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    2019 NFL Fearless Forecasts

    With one week to go before training camp, I figured it's time to get some predictions down for 2019.

    AFC West:
    -San Angeles is the most talented team. They've got a good O and a very good D, and the have fairly good coaching (assuming Bradley learns to mix coverages). They have the look of a team that could make a deep run IF they don't ask Rivers to do too much. He's good enough to win with, but he's not good enough to carry the team to victory more than the odd time. I think they're an 11-5 or 12-4 team.

    -Kansas City has the look of a team ready to take a big tumble. They have a bad D which got worse through in personnel along with hiring a worse DC. They've got an offence that's lost key pieces (Hill will miss at least 8 games) and they've got a QB who might be good, but will have a hard time getting close to the numbers he put up last year, especially since he had so much luck go his way. He could have a really good year, 35 touchdowns 10-12 interceptions, and that will be a massive step down from 2018. And finally they've got an average Head Coach who has reached his ceiling with the team. This looks like a 9-7 or 8-8 team to me.

    -Oakland looks like a mess again. Gruden brought in a bunch of combustible personalities to add to a team that lacked leadership. They have improved talent, but they look like a team that could completely crumble when faced with any adversity. I think Brown lasts 1 season with the Raiders, and I think this year leads to some major buyers remorse with the 10 year contract they gave Gruden. 4-12 with some major issues in the news around November.

    -Denver is a much improved team. This would be true with just the coaching changes alone. I'm not sure about Flacco, nor am I sold on the OC. But they will be improved in all 3 phases. BUT I'm not sure whether this improvement will show itself completely in the W/L column in 2019. They look like a team that could be anywhere from 6-10 to 11-5, but will probably be in the 7-9 to 9-7 window this year. However even with that they'll show themselves to be trending in the right direction.

    NFL Wide:
    -I know this is predicted every year but I think 2019 is the year we see regression from both Brees and Brady. With Brady I think it will be less of an issue. He will be less effective than ever before, but because of coaching I expect the Patriots to still win their division and be dangerous in the playoffs. Belichick will manage that team perfectly, and his shift to the heavier two TE offense a few years ago was to prepare for this day.

    -Brees on the other hand will completely fall off the cliff. His last 4-5 games plus playoffs in 2018 were a lot like Manning in 2014. He's done, but he and the Saints are hoping he isn't. Because of this and his importance to the Saints (the entire offense is built on what he can do) I think the team crumbles. They'll have one of the top 3 picks in the draft to replace him and they do so with a completely new coaching staff and management team as Payton leaves for Dallas in 2020.

    -I like a lot of the pieces the Browns assembled, but I think the excitement is a year too soon for them. Especially with their decision at Head Coach. I think they step back to 6-10 or 7-9 in 2019, before taking that big step forward in 2020.

    -I think the Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC and Carson Went wins the MVP Award this season.

    -I think Jimmy Garoppolo enters Rob Johnson territory by failing to stay healthy. Despite this San Fran takes a step forward to 7-9/8-8 territory, earning Kyle Shanahan another year to finally show he can coach this group up.

    -Miami surprises people and finishes 10-6 led by the breakout of QB Josh Rosen

    -Arizona will make a legitimate run at 0-16 behind a bad GM, a horrible choice for HC and using a first overall pick on a QB who is more hype than actual NFL calibre skill. They go into 2020 with a new GM and Head Coach and they use a third straight first round pick on a QB.

    -Minnesota will right the ship and go 11-5 winning the NFC North. Kirk Cousins does what Kirk Cousins does, but the defense carries the team.

    -Pete Carroll does what Pete Carroll and the Seahawks continue to be a good team winning the NFC West.

