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PFT’s 2016 season predictions

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The regular season is finally upon us, which means it’s time for PFT’s preseason predictions. Guaranteed to look dumb in 17 weeks.

Last year, none of us picked the Broncos to win the Super Bowl, and only one of us picked the Broncos to get to the Super Bowl. Not only did none of us have the Panthers winning the NFC, none of us even had the Panthers making the playoffs.

This year we have to be better, right? Tell us in the comments what you think.

Josh Alper

AFC

1. Steelers, 2. Chiefs, 3. Patriots, 4. Texans, 5. Bengals, 6. Raiders

Wild card: Patriots over Raiders, Bengals over Texans

Divisional round: Steelers over Bengals, Patriots over Chiefs

Conference championship: Steelers over Patriots

NFC

1. Packers, 2. Seahawks, 3. Panthers, 4. Giants, 5. Cardinals, 6. Bucs

Wild card: Panthers over Bucs, Cardinals over Giants

Divisional round: Packers over Cardinals, Seahawks over Panthers

Conference championship: Packers over Seahawks

Super Bowl: Packers over Steelers

Curtis Crabtree

AFC

1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Bengals; 4. Jaguars; 5. Steelers; 6. Raiders

Wild card: Bengals over Raiders, Steelers over Jaguars

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Bengals over Chiefs

Conference championship: Patriots over Bengals

NFC

1. Seahawks; 2. Panthers; 3. Cowboys; 4. Lions; 5. Cardinals; 6. Packers

Wild card: Packers over Cowboys, Cardinals over Lions

Divisional round: Seahawks over Packers, Cardinals over Panthers

Conference championship: Seahawks over Cardinals

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Patriots

Mike Florio

AFC

1. Patriots, 2. Ravens, 3. Chiefs, 4. Texans, 5. Bengals, 6. Broncos

Wild card: Broncos over Chiefs, Texans over Bengals

Divisional: Patriots over Broncos, Ravens over Texans

Conference championship: Ravens over Patriots

NFC

1. Panthers, 2. Packers, 3. Seahawks, 4. Washington, 5. Cardinals, 6. Buccaneers

Wild card: Seahawks over Bucs, Cardinals over Washington

Divisional: Panthers over Cardinals, Packers over Seahawks

Conference championship: Packers over Panthers

Super Bowl: Packers over Ravens

Darin Gantt

AFC

1. Bengals; 2. Patriots; 3. Broncos; 4. Jaguars; 5. Steelers; 6. Raiders

Wild card: Broncos over Raiders, Steelers over Jaguars

Divisional round: Patriots over Broncos, Bengals over Steelers

Conference Championship: Bengals over Patriots

NFC

1. Packers; 2. Panthers; 3. Seahawks; 4. Giants; 5. Cardinals; 6. Vikings

Wild card: Seahawks over Vikings, Cardinals over Giants

Divisional round: Panthers over Seahawks, Packers over Cardinals

Conference championship: Packers over Panthers

Super Bowl: Packers over Bengals

Zac Jackson

AFC

1. Steelers; 2. Chiefs; 3. Patriots; 4. Titans; 5. Bengals 6. Ravens

Wild card: Patriots over Ravens; Bengals over Titans

Divisional round: Patriots over Chiefs; Steelers over Bengals

Conference championship: Steelers over Patriots

NFC

1. Panthers 2. Seahawks 3. Packers 4. Redskins 5. Cardinals 6. Vikings

Wild card: Packers over Vikings; Cardinals over Redskins

Divisional round: Seahawks over Packers; Panthers over Cardinals

Conference championship: Seahawks over Panthers

Super Bowl: Steelers over Seahawks

Michael David Smith

AFC

1. Bengals, 2. Patriots, 3. Broncos, 4. Colts, 5. Steelers, 6. Chiefs

Wild card: Steelers over Colts, Broncos over Chiefs

Divisional round: Bengals over Steelers, Patriots over Broncos

Conference championship: Bengals over Patriots

NFC

1. Seahawks, 2. Packers, 3. Panthers, 4. Giants, 5. Cardinals, 6. Saints

Wild card: Cardinals over Giants, Panthers over Saints

Divisional Round: Seahawks over Cardinals, Packers over Panthers

Conference championship: Seahawks over Packers

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Bengals

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149 Responses to “PFT’s 2016 season predictions”
  1. purplepride11 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:13 PM

    I really don’t understand all the Green Bay love. That’s just not the Vikings Homer in me talking, I just don’t get it.

  2. thelastwordyaheard says: Sep 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    The Patriots will win another SB ..in your hearts, you all know this.

  3. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    I’m the biggest Jag fan out there.

    Let’s all calm down. They’ll maybe break even this season.

    It’s next year we can think they’ll break into the playoff ranks.

  4. shackdelrio says: Sep 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    Ravens in the Super Bowl is…unique.

  5. jm91rs says: Sep 8, 2016 1:16 PM

    Well I hope you guys aren’t the kiss of death, but there’s an awful lot of (well deserved) Bengals love on there. I’m a fan and I wouldn’t even pick them to win a playoff game, but I appreciate that people finally realize they are a dangerous team.

