Compiled by Jay Kenney
After an extremely active off season of controversy it’s time to FINALLY turn the page to 2015. Our staff here at Dirty Water News couldn’t be more amped up for NFL action and the fantasy that comes with it. As a little bit of friendly competition we decided to compile our list of predictions for the season. These predictions include: Divisional Champions, NFC & AFC Champions, and ultimately the Super Bowl Champions. When February rolls around we’ll look back and rank the predictions. Who will be the best and come out on top?
Here are some short blurbs and some of the preseason info about each division. P.S. :The Predictions will follow at the end of the divisional outlooks:
Questions will be answered as we roll deeper into the season and the league falls into place. The Patriots will find themselves in one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL for the first time in several years. The Bills and Dolphins have both loaded up their rosters while the Jets seem to be a complete disaster for another season.
The NFC North provides some of the most interesting competition in the NFL. The Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals are all potential playoff teams. They are teams that do not quite provide a Super Bowl type of roster but have the potential to go deep into the post season. There are question marks across the board for all of the teams including the Browns.
The Colts are one of the most dynamic, impressive offenses in all of the NFL. If they can manage to have their defense rise up and perform for 2015 they can win Andrew Luck his first Super Bowl. The Texans have a team full of superstars but the weakness of Brian Hoyer compared to a quarterback like Luck could hurt Houston down the stretch. The Jaguars and Titans will likely battle it out to see who is the worst team in the conference.
This division is one of the most unpredictable for this upcoming season. Will the weakening of Manning’s arm will open the door for Andy Reid to win the AFC West in 2015? The Broncos and Chargers definitely won’t make it easy for the Chiefs but the Raiders are a solid lock to remain in the cellar for the upcoming season.
This division has traditionally been one of the toughest areas of the NFL to survive. It has arguably taken a few steps back overall with the weakness of the Redskins. However, hypothetically the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants all stand a chance to win the conference in 2015. The Eagles are the most well balanced roster across the board and Chip Kelly may lead his roster to first place in the division.
The Packers are probably the easiest divisional lock of them all; both conferences considered. The Vikings have talent and a returning Adrian Peterson to boost their offense. The Lions and the Bears are not quite as solid all around as the Packers and Vikings. The Bears might finish dead last with the unimpressive Jay Cutler leading their offense.
This is easily the worst conference in all of the NFL. None of these teams really deserve to make the playoffs. The Falcons are the best of the worst and should take the divisional crown and playoff berth they do not deserve. Cam Newton does not have enough talent around him or the targets to make it to the postseason. The Saints may make a run for one of the top two divisional spots if Drew Brees can put the team on his back. The Bucs aren’t close to contention yet.
The Seahawks own the NFC West and this will likely continue in 2015. The Cardinals are formidable and could make a drive deep into the postseason if Carson Palmer stays healthy. The Rams have talent but not quite enough. The 49ers are a completely different team that might look unrecognizable compared to previous seasons. They are look like an easy lock to remain in the cellar.
So here are the picks that we compiled from the nine Dirty Water News writers that took part in the predictions for the 2015 season:
DWN CONSENSUS PRESEASON PICKS:
AFC East Champion: Patriots (9)
AFC North Champion: Steelers (6) Bengals (3)
AFC South Champion: Colts (9)
AFC West Champion: Broncos (7) Chiefs (2)
NFC East Champion: Eagles (5) Cowboys (4)
NFC North Champion: Packers (8) Lions (1)
NFC South Champion: Falcons (4) Panthers (2) Saints (2) Bucs (1)
NFC West Champion: Seahawks (9)
AFC Champion: Patriots (4) Colts (4) Ravens (1)
NFC Champion: Seahawks B (5) Packers (3) Cowboys (1)
Super Bowl 50 Champion: Seahawks (4) Patriots (3) Packers (2)