Football is back ! And to give you all two perspectives, I brought in my guy Evan to give his picks as well. Let us know what you think !

Evan

NFC East- New York Giants

Best team in a bad division. Would be Dallas if Romo didn’t go down

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

Best all around team in the NFL, in my mind. The only division competition is Seattle

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

Vikings would’ve given them a run for their money, but with Teddy going down, it’s over

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

Simple, Saints and Panthers aren’t good and the Bucs aren’t ready to dethrone the Panthers. Not yet.

NFC Wildcards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One should not be a surprise and one should. The Seahawks have a very talented defense and offense but the Cardinals are just better. The Buccaneers  are the second best team in the South and now that Teddy is out for the Vikings, it leaves the door open for Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers


AFC East-New England Patriots

Almost the same situation as the NFC south. Dolphins and Jets aren’t that good and the Bills will never dethrone Mr. Brady.

AFC West- Oakland Raiders

Surprise ! Broncos are starting an inexperienced QB, Chiefs aren’t explosive enough and the Bolts are getting older and are declining.

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bengals always choke at the wrong time, while they will be improved, the Ravens won’t matchup with the Steelers. And the Browns are the Browns.

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

No team is ready yet. Next year I could see this division being open for anybody, except Tennessee they still need a year.

AFC Wildcards- Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos

Pretty easy choices, Denver’s defense will carry them and the Bengals are good enough to make it to the playoffs, just not good enough to win in the playoffs and that will be all she wrote for Marvin Lewis in Cincy.

Super Bowl Matchup- Cardinals over Patriots

Arizona is the better team in my mind.  Carson Palmer will play a key part in this game, but ultimately it comes down to an ex-Pat getting pressure on Brady. My Super Bowl 51 MVP is Chandler Jones.

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via nflmocks.com

 

AJ

NFC East- Washington Redskins

Washington has improved with the signing of Josh Norman, and I just don’t see any reason as to why they should not be favorites to go back-to-back in the division, although the NFC East could very well be anyone’s division.

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

I’m with Evan here. The Cardinals could very well be the best team in the league. The Seahawks will keep the division race really tight, but Arizona has the pieces to win the whole thing.

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

Green Bay is far and away the best team in this division. Aaron Rodgers has his man Jordy Nelson back and Eddie Lacy finally lost weight. Green Bay’s defense is not to be overlooked either.

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

Not even a question. There are some improved teams in this division, but none of them come close to Carolina.  Carolina’s offense gets a boost with the return of Kelvin Benjamin and the defense will still be one of the best in the game.

NFC Wildcards- Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks may not win the division, but they are still a team nobody wants to play late in the season. The Vikings are kind of here by default, I just can’t see any other team in this spot. Teddy Bridgewater is a huge loss, but they still have Adrian Peterson and one of the best defenses in football.


AFC East- New England Patriots

Because they’re the Patriots.

AFC West- Oakland Raiders

The drought is over ! Oakland gets into the playoffs with the help of their core group; Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Khalil Mack. Do not sleep on the Raiders. They’re dangerous for the first time in years.

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have two of the deadliest players in the game in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The Bengals will be worthy divisional challengers, but if all of Pittsburgh’s key pieces stay healthy they could be scary.

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

Raiders and Jags in the playoffs ? The next weather forecast has a 25% chance of flying pigs too.

All jokes aside Jacksonville is finally ready to run with the big dogs. Its been year after year of embarrassment, but the time has come.  How’s this for a core ? Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey, TJ Yeldon, and Dante Fowler. Big things coming in Jacksonville.


AFC Wildcards- Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals

The reigning Super Bowl champions will have a massive target on their back, and a brand-new quarterback with very little experience. Denver will still be a big-time threat in the playoffs, but I just see the Raiders winning more games in the regular season.  Cincinnati once again has the talent to reach the playoffs, but its going to be a matter of actually winning a playoff game.

Super Bowl Matchup- Pittsburgh Steelers over the Seattle Seahwaks 

I don’t really like either team, but you have two electric offenses and two smash-mouth defenses, that can beat anyone. Seattle has, and will be a championship threat for the foreseeable future. Remember when everyone wrote them off ? Yeah I don’t either, because they just win games ! This game will come down to whoever can establish the run game. The Steelers have a dynamic running back in Le’Veon Bell, who will be the deciding factor and Super Bowl MVP. It pains me, but the Steelers are looking like they can win it all… again.

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via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Awards- 

MVP: Evan- Aaron Rodgers      AJ- Adrian Peterson

Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack (consensus)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Evan- Ezekiel Elliot       AJ- Corey Coleman

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Evan- Vernon Hargraves III    AJ- Robert Nkemdiche

 

 

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