    PLAYOFF TEAMS:
    AFC: 1. San Angeles 2. New England 3. Indianapolis 4. Pittsburgh 5. Miami 6. Denver or Tennessee
    NFC: 1. Philadelphia 2. Minnesota 3. Seattle 4. Carolina 5. Chicago 6. Detroit

    AFC CG: Indianapolis over San Angeles
    NFC CG: Philadelphia over Minnesota

    Super Bowl: Philadelphia over Indianapolis

    EDIT:

    Top 5 picks in the 2020 Draft:
    1. Arizona
    2. Oakland
    3. New Orleans
    4. NY Giants
    5. Cincinnati
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    Like the predictions... not sure if the afcw is a weak as you predict, but ya..KC comes back to earth a bit.

    I’ll be fearless and say NE takes a step back too..

    The6 will go run heavy and use Brady like the aging QB he is and still be good...but it won’t be as easy as it once was in division for them.
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    I don't see the chargers taking the one seed as I think the west will beat itself up but whoever comes from it will probably end up playing in the wildcard. KC while taking a step down can still put up points but hill could be a big loss so it will be who steps up for them.

    Charges have the talent they just never really put it together but maybe this is the year.

    Denver with a new coaching staff will have to lean heavily on their defense and run game. Can the coaching staff get the defense ready to make the stops needed?

    Raiders have pieces but are they able to do anything with them? Probably more than last year but I'm guessing they will bring up the basement of the west.

    AFC
    1. Colts
    2. Browns
    3. New England
    4. Chargers
    5. Denver
    6. Texans

    I think the north will be weaken with the ravens not having a passing game they will see defenses like the chargers showed them forcing them into a bad season. East is still the east and the south will most likely be another dog fight like the west which is why I have both the south and west bringing 2 teams.

    NFC
    1. Rams
    2. Saints
    3. Vikings
    4. Cowboys
    5. Bears
    6. Falcons

    I think the biggest boom or bust team this year is in the NFC in the cardinals. They have some weapons on offense but a bunch of them are potential. Kyler Murray is a biggest one. Can he continue what he started in Oklahoma and carry it to the NFL? A couple of great pieces in Fitzgerald and David Johnson. But a few new toys in the receiving corps behind him. Plus I'm interested to see how Hakeem Butler does.
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    In the AFC I see the Colts and Chiefs as the teams in the conference championship game. Chiefs can't get over the hump... again.
    In the NFC I see a lot of decent teams but no real good teams, my crystal ball is very cloudy but it looks like the Falcons and Seahawks for the conference championship... Falcons in the SB.
    Colts vs Falcons SB
    AFCW might not have any losing teams with Oak being last again but maybe still a 7-9 or 8-8. Chargers may have the talent but Rivers best years are behind him so they will need the rest of the team to play well for them to get a playoff win, they look like a 10-6 - 11-5 team. Chiefs will still have a great O and will probably be at least an 11-5, probably winning the west again. The Broncos have 3 games before their bye that will determine their season... Chiefs, Colts and Browns if they win all three (I doubt it) they will make the playoffs, if they win 2 of those they probably make the playoffs, any thing less they are not in the playoffs. I think they can win the home games giving them 2 wins and maybe a 10-6 gets them in the playoffs as a wild card.
    NE probably still wins their division but has to play in the first round of playoffs, they don't make it to the AFC championship. Because the north is not looking very good, the Browns win that division with a 10-6, maybe 11-5? Colts are probably the best team in the AFC overall with their defense looking pretty decent.

    NFC is hard to predict but ...
    Seattle, Rams, Atlanta, Vikings, Eagles and Cowboys. Bears are in the mix too but it is hard to call the NFCN division. The Cowboys overall should have a good team. I am not convinced that Wentz is that great but overall the Eagles are a good team and well coached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieMac View Post
    Like the predictions... not sure if the afcw is a weak as you predict, but ya..KC comes back to earth a bit.

    I’ll be fearless and say NE takes a step back too..

