The Elliot suspension shouldn't even hurt that much because Darren Mcfaddeen had 1,000 rushing yards behind the league's best O-Line, and while they're not 100% as good, they're still the best. Expect 1,250+ rushing yards. Also, expect Dak Prescot to post similar numbers, though not as good of a TD-INT ratio of 23-4, something like 25:8 makes more sense. The issue is their defense, which is not very good, and just lost 3 starters in the secondary. Many players continue to get suspended, and they don't have much firepower. They have a solid group of DE's who put pressure on the QB. It remains to be seen if Jaylon Smith will stay healthy with Sean Lee, but if they do, they make a dangerous LB duo. The secondary is not great, but Orlando Scandrick, Nolan Carroll,and Byron Jones are solid players. It remains to be seen if they can make up for the losses of Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, JJ Wilcox, and Barry Church.

Offense ranking: Top 10 Defense ranking: Around number 23

Playoffs: Play NFC North winners Minnesota in the Wild Card round and win, then lose in the Divisional to the top seeded Seahawks

New York Giants: Record Prediction: 8-8 (nearly 9-7) 3rd NFC East

Key Players: QB Eli Manning, WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Brandon Marshall, TE Evan Engram, DE Olivier Vernon, NT Damon Harrison, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, LB Jonathan Casillas, CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Eli Apple, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, S Landon Collins

Philadelphia Eagles: Record Prediction: 10-6 (NFC East winners)

Key Players: QB Carson Wentz, RB Lagerrette Blount, RB Darren Sproles, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Torrey Smith, WR Nelson Agholor, TE Zach Ertz, T Jason Peters, T Lane Johnson, C Jason Kelce, DE Derek Barnett, DE Brandon Graham, DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB Ronald Darby, S Malcolm Jenkins

Washington Redskins: Record Prediction: 4-12 (4th NFC East)

Key Players: QB Kirk Cousins, WR Terelle Pryor Sr., WR Jamison Crowder, TE Jordan Reed, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, OLB Trent Murphy, CB Josh Norman,

NFC North:

Chicago Bears (fan) Record Prediction: 8-8, 3-3 division) (3rd NFC North, slightly biased)

Key Players: QB Mike Glennon Mitchell Trubisky, RB Jordan Howard Tarik Cohen, All Wr's injured, except Kendall Wright, TE Zach Miller, TE Dion Sims, G's Kyle Long and Josh Sitton, C Cody Whitehair, DE Akiem Hicks, NT Eddie Goldman, ILB Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman (IR-recall), OLB's Leonard Floyd, Pernell Mcphee, and Willie Young, CB Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps

Detroit Lions: Record Prediction: 5-11 (2-4 division)

Key Players: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, WR Golden Tate, WR Marvin Jones, TE Eric Ebron, T, DE Ziggy Ansah, NT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead, CB Darius Slay, S Glover Quinn

Green Bay Packers record: 9-7 (4-2 division

Minnesota Vikings record: 10-6 (4-2 division) 1st in NFC North

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons: 10-6, 2nd in NFC South (3-3 division)

Carolina Panthers: 12-4, 1st in NFC South (4-2)

New Orleans Saints: 7-9 4th in NFC South (3-3)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 8-8 (2-4 division) 3rd division

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals: 10-6 (3-3 division) 2nd in NFC West

LA Rams: 4-12 (2-4 division) 3rd in NFC West

San Francisco 49ers: 3-13 (2-4 division) 4th NFC West 

Seattle Seahawks: 13-3 (5-1 division) 1st in NFC and NFC West

AFC

AFC East:

Buffalo Bills: 7-9 (or 6-10) 2-4 division, 3rd in AFC East

Miami Dolphins: 10-6 (upset vs Chiefs) (4-2 division) 2nd 

New England Patriots: 11-5 (5-1 division) 1st in AFC East, game predictions maybe posted later

New York Jets: 2-14 (1-5 division) 4th in AFC East

AFC North: 

Baltimore Ravens: 9-7 (3-3 division) 2nd in AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals: 6-10 (3-3 division) 3rd AFC North

Cleveland Browns: 4-12 (2-4 division) 4th AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers: 13-3 (5-1 division) 1st in AFC and AFC North (L @ KC, Houston, Baltimore

AFC South:

Houston Texans: 9-7 (3-3 division) 2nd in AFC South

Indianapolis Colts: 7-9 (3-3 division) 3rd in AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-13 (2-4 division) 4th in AFC South

Tennessee Titans: 9-7 (4-2 division)n 1st in AFC South, 4th AFC

AFC West:

Denver Broncos: 8-8 (3-3 division) 3rd in AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs: 12-4 (4-2 division) 1st in AFC West, 2nd in AFC

Los Angeles Chargers:5-11 (or 6-10) (2-4 division) 4th in AFC West

Oakland Raiders: 11-5 (3-3 division) 2nd in AFC West, 5th in AFC also L's in 3 of last 4 weeks

AFC Rankings:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-3

2. Kansas City Chiefs 12-4

3. New England Patriots, 11-5

4. Tennessee Titans, 9-7

WC 5. Oakland Raiders 11-5

WC 6. Miami Dolphins 10-6

7. Baltimore Ravens 9-7

8. Houston Texans 9-7

9. Denver Broncos 8-8

10. Indianapolis Colts 7-9

11. Buffalo Bills 7-9

12. Cincinnati Bengals 6-10

13. LA Chargers 5-11

14. Cleveland Browns 4-12

15. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13

16. New York Jets 2-14

NFC Rankings: 

1. Seattle Seahawks 13-3

2. Carolina Panthers 13-3

3. Philalelphia Eagles 10-6

4. Minnesota Vikings 10-6

5. Dallas Cowboys 10-6

6. Arizona Cardinals 10-6

7. Atlanta Falcons 10-6

8. Green Bay Packers 9-7

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-8

10. New York Giants 8-8

11. Chicago Bears 8-8

12. New Orleans 7-9

13. Detroit Lions 5-11

14. Washington Redskins 4-12

15. LA Rams 4-12

16. SF 49ers 3-13

Playoffs:

WC:

3 Patriots over 6 Dolphins

5 Raiders over 4 Titans

3 Eagles over 6 Cardinals

5 Cowboys over 4 Vikings

Divisional:

1 Seahawks over 5 Cowboys

2 Panthers over 3 Eagles

1 Steelers over 5 Raiders

2 Chiefs over 3 Patriots

Conference Championships:

2 Panthers over 1 Seahawks

1 Steelers over 2 Chiefs

Super Bowl LII (52)

1 Steelers over 2 Panthers 

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