PFT’s 2017 season predictions

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It’s that time of year again, the dawn of the regular season, the time for us to make predictions in early September that will probably look stupid in early February.

Last year, none of us picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, and none of us even picked the Falcons to make the playoffs. So if you’re basing your own bets on ours, well, you’d probably be better off just buying a lottery ticket.

But for entertainment purposes only, here are our picks:

Josh Alper

AFC

1. Patriots 2. Steelers 3. Raiders 4. Titans 5. Bengals 6. Chargers

Wild card: Raiders over Chargers, Titans over Bengals

Divisional round: Raiders over Steelers, Pats over Titans

Conference championship: Pats over Raiders

NFC

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

Wild card: Saints over Falcons, Giants over Cards

Divisional round: Seahawks over Saints, Giants over Pack

Conference championship: Seahawks over Giants

Super Bowl: Pats over Seahawks

Curtis Crabtree

AFC

1. Patriots; 2. Steelers; 3. Titans; 4. Raiders; 5. Texans; 6. Chiefs

Wild card: Titans over Chiefs, Raiders over Texans

Divisional round: Patriots over Raiders, Steelers over Titans

Conference championship: Patriots over Steelers

NFC

1. Packers; 2. Seahawks; 3. Falcons; 4. Eagles; 5. Cowboys; 6. Buccaneers

Wild card: Buccaneers over Falcons, Eagles over Cowboys

Divisional round: Packers over Buccaneers, Seahawks over Eagles

Conference championship: Seahawks over Packers

Super Bowl: Patriots over Seahawks

Mike Florio

AFC

1. Patriots, 2. Steelers, 3. Broncos, 4. Titans, 5. Chiefs, 6. Texans

Wild card: Broncos over Texans, Titans over Chiefs

Divisional round: Patriots over Titans, Steelers over Broncos

Conference Championship: Patriots over Steelers

NFC

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

Wild card: Panthers over Saints, Giants over Eagles.

Divisional round: Packers over Giants, Seahawks over Panthers.

Conference Championship: Packers over Seahawks.

Super Bowl: Patriots over Packers.

Darin Gantt

AFC

1. Patriots; 2. Titans; 3. Raiders; 4. Steelers; 5. Chiefs; 6. Texans.

Wild card: Raiders over Texans, Steelers over Chiefs.

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Raiders over Titans

Conference Championship: Patriots over Raiders

NFC

1. Packers; 2. Giants; 3. Seahawks; 4. Panthers; 5. Lions; 6. Falcons

Wild card: Seahawks over Falcons, Panthers over Lions

Divisional round: Packers over Panthers, Seahawks over Giants.

Conference championship: Seahawks over Packers

Super Bowl: Patriots over Seahawks

Michael David Smith

AFC

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

Wild card: Steelers over Raiders, Titans over Texans

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers, Patriots over Titans

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots

NFC

1. Packers, 2. Seahawks, 3. Buccaneers, 4. Cowboys, 5. Giants, 6. Falcons

Wild card: Buccaneers over Falcons, Giants over Cowboys

Divisional round: Packers over Giants, Seahawks over Buccaneers

Conference championship: Seahawks over Packers

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Chiefs

Charean Williams

AFC

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

Wild card: Steelers over Bengals, Titans over Texans

Divisional round: Raiders over Steelers, Patriots over Titans

Conference championship: Raiders over Patriots

NFC

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

Wild card: Giants over Cowboys, Seahawks over Bucs

Divisional round: Packers over Seahawks, Cardinals over Giants

Conference championship: Cardinals over Packers

Super Bowl: Raiders over Cardinals

87 responses to “PFT’s 2017 season predictions

  1. These sorts of things are effectively random at this point in the season, but there does appear to be consensus that the Falcons’ hangover will be … unpleasant.

  2. In the last 3 games Seattle has played GB, Wilson has 4 td’s, 10 int’s, been sacked 10 times and has completed 55% of his passes.