    The6 will go run heavy and use Brady like the aging QB he is and still be good...but it won’t be as easy as it once was in division for them.
    Nobody knows what is in store for the NFL future regarding the 2019 season. So many here there and everywhere unknown factors for many teams. Let's see where the dust settles after the first five or six games into the season. There are always unexpected surprises positive and negative. Happens every year. Nobody has a crystal ball with consistent accuracy. October will shed light on NFL fans real and unreal expectations. I believe the Denver Broncos will positively surprise many people. So much in their favor to excel after positive off season organization changes in players and staff. I'm stoked. Rock on Denver Broncos!
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    NFCN
    1 Bears
    2 Vikings
    3 Packers
    4 Lions

    NFCS
    1 Falcons
    2 Panthers
    3 Saints
    4 Bucs

    NFCE
    1 Eagles
    2 Cowboys
    3 Giants
    4 Redskins

    NFCW
    1 Seahawks
    2 Rams
    3 49'ers
    4 Cardinals

    AFCW
    1 Chargers
    2 Chiefs
    3 Broncos
    4 Raiders

    AFCE
    1 Patriots
    2 Jets
    3 Bills
    4 Dolphins

    AFCN
    1 Steelers
    2 Browns
    3 Ravens
    4 Bengals

    AFCS
    1 Colts
    2 Jaguars
    3 Texans
    4 Titans

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    AFC WEST
    Chargers: 12-4
    Chiefs: 12-4
    Raiders: 9-7
    Broncos: 6-10

    OTHERS
    Patriots: 11-5
    Bears: 11-5

    AFC Playoff Teams
    Chargers (12--4)
    Patriots (11-5)
    Texans (10-6)
    Browns (9-7)
    Chiefs (12-4)
    Raiders (9-7) - Tiebreaker over Colts & Titans

    NFC Playoff Teams
    Cowboys (12-4)
    Saints (12-4)
    Bears (11-5)
    Rams (11-5)
    Seahawks (10-6)
    Lions (9-7)

    Super Bowl: Saints defeat Texans 34-24

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    Watch out for Green Bay. They finally cut that dub HC. A new offensive scheme should get AR back on track. I bet they go 10-6/ 11-5 and make the post season. I dislike AR and think he’s an overly sensitive jerk - but there is no arguing his excellence as a QB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilSpawn View Post
    AFC WEST
    Chargers: 12-4
    Chiefs: 12-4
    Raiders: 9-7
    Broncos: 6-10

    OTHERS
    Patriots: 11-5
    Bears: 11-5

    AFC Playoff Teams
    Chargers (12--4)
    Patriots (11-5)
    Texans (10-6)
    Browns (9-7)
    Chiefs (12-4)
    Raiders (9-7) - Tiebreaker over Colts & Titans

    NFC Playoff Teams
    Cowboys (12-4)
    Saints (12-4)
    Bears (11-5)
    Rams (11-5)
    Seahawks (10-6)
    Lions (9-7)

    Super Bowl: Saints defeat Texans 34-24
    We'll see, but I do like your Super Bowl prediction. GO SAINTS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainrnxile View Post
    Watch out for Green Bay. They finally cut that dub HC. A new offensive scheme should get AR back on track. I bet they go 10-6/ 11-5 and make the post season. I dislike AR and think he’s an overly sensitive jerk - but there is no arguing his excellence as a QB.
    I think they made a bad choice at HC. They picked their guy strictly because he worked with Sean McVay, not because of what he's done personally or that he's ready. He's had 2 seasons as an OC, the first with the Rams was only in title because McVay did all the OC stuff. And the second was a very poor year as the OC in Tennessee.

    He's the offensive Vance Joseph and I think they're wasting 2 more years of Rodgers career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilSpawn View Post
    AFC WEST
    Chargers: 12-4
    Chiefs: 12-4
    Raiders: 9-7
    Broncos: 6-10


    OTHERS
    Patriots: 11-5
    Bears: 11-5

    AFC Playoff Teams
    Chargers (12--4)
    Patriots (11-5)
    Texans (10-6)
    Browns (9-7)
    Chiefs (12-4)
    Raiders (9-7) - Tiebreaker over Colts & Titans

    NFC Playoff Teams
    Cowboys (12-4)
    Saints (12-4)
    Bears (11-5)
    Rams (11-5)
    Seahawks (10-6)
    Lions (9-7)

    Super Bowl: Saints defeat Texans 34-24
    So let me guess, there is no homerism on one & division rival hate on the the other right?

