Greetings! We're reaching the final weeks of the NFL 2019-2020 season. I want to make my own predictions for the upcoming playoff picture in January. A lot of my predictions will probably match the sports trades, but I'm also throwing in a few unusual ideas. Let's take a look at my initial playoff projections.
First of all, six teams from each division will comprise the initial playoff picture. The NFL has two conferences; the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. There's four divisions in each conference. The team with the best record in each division moves forward and competes in the playoffs. However, six teams in each conference compete in the playoffs, not four. The NFL adds two more teams from each conference with the next best records. You can think of these teams as Wild Cards. Ultimately, the playoffs begin with six teams from the AFC and six from the NFC.
Here are my initial predictions for the AFC. The AFC East champion is obvious. I believe the New England Patriots are taking the playoff spot and the number one seed in general. They're having an exceptional season and Tom Brady is still playing quite well. Keep in mind, the Buffalo Bills are having a surprisingly decent season. Eventually, they obtained enough draft picks to build a better team. I think the Bills will snag a Wild Card spot.
The AFC West is a little tighter, but I assume the Kansas City Chiefs will take the playoff spot. They're doing well, now that Patrick Mahomes is healthy enough to be their starting quarterback again. I suppose the Oakland Raiders could be a contender, but they're going to lose some games in the upcoming weeks. In fact, I don't even think the Raiders will grab a Wild Card spot. They're a middle of the road team who's overhyped for some reason.
I'm pretty sure the Baltimore Ravens will take the AFC North without any problems. The other teams in their division aren't very good. I have to admit, the Ravens have one of the strongest defenses in the NFL. They don't have a tremendous offense, but it's good enough to get the job done.
The AFC South is super dicey. Basically, the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts have similar records. Neither of them are premiere teams, but I will give the edge to the Texans. It seems like they have a stronger and more consistent team with a handful of veteran players. The Colts haven't been the same since Peyton Manning left. Andrew Luck was their starting quarterback for a while, but he retired due to injuries. In the end, a football team can't win without a decent quarterback unless their defense is incredible. The Colts don't have a defense that can match a powerhouse like the Ravens. I believe the Colts will be just good enough to take the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.
So, the top six teams in the AFC will possibly be the following:
Next, I'm covering the NFC. This conference might be a little more straight forward with their standings. The Dallas Cowboys will probably take the NFC East. I don't even think the Cowboys are terrific, but the other teams in their division are significantly worse. Running backs and offensive line might be the Cowboys' best attributes. Their quarterback and defense is inconsistent. Many people are in love with Dak Prescott, the Cowboy's starting quarterback, but I think his performances are all over the place.
The NFC West has two very good teams. I believe the San Francisco 49ers will easily take the playoff spot, but the Seattle Seahawks will most likely grab a Wild Card position. Actually, I think the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl this year, but we'll see what happens. They're an incredibly well rounded team with a lot of talent and a strong coaching staff. I want to give a lot of credit to the Seahawks as well. They're much better than the Cowboys, in my opinion.
I would say the NFC North has a very tight race. If you look online, most sports websites are predicting the Green Bay Packers to take the playoff spot. That's probably true because they have an excellent quarterback and a great record. I believe the Minnesota Vikings are taking the other Wild Card opportunity. They're almost on equal par with the Packers, but the Vikings need some more refinement. Sometimes they beat talented teams with ease and lose terribly to awful teams. Wild Card is a good name for the Vikings this season.
Finally, the New Orleans Saints will take the NFC South without many complications. They're clearly the best team in the division. Ironically, the Saints played very well when their starting quarterback was injured for several games. It didn't stop them and that's quite impressive because losing a valuable quarterback is usually the kiss of death.
Here are my predictions for the NFC:
I might do a separate post for the remainder of the NFL playoffs, but that's the end for now. Who do you think will go to the playoffs? Do you think any dark horses will grab a spot? Leave your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks for visiting and I'll be back next week. See you later!
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