    When is the media going to stop over hyping Wilson? Seattle has had a top 5 overall defense and the best scoring defense the past 3 seasons and basically his whole career and they still couldn’t win the past 3 seasons. He got bailed out by the defense against the Packers in 14′ and their current kicker bailed him out against the Vikings in 15′, not to mention the other bail outs from previous playoff appearances. In the past 32 regular season games he’s had 14 games of throwing only 1 TD and 5 games with 0 TD’s including 3 in a row last season, these are facts. People want to point to his QB rating, go look at the game logs….his highest rated games are against sub .500 teams and gets really high ratings against the worst teams, then he normally gets his lowest ratings against above .500 teams or playoff teams. The only thing holding that team back from multiple championships is Wilson, Sherman and the defense knows it, why can’t the media figure it out?

  3. Apparently only Charean even looked at the AFC West schedules? Brutal! No way two teams are making the playoffs this year. Div winner is in but nobody else will have a good enough record to get a WC.

  4. 1. Patriots, 2. Steelers, 3. Chiefs, 4. Texans, 5. Raiders, 6. Titans
    Wild card: Chiefs over Titans, Texans over Chiefs
    Divisional round: Patriots over Texans, Steelers over Chiefs

    Conference Championship: Patriots over Steelers

    NFC

    1. Packers, 2. Seahawks, 3. Bucs, 4. Giants, 5. Cowboys, 6. Falcons
    Wild card: Falcons over Bucs, Giants over Cowboys.
    Divisional round: Packers over Falcons, Giants over Seahawks.

    Conference Championship: Packers over Giants.

    Super Bowl: Patriots over Packers.

  5. Considering there are always a handful of teams that come out of seemingly no where to make the playoffs these predictions seem to be pretty bland without any risk.

  6. The Saints are going to stink. Just watch. No way you swap out Cooks with Ginn and improve. And that D… putrid.

  7. Florio, not mad at you for not having the Raiders in the playoffs, as anything can happen. BUT the Broncos? Look for a disappointing season from them as they admitted to a huge mistake by drafting Paxton Lynch by bringing back Osweiler. If you have 3 QBs you have none. Who made you pick the Broncos?

  8. Given the state of the Giants o-line and running game, it makes absolutely zero sense to pick them. If this exact same team and coach were in a city with a less storied franchise, nobody would be picking them to do anything.

  9. MDS, in your week one prediction, you said: “I have a hunch the Chiefs might just be better than the Patriots by the end of the season, but not in Week One.”

    But then in the article, you have them at #2? Consistency much?
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    Michael David Smith

    AFC

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

    Wild card: Steelers over Raiders, Titans over Texans

    Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers, Patriots over Titans

    Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots

  10. .
    Preseason predictions are for amusement only. The truth is that no one can reasonably foresee the playoff teams. Every club will have several starters on IR by the time December rolls around.
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  11. Afc:

    Patriots
    Chiefs
    Steelers
    Titans
    Raiders
    Chargers

    NFC

    Packers
    Seahawks
    Giants
    Bucs
    Cowboys
    Falcons

    AFC Championship: Patriots over Steelers
    NFC Championship: Packers over Seahawks

    Superbowl: Patriots over Packers

  12. I see a couple people made the same mistake one of you made last year. Someone you think the Saints offense will be able to put up 40 plus points in 10 or more games to carry their d.

  13. The Saints are going to stink. Just watch. No way you swap out Cooks with Ginn and improve. And that D… putrid.
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    Biased Vikings fan

  14. This whole exercise is crystal ball gazing to the extreme — but seems to me the Packers have been skunked twice recently in NFC Championship Games. If they make it again, they’ve got to be thinking “Not this Time.”

  15. Good, no vikings on any playoff predictions. Just how we like it. We do better when underestimated.
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    But always find a way to choke in the end…..

  16. therealtrenches says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    Given the state of the Giants o-line and running game, it makes absolutely zero sense to pick them. If this exact same team and coach were in a city with a less storied franchise, nobody would be picking them to do anything.
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    Well, considering they did make the playoffs last year, and they’ve added a good TE/WR in Engram and a big receiver in Marshall, I don’t see why this prediction isn’t realistic. Their offense has only gotten better, and hopefully the line has improved even slightly from last season.

