Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NFL Playoff Predictions - 2016

The NFL playoffs are here. This year, there aren't nearly as many dominant teams as there have been in the past, meaning that the Super Bowl is definitely up for grabs. Here are my predictions for the playoffs:

Wild Card Weekend:

  • Chiefs 20, Texans 13
  • Steelers 34, Bengals 24
  • Seahawks 20, Vikings 17
  • Packers 24, Redskins 17

Divisional Round:

  • Steelers 27, Broncos 13
  • Patriots 24, Chiefs 13
  • Seahawks 24, Panthers 21
  • Cardinals 30, Packers 20


  • Steelers 31, Patriots 27
  • Cardinals 27, Seahawks 24

Super Bowl:

  • Cardinals 35, Steelers 27

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

NFL Power Rankings - Final 2015 / 2016 Rankings

Final rankings below!

1. Carolina Panthers: 470
Last Week: 2
Notes: Back in the #1 spot after a win and Cardinals loss.

2. Arizona Cardinals: 388
Last Week: 1
Notes: The Cardinals looked terrible against the Seahawks. They at least have the bye week to sort out any issues from that game.

3. New England Patriots: 325
Last Week: 3
Notes:  The Patriots all of a sudden look very beatable over their last 6 games, going 2-4. Their dominance the first 10 games keeps them at the #3 spot, but they look like a team who will struggle against whoever they end up playing in the divisional round.

4. Cincinnati Bengals:315
Last Week: 4
Notes: The match up against the Steelers will be a great one. They were 1-1 during the year and lost their home match up against them.

5. Seattle Seahawks: 271
Last Week: 6
Notes:  The Seahawks rebounded in a big way with a dominant performance over the Cardinals. Even with the lower record and being 3 lower seeds, the Seahawks look like a much better team than the Vikings.

6. Kansas City Chiefs: 260
Last Week: 5
Notes: The Chiefs end the season with the longest active winning streak (10 total). 

7. Denver Broncos: 234
Last Week: 7
Notes: Two weeks ago, there was a chance the Broncos weren't making the playoffs. Now they have home field advantage throughout the AFC.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers: 215
Last Week: 10
Notes: The Steelers sneak their way into the playoffs with a Jets loss and a win over the Browns.

9. Minnesota Vikings: 213
Last Week: 11
Notes: A nice win by the Vikings that helps them claim the NFC North and #3 seed.

10. New York Jets: 175
Last Week: 8
Notes:  The best team to not make the playoffs. Fitzpatrick looked mediocre against the Bills and did not handle the pressure of playoff implications well.

11. Green Bay Packers: 168
Last Week: 9
Notes:  They have a favorable match up against the Redskins, but will be a tough game for the struggling Packers.

12. Houston Texans: 105
Last Week: 12
Notes:  The Texan win the AFC South after taking 3 in a row. 

13. Washington Redskins: 92
Last Week: 13
Notes: The lowest of the playoff teams, but don't count the Skins out. They've won 4 in a row and face the Packers to start the series at home (where they are 6-2).

14. Buffalo Bills: 64
Last Week: 15
Notes:  While a disappointing season for the Bills, Rex has got to feel good about knocking the Jets out of the playoffs.

15. Atlanta Falcons: 47
Last Week: 14
Notes: 8-8 wouldn't be viewed as terrible for the Falcons entering the 2015 season, but after their red hot start it's a huge disappointment. 

16. Detroit Lions: -32
Last Week: 21
Notes:  Going 6-2 in the 2nd half of the season might save Caldwell's job, especially after going 11-5 the prior year. Think he gets one more year.

17. Indianapolis Colts: -33
Last Week: 19
Notes: Pagano is safe and deservedly so. With Luck back next year, this team should be back in the playoffs.

18. Philadelphia Eagles: -35
Last Week:20

Notes: The Eagles are 1-o without Chip. Pat Shurmur likely won't get the job despite the win.

19. Oakland Raiders: -43
Last Week: 17
Notes: Expect better things from the Raiders in 2016.

20. New York Giants: -44
Last Week: 18

Notes: The Giants lose in typical Giants fashion. Coughlin "resigns" bringing an end to a great era despite mediocrity over the last couple of seasons.

21. New Orleans Saints: -45
Last Week: 23
Notes: Will be interesting to see if Payton stays on next year.

22. St. Louis Rams: -48
Last Week: 16
Notes: Fisher is safe despite not having a winning season in four seasons with the Rams.

23. Chicago Bears: -87
Last Week: 24
Notes: The Bears lose to the Lions and end up last in the division.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -92
Last Week: 22
Notes: From 6-6 to 6-10. Not a good way to end the season.

25. Miami Dolphins: -114
Last Week: 27
Notes: Don't expect Campbell to stay on as head coach next year.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars: -137
Last Week: 25
Notes: Bradley gets one more shot next year. If Luck is healthy next year, this team has no shot.

27. Baltimore Ravens: -139
Last Week: 26
Notes: They couldn't pull off the upset two weeks in a row.

28. San Diego Chargers: -177
Last Week: 28
Notes: McCoy is safe even after the Chargers have one of their worst seasons in franchise history.

29. Dallas Cowboys: -187
Last Week: 29
Notes: If Romo is healthy for all of 2016, expect the Cowboys to be back in the playoff picture.

30. San Francisco 49ers: -207
Last Week: 30
Notes: Tomsula is gone after only one season and finishing 5-11.

31. Tennessee Titans: -252
Last Week: 31
Notes:  It will be interesting to see who ends up as coach of the Titans.

32. Cleveland Browns: -285
Last Week: 32
Notes: Pettine is gone after two seasons. No matter who is coach, if they don't make major upgrades this will be a subpar team next year.