2013 NFL Predictions

Tap-ins contributors Sean Meyers, Patrick Williams, Zack Chakan and Anthony Franco offer their predictions for the 2013 NFL season. Each selected the standings for every division, wild card teams, and the matchup and winner of Super Bowl XLVIII. Also, the quartet chose NFL award-winners.

The AFC shapes up similar, as all four pick New England, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver to make the postseason. Aside from Atlanta winning the South, and Green Bay and San Francisco making the postseason, the rest of the NFC appears up for grabs. Check in periodically throughout the season to see how the expects’ picks are shaping up.

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Wild card selections are indicated by *

S.M.

P.W

Z.C.

A.F.

  AFC     East 

1.

New

England

New

England

New

England

New

England

2.

Miami

Buffalo

Miami

Miami

3.

Buffalo

Miami

Buffalo

Buffalo

4.

New York Jets

New York Jets

New York Jets

New York Jets

AFC North

1.

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

2.

*Baltimore

*Baltimore

*Baltimore

*Baltimore

3.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

4.

Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland

AFC South

1.

Indianapolis

Houston

Indianapolis

Houston

2.

*Houston

*Indianapolis

Houston

*Indianapolis

3.

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee

4.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

AFC West

1.

Denver

Denver

Denver

Denver

2.

Kansas City

Oakland

*Kansas City

Kansas City

3.

San Diego

Kansas City

San Diego

Oakland

4.

Oakland

San Diego

Oakland

San Diego

NFC East

1.

Dallas

New York Giants

Philadelphia

Washington

2.

Philadelphia

*Washington

Dallas

Philadelphia

3.

New York Giants

Dallas

Washington

Dallas

4.

Washington

Philadelphia

New York Giants

New York Giants

NFC North

1.

Green Bay

Chicago

Detroit

Green Bay

2.

*Detroit

*Green Bay

*Green Bay

Minnesota

3.

Chicago

Detroit

Chicago

Detroit

4.

Minnesota

Minnesota

Minnesota

Chicago

NFC

South

1.

Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta

2.

New Orleans

New Orleans

Carolina

*New Orleans

3.

Tampa Bay

Carolina

Tampa Bay

Carolina

4.

Carolina

Tampa Bay

New Orleans

Tampa Bay

NFC West

1.

Seattle

San Francisco

Seattle

Seattle

2.

*San Francisco

Seattle

*San Francisco

*San Francisco

3.

St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

4.

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

MVP

Aaron

Rodgers

Matt

Ryan

Andrew

Luck

Adrian

Peterson

Offense

POY

A.J.

Green

Peyton

Manning

Calvin

Johnson

Adrian

Peterson

Defense

POY

Patrick

Willis

Patrick

Willis

Geno

Atkins

Terrell

Suggs

Offense

ROY

Tavon

Austin

E.J.

Manuel

Eddie

Lacy

Eddie

Lacy

Defense

ROY

Kenny

Vaccaro

Desmond

Trufant

Dee

Milliner

Kenny

Vaccaro

Coach

Marvin

Lewis

Marc

Trestman

Chip

Kelly

Marvin

Lewis

Sean Meyers Super Bowl Prediction: Green Bay over Denver – Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will lead the Cowboys back to the playoffs. The Lions will fulfill the promise they have shown, but will still not  overtake the Packers. The Seahawks and 49ers will become the top rivalry in the NFL after splitting two brutal contests. San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis will finally get his rightful recognition when he wins Defensive Player of the Year, but his team will finish behind Seattle in the division. Peyton Manning will enjoy a prolific postseason en route to a Super Bowl appearance, but will be outplayed by Aaron Rodgers on the biggest stage.

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Sean Meyers thinks Aaron Rodgers will win the MVP and will hoist the Lombardi Trophy once again.

Patrick Williams Super Bowl Prediction: Atlanta over Houston – The Texans will finally stay healthy down the stretch and make a run to their first Super Bowl in franchise history, and the city of Houston’s history. However, the Falcons take care of unfinished business from last year and benefit from a weak division schedule to take their first NFL title. E.J. Manuel will help guide the Bills to contention this year and in Chicago, Marc Trestman will turn heads and make some noise as his Bears and their revamped offense take the coveted NFC North. Look for minor injuries to derail a record-setting offense run by Peyton Manning. While RGIII is named the Comeback Player of the Year, Adrian Peterson will struggle to return to his form of last year with his surrounding talent.

Zack Chakan Super Bowl Prediction: Atlanta over Denver – Crazy things happen in the NFL every season, thanks to the short 16-game schedule, and there’s always some playoff turnover, so the trick is trying to guess those teams that come out of nowhere and either win the division, make the wild card or just miss. Those teams for me this year are Detroit (Stafford and Johnson will make a leap), Carolina, Kansas City and Philadelphia. All four NFC South teams have a shot at the playoffs, to me that’s the toughest division in 2013. The Steelers will be close to a playoff team this year, but I think the injury bug will bite again just enough to hinder their depth and make them lose a game or two that will knock them below Kansas City and Houston and out of the postseason. I’ll wager this is finally Atlanta’s year, with a solid all-around squad on offense and defense that finally gets over the playoff roadblock. But I wouldn’t recommend wagering along with me. The Jets and Jaguars will battle for the top overall pick in the 2014 Draft.

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Patrick Williams and Zack Chakan both like Atlanta to win Super Bowl XLVIII, while Williams believes Matt Ryan will capture the MVP award.

Anthony Franco Super Bowl Prediction: San Francisco over Cincinnati – Adrian Peterson will break the single-season rushing record, but his Vikings will still miss the playoffs. The NFC will dominate the season, with a dozen teams 8-8 or better. The Cincinnati Bengals will make their first Super Bowl in 25 years, but will meet an old foe in the San Francisco 49ers and will get embarrassed. This will be the highest scoring season in NFL history.

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About smthegame

Sean Meyers is a 2006 graduate of Penn State University, majoring in journalism with an emphasis in sports. For the past three years, he has covered an array of sports and news events in the Pittsburgh area. In 2010 and 2011, Sean provided freelance sports coverage for the Tribune Review and Plum-Oakmont Patch. For the past two years, he has served as a general news and sports reporter for the Latrobe Bulletin. Last year, he joined the MSA Sports Network as a commentator for high school sporting events. Sean is a lifelong fan of sports, and he stays active by playing dek hockey and basketball.
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