    Personally, I’d be more concerned with that Dallas defense and whether or not the rest of the league has figured out Dak. Oh yea, and that whole Zeke 6 game suspension thing.

  17. AFC

    1. Patriots 2. Steelers 3. Raiders 4. Titans 5. Bengals 6. Chargers

    Wild card: Raiders over Chargers, Titans over Bengals

    Divisional round: Raiders over Steelers, Pats over Titans

    Conference championship: Pats over Raiders

    NFC

    1. Vikings 2. Vikings 3. Vikings 4. Vikings 5. Vikings 6. Vikings

    Wild card: Vikings tie Vikings, Vikings tie Vikings

    Divisional round: Vikings tie Vikings, Vikings tie Vikings

    Conference championship: Vikings tie Vikings

    Super Bowl: Vikings over Pats

  18. AFC

    Patriots
    Steelers
    Chiefs
    Texans
    Titans
    Raiders

    NFC

    Seahawks
    Packers
    Cowboys
    Falcons
    Eagles
    Tampa

    AFCCG: Patriots over Steelers
    NFCCG: Packers over Cowboys

    SB LII: Patriots over Packers

  19. Two things. Frist Minnesota will be in the basement of the NFCN. This is because the Bears defense is going to surprise some folks and their running game is good. Minnesota also will find out that even though they retooled their Oline, it still sucks.

    Second, Tampa will miss the playoffs. All the Winston lovers want to say he is going to take the next step. He throws too many picks! I don’t see him being more than an average quarterback until he becomes less of a gambler. Somehow I don’t see his accuracy and efficiency going up. I seem to remember when Josh Freeman was the next big thing in Tampa. How did that work out?

  20. edukator4 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    patriots over chiefs in AFC
    Buccs over Cowboys in NFC

    Pats over TB in superbowl
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    Hmmm – I dunno, Bucs have a crap load of weapons and may end up being the “fun” team of this yr, but they aren’t Superbowl ready yet. NFC is loaded and it’s not their time yet. In my opinion..

  21. “Seattle has had a top 5 overall defense and the best scoring defense the past 3 seasons ”

    Actually the Pats gad the #1 scoring D last year

  22. The Cowboys were left off most of the lists. Why? Is it just because of Elliot’s suspension? Because if so, that’s dumb.

    Dak look super sharp in the preseason and looks like he has improved from last year. McFadden and Morris will be fine with Elliott out. Their offense is still super stacked and Beasley is next to uncoverable.

    Their defense for sure isn’t their strong point, but they might surprise again this year like they did last year. They will be middle of the road, but do just well enough to win games.

    I don’t see how you can go from 13 wins to no playoffs at all when the team hasn’t drastically changed. I’m lost on this one.

  23. lenthevikesfan says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    AFC

    1. Patriots 2. Steelers 3. Raiders 4. Titans 5. Bengals 6. Chargers

    Wild card: Raiders over Chargers, Titans over Bengals

    Divisional round: Raiders over Steelers, Pats over Titans

    Conference championship: Pats over Raiders

    NFC

    1. Vikings 2. Vikings 3. Vikings 4. Vikings 5. Vikings 6. Vikings

    Wild card: Vikings tie Vikings, Vikings tie Vikings

    Divisional round: Vikings tie Vikings, Vikings tie Vikings

    Conference championship: Vikings tie Vikings

    Super Bowl: Vikings over Pats

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    Gee, when I saw all those Vikings typed here, I thought you were referencing all the losing seasons the Vikings have had in the last 17 years.
    I knew it couldn’t be all the years the Vikings have never won a championship, because there would have had to be 55 of them. Because in 55 years, they have never won an NFL Championship. And after this season, it’ll be 56 years.

  24. Any other very young team goes 13-3 (and easily grabs the #1 seed in the conference) despite a rookie QB, and there would be talk of dominance for years to come. Dallas does just that, and they aren’t even the favorite within their division. That’s a pathetic lack of objectivity, guys. Make predictions based on what is most likely to happen, not based on what you WANT to have happen.

