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NFL Preview 2019 - 5 Cents
Posted by: Paul Nichols

01 Sep 2019

Heres a quickie NFL preview for the 2019 season. Teams are listed in their predicted finish in their division.


AFC East


New England Patriots On top until proven otherwise. I barely have to edit this column from year to year thanks to good quarterbacks. Even Tom Brady at 42 can win this thing. At 41 he won the whole thing, but I dont see a repeat this year.


Buffalo Bills Folks seem to think their defense is good, but if the offense cant score points, what matter does it make? Just the same, second-year QB Josh Allen was a lot of fun to watch run all over the field last year and do some slinging. A little more seasoning this year earns them a 2nd place in this division.


New York Jets QB Sam Darnold started well but was inconsistent later on. I do not think theyll be as good as Buffalo despite adding a RB. 6 wins.


Miami Dolphins Bottom of the barrel. Will look somewhat good with Fitzpatrick at QB to start the season, but that wont translate to wins. His stats always fizzle, and Rosen will get some reps. They may finish the season with 3 wins.


AFC North


Baltimore Ravens This is a team I love to root against after they beat the Broncos on the road in the playoffs years ago and somehow won a Super Bowl. Now that terrible QB PLAYS FOR THE BRONCOS! Im so conflicted. But I do like Lamar Jackson and predicted Flaccos injury and good things for this team. So lets give em the division!


Cleveland Browns They won 7 games last year and their over/under for wins this year is 9. I think theyll get to 9 and its good enough for 2nd place in this division. Baker Mayfield can ball. Playoffs [foreshadowing]?


Pittsburgh Steelers My continuing logic on Pittsburgh is that its an every-other-year kind of team. That logic has fallen apart as theyve maintained some better-than-average consistency the last five years. But Im stubborn, and my math means theyll be bad this year. So lets put them in third place in the division. They dont have to worry about LeVeon Bell not showing up. They know he wont because he now plays with the Jets.


Cincinnati Bengals Im still smarting from predicting them to win this division two years ago. Their punishment sees them remain in last place.


AFC South


Indianapolis Colts I dont think Andrew Lucks retirement makes this team too much worse. And the chatter is theyve been making the right personnel moves for years, so I think theyll win this division.


Houston Texans What?! Deshaun Watson plays with J.J. Watt on the Texans? Texans, Titans, Tomato, Tomato. This substantially upgrades my impression of this team. No wonder I whiffed on my 2018 prediction for this team. However, front office mayhem and Wat/t/son injuries may derail the effort. Let's put the Houston Wat/t/sons in second in this division behind the surprising Colts.


Tennessee Titans Finished 9-7 for the third year in a row. Who actually plays on this team?! Third place. They might win just 5 games


Jacksonville Jaguars which is what these guys should get used to winning. They won this division two years ago with 10 wins, but had just 5 last year. Theyll do 5 again this year. I still assume Blaine Gabbert is their quarterback. I looked it up again this year. Its not Blake Bortles, either. This year Nick Foles. Regardless of how fun he is to root for, I dont see success here.


AFC West


Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid wins football games. Lots of offense and questionable defense. 13 wins.


Los Angeles Chargers A lot of folks saying theyll have a big drop-off from last years 12-win team. But Philip Rivers is a good QB, and thats still good enough for second place.


Denver Broncos Well, they did have their first consecutive losing seasons since 1971-1972. They still seem pretty mediocre on offense. Third place and an 8-8 finish.


Oakland Raiders Their stadium hasnt opened in Las Vegas, yet, and the lack of a home takes an underrated emotional toll. So I think theyll remain in 4th place.


NFC East


Philadelphia Eagles Finished with three straight wins last year, but it wasnt enough. I think 10 wins gives them this division.


New York Giants From 3-13 to 5-11 last year. Theyll have to be better again, technically, and frankly I think they can squeak out second place in this division. 9 wins?


Dallas Cowboys From 9-7 to 10-6what will they do this year? Some solid stars on the roster but I say theyre taking a step backwards this year.


Washington Redskins I dont think a lot look good for these guys. Over/under of 6 wins, and that number feels generous. Last place.


NFC North


Minnesota Vikings Won the division no problem two years ago, but staggered last year. Even though no one is betting on Kirk Cousins, lets go for it! First place!


Chicago Bears I'm still not sure who's on this team. Trubisky (sp?) I guess. Surprised last year by winning the division easily. Ill say theyll surprise this year by not winning the division!


Green Bay Packers [autotext] Rodgers all by himself can get it done. [record scratch] Wait. He hasnt been getting it done, though. 7 wins.


Detroit Lions I think their coach Patricia will be the first one fired this year. So theyll stay here in last place.


NFC South


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians did amazing things in Arizona win-wise: 10, 11, 13 before he said something stupid and ruined the teams mojo. Well, he gets a re-start here and I expect good things. Lets roll the dice on him and Winston. Some of you might recall me rolling these dice a few years ago and failing miserably. Please dont read these old columns.


Atlanta Falcons Will the offense fire on all cylinders? I see some sputtering. But second place and a playoff spot.


New Orleans Saints When I die Drew Brees will still be quarterbacking the Saints. And though there is more defense these days, at some point this run has to end, right?


Carolina Panthers I love rooting for Cam Newton but this division is tough. Last place.


NFC West


Los Angeles Rams They remain good and in first.


Seattle Seahawks I'm still upset about their playoff win from 9 seasons ago. Remember? When they won 7 games and hosted a playoff game?!? I think they'll finish second in this division; theyve finally gotten some better players and can still rely on Russell Wilson. Playoffs!


Arizona Cardinals Still rebuilding. Could beat out San Fran for third place. You know what, lets call it. Third place!


San Francisco 49ers Their QB looked shaky this offseason and they disappointed last year. They seem like a 6-win team, so here they reside in last place.




AFC 1st Round: Kansas City, New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Cleveland.

2nd Round: Kansas City, New England, Indianapolis, Cleveland.

3rd Round: Kansas City, New England.


NFC 1st Round: Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Seattle.

2nd Round: Los Angeles, Minnesota, Chicago, Seattle.

3rd Round: Los Angeles, Chicago.


Super Bowl: Los Angeles [Rams] over Kansas City.


I'm two-for-nine so far with predicting Super Bowl winners, having predicted Green Bay (Green Bay won), then New Orleans (the Giants of New York), then Green Bay (Baltimore), then Denver (Seattle won), then Denver (New England won), then Denver (Denver won), then Pittsburgh (New England), then Denver (Philadelphia), then Green Bay (New England). Good thing I've got a day job.


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