  6. minson15 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:17 PM

    Bengals, Packers, and Seahawks got two votes each to win the Superbowl. I doubt the Bengals get over their Playoff woes this year with the loss of their WRs but theres a chance. Green Bay is kind of a wildcard for me. Not sure whether or not Green Bay’s defense is going to be able to slow down other offenses in the playoffs (when they face quality oppenents). It’s encouraging as a Seahawks fan to see that many predictions for the Superbowl, but I don’t think our O line (especially since Ifedi is down for awhile) is strong enough to last.

  7. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 8, 2016 1:18 PM

    Nobody has the Pats winning the superbowl. As a Pats fan, I take that as a very good sign.

  8. jimmysee says: Sep 8, 2016 1:19 PM

    Lots of Typos here — all those “Packers” obviously meant to be “Vikings.”

    At least that’s what I have to believe based on assertions here every day from all the geniuses of football from up north.

  9. skittlesareyum says: Sep 8, 2016 1:19 PM

    I can’t wait for the Packers to lose in the playoffs due to McCarthy either trying to run out the clock with a 2 point lead and 8:00 left, and then fall into prevent defense with 3:00 left.

    And I’m a Packers fan. I know we could easily have a worse coach, but sometimes it’s infuriating…

  10. jumboli says: Sep 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    Not one person had the Cardinala winning the division.

    Laughable

  11. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    Lions?

  12. hatersgonnahatehate says: Sep 8, 2016 1:21 PM

    steelers – pats for AFC champs is pretty likely
    shawks-pack is also likely imho

    lol at anyone who thinks the bungles will make it to championship match, let alone the SB

  13. Kevin says: Sep 8, 2016 1:21 PM

    NO ONE thinks the Chiefs can get past the Patriots in the playoffs. They almost beat them this past year, and that was without Jamaal! Stop picking chalk, think outside the box.

    #chiefswillbeinthesuperbowl

  14. weepingjebus says: Sep 8, 2016 1:21 PM

    I did a Ctrl-F on “Bills”, too funny. Guess the offseason champs already made their point.

  15. straightfactshomie says: Sep 8, 2016 1:21 PM

    So only one person thinks the Patriots will be in the Super Bowl and 2 people think the Bungals, excuse me Bengals, will be in the Super Bowl. How big was the joint that was passed around when these picks were made?

  16. jmac1013 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:22 PM

    No one picked the Eagles? Shocking. It’s going to be a long season for us fans. 😦

  17. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:23 PM

    As a Packer fan, I’m not sure whether to feel flattered, or jinxed.

  18. whatnojets says: Sep 8, 2016 1:24 PM

    Bunch of clowns!! Nobody picked to New York Jets??

  19. hgamatt says: Sep 8, 2016 1:24 PM

    I get that Rodgers had several weapons missing or underperforming last year, but there were several games that he just didn’t look like the same guy he was 3 years ago. Maybe he was trying too hard, but I can’t see them jumping from what they were last year to winning the NFC (Panthers, Seahawks, Cardinals) this year.

  20. snowdood163 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:24 PM

    You guys and your picks suck. No offense.

  21. theageofquarrel says: Sep 8, 2016 1:25 PM

    Bengals in the Super Bowl? Did they trade the Red pop gun or something?

  22. jjackwagon says: Sep 8, 2016 1:26 PM

    Guess you guys conveniently forgot the fact that 50% of last years playoff teams won’t make it back to the playoffs this year.

  23. fuhq says: Sep 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    Florio & 2 others picking the Packers….They’re Doomed!!!

  24. a1b24312 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:29 PM

    Snuck some Redskins in there, eh, Zac? I guess the PFT editor didn’t get to you. Unless he did.

  25. bronco1st says: Sep 8, 2016 1:29 PM

    Not much love for the defending SB champs – flying under the radar is a good thing in this “prediction”!

  26. Nmcquillen says: Sep 8, 2016 1:29 PM

    As long as Rodgers is healthy, how can’t you think the packers will win the division?

    I don’t know if Crabtree is from Detroit or what, but even the homer in me would only give us a wild card unless Rodgers is broken in two during week 1 (crossing fingers.)

  27. dkeucd says: Sep 8, 2016 1:30 PM

    Whoever picked Giants to win the NFC needs to give me his dealer’s number. I want some of that dank.

  28. firerogergoodellnow says: Sep 8, 2016 1:30 PM

    1. Panthers, 2. Packers, 3. Seahawks, 4. REDSKINS, 5. Cardinals, 6. Buccaneers

  29. tjacks7 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:30 PM

    Has there ever been a writer here who actually picked the super bowl winner?

  30. dkeucd says: Sep 8, 2016 1:30 PM

    Already High. I meant…..

    Whoever picked Giants to win the NFC East needs to give me his dealer’s number. I want some of that dank.

  31. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 8, 2016 1:30 PM

    I see MDS believes the Saints will put up 50+ points for 9-10 games this season. Either that, or he forgot about their defense. They’ll do well to stay out of the cellar.

