Predicting the Winners and Losers – Conference Style

This is the 2012/13 win/loss record from all 32 teams as categorized and reported by Sporting News. After the jump, I will give my predictions for each division and conference. Feel free to weigh in on who you think will win and why!

American Football Conference
East Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

y-New England

12

4

0

.750

557

331

6-2-0

6-2-0

6-0-0

11-1-0

W2

Miami

7

9

0

.438

288

317

5-3-0

2-6-0

2-4-0

5-7-0

L1

NY Jets

6

10

0

.375

281

375

3-5-0

3-5-0

2-4-0

4-8-0

L3

Buffalo

6

10

0

.375

344

435

4-4-0

2-6-0

2-4-0

5-7-0

W1

North Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

y-Baltimore

10

6

0

.625

398

344

6-2-0

4-4-0

4-2-0

8-4-0

L1

x-Cincinnati

10

6

0

.625

391

320

4-4-0

6-2-0

3-3-0

7-5-0

W3

Pittsburgh

8

8

0

.500

336

314

5-3-0

3-5-0

3-3-0

5-7-0

W1

Cleveland

5

11

0

.313

302

368

4-4-0

1-7-0

2-4-0

5-7-0

L3

South Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

y-Houston

12

4

0

.750

416

331

6-2-0

6-2-0

5-1-0

10-2-0

L2

x-Indianapolis

11

5

0

.688

357

387

7-1-0

4-4-0

4-2-0

8-4-0

W2

Tennessee

6

10

0

.375

330

471

4-4-0

2-6-0

1-5-0

5-7-0

W1

Jacksonville

2

14

0

.125

255

444

1-7-0

1-7-0

2-4-0

2-10-0

L5

West Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

z-Denver

13

3

0

.813

481

289

7-1-0

6-2-0

6-0-0

10-2-0

W11

San Diego

7

9

0

.438

350

350

3-5-0

4-4-0

4-2-0

7-5-0

W2

Oakland

4

12

0

.250

290

443

3-5-0

1-7-0

2-4-0

4-8-0

L2

Kansas City

2

14

0

.125

211

425

1-7-0

1-7-0

0-6-0

0-12-0

L4

National Football Conference
East Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

