NFL “way to early” Playoff Picture.

Posted: September 14, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The 2016 NFL season commenced on Thursday night, as Denver took the first “w.” The rest of the week went very well, as we got to see a few very close game and got a taste on what to expect from this season. After week one we can only guess who will be in the playoffs, but I think I know who will be in the playoffs. We wont be able to make an educated guess until week 10, but if these teams played the way they did, this week, they will have no problem getting into the playoffs. I am no Guinness, actually I am not that good at analyzing teams, but bare with me.
AFC East: This is an easy guess. We have seen over the years that the Patriots wont be going anywhere, anytime soon. The biggest downfall for the Patriots is that they have 4 weeks without Brady (Suspended for deflategate.) This puts all pressure on their backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, as he will be setting the tone until Tom Brady returns. Garoppolo looked amazing Sunday, as he was down Gronkowski, giving Patriots their first win against a tough Arizona squad! Luckily, the Jets are the only opponent to worry about in the East, as Dolphins are still building and Bills well suck. This will be another year of Patriots in the playoffs, even without their starting Qb.  
AFC West: This whole division is confusing and hard to read, right now. The Chief, Manning, is no longer with the Broncos, leaving them without a solid QB. They gave the ball to Trevor Siemen, sitting Paxton (Their rookie franchise), but I see Paxton playing in week 6. Though they are questioning a lot of things, the Broncos aren’t questioning their Defense. They have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and this will help them win their division. Though the Broncos will win the division, it wont be easy the Raiders and Cheifs are playoff contenders and will give them a run for their money! I say it will come down to the last few weeks.
AFC North: Bengals or Steelers? Hold on, Ravens are getting better? Oh my God, who do we choose? The Bengals made a run for the title last year, this was until Dalton broke his thumb, and was forced to watch his team from the sideline as they lost. The big problem with the Bengals is their o-line could stop the pass rushers of New York. This leaves the Bengals very vulnerable, especially now that Eifert isn’t back until week 4. Ravens aren’t a playoff team yet. This leaves one team left, Pittsburgh! Yes, I said the Steelers. As long as Big Ben stays healthy they should have no problem winning their division.
AFC South: This is the worse division, hands down, in the AFC. Any team can win four games and still win a playoff spot. The problem now is that we have three good teams running for the top. The Colts, Texans, and the Jags! I don’t know what happened to the Colts, but they didn’t have a good game Sunday, since I refuse to believe that the Lions are actually better without Megatron, I will say that the Colts didn’t have it together, Sunday. The team that really impressed me was Jacksonville. They ran right beside the Packers the whole game and only lost by 9. This is pretty good, especially now that Jordy is back! I want to say that the Jags will win the division, but I can’t go against Hopkins and the Houston Texans. Once Osweiler gets his flow going, he will lead this team to the playoffs, though he will lose in the first round, it is a big step in the right direction.
AFC Wild Card: The Bengals and Chiefs will be the teams to expect here. The Chiefs are out for blood, since their season ended early last year. The Bengals still have Dalton and A.J. so expect them to get their o-line together and explode in the mid-season.
NFC EAST: This is pretty easy. The Giants are the only reasonable option here. The Eagles have Wentz, but he has only played the Browns, so I can’t say he’s the real deal yet. I did like Prescott (Dem Boys) but we know Romo is coming back soon, and he will be taking back the starting position. Romo isn’t the guy to lead the Cowboys to the playoffs, so unless they stick with Prescott, you can expect another season at the bottom, below the Redskins.
NFC West: The Cardinals looked decent against the Patriots, but they also looked horrible. They lost to a team without any of their real weapons. This doesn’t make their season promising, at all. They do have a pretty easy schedule though, so we will see. The winner of the West will be the Seahawks. They will get their offense together and come out hot against the weak side of their schedule. You never doubt Wilson, so as long as he stays healthy you should count them in.
NFC North: Being a Bears fan, this section makes me so bitter. I want to say the Bears, but that would be foolish. I have come to the conclusion that we are in a rebuild. They have a young team, so we will see in the next couple years, but for now we know who wins the North. The Vikings would have been a good contender, but without Teddy they aren’t the same team. Bradford didn’t work in Phili and he wont work in Minnesota. The Packers, on the other hand, are back to their full strength. They have Devante Adams, Jordy Nelson, and the two Rodgers. This team is primed to make it far in the playoffs.
     NFC South: Drew Brees is going to have a 4,000 yard season, in one of the last seasons of his career, and this will push the Saints close to the top, but they will fall short to the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton and that Defense are hungry after last year, something that will fuel them to go hard. It is simple to say that Panthers will be in the playoffs, but not at 15-1 like last year.
NFC Wild Card: The Cardinals and the Saints will be the teams to watch. They might lose their division, but they are two teams expecting to make a splash.
This is a very rough thing to do, because who knows what will happen. Also, I wasn’t able to watch any preseason games, which makes it hard to know what teams have. I just know from what I have seen so far, this is going to be an amazing year, and should be fun to watch.

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