NFL 2019-20 Predictions

Here are my predictions for the 2019 NFL Season by record.

AFC West

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5
  2. Los Angeles Chargers: 10-6
  3. Denver Broncos: 7-9
  4. Oakland Raiders: 5-11

Overview: The Kansas City Chiefs should be able to win the division once again with the returning explosive core and an improved defense. While the offense will not be as explosive as last season due to some hit at depth in some areas and a weakened offensive line, the Chiefs will return to the playoffs with a vengeance. The Chargers will have to rely on Adrian Phillips and Austin Ekeler to replace Derwin James and Austin Ekeler. However, the Chargers should return to the playoffs with a fearsome front seven, and a Phillip Rivers-led passing attack that should ease the loss of Melvin Gordon. The Denver Broncos will be mediocre this season as they will have success in sacking opposing quarterbacks and running the ball but will struggle to get consistent yards through the air. The Raiders did bolster their talent pool this offseason, but they still have a mostly weak offensive line and a defense that still needs a lot of work. It won’t be until they move to Las Vegas that Jon Gruden’s plan will start to produce some results.

AFC North

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4
  2. Cleveland Browns: 10-6
  3. Baltimore Ravens: 6-10
  4. Cincinnati Bengals: 6-10

Overview: The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be a scary good team this season as without the drama in their locker, they are going to be a much more cohesive unit. James Connor and Juju Smith-Schuster will be the main playmakers, and their young defense will see improvements that will take the load off the offense. No team has improved more in the last two seasons than the Cleveland Browns, and this year will finally be a year where the fans will be rewarded for their patience and loyalty as the Browns will win 10 games and make the playoffs for the first since 2002. The Ravens will take a step back this season as they lost a lot of talent and leadership on the defensive side of the ball, and Lamar Jackson will regress as teams now have plenty of film on him and how to stop him. The Cincinnati Bengals will be a mediocre at best team as their defense is still a mess, but their offense will be exciting to watch with young stars Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon.

AFC South

  1. Houston Texans: 10-6
  2. Tennessee Titans: 9-7
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-9
  4. Indianapolis Colts: 5-11

Overview: This is going to be a wide-open division with the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. The Houston Texans are the favorites to win the division and will win it as Watson will lead an explosive offense and an improved defense to another division title. The Tennessee Titans improved their offensive line and wide receiving corp, but once again, the unreliability and inconsistency at quarterback will be their undoing as they will enter this upcoming offseason with questions on their long-term solution at quarterback. The Jaguars will enter this season with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles as their quarterback, however despite the improvement at quarterback, their defense took hits as they lost Tashaun Gipson, Barry Church, Malik Jackson, and Telvin Smith this offseason. With this, the Jaguars will be a middle of the road 7-9. The Colts come into this season after the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. While the Colts roster is much improved from 2017 where they went 4-12, the division around them is tougher than it was then, and they don’t have enough firepower to overcome the loss of their franchise quarterback.

AFC East

  1. New England: 15-1
  2. Buffalo Bills: 9-7
  3. New York Jets: 6-10
  4. Miami Dolphins: 0-16

Overview: The Patriots come into this season as the defending Super Bowl champions and have young players and free agent acquisitions that will bolster an already loaded roster. While they do have question marks such as center David Andrews potentially missing the season, the Patriots should roll through the AFC as they have all their toughest games at home except for at Philadelphia. The Buffalo Bills are going to contend for the playoffs this season as Josh Allen returns and should be much improved heading into his first full year as a starter as he looks to improve his accuracy on top of his stellar rushing ability. On top of a stacked defense, Buffalo should be a playoff contender as they have one of the most promising futures in the NFL. The Jets improved their team with the additions of Le’Veon Bell and CJ Mosely, and while Sam Darnold looks promising for the future, the Jets have a lot of work to do if they want to become a playoff contender. And the Dolphins with an obvious tank job is rebooting the entire system, and as a result, will not win a single game this season and start the long rebuilding process.

NFC West

  1. Los Angeles Rams: 13-3
  2. Seattle Seahawks: 9-7
  3. San Francisco: 6-10
  4. Arizona Cardinals: 2-14

Overview: Jared Goff will win NFL MVP this season as he will lead the Rams to a 13-3 record and the number one overall seed in the NFC. He will have a phenomenal season while having to pick up some of the slack from the now limited Todd Gurley. The defense with new leadership will be improved and the Rams will look as great as ever. Seattle will be a good team once again this season but will have a brutal schedule as they are at: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, LA Rams, Atlanta, Philadelphia. This will prevent them from making the playoffs in a loaded NFC field. San Francisco is looking more and more promising on paper, but with a quarterback coming off an injury and a still very young roster, the 49ers are still a year away from truly competing, much like the New York Jets. The Cardinals’ roster does not stack up with almost every other roster in the NFL and with inexperience at both quarterback and coach, Arizona is going to have another rough season as they rebuild for the future.