y-Washington

10

6

0

.625

436

388

5-3-0

5-3-0

5-1-0

8-4-0

W7

NY Giants

9

7

0

.563

429

344

6-2-0

3-5-0

3-3-0

8-4-0

W1

Dallas

8

8

0

.500

376

400

4-4-0

4-4-0

3-3-0

5-7-0

L2

Philadelphia

4

12

0

.250

280

444

2-6-0

2-6-0

1-5-0

2-10-0

L3

North Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

y-Green Bay

11

5

0

.688

433

336

7-1-0

4-4-0

5-1-0

8-4-0

L1

x-Minnesota

10

6

0

.625

379

348

7-1-0

3-5-0

4-2-0

7-5-0

W4

Chicago

10

6

0

.625

375

277

5-3-0

5-3-0

3-3-0

7-5-0

W2

Detroit

4

12

0

.250

372

437

2-6-0

2-6-0

0-6-0

3-9-0

L8

South Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

z-Atlanta

13

3

0

.813

419

299

7-1-0

6-2-0

3-3-0

9-3-0

L1

Carolina

7

9

0

.438

357

363

3-5-0

4-4-0

3-3-0

5-7-0

W4

New Orleans

7

9

0

.438

461

454

4-4-0

3-5-0

3-3-0

5-7-0

L1

Tampa Bay

7

9

0

.438

389

394

3-5-0

4-4-0

3-3-0

4-8-0

W1

West Division

W

L

T

PCT

PF

PA

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STREAK

y-San Francisco

11

4

1

.719

397

273

6-1-1

5-3-0

3-2-1

7-4-1

W1

x-Seattle

11

5

0

.688

412

245

8-0-0

3-5-0

3-3-0

8-4-0

W5

St. Louis

7

8

1

.469

299

348

4-4-0

3-4-1

4-1-1

6-5-1

L1

Arizona

5

11

0

.313

250

357

4-4-0

1-7-0

1-5-0

3-9-0

L2

x-Clinched Playoff Spot; y-Division Champ; z-Clinched Home Field

AFC East

The New England Patriots are clearly the cream of the crop but don’t count out the Bills to make some noise. Bills rookie quarterback E. J. Manuel is on track to start the season opener and despite a scare C. J. Spiller is fine and should be poised for a great year. The Miami Dolphins spent some money and added some players during the offseason but I just don’t feel they got significantly better. The injury to Dustin Keller stings but I do like rookie tight end Dion Sims.

Winner: Patriots

AFC North

The Superbowl Champion Baltimore Ravens reloaded during the offseason after losing guys like Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard to the AFC South. The Cincinnati Bengals added some key components around their young quarterback Andy Dalton as well. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost rookie running back Le’Veon Bell for several weeks to a lisfranc injury and then released running back Johnathan Dwyer. It’s hard to feel too confident in the Cleveland Browns though it does appear they are improving. The fight in this division should come down to the Ravens and the Bengals. Can the Bengals get over that playoff hump? I think they can.

Winner: Bengals

AFC South

The Indianapolis Colts surprised in 2012 and in my assessment overachieved under rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Conversely, you can make an argument the Texans underachieved though injuries to the linebacker position did hurt them. The Titans remain an enigma with a roster full of talent that rarely plays consistently well. The Jaguars are clearly in rebuilding mode. The AFC South should be up for grabs again this year and while I think the Titans are in the hunt the run defense has to get better. I think it comes down to the Colts, Titans and Texans with the edge going to last year’s winner the Texans.

Winner: Texans

AFC West

The Denver Broncos sit atop the division and no one else comes close. The Kansas City Chiefs should be improved under new head coach Andy Reid but they aren’t going to be contenders this year. It’s a sad state of affairs for both the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers.

Winner: Broncos

NFC East

The NFC East is another division that is there for the taking. While Philadelphia is very much in rebuild mode, Washington, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys are very close. I give the edge to Washington.

Winner: Washington

NFC North

Another division where the top 3 teams are very close I think the Lions are more in the mix than their 2012 record shows. Still, the Packers should be the team everyone is chasing. Can Christian Ponder take the next step and make the Vikings a ย more balanced offensive team? They added Greg Jennings and drafted Cordarelle Patterson so I think it’s an important year for him. They can’t just rely on Adrian Peterson as history shows a repeat performance of 2012 likely isn’t in the cards. Chicago has a new coach and is undergoing a football makeover and it will be interesting ย to see how things fare in the Windy City. The Lions should be improved with an infusion of talent and new coaches at key positions including former Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn. I think it will be hard for teams to catch the Packers and I give them the edge.

Winner: Packers

NFC South

The Atlanta Falcons sit atop the NFC South and I don’t’ think the contenders are close. I know it’s preseason but the Panthers running game worries me and while I like Cam Newton they can’t continue to put the offense on him. New Orleans should fare much better this year but their defense is still suspect. Josh Freeman is struggling in Tampa and the Bucs are playing catch up on the division. I don’t see anyone seriously challenging the Falcons.

Winner: Falcons

NFC West

It’s going to be a fun year in the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco Forty Niners sit at the top but St. Louis is improving under former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher *seems* to have abandoned his conservative ways and looks to run a more open offense in St. Louis. Still, the defense still has some questions and they are one of the youngest teams in the league. Arizona could a surprise team to watch as they should be better with more quality play at the quarterback position. Having said that, it will come down to the Seahawks and the Niners in the end.

Winner: Niners

Who will win each respective conference and go to Superbowl XLVIII? The winners are really hard to pick right now but I’m always game for a challenge.

AFC Winner:

Denver Broncos

NFC Winner:

Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner:

Green Bay Packers

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