  32. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    Giants, cowterds? How in the world did any of you get writing jobs for the NFL? This has to be the dumbest set of NFC playoff teams I have read yet. Congratulations!

  33. packsupersoldier says: Sep 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    Stop jinxing my team, dammit!

  34. beeroncos says: Sep 8, 2016 1:32 PM

    It is baffling that every September people seem to think that the Bengals will make it past their first playoff game.

  35. citizenstrange says: Sep 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    Last season the Steelers got a playoff win absolutely gifted to them by the Bengals. This year they will not be so unbelievably lucky.

    Small Ben in Big Games will strike again.

  36. Centered00 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    For you prognosticators who picked the Broncos to be in the playoffs, you must be on something. A snowball has a better chance of surviving in hell.

  37. spungy says: Sep 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    Bengals playoff wins?!? I’m a Bengals fan and I think Marvin just wants to go down as the most winning regular season coach without a playoff win.

  38. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    I did a Ctrl-F on “Bills”, too funny. Guess the offseason champs already made their point.

    Lol original “offseason champs” joke. I wonder if anybody else has pointed that out yet.

    Bills fans will be here, win or lose. Can’t say the same for the bandwagon in New England getting ready to jump off once Brady retires.

  39. jbdvks says: Sep 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    No sense at all! Everyone of you should enlist in a drug rehab program…Good day!

  40. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 8, 2016 1:37 PM

    Green Bay was a Hail Mary away from missing the playoffs last year and getting swept by Detroit. they lost every division home game last year. They barely beat a terrible SD team at home, got stomped by AZ like 38-0. I’m sorry, jordie Nelson isn’t that good. Overrated!

  41. boltson says: Sep 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    Everyone’s in love with the Raiders this year, lol

  42. mackame15 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    Giants Pats
    “The Trilogy”

  43. rexdarteskimospy says: Sep 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    I have absolutely no idea what to expect from the Ravens this year. They could win 12 games and win the AFC North if they play like a seasoned veteran team. They could lose 12 games and have another top-10 draft pick in April if the injury bug strikes them yet again.

    It’s one thing to be a fan of a team and have a pretty good idea of what to expect in an upcoming season. It’s another when there’s a very wide spectrum of possible outcomes.

  44. pkrlvr says: Sep 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    I love that the first post is a Vikings fan complaining about all the packer love. Par for the course. It’s even more hilarious that none of you picked the Vikes to even win a playoff game!! I’m with you though, I think this is the year for the Pack. Lacy looks back to form and we’ve got a lot of wide receive depth and speed if they stay healthy.

  45. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:40 PM

    My prediction, Pats get caught cheating again.

  46. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 8, 2016 1:44 PM

    Last year none of you picked correctly and this year 3 of you picked the Packers, looks like the trend will continue! Keep up the good work fellas!

    SKOL

  47. kissbillsrings says: Sep 8, 2016 1:46 PM

    Ravens in SB… Bwaaaa haaaa haaa haaa

  48. steelcurtainn says: Sep 8, 2016 1:47 PM

    I wanna thank those of you that didn’t pick the Steelers. That’s when they do their best work.

  49. steelcurtainn says: Sep 8, 2016 1:47 PM

    I wanna thank those of you that didn’t pick the Steelers. That’s when they do their best work.

  50. nickswearsky says: Sep 8, 2016 1:48 PM

    Bears will win both the NFC North and the Wildcard. Don’t ask me how. Fox will find a way.

  51. finchy74 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:48 PM

    packers going to the Super Bowl.

    lolz.

  52. tonyzendejas says: Sep 8, 2016 1:48 PM

    Nobody has the Pats winning the superbowl.

    Except Vegas, of course.

  53. 6ball says: Sep 8, 2016 1:49 PM

    .
    The Bengals sign no one in free agency. They lose several players in free agency They lose their #1draft choice to injury. Yet they’re favored over the Patriots who added Chris Long and Shea Mclellin via free agency, Then added Martellus Bennett, Jonathan Cooper, Eric Rowe and Barkevious Mingo in trade. Plus they drafted starting LG Joe Thuney and starting nickel back / PR, Cyrus Jones in the draft.

    Do all these factors point to the Bengals going into Gillette in January and beating the Patriots in their own house? Are you predicting a Brady to Dalton passing of the torch whereas Dalton is crowned the QB of the new millennium?
    .

  54. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2016 1:50 PM

    Amost universally, everyone has about 6 teams in the SBowl mix. Don’t agree on all of them, but they’re all good teams, with some holes. Don,t see the Ravens or the Bengals in the SB mix, don’t see Arizona or Carolina left out. Out of these teams, the winner will be the one that has the best luck with injuries and has a good +/- turnover ratio. Let the games begin.

  55. JSpicoli says: Sep 8, 2016 1:50 PM

    With the injuries, officials/rulebook and small sample size of the NFL season, it’s a crapshoot between 10-12 teams and if you don’t know it, you should.

