2016-2017 NFL Predictions   

Football is just around the corner, so that means there will be
conversation, analysis, and predictions – the 2016-2017 NFL season is already
underway. 

The high draft pick acquisitions certainly upgraded a few team’s
roster, and thus give a higher ceiling for the teams that are on the
playoff-bubble; here is my breakdown and projections for this upcoming NFL
season.  

NFC East 

1. Dallas Cowboys 

2. Washington Redskins 

3. NY Giants 

4. Philadelphia Eagles   

Cowboys under Tony Romo, being that he is at 90-95% healthy,
will lead a Cowboys team with an elite passing game and along with a
fully-reloaded running game. Along with their quarterback, the impact of
Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas should have the strongest attack in NFC –
however my prediction could be in jeopardy with the recent breaking news
Saturday, NFL.com stated that Tony Romo broke a bone in his back once again. 

There is no official timetable for Romo’s injury, but NFL.com
reported an estimated return will be mid-season – a similar situation to last
season, except the season hasn’t even officially started and he already injured. 

With Tony Romo set to be out for weeks, it looks like another
predicable outcome for Dallas; Elliot and the prestigious O-line will need to
help carry the load for Romo’s absence. The Redskins have the chance to win the
NFC East once again with their recent upgrades on both sides of the ball, they
will be a hard team to beat in the NFC. 

The New York Giants’ roster is similar to the Dallas Cowboys,
they always have the potential to go playoff bound and further, but the
question is if they will allow themselves top do so. The Giants always have a
shot to be threat in the East with Manning as their QB, the concern will be if
they can expand their full-potential. 

NFC West 

1. Seahawks 

2. Cardinals 

3. Rams 

4. 49ers

The Arizona Cardinals are deservingly in the conversation to win
the NFC West, but I give a slight edge to the Seahawks because of their versatility
at quarterback. It is well known based on last season, that the 49ers have to
prove a lot, certainly with the QB battle still being discussion with
Kaepernick and Gabbert. Yeah, Blaine Gabbert.   

NFC South 

1. Panthers 

2. Buccaneers 

3. Saints 

4. Falcons  

New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons remain questionable, and
with the respect to Drew Brees, Saints get slight favorite over Falcons. Tampa
Bay, yes Tampa Bay, is one of my sleeper teams this 2016-2017 NFL season. 

NFC North 

1. Packers 

2. Bears 

3. Vikings 

4.
Lions  

Vikings are improving under Mike Zimmer, and if it weren’t for a
23-yd missed field goal they would’ve gotten out higher on this list and gained
more respect throughout the league. For the Vikings, unfortunately this is a
tough division, and they find themselves just a fraction away. 

The Lions remain the most questionable in the NFC North, especially
with the retiring of their superstar Calvin Johnson, someone will need to help
fill the wide-receiver vacancy. 

Packers have their secret weapon back – Jordy Nelson, and always
are in the Super Bowl discussion with Aaron Rodgers. Their division rival,
Bears are improving under John Fox, and will be interesting to see how Kevin White
along the emerging wide receivers will compliment their defense. 

AFC East

1. Patriots 

2. Jets 

3. Dolphins 

4. Bills  

Despite Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, Patriots’ 11-consecutive
winning seasons under the Belicheck era speak for itself. 

Jets are starting to come up with the new identity under Jets
Head Coach Todd Bowles. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall had
Montana/Rice-like chemistry last year, and are considered one of the best pass
duos in the league. 

I give the Dolphins a slight, slight edge over the Bills – Miami
may as well be tied with Buffalo. Tannehill is rising and has been productive,
but still has a lot to prove in my perspective. 

Bills could surprise the league with a better record than Jets
and the Dolphins, but remain suspect with their young quarterback-tandem and
rigorous schedule.  

AFC West 

1. Raiders

2. Broncos 

3. Chiefs 

4. Chargers 

Probably the biggest surprise in this year’s prediction is: Raiders
winning the AFC West
, partly due to the suspect QB situation in Denver, but Oakland’s
captain Derek Carr gives the team potential with great quarterback play. Broncos
still have a Super Bowl defense, but again questions remain on the offensive
end.  

The Chargers have young talent and great prospects for the
future, however under Rivers’ recent decline, San Diego remains
under-construction.  

AFC South 

1. Colts 

2. Jaguars

3. Texans 

4. Titans  

Andrew luck is due for another breakout season, and will be reminiscent
to the Andrew Luck we are accustomed to seeing. The Jaguars’ re improving each
year, and now are taking huge strides for success with the potential from Bortles
& company, along with their recent high draft picks. 

Not much has changed for Titans this offseason, Mariota has high
ceiling but team is suspect.  

AFC North 

1. Steelers 

2. Ravens 

3. Browns

4. Bengals  

Roethlisberger is aging, but the Antonio Brown chemistry is
still there, and remain one of the elite passing threats in the league. Ravens
remain a consistent all-around, physical and experienced team with another shot
to make a run to the playoffs. 

Browns
are another sleeper team with great potential, with higher ceiling under Robert
Griffin III leading the offense and their superstar Josh Gordon to make his
long awaited return. 

Photo by Pete Sheffield (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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