Now, we will predict the 7 NFC teams that will make the playoffs.
- Los Angeles Rams - 13-4
- New Orleans Saints - 12-5
- Minnesota Vikings - 10-7
- New York Giants - 10-7
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 11-6
- Arizona Cardinals - 11-6
- San Francisco 49ers - 10-7
Okay, it may be surprising to see the Saints as the winners of the NFC South and not the defending Super Bowl Champions, especially since Drew Brees retired.
However, the Saints proved to be the proverbial kryptonite for the Buccaneers last season. It's hard to beat the same team 3 times in one season, though, so they fell in the playoffs. However, Winston had no problem throwing a huge touchdown in that game. In fact, it was actually Brees that struggled in that game. One might think that if Winston started, there may have been a different outcome. It was the Saints' defense that played a huge part in the victories they had against the Bucs earlier in the season.
I don't believe Brees retiring is something that keeps the Saints out of the playoffs. In fact, I think it was necessary for them to make the playoffs this year. I think Winston would love to beat his former team to win the division. And I don't think Brady is pulling off another Super Bowl.
As for the Vikings, it really all depends on what happens with the whole Aaron Rodgers situation. I just feel like the Packers are going to miss next year for some reason. Kirk Cousins is a solid QB and I see Dalvin Cook leading all rushers next year (yes, even Derrick Henry). Plus, with the emergence of Justin Jefferson, I think the Vikings win the division over the Packers by a very tight margin. Then, the Packers just miss the playoffs.
The Giants, to me, have the best chances in the NFC East. Honestly, I could see Washington's defense carrying them, but I think the Giants will win that terrible division.
As far as wildcard teams go, I have the Bucs, Cardinals, and the 49ers. It just makes the most sense to me. I think the Seahawks are going to be on the outside looking in this year. And that the Rams will win the division and the #1 seed with Matthew Stafford as their QB.
#2. New Orleans Saints vs #7. San Francisco 49ers - Yes, who would have thought the Saints would win the division with Winston as the QB. But that's exactly what I see happening. I think Jameis Winston will come in with great coaching and a solid team around him and have a similar year to 2019, minus the 30 interceptions. He threw for 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns as well. I have him throwing for 4 touchdowns and beating the 49ers too. Saints over the 49ers 35-24.
#3. Minnesota Vikings vs #6. Arizona Cardinals - I think the Cardinals will be pretty good after a solid offseason, but I don't think they will win a playoff game. Kirk Cousins to Jefferson and Dalvin Cook running at them will prove to be too much to handle. Vikings over the Cardinals 28-17.
#4. New York Giants vs #5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Now, I said that the Giants would win the division. But that's all they will win. Tom Brady and company make easy work of the New York Giants, who play from behind most of the game. Bucs over Giants 31-21.
#1. Los Angeles Rams vs #5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This may be the game of the year. The Rams defense proves to be too much for Tom Brady in this one. And the Rams want revenge for the Super Bowl loss back when Brady was on the Patriots. Well, they get it here. It proves to be a solid game, but Stafford and the Rams outduel Brady and the Bucs - 38-28.
#2. New Orleans Saints vs #3 Minnesota Vikings - The Saints do make it this far, but you'd be surprised to find out that I have the Vikings pulling the "upset" here. Winston falls back to his old ways and throw a couple of interceptions and the Vikings walk away with this one. Vikings over Saints 31-24.
#1. Los Angeles Rams vs #3. Minnesota Vikings - Now, I just don't see anyone stopping the Rams from the Super Bowl this year. Stafford deserves a chance at a Super Bowl. And the Rams want a rematch. McVay won't miss a chance to get that. Rams over Vikings 34-24.
AFC Baltimore Ravens vs NFC Los Angeles Rams - This is the Super Bowl I have been predicting. And I think it will be an exciting one, but I don't think the Rams will be able to handle Lamar Jackson and the Ravens rushing attack, especially since they will have the passing attack firing on all cylinders too. I have the Ravens walking away with this one easily. 45-21 Ravens over Rams.