  56. jackedupboonie says: Sep 8, 2016 1:51 PM

    Packers have a defense this year?

  57. wtfru2 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:52 PM

    I love having the Vikings flying under the radar! Again…..

  58. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 8, 2016 1:52 PM

    Well, at least 3 of these guys know what they’re talking about. 3 out of 6, that’s not bad.

  59. boisebob says: Sep 8, 2016 1:52 PM

    Hundred bucks on the Browns to win it all; two-hundred-to-one kids, can’t pass it up.

  60. asparatame says: Sep 8, 2016 1:52 PM

    This year there needs to be a personal thread for each writer after the SB hoopla has died down with a reminder of each’s predictions.

    You want clickable content? That idea is free, more will cost you.

  61. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 8, 2016 1:53 PM

    Conference championship: Bengals over Patriots

    Huh?
    This is borderline insanity unless Shady doesn’t play.

  62. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:56 PM

    Bengals over Steelers.
    In what universe?

  63. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 8, 2016 1:56 PM

    Whats wrong with these people?? Not one playoff win predicted for my Raiders? We all know they are going all the way!! GOOO REGGIE!

  64. socalmaverick says: Sep 8, 2016 1:56 PM

    No Chargers love from pft.com?
    Shocking……(smh)

  65. vikesfan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:57 PM

    In light of your track record, I am very pleased that you did not pick the Vikings to do anything significant this year.

  66. jdm047 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:57 PM

    the steelers? They wont even make the playoffs! The Dolphins are deff a wildcard team.

  67. lastnameiswilson says: Sep 8, 2016 1:59 PM

    Seahawks-Steelers

  68. iseek11 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:59 PM

    Seahawks and Patriots windows are closing. Broncos and Cardinals windows are just opening.

  69. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:59 PM

    Hahaha, a few clowns (yes on offense) picked the Packers. Not that the Packers needed that jinx because they are doomed anyway.

  70. djvh2 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:00 PM

    As a Packer fan, I don’t see them being all that. I think they will be good, but they have some weaknesses, including the coach who will find yet another way, that will keep them from advancing to the Super Bowl.

    It is interesting that the Vikings are picked by only two of you to even make the playoffs (and each one a 6 seed), even though they upgraded the QB position. I agree and Vegas agrees, but Viking fans probably just had their feelings hurt.

  71. thegreatjimbrown says: Sep 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    “I really don’t understand all the Green Bay love.”

    Had a top 5 offense most years with Rodgers under helm. Last year an aberration due to multiple injuries to WR, TE and underperforming RB. This year so many guys are playing for new contracts and are finally healthy, so no reason to think the offense shouldn’t be tough. And adding Jared Cooks makes it much tougher to defend, along with Lacy back to form.

    On defense, they have been slowly remaking the defense, getting younger and faster. They have one of the deepest secondaries in the league, one of the best young DTs in the league and two HofF guys at OLB. The defense should just keep growing.

  72. sindiegosage says: Sep 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    And after the Chargers go to Arrowhead and win in Week 1, will there still be so much love for the Chiefs?

  73. haywoodjablomey says: Sep 8, 2016 2:04 PM

    Bold Prediction: The Seahawks don’t make the playoffs. That O-line is a joke and the probability for Trev-ONE to start several games this season is high. Speaking of high, so are all these idiots picking everyone EXCEPT the Cardinals. All this Packer love is for not, too. Their O-line will falter early and often.

  74. mzew233 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:10 PM

    What is with this love for the steelers? When have the Steelers gotten to an AFCC game last? yet the Patriots are somehow going to get beaten in the playoffs by Steelrs, Bengals or Ravens?

    Whoops

  75. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 8, 2016 2:12 PM

    Believe you me, these would look a little different if Teddy hadn’t blown out his knee. This sucks.

  76. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 8, 2016 2:12 PM

    Friends, do not pick on the Vikings fans. Their lives are hard enough as it is.

    Plus, as superior fans in knowledge, passion, and in general, it is beneath us to kick those who are beneath us.

    >

  77. backfir3 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:12 PM

    Wow every 1 really sleeping on the Chiefs thats fine with me when we are SB

  78. pantherpro says: Sep 8, 2016 2:12 PM

    No respect for 15-1 Panthers and six point Super Bowl favorite and you add Kelvin Benjamin. Weak! Super Bowls Champs 51 for Sam Mills

  79. h0metownzero says: Sep 8, 2016 2:13 PM

    These kinds of national predictions are mostly about respect. Obviously, the Packers have it.

    And the Vikings don’t.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  80. chickenrondelet says: Sep 8, 2016 2:16 PM

    Aaaannnd of course Florio has to put the Redskins in the mix just to remind us all how he will only refer to them as “Washington”.

  81. truthprofessor says: Sep 8, 2016 2:20 PM

    Expect a ring for Brady’s thumb, and a second one for Belichick’s 2nd hand. Over the Seahawks, AGAIN.

  82. nhpats says: Sep 8, 2016 2:20 PM

    Wait…..where are the Colts? Where are the Cowboys? Where are the Bills?