  25. Lots of Cowboy hate. I think they forget Zeke isn’t out for the year, but maybe 6 games. Also, the Cowboys have not shown their cards in the preseason with their new key defensive playmakers such as Jaylon Smith and Awuzie. On offense, Switzer and Beasley will be nearly impossible to stop while on the field together. Their approach, as you saw last year is very difficult to beat: Pound the football, control the line of scrimmage, and drain the clock. There’s no reason they can’t be a playoff team. From there, it’s nearly a flip of a coin about who beats who. It’s contingent on home field, momentum, injuries, all that nonsense.

  26. Patriots, Raiders, Steelers, Titans, Chiefs, Texans
    Texans def Steelers, Chiefs def Titans
    Patriots def Chiefs, Raiders def Texans
    Patriots def Raiders

    Packers, Seahawks, Falcons, Giants, Eagles, Saints
    Falcons def Saints, Giants def Eagles
    Packers def Giants, Seahawks def Falcons
    Seahawks def Packers

    Patriots def Seahawks

  27. got to win the division 1st…

    AFC
    EAST – PATRIOTS
    (2ND PLACE)DOLPHINS

    NORTH – Steelers
    Bengals

    South – Titans
    Texans

    West – Raiders
    Chiefs

    NFC
    EAST – GIANTS
    COWBOYS

    NORTH – PACKERS
    VIKINGS

    SOUTH – FALCONS
    SAINTS

    WEST – CARDINALS
    SEAHAWKS

    THE Titans and Raiders will be fun to follow; Saints have a better season; Dolphins and Bucs struggle with no bye week but Culter surprises while Winston throws 20 ints; We hear about Kaepernick all season long; Andrew Luck barely plays if at all; and people will get injured throughout this season.

  28. Not only is there NO mention of the Skins in anyone’s waste-of-time-predictions, but there’ve been NOT ONE comment condemning that omission! I’m stunned…not enough to post like lenthevikingsfan but still quite stunned!

  29. I’m taking Packers vs Patriots

    Rogers vs Brady

    What a game that would be.
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    Brady V Rodgers would be fun.

    Belichick V McCarthy…. I’d probably have to gouge my eyes out..

  30. As much as I want to take umbrage with no one picking Dallas to win a game, I really can’t. I mean, its not like their track record is exemplary in that respect.

    Still, I am kind of surprised that so many people are giving Dallas no chance to win the division and or playoff spot. All last year, everyone kept saying Dallas’ secondary was terrible. So Dallas gets rid of said terrible defense, and now everyone says they are even more terrible because they got new players. Sorry, you don’t get to have it both ways: if they weren’t good enough to keep, then you can’t really automatically ding them for getting new guys. I think Dallas will take a step back, they certainly aren’t going 13-3 again, but I feel pretty confident they’ll got 10-6 and take a wild card at the least.

  31. What is with all the love for the Packers? I mean you do realize they no RB or interior OL and an atrocious defense with another year older receiving core right? Honestly if you take away Rodgers from this team it is a 4 win team tops. With Rodgers they scrape off 4-5 more wins making them 8-8 or 9-7 tops.

  32. Nobody knows. Not you not me not anybody. But one thing I do know these comments sections are entertaining. People getting so worked up because a talking head “sleeps on” or “disrespects” or “overlooks” your team? Who cares?

  33. So 6 writers and nobody picked the Vikings to make the playoffs, while 5 of 6 picked the Packers to make it to the NFC championship game or Super Bowl. I know it doesn’t mean anything, esp from political pundits, but it’s still kind of funny.

  34. Everyone talks like NE v GB would be a cakewalk for NE as they think BB is so much better than McM.

    I also seem to remember that Brady hasn’t ever beat the Packers with Rodgers at QB. Last time they played – GB beat NE.

  35. Rodgers won’t survive the season with that line. He is gonna get killed.
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    He’s had worse lines in teh past.

    He was sacked more than any other QB in 2009 and 2012, #2 just 2 seasons ago.

    .. but he turns 34 in a few months. So obviously they need to make sure he’s not taking those kind of beatings.

  36. Everyone talks like NE v GB would be a cakewalk for NE as they think BB is so much better than McM.
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    Not worth conversation or keystrokes.

