*Denotes Wildcard TeamsAFC East -
- I think everyone is in agreement that the Patriots are the elite team in the AFC East and its not even close. It would not surprise me if the Patriots sweep their division this season and get an easy 6 wins. At 12-4 or 13-3, New England will win this division by nearly 5 games as the Jets Bills and Dolphins will not finish better than .500.
AFC North -
- By far the most competitive division in the AFC as the Ravens, Steelers and Bengals are all playoff contenders. Last year Baltimore began to show that this is their division and its hard to bet against them in 2012. With the Ravens taking the division, the Steelers and Bengals will battle out a wild card spot, but it does not look pretty for the Bengals as the final three weeks (@Philly, @Pitt, vsBal) will completely ruin their season, allowing the Steelers to reach the playoffs once again.
AFC South -
- Similar to the AFC East, the AFC South will be a breeze for the Texans. They might not go 6-0 against their division rivals but they will easily win this division as the Titans have the only chance of having a winning record.
AFC West -
- Over the past few seasons this division was as even as it gets. No real powerhouse but yet every team was somewhat competitive and it usually went down to the last few weeks to determine a division winner. That will change in 2012 as the Broncos will win the AFC West again but they won't have to rely on miracles from Tim Tebow, they'll do it comfortably with future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning. As long as the Chargers take care of business when they play the Chiefs and Raiders I can see them emerge as a wildcard team and land the final playoff spot in the AFC.
NFC East -
- Lets be honest, nobody thought the Eagles would underachieve like they did last season and despite only going 8-8 they should probably have gone 12-4 but blew a bunch of 4th quarter leads. They still have the most explosive offense on paper and they made a few moves to improve that defense acquiring DeMeco Ryans. As long as Vick and company stay healthy they should win this division. The defending Super Bowl Champions should take the top wild card spot as Eli should continue to win important games in December and Romo will continue to disappoint Cowboy fans as they miss the playoffs once again.
NFC North -
- Arguably the best team in football, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers should sit comfortably atop the NFC North and get a first round BYE in the playoffs. They are too good and the Lions and Bears are not quite there yet. The fact that the NFC North has 3 very good football teams will be the reason that neither the Bears or Lions don't make the playoffs.
NFC South -
- The Saints know how to get through hard times as they've had to overcome Katrina in the past, so don't think this whole bounty scandal will ruin their season. They still have Drew Brees and an explosive offense that will put points on the board in a hurry and their defense will be solid enough to win games. A lot of people thought this could be the Falcons year but I don't see it. Sure they have two great wide receivers and a good quarterback in Matt Ryan but I'm not so sure that they'll do well against this division. I can see them losing both games to the Saints, I can see Cam Newton giving them trouble and the Buccaneers are no pushover either. It might be a disappointing year for the Falcons as they'll miss the playoffs.
NFC West -
- Lets face it the 49ers and Seahawks are in a completely different class then the Rams and Cardinals. 49ers should continue to dominate defensively but they also improved their offense acquiring guys like Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and Brandon Jacobs. They are without a doubt a better team then the Seahawks but playing in such a weak division the Seahawks will sneak in and grab that final NFC wildcard spot.
PlayoffsAFC Championship - Texans @ Patriots
NFC Championship - 49ers @ Packers
Super Bowl - Packers 28 Patriots 24
Coach of the Year - Gary Kubiak (Houston Texans)
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Courtney Upshaw (Baltimore Ravnens)
Comeback Player of the Year - Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
Offensive Player of the Year - Arian Foster (Houston Texans)
Defensive Player of the Year - Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants)
NFL MVP - Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)