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