    Name a big game where Belichick has his @$$ handed to him.

    I can name half a dozen such games for McCarthy without even pausing to think.

  37. The Vikings will be mediocre this year, like 90% of the time. Too bad Teddy got hurt, he might’ve looked pretty good this year with AP gone and Cook in there. This year I will take my bathroom breaks when the Vikings offense is on the field. The D should be fairly watchable, the O not as much. The Oline is now younger and hopefully improving, but I see a year to go for the offense to get put back together and statue Bradford is not the guy to make it all work. As long as they sniff .500 or better I’ll say they met expectations.

  38. Time for someone to put the Pats back in their place. We all know who’s the only one that can do it. It’s happening again. 3-0.

  39. No one has the Ravens in the playoffs? They just missed on the last play of the Steelers game (they would have beaten the Bengals the next week if they had won that game) and most pundits agree that the Ravens had a good draft and a good free agent season. At least most of you have only the Steelers from the AFC North but some guy named Williams has the Bengals also. You’ll see how bad that pick was after the Ravens throttle the Bengals on day one on their turf.

    Go Ravens

  40. No one has the Ravens in the playoffs? They just missed on the last play of the Steelers game (they would have beaten the Bengals the next week if they had won that game) and most pundits agree that the Ravens had a good draft and a good free agent season. At least most of you have only the Steelers from the AFC North but some person named Williams has the Bengals also. You’ll see how bad that pick was after the Ravens throttle the Bengals on day one on their turf.

    Go Ravens

  41. Lot’s of faith in the Seahawks. They are on a downward trend since gagging up the Superbowl. Look for another step back this year.

  42. AFC: Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers, Titans, Raiders, Bengals
    Wildcard: Steelers over Bengals, Raiders over Titans
    Divisional Round: Patriots over Raiders, Chiefs over Steelers
    Conference Championship: Patriots over Chiefs
    NFC: Packers, Seahawks, Falcons, Cowboys, Panthers, Giants
    Wildcard: Falcons over Giants, Panthers over Cowboys
    Divisional Round: Packers over Panthers, Seahawks over Falcons
    Conference Championship: Packers over Seahawks
    Super Bowl: Packers over Patriots

  43. So much love for the raiders. They haven’t beaten the chiefs in 3 yrs. maybe some of u so called experts should rethink that pick. As for me afc: ne, kc, Pitt, tenn, Miami, Baltimore. Kc upsets ne tonight and in the afc championship. NFC: sea, ny, car, gb, tb, Arizona. Sea beats pack at home. Super bowl sea beats kc.

  44. I love it that none of you picked the Packers to win it all. It will make it that much sweeter when they do.

  45. Hmm. I wonder how all of those who picked the infallible Patriots to win are feeling now that KC handed them their lunch. I know they have a history of coming back from losses like this, but they didn’t look that good, and their lineup is thin. KC, on the other hand, looked awesome.

  46. Yep, that BB never loses. Reid and Alex Smith just hung 40+ on the Pats but a SB MVP, League MVP and SB winning coach like like Aaron and Mike McCarthy couldn’t at all even thos Aaron’s never lost to Brady. (Eyeroll)

  47. kcrobert10 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    So much love for the raiders. They haven’t beaten the chiefs in 3 yrs. maybe some of u so called experts should rethink that pick. As for me afc: ne, kc, Pitt, tenn, Miami, Baltimore. Kc upsets ne tonight and in the afc championship. NFC: sea, ny, car, gb, tb, Arizona. Sea beats pack at home. Super bowl sea beats kc.
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    Great call on KC dude

  48. Seahawks
    Packers
    Falcons
    Giants
    Cowboys
    Lions
    Panthers
    Buccaneers
    Cardinals
    Redskins
    Vikings
    Saints
    Eagles

    Patriots
    Chiefs
    Texans
    Steelers
    Raiders
    Titans
    Broncos
    Chargers
    Dolphins
    Ravens
    Bengals

    Can make a strong case for any of these teams making the playoffs, and we all know anything can happen once they’re there. Going to be an awesome season to watch, I’m so thrilled that it is finally here.

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