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Prior to the start of the 2016 NFL season, we picked the winner and loser of all 256 NFL games to predict the outcome of the year. That included the Packers going undefeated and the Titans winning just one game. We even predicted the Browns to win two games, back when Robert Griffin was healthy! We predicted Aaron Rodgers would lead Green Bay to a Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh and win the regular season and Super Bowl MVP award.
Needless to say, a LOT has changed since the beginning of September. We updated the upcoming weeks winners and all future picks after each week.Before week 5 we updated our predictions and saw some big shifts in the standings. We now had the Vikings winning the NFC North, the Broncos winning the AFC West, while predicting the Steelers would win Super Bowl LI, beating the Falcons.
No team had a bigger increase in wins than the Broncos, +9, largely due to the uncertainty surrounding Trevor Siemian at QB. The Vikings and Eagles also saw a 7 win boost thanks to a hot start with some stellar defensive play.
The Panthers (-7) and Cardinals (-6) saw a huge decline in wins after failing to live up to the preseason hype.
We updated our predictions again after week 8 and once again picked a new SBLI champion. This time, it was the Patriots behind Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady.At this point in the season we had to start believing in the Titans and Chiefs, so we gave them three more wins each. We realized that our Vikings/Eagles love was misplaced and removed 3 wins from their predicted total. It was also at this point in the season that we realized Blake Bortles was really bad and the Colts defense was no good, so we switched three future wins with losses.
That brings us to today, 12 weeks in and just four weeks remaining.As you can see at the top of this post, we believe the Patriots and Steelers will win their divisions while the Texans/Colts and Raiders/Chiefs will fight for their division titles. The Broncos should be able to steal that 2nd wildcard spot from whichever AFC South team fails to win their division.
However, the Ravens or Dolphins could surprise all of us and sneak into the playoffs!
In the NFC, the Cowboys, Falcons and Seahawks should all win their divisions while the NFC North features a three headed monster for a division title. Just like in the AFC, we could see both NFC wildcard teams be from the same divison - this time int he East with the Redskins and Giants.
Week 17 features a Lions/Packers and Redskins/Giants matchup that could both be for a playoff berth!
- The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders will meet in the AFC Championship
- The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons will meet in the NFC Championship
- The New England Patriots will beat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl LI
- Tom Brady will be named Super Bowl MVP