Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 Season Predictions

Unscripted NFL Predictions 2017

Get your Asian Zing and Honey BBQ sauces ready Buffalo Wild Wings, because football's back and I'm hungry! While my traditional Sunday meal is a near certainty each week, how the NFL season will unfold is a lot more of a guessing game. But that's not going to stop me from pretending I know enough to predict the champs we'll see come SuperBowl 52!!

(In addition to my Season/SuperBowl Predictions, you can also view my 2017 Offseason Power Rankings here.)

AFC Division Champs

New England Patriots (1st seed) -- Pittsburgh Steelers (2nd seed)
Kansas City Chiefs (3rd seed) -- Houston Texans (4th seed)
Wild Cards: Oakland Raiders (5th seed) -- Tennessee Titans (6th seed)

NFC Division Champs

Green Bay Packers (1st seed) -- Seattle Seahawks (2nd seed)
New York Giants (3rd seed) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4th seed)
Wild Cards: Atlanta Falcons (5th seed) -- Philadelphia Eagles (6th seed)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Offseason Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Offseason

Previous Power Rankings:

Offseason Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they exist now, in light of SuperBowl 51, free agency, and the draft. They are not a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, or even who the best teams will be in Week 1. Instead, these rankings reflect current standings in the offseason or, in other words, who would win if the teams played today.

On the bubble:
16. Ravens, 15. Titans, 14. Buccaneers
13. Lions, 12. Cardinals, 11. Texans

The Top 10:

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Post-SuperBowl Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Post-SuperBowl

Previous Power Rankings:

Post-SuperBowl Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams based on where they are right now, in light of the playoffs and SuperBowl 51, and not a projection of where they may be when the 2017 season officially starts in 6 months (for example, Raiders QB Derek Carr will be fully healed from his leg injury by then, likely catapulting Oakland much higher than their current rank).

On the bubble: 
16. Dolphins, 15. Buccaneers, 14. Lions
13. Redskins, 12. Raiders, 11. Texans

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Playoff Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2016 Playoffs

Previous Power Rankings:

Season-End Recap:
Before the last rankings of the 2016 season and the playoffs leading to SuperBowl 51, let's take a quick look back at the year in Unscripted rankings: 

Following SuperBowl 50, the Top 10 included 6 teams that remain in the Top 10 this week - the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, Chiefs, Steelers, and Packers - who have a collective record of 66-29-1. The other 4 were a now-hilarious grouping of the Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, and Jets, with a collective record of 24-38-2.

In my preseason predictions, I correctly picked all 4 AFC division winners (Patriots, Steelers, Texans, & Chiefs), but in the NFC only got the Packers right. My forecasted conference championship games of Bengals-Patriots and Cardinals-Packers certainly won't happen, but my prediction of the Patriots prevailing over the Packers in SuperBowl 51 may still become reality (though if I had to guess now I'd anticipate a shootout between the Patriots and Falcons).

Overall, it has been a season with incredible parity. The average margin of victory this year was 10.23 points, the lowest since a 10.09 margin in 1935 (when 9 teams played a 12-game schedule). By season's end, 146 games (57% of all games) had been decided by only one score, the most in league history. So it has also been a tough, but fun challenge to consider each team's season-history, how they played the previous Sunday, and how they might perform in future games to create each week's rankings. Thank y'all for taking the time to read them (literally hundreds of blog-views from these football posts). Now let's get back to the rankings!

On the bubble:
16. Buccaneers, 15. Redskins, 14. Texans
13. Dolphins, 12. Lions, 11. Cardinals

The Top 10: