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Justin Hull predicts the 2014 NFL Season

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YES!  The time of year where I put all my NFL Season picks on paper so I can be blasted at the end of the season when they all go wrong.  Anyway, it’s fun.  Let’s do this.

NFC North
Green Bay
Chicago (WC)
I think the Packers defense will be improved and if Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, they win another division title.  Chicago and Detroit will be knocking on the door.  I expect Minnesota to be better than the experts say, too.

NFC East
NY Giants
Chip Kelly is the next big thing in coaching and the Eagles build on 2013 without a big threat.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see the other three sub .500.

NFC South
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
Atlanta has to bounce back.  Not sure they give the Saints a run at the division crown but they should be in the Wild Card chase.  Tampa should be better and Carolina won’t be bad, just in a tough division.  Everyone .500 or above.

NFC West
Arizona (WC)
San Francisco
St. Louis
I want to pick against Seattle that would mean picking Carson Palmer.  I like Arizona as a WC with a strong push at Seattle.  San Francisco will be down and St. Louis’s QB situation derailed their shot.


Wild Card Round
#3 New Orleans over #6 Chicago
#4 Seattle over #5 Arizona

Divisional Round
#3 New Orleans over #2 Philadelphia
#1 Green Bay over #4 Seattle

NFC Championship
#3 New Orleans over #1 Green Bay

I said the Saints last year…why not try again.  My darkhorse Super Bowl contender is Chicago.  I don’t have the stones to pick them, so I gave them the darkhorse label in case they do get there, I can take some credit.

AFC North
The Ravens had a good run but I think they fall off.  Pittsburgh wins a close, ugly race down the stretch with Cincinnati and yes, the Johnny Football led Browns who will be in the hunt.

AFC East
New England
NY Jets
How do you not pick the Patriots?  Until Tom Brady “sucks” and retires, then I won’t pick them.  I want to give Buffalo a wild card but maybe next year.

AFC South
Tennessee (WC)
I don’t think it will be a walk for Indy but my Andrew Luck ”on-field man crush” makes it where I can’t pick against him.  Houston is a QB away, still…Tennessee sneaks in as a wild card.  Jacksonville is better, but still Jacksonville.

AFC West
Kansas City (WC)
San Diego
Denver EASILY!  Kansas City too good to leave out of the post season.  San Diego on the edge while Oakland remains Oakland.

AFC Playoffs

Wild Card Round
#3 Indianapolis over #6 Tennessee
#5 Kansas City over #4 Pittsburgh

Divisional Round
#3 Indianapolis over #2 New England
#1 Denver over #5 Kansas City

AFC Championship
#3 Indianapolis over #1 Denver

Hard to pick against Denver…but I have to go with the gut on this one.  The AFC continues to be relatively top heavy with the same teams dominating the headlines. 

New Orleans over Indianapolis
In the end, the Saints defense makes the play to seal the deal.  Drew Brees wins #2 and the GOAT conversation begins.

MVP:  Aaron Rodgers – Eddie Lacy opens the door for a HUGE year
Offensive Player of the Year:  Andrew Luck – a consolation prize for being MVP runner up
Defensive Player of the Year:  Richard Sherman – the spotlight is on him to shine; if he does, this is all him.
Offensive Rookie of the Year:  Brandin Cooks – Drew Brees puts his new target into the spotlight with monster rookie numbers
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney – He is playing opposite JJ Watt…how does he not put up a huge rookie year?
Coach of the Year: Mike McCarthy – the Packers defense turns it around (a bit) and the offense excels.  McCarthy picks up the honor.

Happy 2014 Season!

posted : September, 3rd by WSCO

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