NFL Thoughts & Projections (Before Week 1)

Like most red blooded Americans, I enjoy watching the NFL, and since 1994 I have cheered for the Dallas Cowboys.

Living in New England this can some times bring conflict among my friends, (and random people I meet in the streets), because while I have accepted that the New England Patriots are the greatest professional football franchise in NFL history, and that both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the G.O.A.T of their respected positions, I have yet to accept that God Almighty didn’t give the Dallas Cowboys directly to humanity.

With that being said, I want to give five thoughts and projections going into the 2017–2018 NFL Season.

Five Thoughts:

  1. The 2017–2018 season will have the highest among of suspensions due to off field behaviors in NFL history. As the League embraces a culture of political correctness, players off field behaviors and decisions will cost them more than any of generation of NFL players.
  2. If the NFL continues to be a platform for politics and political statements, the ratings will continue to drop. The average NFL fan isn’t tuning into “NFL on Fox” or the NFL Network to hear social commentary, they are looking for a few hours of escape from their work week, and to make sure they made the right choices in their fantasy football leagues.
  3. The Oakland Raiders are going to be a very fun team to watch this year.
  4. The Detroit Lions will win their first playoff game since 1991.
  5. The New England Patriots will win 15 games this season.

Projection:

AFC East:

Patriots 15–1

The New England Patriots will run away with another AFC East Title; the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets will be lucky to break .500 this season.

AFC Central:

Steelers 13–3

The AFC Central will produce two playoff teams in the Steelers and the Ravens. The Steelers have the best offense in the AFC, and possibly the best in the NFL. If everyone stays healthy, the Pittsburgh Steelers will make a run deep into the playoffs.

AFC South:

Tennessee Titans 11–5

The Jaguars, Titans, and Texans will all have above .500 records this year, but the Titans will win the AFC South. The Colts will finish with only seven wins this year.

AFC West:

Oakland Raiders 12–4

The AFC West will produce two playoff teams in the Chiefs and the Raiders. The Oakland Raiders will be one of the most fun teams to watch this NFL season. They should put up a ton of numbers, and make a decent run into the playoffs.

NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys 14–2

The NFC East is the only division with a possibility of putting three teams into the playoffs this season; the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins.

NFC North:

Green Bay Packers 13–3

The NFC North is going to produce two playoff teams, the Lions and the Packers. With the additions that the Packers made in the off-season, they have the potential of making it to the Super Bowl.

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons 12–4

The NFC South will produce two playoff teams in the Buccaneers and the Falcons. Both teams are loaded, but the Buccaneers will end the season with 11 wins, and the Falcons 12.

NFC West:

Seattle Seahawks 12–4

The NFC West is basically the Seahawks and three other terrible teams, much like the situation with the Patriots in the AFC East.

Playoff Projections:

AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots