2015 NFL Predictions… in one sentence

The 2015 NFL season starts in just over an hour as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that Deflategate is behind us, for now, it is time to get to the action on the field. But before the opening kick-off is made, I want to give my one-sentence predictions for each of the 32 teams looking to start the season off good this weekend.

AFC EAST

NFL NE1. New England Patriots

Brady and the Patriots should be able to continue their dominance after putting Deflategate behind them.

NFL MIA 2. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill will take the next step and, with help from strong defense, will help lead Dolphins to playoffs.

NFL BUF 3. Buffalo Bills

A great defense will help mask a below average offense, but will not help Bills advance to postseason.

NFL NYJ 4. New York Jets

I like Todd Bowles as the Jets new head coach, but they need more to improve overall.

 

AFC West

NFL DEN 1. Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning will lead Broncos to postseason, but the question will be if he can get it done once in the playoffs.

NFL KC 2. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs will battle the Broncos for the division title, but will ultimately fall short.

NFL OAK 3. Oakland Raiders

The young Raiders will improve from last season and move on up to third in the division, with more improvements to come in the future.

NFL SD 4. San Diego Chargers

Between injuries, suspensions, and inexperience, the Chargers will slide down in the division and will be rebuilding even more soon.

 

AFC North

NFL PIT 1. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers, with Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown, will have a dynamic offense to compliment their steady defense.

NFL BAL 2. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are not as good as they were just 3 or 4 years ago, but still a solid team with playoff aspirations.

NFL CIN 3. Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton and the Bengals will take a step back this season, bringing Dalton’s future with the team even further into question.

NFL CLE 4. Cleveland Browns

The Browns are still a few years, and a quarterback, away from climbing to the top of the division.

 

AFC South

NFL IND 1. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck and the Colts will continue to dominate the AFC South and will take the next step in the playoffs.

NFL HOU 2. Houston Texans

Without a definite reliable quarterback, the Texans will finish behind the Colts once again.

NFL JAC 3. Jacksonville Jaguars

With a young quarterback and set of receivers, the Jaguars should improve in 2015, but are still a ways away from making it to the postseason.

NFL TEN 4. Tennessee Titans

Second-overall pick Marcus Mariota should be good in time with the Titans, but he has very little to work with this season and the team will struggle.

 

 

NFC East

NFL PHI 1. Philadelphia Eagles

DeMarco Murray and a good, healthy Sam Bradford will help the Eagles to the top of the NFC East.

NFL NYG 2. New York Giants

I can’t imagine the Giants struggling again this year and Eli Manning should bounce back this season with Beckham Jr. and a healthy Victor Cruz catching passes.

NFL DAL 3. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys will still be a good team, but will struggle in the running game without Murray this year and will revert back to a team that falls apart in December.

NFL WAS 4. Washington Redskins

The Redskins are an absolute mess and I wouldn’t be surprised if they only win 2 or 3 games in 2015.

 

NFC West

NFL SEA 1. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks should continue to sit atop the division and their offense should be more potent with the addition of Jimmy Graham.

NFL ARI 2. Arizona Cardinals

If Carson Palmer can stay healthy, the Cardinals can make some noise in the postseason this year.

NFL STL 3. St. Louis Rams

Nick Foles will help the Rams offense to improve, and their defense is already one of the best, but they will not make it to the postseason just yet.

NFL SF 4. San Francisco 49ers

With a new coach and all of the players they lost this offseason, the 49ers will struggle mightily this season and may regret their personnel decisions when the season ends.

 

NFC North

NFL GB 1. Green Bay Packers

Even without Jordy Nelson, the Packers are just hands-down better than everyone in their division.

NFL DET 2. Detroit Lions

The Lions will get things together this season and make a push to the playoffs, but fall just short.

NFL MIN 3. Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater will take the next step and the Vikings will improve with each game, building a better team for the future.

NFL CHI 4. Chicago Bears

Head coach John Fox will have to go through a terrible 2015 season and just wait until next year to make this team his own.

 

NFC South

NFL NO 1. New Orleans Saints

The loss of Graham may hurt in some ways, but it may also make Brees look in other directions and may make the Saints rely on the running game more.

NFL ATL 2. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons will fall just short of the division title and the lack of a reliable, proven running back is likely their downfall.

NFL CAR 3. Carolina Panthers

Without Kelvin Benjamin for the season, Cam Newton and the Panthers will struggle to get the ball downfield through the air.

NFL TB 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston will not be the solution for the Bucs and they will continue to occupy the bottom spot of the NFC South.

 

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

 

 

 

 

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