    And sorry……the Ravens? Please child…..

  83. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:21 PM

    3 out of 5 PFT writers are picking the Packers to win the Superbowl. That’s fairly impressive.

    And Viking fans are starting to panic like Rick Spielman without a viable starting QB – which I find absolutely hilarious.

  84. haansel82 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:21 PM

    AFC
    1. Steelers 12-4 2. Chiefs 11-5 3. Dolphins 10-6 4. Colts 10-6 5. Patriots 9-7 6. Bengals 9-7

    NFC
    1. Panthers 11-5 2. Cardinals 10-6 3. Packers 10-6 4. Eagles 9-7 5. Seahawks 9-7 6. Vikings 9-7

  85. bigotshamer says: Sep 8, 2016 2:23 PM

    You Packers slappies are hilarious. You can’t know very much about football and blindly pick them to got to the SuperBowl every year. Ridiculous.

  86. LuckyOz says: Sep 8, 2016 2:25 PM

    More people predict Ravens to make playoffs than Redskins? Redskins in a much weaker division, with more talent on their team. Ravens will struggle to hit 500.

    Panthers, Seattle, Cardinals, Packers, Patriots, Bengals all look strong.

    I think AFC West could be strongest division this season. Broncos haven’t lost much after Superbowl (Manning wasn’t Manning last season), and Chiefs are improving, and Oakland could be coming of age this year. If Rivers/Gates stay healthy, Chargers could still be a 9-7 team too.

  87. fredegrar says: Sep 8, 2016 2:27 PM

    I love this time of year when everybody, except maybe Browns fans, think their team has a legitimate shot. So much optimism! Yet by this time next month a whole lot of it will be gone.

  88. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 8, 2016 2:30 PM

    I think Wilson is going to be hurt this year and miss significant time. Not trying to be a pessimist, but he is similar to Romo in his shiftiness and it will catch up with him this year.

  89. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 8, 2016 2:34 PM

    My predictions:

    Panthers lose the NFC Championship because Camera Newton runs away from another fumble.

    Rex Ryan gets the boot after a 7-9 season. In retaliation, Rob Ryan eats the Pegulas’ mailbox.

    Tony Romo returns in Week 8 after Jerrah Jones funds experimental bionic surgery. Mark Sanchez offered job as chief usher for the owner’s box.

    Kaepernick’s anthem protest continues going from sitting, to kneeling, to lying down, to a headstand, to jumping jacks, to a one-legged hop, to finally planking on Chip Kelly in Week 17.

    Packers lose a playoff berth in the last regular season game when somehow Mike McCarthy fails hold a 40-point lead in the 4th quarter.

    Trump wins the presidency, immediately appoints Bill Belichick new CIA Director.

  90. bucsorbust says: Sep 8, 2016 2:35 PM

    It’s a little crazy to map out the whole playoffs, so I cut right to the chase. I’m a fan of neither team, but Super Bowl is with HOU and SEA. HOU wins. Sleepers for playoffs are JAX and TB. Who doesn’t go this year who went last year? CIN, WAS. Worse five teams in the league this year? SF, CHI, MIA, NO, SD. NFL MVP: JJ Watt (and no, I’m a fan of him per se)–who will earn it with 20 sacks plus and a SB MVP.

  91. orange and blue own the nfl says: Sep 8, 2016 2:36 PM

    2 people pick Bengals over Patriots?!? Look, I hate the Patriots as much as any other God- fearing, redblooded American, but that’s just not going to happen.

  92. drexelvol says: Sep 8, 2016 2:37 PM

    I think you’re all a bunch of idiots for doing this before a week 1 game has even been played.

  93. dwoofer says: Sep 8, 2016 2:39 PM

    Cardinals come out on TOP

  94. mnlaw2012 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:40 PM

    I find it amusing that no one picked the Jets. Keep hiding behind that “tough” schedule. They are going to dominate this year!

  95. valentino8100 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:42 PM

    Although I think the Steelers are a slightly better team than the Bengals, anyone who knows anything at all about the AFC recognizes that NE and Brady are the Steelers kryptonite. The Bengals stand a much better chance of beating NE, and are probably the only AFC team who can knock them out of the tournament. The Steelers would need the Bengals to meet up with the Pats and win to make it to the big show.

  96. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 8, 2016 2:44 PM

    Congratulations Packer fans on your accumulation of preseason predictions and preseason awards. Typical to see you celebrating these achievements.

  97. averagejoe5050 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:44 PM

    Everybody is sleeping on Philly, but by week 8, you will know our defense is enough to win the NCFE

  98. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:45 PM

    I only read these things to laugh at Vikings fans.

    They’ll disappear by 10/15. Once again. Only to crank up the obnoxiousness after the draft on their annual offseason paper championship.

    Then by 10/15/17, it’ll be the same story.

    Ah, Vikings fans. Always good for a chuckle.

