DAR Sports: NFC Conference Season Predictions

As you see, the regular season is almost here. With our AFC predictions already out of the way, it's time to get to the NFC predictions for the season. It seems that the usual frontrunner teams are in place, are there any underdogs or sleeper teams? Let's get into it.

I have a different way of doing my predictions and I'll share those with you now.

*NFC West
Seattle Seahawks wins the division with A 12-4 record 
-I’m going with the Seahawks out of the NFC West. They have a pretty easy schedule with the exception of New England, Carolina, Green Bay, and 2 games with Arizona. Their secondary is still one of the best in the NFL and their offense will get Jimmy Graham back. They’ll have to go without Marshawn Lynch and that’s a pretty large feat right now. I would go with the safe bet in Arizona, but I believe they’ll split the two with their division rival. The division will come down to the Christmas Eve meeting in Seattle.

*NFC South
Carolina Panthers win the division with a 13-3 record
-Panthers will ultimately win this division. It’s a no brainer as Tampa Bay is nowhere near contending yet, Saints are a huge question mark at the moment, and the Falcons are trending backwards. They won’t repeat what they did last year, but the Super Bowl hangover won’t bother the defending NFC Champs.

*NFC North
Green Bay Packers win the division with a 14-2 record
-Packers will finally arrive into the season healthy and dangerous. Jordy Nelson returns and Eddy Lacy is trimming down some weight. Clay Matthews also returns back to his natural Outside Linebacking position. Right now they’re the 2nd best team in the NFC. Don’t expect the Vikings to go away quietly, but I don’t see them sweeping a healthy Green Bay team again. It may come down to a Christmas Eve meeting in Green Bay, but I have the Packers taking the North.

*NFC East
Dallas Cowboys wins the division with a 11-5 record
-As much as I can’t stand Cowboy fans, I have to go with Dallas taking this division. While Romo isn't healthy now, Bryant is healthy, Prescott is good, and they are looking pretty good, but they also get some much needed help. 1st round Ezekiel Elliott has potential to bring a huge jolt to their run game, which was needed. Their defense will be problematic and likely will cost them some games. Randy Gregory and Rolando McClain will miss some games due to suspension and their secondary will be a question. They really have no excuse to NOT win 10 or more games with their schedule. I don’t see the Redskins repeating, Philly is rebuilding and I expect New York (Giants) to give them a push, but Dallas wins the division.

*Wild Card 1
Minnesota Vikings-12-4
-Vikings will make the playoffs and will once again look to their run game and defense to make the next step. They’ll challenge for the NFC North, but will settle for the Wild Card. Hosting a playoff game in their new stadium won’t be bad at all.

*Wild Card 2
Arizona Cardinals 11-5
-Their defense improved and they have a pretty strong schedule that will force them to raise their game. I believe they’ll be in a battle with the Giants for the final wild card spot, but ultimately the Cardinals defense will get them there.

Let's get into my NFC predictions. You might be shocked at some of these.

*NFC West 
Seattle Seahawks 12-4
San Francisco 49ers 4-12
Los Angeles Rams 9-7
Arizona Cardinals 13-3

*NFC South
Carolina Panthers 14-2
Atlanta Falcons 6-10
New Orleans Saints 9-7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-8

*NFC North
Green Bay Packers 10-6
Minnesota Vikings 9-7
Chicago Bears 7-9
Detroit Lions 2-14

*NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles 5-11
Washington Redskins 7-9
Dallas Cowboys 8-8
New York Giants 11-5

NFC predictions by division. Let's get it.

*NFC East
1. New York Giants 11-5
2. Washington Redskins 8-8
3. Dallas Cowboys 6-10
4. Philadelphia Eagles 4-12

-I did originally have the Cowboys making the playoffs in 2nd place in the division, but with Romo out for 6-10 weeks, that changed, and a rookie QB won't lead them to the playoffs. The Eagles are great defensively, but the offense is so bad.. it's not even funny. So the division will come down to the Redskins and Giants and with the additions New York made this off season, they're a better team on paper.

*NFC North
1. Green Bay Packers 13-3
2. Minnesota Vikings 10-6
3. Chicago Bears 7-9
4. Detroit Lions 5-11

-With Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson reuniting this season and a slimmer, faster Eddie Lacy, the Packers are primed for a top 10 offense this season. The Vikings won't repeat their success last season, but still have a great shot at a wild card spot due to their excellent defense. The Bears have talent, but I don't think it'll all be figured out this season yet. With Megatron retiring, that puts the Lions down even lower.

*NFC South
1. Carolina Panthers 14-2
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6
3. Atlanta Falcons 7-9
4. New Orleans Saints 5-11

-I know. The Buccaneers in 2nd place of all teams? Let's talk. The Falcons are trash. Matt Ryan sucks. Julio is the only piece that can contribute to the Falcons. The Saints have no defense and Brees is a little too old to rally them to a super bowl. This is the year for the Buccaneers. Yes. PLAYOFFS! And with Kelvin Benjamin returning, the Panthers can only get better, but I do think they'll lose 2 games. The offense will be top notch however.

*NFC West
1. Arizona Cardinals 15-1
2. Seattle Seahawks 13-3
3. Los Angeles Rams 10-6
4. San Francisco 49ers 8-8

-This will by far be the toughest and strongest division in football. I think the Cardinals have a chance to win every game this season, but 16-0 would be a stretch, so I came up with 15-1. The Seahawks will regain their 2013-2014 dominance and I know the Rams will have a big year returning to LA. 49ers will be mediocre as usual now. NFC Championship really can go down with anybody. The NFC is a strong conference, and a much better more competitive conference than the AFC. It will be fun to watch.

I'm going to list the winners of each division and preface it with the records of the other teams in said division. Simple as that. Let's go.

*NFC South
Carolina Panthers (14-2)
The Panthers will be the no. 1 seed in the NFC again. Their offense will explode and their defense will step up, while the Saints (7-9) will struggle, Tampa Bay will be decent (9-7), and the Falcons will have a middle of the road year (8-8). The Panthers will easily win the division yet again.

*NFC West 
Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
The Ciara curse be damned, I see the Seahawks and the Cardinals (12-4) battling it out for the division, while the Rams (7-9) struggle in their first season back in LA, and the 49ers (5-11) look absolutely horrible. Sorry Kaep.

*NFC East
New York Giants (11-5)
-This division stinks. The Eagles (6-10) will be pretty bad, the Cowboys (7-9) don't have Romo for almost 10 weeks and that's a large loss for them, and the Redskins (9-7) just don't have it. The Giants should control the division most of the season.

*NFC North 
Green Bay Packers (13-3)
The Packers will definitely win the division, but the Vikings (11-5) will be a contender for the Wild Card without a doubt. The Bears (8-8) and the Lions (5-11) will have many struggles during the year. My pick for the NFC Championship this year will be the Panthers and the Packers. We'll see how that plays out.

The season is almost upon us. It's been a long wait, but the NFL is back. See you next week!



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