    LOL! Not sure which of those two predictions is worse

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilSpawn View Post
    AFC WEST
    Chargers: 12-4
    Chiefs: 12-4
    Raiders: 9-7
    Broncos: 6-10

    OTHERS
    Patriots: 11-5
    Bears: 11-5

    AFC Playoff Teams
    Chargers (12--4)
    Patriots (11-5)
    Texans (10-6)
    Browns (9-7)
    Chiefs (12-4)
    Raiders (9-7) - Tiebreaker over Colts & Titans

    NFC Playoff Teams
    Cowboys (12-4)
    Saints (12-4)
    Bears (11-5)
    Rams (11-5)
    Seahawks (10-6)
    Lions (9-7)

    Super Bowl: Saints defeat Texans 34-24

    If the both the Dolts and the Chefs go 12-4 and then the Raiders play us 2x, that is not leaving a hole lotta losses for the rest of the games. Not to mention since we are beating each of those teams twice this year that means we wont' win another game. I don't think so myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncosFanInPA View Post
    So let me guess, there is no homerism on one & division rival hate on the the other right?

    LOL! Not sure which of those two predictions is worse
    Three points you have to realize.

    1) The title of this thread is Fearless Forecast for a reason.

    2) This is the smack section. I and other rival fans will use any and all opportunities to tell you that you suck. If you disagree, let's talk about it.

    3) Both rosters have improved but unknowns will determine where our teams go.

    For example, our wide receivers improved dramatically, including getting a top 2-3 receiver, which could help Carr get back to his MVP form. The run game is a huge question mark. On defense, there aren't any standouts where you can say they'll get into the top 25, but at least the roster was re-tooled in several positions.

    Meanwhile, Fangio as a head coach could be Tom Landry, Wade Phillips or Romeo Crennel. As a head coach, he's an unknown. Therefore I will take that unknown and use points 1 2 and 3 to say that I think you'll finish in last place. My opinion is shared by 0.001% of this forum and that's why it's a Fearless Forecast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FL BRONCO View Post
    If the both the Dolts and the Chefs go 12-4 and then the Raiders play us 2x, that is not leaving a hole lotta losses for the rest of the games. Not to mention since we are beating each of those teams twice this year that means we wont' win another game. I don't think so myself.
    The Broncos division record the last 3 years: 6-12.

    This includes 0 sweeps, unless you count the three consecutive sweeps from Kansas City. Seven in a row overall. A Chiefs team that will probably take a step or two back, but not enough to moonwalk past you.

    So that's 6-0 against two Super Bowl favorites and a bad team who made you look pretty bad the last time we played.

    Now THAT is a Fearless Forecast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilSpawn View Post
    The Broncos division record the last 3 years: 6-12.

    This includes 0 sweeps, unless you count the three consecutive sweeps from Kansas City. Seven in a row overall. A Chiefs team that will probably take a step or two back, but not enough to moonwalk past you.

    So that's 6-0 against two Super Bowl favorites and a bad team who made you look pretty bad the last time we played.

    Now THAT is a Fearless Forecast!
    The last two years failures were due to VJ being a really bad head coach which ultimately falls on Elway.

    The year prior in 2016 under GK, the team actually posted some good numbers with an above 500 record. Not a winning record however it wasn’t a losing season.

    My point is, this is still a very talented team however like the packers, they’ve had a couple of wasted seasons under bad coaching and yes I’d agree with the naysayers when they say that Elway put his desire for VJ before the team because that is in fact what he did but that is all water under the bridge now as Denver will have better coaching in 2019.

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