  99. I'm not a football punk says: Sep 8, 2016 2:47 PM

    I feel like all these negative comments about the Packers, are from people that know more, and have this higher NFL IQ, than anyone else in the NFL world. (Joking)
    I’m very lucky that I don’t believe one negative comment that these people make. That right there, makes my NFL IQ much higher than there’s.
    Go right ahead and tell us how bad their defense is. Tell us how much Rodgers has declined. Tell us how much Lacy is overweight, etc.

    There is more upside to this years Packers, than all the negative crap you people write. (See Media outlets & Vegas)
    It’s very difficult when you have a high NFL IQ like me, and then try to explain to people of less intelligence, on how the game is played.
    I know what the Packers are as a team, and that’s all that matters. A Super Bowl contender.
    No need to explain to you, anything else. You wouldn’t understand it.

  100. troy43mvp says: Sep 8, 2016 2:49 PM

    Injury dictates all. While the writers are at it, can you guys tell me the winner of tonight’s game? Oh and how many grand kids my future grand kids are going to have? Thanks!

  101. slick50ks says: Sep 8, 2016 2:49 PM

    Rest assured, the raiders won’t be sniffing the playoffs.

  102. mrmidevil says: Sep 8, 2016 2:50 PM

    Interesting that Florio is the only one who didn’t even have the Steelers in the playoffs. Typical Florio (hates the Steelers), but yet he also says they have the best offensive weapons……again, interesting.

  103. dvdman123 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:51 PM

    Flavor of the year seems to be the Packers. I would watch those hated Saints. They got rid of Brandon Browner so their defense will definitely be at least 50% better and of course they have Drew Brees….enough said there.

  104. steelcurtainn says: Sep 8, 2016 2:53 PM

    Steelers vs Arizona rematch in the sb. Steelers win it. Can’t wait to see which gate they tag on New England this year. You know there’s another one coming.

  105. eojtrid says: Sep 8, 2016 2:54 PM

    In all of these scenarios just about it would require the Bengals to win a playoff game. Talk about unique!!! Is this the year of the Flying Dog.

  106. desmarks says: Sep 8, 2016 2:57 PM

    1. Chiefs, 2. Bengals, 3. Texans, 4. Jets, 5. Steelers, 6. Broncos

  107. dbosdad says: Sep 8, 2016 2:58 PM

    1. Cardinals
    2. Panthers
    3. Vikings
    4. Redskins
    5. Seahawks
    6. Packers

    1. Steelers
    2. Chiefs
    3. Texans
    4. Patriots
    5. Bengals
    6. Dolphins

    Cards vs Vikes

    Steelers vs Bengals

    Cards vs Steelers

    Cards (champs)

    From a Vikings fan

  108. goldrush4949 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:00 PM

    Your Super Bowl LI champions will be the San Francisco 49ers. You heard it here first.

  109. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 8, 2016 3:01 PM

    I predict the Patriots will fumble 8,000 times this year! Watch the fumbles! The proof will be in the fumbles!
    — Patriot Hater last year, before the Pats led the league in fewest fumbles yet again
    🙂

    #DontYaFeelSillyNow
    #PownedAgain

  110. aj66shanghai says: Sep 8, 2016 3:07 PM

    Broncos and Cards windows just opening? Seahawks and Pats closing?

    Broncos, sure, if they can only find a good QB. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? Not like it is a particularly coveted position in this sport.
    Patriots will eventually have to see Tom leave. Granted. Good young team around him still.
    Seahawks core is all around 27 years old. You’re dumb.
    Meanwhile Cards rely on guys like Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Frostee Rucker etc. Their window closed before it had a chance to be considered open

  111. lingsun54 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:08 PM

    Yes, the Lions.

    They have a favorable schedule with games against the AFC South and NFC East. They have a top 10 QB in Stafford. They won 11 games two years ago and 7 last year. It’s not a huge stretch to think they could get a wild card.

  112. revren10 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:09 PM

    Seattle hasn’t won a super bowl since blood testing began. Vegas has the Patriots winning yet some writer thinks the bungles will beat them unreal

  113. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:10 PM

    6ball names all of the rejects and underperformers that the Pats picked up in the off season as if they’re All Pros. Mingo? Long? Take off your rose colored glasses,man.

  114. teal379 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:22 PM

    Viking posters – stop liking your own post as soon as you post it.

    It’s obvious and you’re not fooling anyone.

  115. djvh2 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:23 PM

    “makes my NFL IQ much higher than there’s”

    if you say sow

  116. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:39 PM

    All of these lofty national expectations for the Packers is naturally quite humbling to the good folks that make up the Green Bay fan base.

  117. elyasm says: Sep 8, 2016 3:41 PM

    I do like the fact that every single writer put the Pats in the AFC Championship, even if not one of them had the Pats winning the SB (in contrast to the experts in Vegas that actually put their money where their mouth is).

    I don’t know if the Pats will make it to the SB, but I can pretty much guarantee that they will not lose to a team from the AFC North in the playoffs. The Ravens have had our number for a while, but don’t look like much of a threat this year. We have had the Steelers number for ever and I see no reason for that to change. The Bengals need to focus on winning a single playoff game before they can even think about beating Brady in the postseason. Are there any other teams in the AFC North? No, I think that’s it.

