The Flat: First-ever NFL season preview

When I first started blogging back in high-school, I’d always have posts with my predictions of how the upcoming MLB season would shape out, including mid and end of season awards. I enjoyed writing about that because baseball is my favorite sport, but for the first time I’m now going to do the same but for the NFL. I’m still trying to figure why, all of a sudden at 22, football has caught my attention outside from just my usual “I only follow the Patriots” mantra.

Over the past few months, I’ve read, listened to and watched any information I could get a hold of in order to learn about a game I was barely a fan of before this season. My No. 1 source throughout, and it’s one I’ll preach for any football fan to read, has been “The MMQB,”  which I try to read everyday. And the more I’ve dived into the Xs and Os of the NFL; the more I’ve fallen into really, really liking it. I don’t want to go as far as saying I love the sport until I’ve watched games other than the New England Patriots.

Anyway… I don’t want to spend this whole post on my new-found infatuation. You can read a bit more about that in my last blog.

The NFL 2016 season kicks-off Thursday night in a rematch of Super Bowl L: Panthers-Broncos. (File photo from Flickr)

My predictions will be set-up as follows: how I think each division will look like, postseason rounds winners and losers and, of course, Super Bowl match-up and who I think wins.

(Editors Note: Predicted winners are marked with an asterisk and seed number is next to team name in parentheses)

Division Standings

AFC

East

Patriots (1)*

Jets

Dolphins

Bills

North

Bengals (2)*

Steelers (3)

Ravens

Browns

South

Colts (6)*

Jaguars

Texans

Titans

West

Chiefs (4)*

Broncos (5)

Raiders

Chargers

NFC

East

Redskins (4)*

Giants (5)

Cowboys (6)

Eagles

North

Packers (2)*

Vikings

Lions

Bears

South

Panthers (4)*

Saints

Falcons

Buccaneers

West

Cardinals (1)*

Seahawks (3)

Rams

49ers

Postseason

AFC 

Wildcard

Broncos over the Chiefs

Steelers over the Colts

Divisional 

Patriots over the Broncos

Bengals over the Steelers

Championship

Patriots over the Bengals

NFC 

Wildcard

Giants over the Redskins

Seahawks over the Cowboys

Divisional

Packers over the Seahawks

Cardinals over the Giants

Championship

Cardinals over the Packers

Super Bowl LI

Patriots over the Cardinals

Let me say what you’re probably thinking, “Well, obviously his pick to win the Super Bowl are the Patriots. He’s biased to them, that’s his favorite team.” You wouldn’t be wrong in making that statement, however, it can’t be argued that the Patriots are a playoff team. Offensively, even despite not having Tom Brady for the first four games of the season due to suspension over Deflategate, they’re as good as they come. Defensively they’re so underrated. Coaching-wise… I mean, do I even have to write anything? I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cardinals pull out a victory, based off my match-up prediction, because of how deep their roster is. The Cardinals are going to be a scary team.

Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?