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The Pug’s NFL Season Predictions

Preseason play is over and all teams have made their cuts to trim their rosters to 53. Now it’s finally time to play some football!

Pump the brakes on that. We haven’t even made any way too early predictions yet. That’s where The Pug steps in. Have to make our Super Bowl predictions before the season starts, right? Due to The Scrum Sports staff members making weekly picks, I’m not going to tip my cap this early and let them think they have a shot a dethroning the champ. Below is a list of the final records of each team via divisions, and under that the complete playoffs mapped out.

AFC   Wins-Losses (Division Record)       NFC

                                          East

(3)  New York Jets                  11-5  (4-2)                      (4) New York Giants    9-7   (4-2)

(7)  New England Patriots      11-5  (4-2)                        (8) Dallas Cowboys     8-8  (3-3)

(10) Buffalo Bills                      8-8  (3-3)            (10) Washington Redskins    6-10  (2-4)

(15) Miami Dolphins               4-12  (1-5)               (13) Philadelphia Eagles    5-11  (2-4)

                                         North

(1) Pittsburgh Steelers           12-4 (4-2)                   (2) Green Bay Packers    11-5  (4-2)

(6) Cincinnati Bengals            11-5 (5-1)                     (7) Minnesota Vikings     8-8  (4-2)

(13) Baltimore Ravens              7-9 (2-4)                (11) Detroit Lions              6-10  (2-4)

(16) Cleveland Browns            2-14 (1-5)                (12) Chicago Bears            6-10  (2-4)

                                         South

(4) Jacksonville Jaguars           9-7  (4-2)                    (3) Carolina Panthers    11-5  (4-2)

(11) Houston Texans               8-8  (3-3)              (6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers   9-7  (5-1)

(12) Indianapolis Colts             7-9  (3-3)                 (9) New Orleans Saints    6-10  (3-3)

(14) Tennessee Titans           5-11  (2-4)              (15) Atlanta Falcons            3-13  (0-6)

                                         West

(2) Kansas City Chiefs           12-4  (3-3)                    (1) Arizona Cardinals     14-2  (5-1)

(5) Oakland Raiders              11-5  (4-2)                   (5) Seattle Seahawks     11-5  (5-1)

(8) San Diego Chargers         10-6  (3-3)                 (14) Los Angeles Rams     4-12  (2-4)

(9) Denver Broncos                9-7  (2-4)              (16) San Francisco 49ers     2-14  (0-6)

Couple of surprises here, but after running tiebreakers from picking game by game, here are my playoff teams. Listed by seed rankings.

AFC                                                       NFC

1. Pittsburgh Steelers                                                              1. Arizona Cardinals

2. Kansas City Chiefs                                                              2. Green Bay Packers

3. New York Jets                                                                     3. Carolina Panthers

4. Jacksonville Jaguars                                                            4. New York Giants

5. Oakland Raiders                                                                  5. Seattle Seahawks

6. Cincinnati Bengals                                                              6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Biggest surprise is New England missing the playoffs. They finished 11-5, but tiebreakers held them out. Pretty bold statement since they haven’t missed the playoffs since 2008, a year they also went 11-5.

Wild Card Round

Winner of the game in bold italics

Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets                        Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers

Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville Jaguars                           Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants

Divisional Round

Winner of game in bold italics

New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs                                 Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers                      Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals

Conference Championship

Winner of game in bold italics

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs                          Carolina Panthers@ Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl LI

Winner of game in bold italics

Arizona Cardinals @ Kansas City Chiefs

So there it is the Arizona Cardinals are your next Super Bowl champs!

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