Bryan: 2017 NFL Season Predictions

The 2017 NFL season is finally here and it kicks off Thursday night with the New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on NBC.

As I do every year, below are my final regular season records and playoff predictions for the 2017 season, but first, have a little fun by looking at my predictions from last season.

In the NFC, and just like last year, I once again have the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks all making the playoffs in 2017. I also have the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys both making it into the playoffs as well this year after being way off on my predictions about the two teams last year. The New York Giants bring up the rear this year on the NFC side as I have them sneaking in as a Wild Card team.

As far as the AFC goes, it’s hard to bet against the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers both not making the playoffs this year. The AFC West, one again, figures to be tightly contested and I have the Oakland Raiders coming out one game ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers in that division with the latter getting a Wild Card berth. The Tennessee Titans should win the AFC South this year and I have the Miami Dolphins sneaking in as the last Wild Card team in the conference.

It’s not hard to imagine a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game again this year. I will play the eternal optimist and predict that this is finally the year that the Steelers can win the AFC by finally beating the Patriots in Foxboro. As for the NFC side, I have the Packers beating the Falcons in a rematch of last years NFC Championship game.

Since I’ve gone this far with my optimism for the 2017 Steelers, I will predict that they will beat the Packers in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN.

As always, I’m bound to be way off on several of these records, so let me know in the comments which teams you think I am giving too much respect to and which teams I have underrated. Also, please feel free to provide your own Super Bowl predictions as well in the comments.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC EAST
TEAMWLT
COWBOYS1150
GIANTS1060
REDSKINS880
EAGLES880
NFC NORTH
TEAMWLT
PACKERS1330
LIONS880
VIKINGS790
BEARS4120
NFC SOUTH
TEAMWLT
FALCONS1150
SAINTS970
BUCCANEERS880
PANTHERS790
NFC WEST
TEAMWLT
CARDINALS1150
SEAHAWKS1150
RAMS790
49ERS4120
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC EAST
TEAMWLT
PATRIOTS1420
DOLPHINS970
BILLS6100
JETS0160
AFC NORTH
TEAMWLT
STEELERS1330
BENGALS880
RAVENS880
BROWNS3130
AFC SOUTH
TEAMWLT
TITANS1060
TEXANS880
COLTS5110
JAGUARS1150
AFC WEST
TEAMWLT
RAIDERS1150
CHARGERS1060
CHIEFS970
BRONCOS880

NFC WILD CARD ROUND

Cardinals beat Giants

Cowboys beat Seahawks

NFC DIVISONAL ROUND

Packers beat Cowboys

Falcons beat Cardinals

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Packers beat Falcons

AFC WILD CARD ROUND

Raiders beat Dolphins

Chargers beat Titans

AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

Steelers beat Raiders

Patriots beat Chargers

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Steelers beat Patriots

SUPER BOWL 52

Steelers beat Packers

  • Spencer Krick

    That’s about where I have the Jets.

  • nutty32

    Cowboys seem to have a pretty long & consistent history of stinking when they’re supposed to be good and being good when they’re supposed to stink. Speaks volumes about their coaching staff/F.O. and the fine line between winning & losing; being committed and focused v. feeling entitled. Things like this make me appreciate MT’s consistency.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Sweeping the division? I’ll take it! The Steelers certainly need to bring it every week this year, as there will be some tougher-than-expected games (TEN, HOU, MIN).

  • srdan

    I like it dave!!!!

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Finally getting past NE in the playoffs, at NE. You are putting my daydreams on paper.

  • JohnB

    I would LOVE this. All of this. Itd be hard to beat a year like this.

  • KiJana Haney

    I see us split with the ravens. I can’t imagine us sweeping them but this might be the year to do it. I think the bengals are better than people think. With that said, the second game is late in the season at night which means we will win and the first game is the danger game on the schedule for me. They always play us tough. For some reason I am not that high on the chiefs this year and I think we will show up for that game. The chiefs only beat us their two years ago because ben wasn’t playing. We always lose one game we aren’t supposed too. I think we can beat the pats at home in Week 15 because that is when we are at our best. If we lose to the pats it will be in a close game decided by a touchdown or field goal. I think we drop a game to the ravens or bengals or both and then lose a game that we are not supposed to, like christmas against the texans. The packers game is the real toss up for me but it is at the end of the season after thanksgiving and november is always when we get really hot. I see us finishing 13-3 this year barring no injuries to the killer Bs or crucial members of the defense. The key is our division play if we can go 5-1 in the division and beat the pats at home I think we get home field. If we go 4-2 in the division we might not catch the pats. Worst case 2nd seed best case 1st seed. Personally I hope we go 12-4 get the second seed and beat the pats at home in the afc title game. As much as I want home field I want to beat the pats at their best like the ravens did in 2012. No matter who we face if we make the super bowl I know that we will win it.

  • francesco

    How can i say no to the Steelers winning it all.
    However it will have to be the Patriots or any other team to have to play us at home for it to be possible.

  • KiJana Haney

    If everyone is healthy we can beat them. We have the firepower and a better defense to do it

  • francesco

    I would like to believe that but the Patriots have a better defense and you agree that their offense is better as well. In addition and you will agree to this as well…the Steelers don’t play perfect football. How often have we said in the past that the Steelers beat themselves. That is my real worry to be honest.

  • KiJana Haney

    that is true but it is in the months of september and october. The steelers always peform great in november and just get better as the season goes on. In the playoffs we normally are dynamite. We have the better offense but remember last year our defense was not bad we finished 12th in total defense. The defense is much better and should be able to match up better against the quick speedy receivers of the pats. I truly think that this is the year for us.

  • francesco

    You know last year when we played the Pats…we were on the one yard line just before half time after Jesse James caught a pass and was inches from going into the end zone. We had three cracks to get it in but failed and we had to settle for a field goal. I believe that was the turning point of the game.

  • LucasY59

    AFC
    #1 Seed Steelers, #2 Patriots, #3 Raiders, #4 Texans, WC Chiefs, Titans

    NFC
    #1 Seed Packers, #2 Seahawks, #3 Giants, #4 Falcons WC Cowboys, Buccaneers

    SB Steelers 31 Seahawks 21

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    My prediction is that the Steelers beat the Raiders, beat the Patriots then win Super Bowl over Cowboys. No other games matter.

  • Lambert58

    Dave, pass me a cup of that Kool-Aid.

  • Rocksolid20

    Homer ! I love it .

  • Rocksolid20

    At NE ? WOW .

  • Michael Mosgrove

    you will have to update it already. new england lost.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I tend to have a really good feel for the NFC. More than once, I’ve called the NFC Champion from the get. Since I always pick the Steelers, my brothers always give me crud about my “Steelers vs ___” predictions. For example, I called Steelers vs. Cardinals, the year that no one had the Warner Cards in the big game.

    I like to have a few teams in my head, and then look at their schedules. Usually, this serves to elevate a team or two and drop the others. This year, I think it is the most wide open between a handful of teams, that I can remember. And looking over their schedules, did NOTHING to help separate any of them. And so, in that instance, I have to just go off of the gut feeling that I can’t seem to get rid of. Or more so, the team that I can’t get out of my head for some reason.

    With that said, and without going in depth like Dave in my prediction breakdowns, I have the Super Bowl as: Steelers vs. Giants.

    Big Ben vs. Eli. The 2 vs 2 Super Bowl.

  • Alan Tman

    STEELERS over the Texans and Seahawks over Cowboys. Steelers over Seahawks MB10 4 Catches 165 yds. 3 TDS Superbowl MVP. LOL