  118. electricnostalgia says: Sep 8, 2016 3:47 PM

    Raiders are not going to playoffs. Fools. Book it.

  119. stellarperformance says: Sep 8, 2016 3:53 PM

    “If you’re going to pick the Packers, your accuracy sucks. If you had picked the Vikings, your accuracy rocks.”

    -signed…….Viking fans

  120. saint9904 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:56 PM

    Brown and Cowboys in the Superbowl!!!

    I threw darts at a board and came up with these picks….seems pretty close to what everyone else did too!

  121. bengal4life says: Sep 8, 2016 3:59 PM

    The Bengals have one of the best rosters in the league. If they can hold back their emotions, there’s no reason they can’t make the SB. A lot of haters on here. lol

  122. trickbunny says: Sep 8, 2016 4:01 PM

    One easy way to tell a lot of these predictions are dead wrong- several of them show the Bengals making it past the first round of the playoffs.

    We all know that’s impossible.

  123. ineptguy8 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:07 PM

    Florio has Ravens at 2 in the AFC? Is that a joke? That means probably 12 wins, 11 at the worst. I would love to put $100 down that they have less wins than that. I put the odds at close to 50/50 that I have that win locked up by week 12.

  124. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Sep 8, 2016 4:09 PM

    The Seahawks will march on a road of bones

  125. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Sep 8, 2016 4:19 PM

    Here’s a prediction.

    Pack get booted from the 1st rd AGAIN cuz they’re soft, overhyped and ill-coached, and every Pack fan knows this.

    If it wasn’t for Rodgers, they’d be the Lions.

    Here’s to hoping they keep McCarthy and crew for another decade.

  126. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 8, 2016 4:24 PM

    Feels good to see some love for the Bengals. If they can get the first playoff W out of the way, I have a feeling they go on a serious roll. They have perhaps the best d-line in the NFL, excellent LBs (Burfict, Dansby) great secondary, awesome weapons on offense (AJ Green, Hill, Gio, Eifert, LaFell, Boyd), solid o-line, and Dalton played like an elite QB last year (106.2 passer rating).

  127. dispozblcopy says: Sep 8, 2016 4:34 PM

    I once saw a poll of 15 experts on how the playoffs were going to go after the regular season had finished. They had to choose all the way through the Super Bowl. By the end of playoff week 2, ALL of them had both of their Super Bowl teams knocked out. Experts and predictions = zero, zip, nada, end of. Very few even mention their preseason picks after they are by midseason blown to bits. I’m commenting here to write this, but now, in my fourth decade of following the NFL, even my low IQ has tuned out this utter nonsense. Do something better with your time, people.

  128. inozwetrust says: Sep 8, 2016 4:40 PM

    Florio has the Ravens in the SB? Wow!! I am a die hard Ravens fan and I do expect them to greatly improve over last year – and to make the playoffs. But the SB? I just don’t see it. Here’s hoping you are right Mr. Florio !!

  129. tokyomanblastersmom says: Sep 8, 2016 4:48 PM

    Buccaneers in the playoffs, TWICE…?!?!

    And the LOLions?

    Please.

    Drugs are bad, mmmkay? (Well, some of them).

    Also, Bears may struggle early, but they are FAR from “one of the worst teams in the league” – check the track record on teams’ success during year two under John Fox.

    Bears will finish at least at .500 or better (maybe even way better!), thanks in large part to having one of the league’s more dominant defensive fronts.

    Watch.

  130. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 8, 2016 4:48 PM

    reggie white ain’t waking though that door!!?

  131. inozwetrust says: Sep 8, 2016 4:49 PM

    I also see that Florio has the Ravens beating the Patriots in the AFC championship, and since he has the Patriots as the number 1 seed that means that Florio has the Ravens beating the Patriots in Foxboro – Nice. If the Ravens do get that far (which I doubt) Florio could be right. The Ravens are the only team the Patriots fear at home in the playoffs. They have the track record to prove they can win in Foxboro.

  132. sportsarepredetermined says: Sep 8, 2016 4:51 PM

    I am not sure why posts keep getting deleted but let’s try this again.

    COLTS VS VIKINGS SUPER BOWL – COLTS WIN VS KAEPERNICK AND VIKINGS

  133. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 8, 2016 4:55 PM

    Once again, packers celebrating preseason Super Bowls. It’s got to be the 36th straight year that the packers have won a preseason Super Bowl.

    And packer fans already looking for an excuse.
    ” should I be flattered or JINXED”

    Sucks to be a packer fan!

  134. shadywarrior says: Sep 8, 2016 5:09 PM

    I can’t even bother with these things. I like the teams that New England, Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Seattle are rolling out. Arizona and Denver have great defenses but I’m not all in on their offenses. Chiefs and the Packers have some studs and are in the conversation, but I’m just not totally confident in them putting it all together, especially KC, they just seem to have a bum’s luck every year. If last year was any indication, this will be another great year for “parity”….except unfortunately almost everyone sucks or is middle-of-the-road.

