September 4, 2014

Picks for the 2014 NFL season + the big opener

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

After two days of recaps, here’s your handy guide to all the playoff teams and award winners for the coming NFL season. And, as always, all predictions are correct or your money back.

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles.

NFC North: Green Bay Packers.

NFC South: New Orleans Saints.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks.

NFC Wildcards: Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers.

AFC East: New England Patriots.

AFC North: Baltimore Ravens.

AFC South: Houston Texans.

AFC West: Denver Broncos.

AFC Wildcards: San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins.

MVP: Peyton Manning, DEN

Offensive player of the year: Drew Brees, NO

Defensive player of the year: Darrelle Revis, NE

Offensive rookie: Brandin Cooks, NO

Defensive rookie: Ryan Shazier, PIT

First overall pick: Buffalo Bills (So, actually the Cleveland Browns)

AFC Championship: New England over Denver

NFC Championship: San Francisco over Philadelphia

Super Bowl: San Francisco over New England

As for tonight’s showdown, it might actually be as dramatic as the Fail Mary game these two teams played two years ago.

Green Bay should be champing at the bit after losing in the wild card to San Fran last year and stumbling with Aaron Rodgers out for several weeks. But with the all-pro QB healthy and the defence improved, the Pack should keep this game interesting.

But here’s the thing: Russell Wilson has lost just once at home in his NFL career. The Seahawks also haven’t lost many key pieces from their big Super Bowl win, so we should be able to expect the same level of play from Pete Carroll’s crew.

You also can’t discount the amount of energy the 12th man will have after watching the defending champs run out onto the field for the first time since lifting the Lombardi Trophy.

The pick: SEATTLE -5.5 over Green Bay.

2013 season: 119-125-9 (3 games with NL)

2013 playoffs: 3-4-3

2012 season: 132-116-8

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