This is purely for own amusement and also because at the end of the NFL season I can never remember which teams I liked at the start of the season. Might get round to the AFC on Thursday (might not, who knows? It’ll probably just be the Steelers and Chiefs chasing the Patriots again). As the regular season (and fantasy football season) fast approaches I just had to record some thoughts for posterity. Some thoughts based on nothing more than my gut instinct and with absolutely no basis in fact.
I really like the West this season. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Seahawks will have a successful campaign and the Rams could push them all the way. I’m a big fan of the 49ers roster too, with Nick Bosa the Defence should difficult to score on and with Jimmy G and Tevin Coleman they should be able to score reasonably efficiently but after the last 2 seasons I don’t really have any faith in them keeping their stars fit all season.
The NFC South could be the second division to provide 2 playoff teams with the Saints and Panthers having some explosive players on Offence and potentially very strong Defences. The Falcons have got more than enough talent around Matt Ryan to score points quickly but at first glance they might not have the Defensive front to challenge their Divisional rivals.
The NFC North teams face one of the toughest schedules in the league and with a number of coaching changes in Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota they could all suffer which could benefit the Lions. The Lions however only won 6 games last season as Matt Patricia struggled to bed in.
Finally the NFC East, it appears it’ll be the Eagles to lose as they look to have the best Offensive line and a strong Defence. If Carson Wentz stays healthy all season they could finish quite far ahead of the Cowboys and the Redskins and Giants look to be in for rough old seasons.
I expect the Seahawks, Saints, Eagles, Rams, Lions and 49ers to make the playoffs (they’re not strong expectations though to be fair)