2014 NFL Predictions

After the popularity of last year’s NFL predictions, Tap-ins contributors Sean Meyers, Patrick Williams and Anthony Franco return, and are joined by Dan Scifo, to offer their predictions for the 2014 season. Each selected the standings for every division, wild card teams, and the matchup and winner of the Super Bowl. Also, the quartet chose NFL award-winners.

Five of the eight division winners, New England, Indianapolis, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans, are unanimous picks among the Tap-Ins experts. A year after each team earned a first-place prediction in the NFC East, the experts all agree that the Eagles have separated themselves from the rest of the division. Big things are expected from Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, as they earned votes as both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, while Jadeveon Clowney appears to be a heavy favorite as Defensive Rookie of the Year. San Francisco is the top choice to prevail in Super Bowl XLIX, as a pair of panelists picked the 49ers for their champions.

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Wild card selections are indicated by *

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AFC East 

1.

New

England

New

England

New

England

New

England

2. Buffalo

* New York

Jets

New York

Jets

*Miami
3. Miami Miami Miami

New York

Jets

4.

New York

Jets

Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo

AFC North

1.

Cincinnati Cincinnati Pittsburgh Cincinnati
2. *Baltimore Baltimore *Cincinnati Baltimore
3. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Baltimore Pittsburgh
4. Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland

AFC South

1.

Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis
2. *Houston Houston Houston Houston
3. Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
4. Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville

AFC West

1.

Denver Denver Denver Denver
2. San Diego *San Diego

*Kansas

City

*Kansas

City

3.

Kansas

City

Kansas

City

San Diego San Diego
4. Oakland Oakland Oakland Oakland

NFC East

1.

Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia
2. Dallas

New York

Giants

New York

Giants

New York

Giants

3. Washington Dallas Dallas Dallas
4.

New York

Giants

Washington Washington Washington

NFC North

1.

Chicago Green Bay Green Bay Chicago
2. *Green Bay Chicago Chicago *Green Bay
3. Detroit Detroit Detroit Detroit
4. Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota

NFC South

1.

New

Orleans

New

Orleans

New

Orleans

New

Orleans

2. Atlanta *Atlanta *Carolina *Atlanta
3. Carolina Carolina Atlanta Carolina
4. Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay

NFC West

1.

Seattle Seattle

San

Francisco

Seattle
2.

*San

Francisco

*San

Francisco

*Seattle

San

Francisco

3. Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona
4. St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis
MVP

Andrew

Luck

Aaron

Rodgers

Peyton

Manning

LeSean

McCoy

Offense

POY

Jimmy

Graham

Andrew

Luck

Colin

Kaepernick

Aaron

Rodgers

Defense

POY

Patrick

Willis

Luke

Kuechly

DeMarcus

Ware

Patrick

Willis

Offense

ROY

Kelvin

Benjamin

Blake

Bortles

Brandin

Cooks

Kelvin

Benjamin

Defense

ROY

CJ

Mosley

Jadeveon

Clowney

Jadeveon

Clowney

Jadeveon

Clowney

Coach

Marc

Trestman

Chip

Kelly

Jim

Harbaugh

Marc

Trestman

Sean Meyers Super Bowl Prediction: New Orleans over Indianapolis – The two powerhouse teams in the AFC, Denver and New England, and the two powerhouse teams in the NFC, Seattle and San Francisco, will all fall short of the Super Bowl, as Drew Brees and the Saints will ultimately hoist the Lombardi Trophy. In his third season, Andrew Luck will make to leap to the same level as Peyton Manning. Chicago’s offense, keyed by its receiver tandem, will become one of the league’s top offenses and quality for the postseason. Houston, under new coach Bill O’Brien, will enjoy a bounce-back season, and will make the postseason.

Sean Meyers expects big things the Saints, led by Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham

Patrick Williams Super Bowl Prediction: San Francisco over Indianapolis – 2014 will be like every other year in the recent NFL with two to four teams that should be good underachieving and two or so teams that should not be good making the playoffs. I think that this is the year that Chip Kelly’s offense takes flight in Philly though and that Seattle will be nearly unstoppable on both sides of the ball during the regular season. It all will come down to who can stay and get healthy during the playoff push though and for that reason I see the 49ers’ experience allowing them to gel for a Super Bowl run against the upstart Colts lead by Andrew Luck.

Dan Scifo Super Bowl Prediction: San Francisco over Denver –  It’s next to impossible to repeat as Super Bowl champions in the current climate of the NFL. I think Seattle has all the tools to do it again, but the Seahawks come up just short this time against their division rivals, who go on to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The AFC isn’t nearly as strong as the NFC — loaded with heavyweights like the aforementioned NFC West rivals, New Orleans, Green Bay, Carolina, Philadelphia  and more — but Denver remains the class of the conference. Peyton Manning takes his team back to the big game, but can’t win it in what could be his final appearance. Pittsburgh wins a wide-open AFC North, while Houston and Atlanta enjoy bounce-back years, but miss the playoffs. Keep an eye out for Chicago, a potential sleeper in the NFC.

Colin Kaepernick will be smiling after the 49ers hoist a Super Bowl trophy, according to predictions by Patrick Williams and Dan Scifo

Anthony Franco Super Bowl Prediction: Denver over Seattle – 2014 will produce a Super Bowl rematch for the first time since the 1993-94 matchup of Dallas versus Buffalo. Peyton Manning will get his revenge this time, eking out a victory over Seattle, and possibly retiring on top. Chicago makes a run to the playoffs this year, but faces division foe Green Bay, led by a healthy Aaron Rodgers, and is upset at home. Philadelphia will make a return to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2009, but lose to Seattle. The AFC South will continue to be the worst division in football, with only one team 8-8 or better. Washington will be the worst team in the NFC, and near the end of the season, will sit RGIII, in favor of Kirk Cousins.

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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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