NFC North

  1. Chicago Bears: 12-4
  2. Green Bay Packers: 10-6
  3. Minnesota Vikings: 8-8
  4. Detroit Lions: 6-10

Overview: Chicago returns a ferocious defense and an offense that is full of youth with a year of experience under their belt. Trubisky will continue to make strides with another year under Matt Nagy’s system, and with the defense returning almost every major piece, the Bears should rule the north once again. Green Bay will return to the playoffs with a new look team. They have a new offensive guru in Matt LeFleur, and he should help elevate Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams to great heights this season. The main reason the Packers will make the playoffs this season however is the defense as they for once added stars during free agency and with some solid young players, the Packers will back Rodgers up with a dependable defense. Minnesota looks to rebound from a disappointing season last year, and the hopes looks promising with the return of running back Dalvin Cook, who has been mostly hurt the past two seasons. However, the defense is starting to age and combined with a still suspect offensive line, the Vikings will still not be able to win against the elite teams of their conference. The Detroit Lions may be the most mediocre team in the NFL as they are not bad in any position, but don’t excel at any position either. As a result, they will finish with a mediocre record of 6-10.

NFC South

  1. Atlanta Falcons: 10-6
  2. New Orleans: 9-7
  3. Carolina Panthers: 8-8
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-12

Overview: The Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl aspirations a year ago, but they were derailed with multiple star defenders going down with serious injuries in their first two games despite Matt Ryan having a stellar season. Those players return this season, and with a much-improved offensive line, expect the Falcons to return to the playoffs and make another run at that elusive championship. The Saints this season despite being the number one seed is going to miss the playoffs this season. Their defense is still prone to get lit up by opposing quarterbacks, Drew Brees is starting to show his age, and the Saints are still not over the heartbreak from last year’s NFC Championship Game. They will contend for the playoffs but will ultimately be defeated by the Atlanta Falcons for the division title as the Falcons also have a better all-around team. The Carolina Panthers come into this season with a great front-seven and a star playmaker in Christian McCaffrey. However, Cam Newton is still ailing from various injuries, including offseason shoulder surgery, and with also a weakened offensive line and a porous secondary, the Panthers once again will miss out on the playoffs. For Tampa Bay, wash, rinse, repeat. Despite new coach Bruce Arians, the Buccaneers are still going to be a turnover factory as they will gain and yield a bunch of yards and will lose a bunch of close games as a result.

NFC East

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: 13-3
  2. Dallas Cowboys: 10-6
  3. New York Giants: 4-12
  4. Washington Redskins: 4-12

The Philadelphia Eagles have the most loaded roster in the NFL, along with a great head coach and general manager. If quarterback Carson Wentz stays healthy this season, the Eagles should be among the favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl. Dallas finally got their running back signed in Ezekiel Elliott, and with him back and an offensive line that returns star center Travis Frederick, who missed all last season with an illness, the Cowboys offense should roll along as usual. Coupled with an elite young defense, the Cowboys are a team that can give the Eagles a run for their money. Both the Washington Redskins and New York Giants are rebuilding teams with rookie quarterbacks sitting on the bench. Both will struggle this season and will look to ease in their potential young franchise quarterbacks for the future.

                                                                                Awards

MVP: QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles

Defensive Player of the Year: Edge Khalil Mack Chicago Bears

Offensive Rookie of the Year: RB David Montgomery Chicago Bears

Defensive Rookie of the Year: ILB Devin Bush Pittsburgh Steelers

Comeback Player of the Year: RB  Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons

                                                                                Playoffs

AFC

Wild Card Round

3 Kansas City over 6 LA Chargers

4 Houston over 5 Cleveland

Divisional Playoff Round

3 Kansas City over 2 Pittsburgh

1 New England over 4 Houston

AFC Championship Game

3 Kansas City over 1 New England

NFC

Wild Card Round

6 Dallas over 3 Chicago

4 Atlanta over 5 Green Bay

Divisional Playoff Round

1 LA Rams over 6 Dallas

2 Philadelphia over 4 Atlanta

NFC Championship Game

2 Philadelphia over 1 LA Rams

Super Bowl 54

2 Philadelphia over 3 Kansas City 34-27

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