  135. jgedgar70 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:10 PM

    Of course I meant Panthers over Cardinals in the NFCCG…..

  136. xavier179 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    What is it about the Packers that everyone loves? Other than Rodgers they don’t have much.

  137. jgedgar70 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:15 PM

    OK, who is randomly deleting stuff?

    AFC – Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers, Jags, Bengals, Broncos

    Steelers over Broncos, Bengals over Jags
    Patriots over Bengals, Chiefs over Steelers
    Patriots over Chiefs

    NFC – Panthers, Cardinals, Packers, Redskins, Seahawks, Bucs

    Packers over Bucs, Seahawks over Redskins
    Panthers over Seahawks, Cardinals over Packers
    Panthers over Cardinals

    SB: Panthers over Patriots

    KEEP POUNDING!

  138. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 8, 2016 5:19 PM

    Remember last summer when the Packer fans were celebrating their preseason predictions and claiming they would have the division locked up by October? Some things never change.

  139. bringbackwayne says: Sep 8, 2016 5:20 PM

    lingsun54 says:
    Sep 8, 2016 3:08 PM

    Yes, the Lions.

    They have a favorable schedule with games against the AFC South and NFC East. They have a top 10 QB in Stafford. They won 11 games two years ago and 7 last year. It’s not a huge stretch to think they could get a wild card.
    ******************************************

    I agree, the Lions could get a WC. However, Stafford is not top 10.

    All of these guys are better:

    Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Luck(last year was a fluke), Wilson, Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Romo(hurt), Newton, Palmer

    May be better: Flacco, Carr…..

    Stafford is somewhere around 12-15

  140. corvuscrassirostris says: Sep 8, 2016 5:24 PM

    The steelers defense will get thrown all over this season. If they would somehow make it to the playoffs and meet New England, Tom would emberass their less than mediocre D and yinzer nation would cry and tell us how the Patriots cheateded their way to 50+ pts. The Bengals will win the afc north while the steelers fight for a wildcard. This steeler secondary is undoubtedly the worst secondary in the NFL, and a Browns castoff will do nothing but make it worse.

  141. h0metownzero says: Sep 8, 2016 5:50 PM

    Viking fans are a little extra salty over getting slighted again.

  142. tyelee says: Sep 8, 2016 5:52 PM

    Every year their are 1 or 2 unexpected teams in playoffs…

    I predict it will be the Raiders and Titans!

    Bucs and Lions will both be last in their division!

  143. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:59 PM

    Packer fans head into 2016 with an uplifting amount hope and encouragement.

    Viking fans head into 2016 amidst a depressing amount of fear and panic.

    I love football season.

  144. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    AFC:
    1. Patriots
    2. Bengals
    3. Chiefs
    4. Texans
    5. Broncos
    6. Steelers
    Wild Card: Steelers beat Chiefs, Texans beat Broncos
    Divisional: Patriots beat Steelers, Bengals beat Chiefs
    AFC Championship: Patriots beat Bengals

    NFC:
    1. Packers
    2. Panthers
    3. Cardinals
    4. Redskins
    5. Saints
    6. Seahawks
    Wild Card: Cardinals beat Seahawks, Redskins beat Saints
    Divisional: Packers beat Redskins, Panthers beat Cardinals
    NFC Championship: Packers beat Panthers

    Super Bowl: Packers beat Patriots

  145. One for the thumb says: Sep 8, 2016 7:34 PM

    buffalostarwarsfan says:
    Sep 8, 2016 1:34 PM
    I did a Ctrl-F on “Bills”, too funny. Guess the offseason champs already made their point.

    Lol original “offseason champs” joke. I wonder if anybody else has pointed that out yet.

    Bills fans will be here, win or lose. Can’t say the same for the bandwagon in New England getting ready to jump off once Brady retires.

    ________________________________________

    Would that be the same bandwagon that sold out every game in Foxboro for the 17 years before Brady was drafted? Cause I doubt it.

  146. MichaelEdits says: Sep 8, 2016 8:13 PM

    Keep Pounding

  147. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:28 AM

    Are the Steelers good at anything other than cheating with illegal PEDs and paying off the refs to win titles?

    I say no. I mean… once Dr Rydze left Tebow clown smashed them. Pretty frickin hilarious if you think about it.

    Discuss.
    🙂

  148. ahostiletakeover says: Sep 9, 2016 1:09 PM

    I don’t think anyone doubts the Steelers will be a top offense, but their defense could be even worse than last year’s. The pass rush just isn’t consistently there and add in Dupree’s injury, the secondary is still being held together by a band aid. Look for no further evidence than them taking a late draft pick flier on Justin Gilbert who theBrowns couldn’t wait to unload for ANY compensation. The Bengals and Ravens have better defenses and that coupled with the Bengals already boasting a good offense and the Ravens’ offense having loads of potential barring another injury plague, I think the Steelers end up looking up at both of them in the standings by years end.

  149. bkeating51 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:22 PM

    Why don’t you show last year’s selections underneath this year’s?

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