Rodney gives a look at his National Football League predictions for the 2017 season. We would love to hear your thoughts, send us an email at [email protected] with your NFL thoughts:

AFC

The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl Champions. They, have owned the AFC for the last several seasons. They are, of course – the odds on favorites to win the AFC and the Super Bowl again in 2017. Let’s take a look at the four divisions:

East

  1. New England Patriots 14-2
  2. Miami Dolphins 8-8
  3. Buffalo Bills 4-12
  4. New York Jets 2-14

This could be the worst division in all of the NFL. After New England, it’s hard to imagine any team here making the postseason. Jay Cutler in Miami? The Bills look to be a rebuilding team, and the Jets are simply terrible.

North

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4
  2. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7
  3. Baltimore Ravens 7-9
  4. Cleveland Browns 6-10

Many are saying this is the last hurrah for the Steelers. Big Ben needs to shake off his road woes. Cincinnati is going to fall just short for the second straight season. Baltimore – plenty of question marks – starting with Joe Flacco. The Browns are going to be better – but not better enough.

South

  1. Tennessee Titans 10-6
  2. Houston Texans 10-6
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10
  4. Indianapolis Colts 5-11

Marcus Mariota is going to get his shot at the postseason this season. Houston has a ton to play for this season, and a great defense. The Jaguars are still going to fall a bit short. Indianapolis cannot play any defense, and Andrew Luck is hurt.

West

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 10-6
  2. Denver Broncos 9-7
  3. Oakland Raiders 8-8
  4. Los Angeles Chargers 6-10

The Chiefs and their defense are going to get the job done in the division this season. Denver has quarterback questions, but still expect them to compete. Oakland is not a one year wonder, but take a step back in 2017. The Chargers are still last in that division.

Postseason:

3. Tennessee Titans vs. 6. Denver Broncos
4. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 5. Houston Texans
1. New England Patriots vs. 3. Tennessee Titans
2. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 4. Kansas City Chiefs
1. New England Patriots vs. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28

The NFC is a little more balanced, in my mind. I seriously could see 5 teams making the Super Bowl in 2017. Let’s take a look at the NFC:

East:

  1. New York Giants 11-5
  2. Dallas Cowboys 10-6
  3. Washington Redskins 9-7
  4. Philadelphia Eagles 5-11

The Giants are going to win this division over the Cowboys. Look for a sophomore slump from the Cowboys offensive threats. The Redskins are going to be able to score, but can they defend? Someone has to finish last in the division; that’s Philadelphia.

North:

  1. Green Bay Packers 13-3
  2. Detroit Lions 9-7
  3. Minnesota Vikings 9-7
  4. Chicago Bears 3-13

The Packers are the elite in this division. The Lions and the Vikings are going to be competitive. The Bears are going to be terrible.

South

  1. Carolina Panthers 11-5
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6
  3. Atlanta Falcons 8-8
  4. New Orleans Saints 6-10

Cam Newton becomes MVP like again this season. Jameis Winston is going to have a monster season for Tampa Bay. Look for a slip up from Atlanta. Man, if the Saints were in a different division, I would like them more.

West

  1. Seattle Seahawks 13-3
  2. Arizona Cardinals 7-9
  3. Los Angeles Rams 7-9
  4. San Francisco 49ers 3-13

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks may have division won by Thanksgiving. The Arizona Cardinals are a DJ injury away from being terrible. The Rams, well, they are still the Rams. San Francisco with 5 wins seems high.

Postseason:

6. Cowboys at 3. Panthers
5. Buccaneers at 4. Giants
5. Buccaneers at 1. Packers
3. Panthers at 2. Seahawks
3. Panthers at 1. Packers

Carolina Panthers – NFC Champions over Green Bay Packers 27-24

Super Bowl:

Carolina Panthers 31-28 over Pittsburgh Steelers