Another season of NFL football approaches and SafePicks.com is fired up for what promises to be yet another “highly successful” year of NFL and NCAAF picks & predictions. Serving the global NFL betting community for over a decade, SafePicks.com NFL Handicapping is proud to deliver eleven “very successful” years of picks and predictions as we head into our 12th year! With about three weeks to go before the 2014 NFL Regular Season kicks off, let’s get right into our 2014 NFL Predictions by division and NFL playoff predictions.
Last year, in Vegas, the top four teams to win the Super Bowl were San Francisco, Denver, New England and Seattle. All four teams made it to their conference championship. It was a great season of NFL playoffs last season as SafePicks.com went an astounding what?? That’s right, SafePicks.com went 9-2 ATS in the NFL Playoffs, our users cashed in big time! Anyway, this year, those very same teams mentioned above have the lowest odds of winning the Super Bowl. Albeit so, we are looking at the Packers and Saints to make some legitimate noise in the NFC this year. We also have “chalked” some potential surprise sleeper teams this year, checkout the site for more details. Of course though, the Seahawks are the favorites in Vegas, and remain darlings of the wagering public. But repeating has been a difficult thing to do in this ever-tough NFL.
Let’s see where we’re leaning this coming NFL season, predicting AFC and NFC division winners for 2014 (oh and we get bold in the AFC):
National Football Conference (NFC) –
2014 NFL Predictions: Final Division Finishes and NFC Playoffs
NFC East Prediction
1. Philadelphia: Great offseason in Philly. If quarterback Nick Foles can stay the course and the defense improves, then this could be a 10-win team.
2. NY Giants: Several offseason changes, but they have a long way to go yet and quarterback Eli Manning could arguably be on the decline.
3. Washington: This team is in re-group mode and will be hard pressed to break the .500 mark.
4. Dallas: Quarterback Tony Romo is recovering from yet another surgery (back) and 100% or not, he cannot do it all on his own. One day Jerry Jones will wake up to such a plague of a reality and relinquish his GM duties, plain and simple. This team will need lots of luck to break. 500 this season.
NFC South Prediction
1. New Orleans: The Saints offense needs no introduction, but look out for their re-vamped & upgraded defense coming off 4th best in the league last season. Potential to champion the NFC.
2. Tampa Bay: This team might surprise under coach Lovie Smith’s direction. In fact, this is a possible sleeper team here. Be warned.
3. Atlanta: Talented team, but won’t be enough to get the job done deep into the playoffs. Possible 9-win team though.
4. Carolina: Defensively talented, but offensively weakened thanks to offseason alterations. This might be a tough year for the Panthers coming off a great season.
NFC North Prediction
1. Green Bay: We have both Chicago and Green Bay tied for top spot in this division, but the Packers have the edge when it comes to tie-breaking the final finish.
2. Chicago: This team will be better in 2014 and they should give the Packers a run for their money. This is another sleeper team to be weary of in our books.
3. Detroit: Coach Jim Caldwell will have his hands full this season, but could very well be the answer the Lions need from a “long-term” perspective.
4. Minnesota: This team is still a couple of years away from the big dance, but the addition of talented head coach Mike Zimmer will help… almost instantly.
NFC West Prediction
1. Seattle: Granted, this team changed a little in the offseason, but it is still hard to go against them here, until proven otherwise, they are the defending champions.
2. San Francisco: A few player losses have taken place along with some pending contract issues, it will be hard for these Niners to stay in division contention.
3. Arizona: The defense is good. Carson Palmer is capable of leading Arizona. But can they get past the other two beasts, (Seahawks and Niners)?
4. St. Louis: Make no mistake, the Rams are making great progress and will pull off a few wins, even maybe an upset or two. But that’s about all.
NFC Division Winners: Philadelphia, New Orleans, Green Bay, Seattle
NFC Wild Card Teams: San Francisco and Tampa Bay
NFC Championship Game: New Orleans vs. Seattle
American Football Conference (AFC) –
2014 NFL Predictions: Final Division Finishes and AFC Playoffs
AFC East Prediction
1. New England: The Pats need no introduction and will remain division owners as long as the duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick remain in place.
2. Buffalo: This could potentially be the year for Buffalo fans, but success will depend upon quarterback EJ Manuel’s progress though. Potential sleeper team.
3. NY Jets: Rex Ryan will try to squeeze the most out of this capable group – in what will be a make-or-break year for Rex. It will be a tough run though.
4. Miami: The chalk tells us that there is not enough talent nor depth on this roster to consistently compete, let alone making a (“must make”) playoff run.
AFC North Predicition
1. Cincinnati: New contract for quarterback Andy Dalton, new season, new coordinators, and finally a potential playoff game win, then beyond? Let’s see.
2. Cleveland: Whoever gets the call to hold the quarterback reigns, (we prefer Hoyer over Manziel) this should be a better team overall.
3. Baltimore: With a lot of new faces, the turnover effect from last season should settle in…. this team will potentially digress this season.
4. Pittsburgh: This team has the potential to steal a few wins under Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, but that’s about all. There’s nothing telling us otherwise.
AFC South Prediction
1. Indianapolis: With a fairly veteran roster and quarterback Andrew Luck, the road to the division title will still go through Indy, this could be a one-horse race – all the way.
2. Tennessee: The Titans will be a better team this season under coach Ken Wisenhunt, let’s see if quarterback Locker can improve his play though. Decent offseason.
3. Jacksonville: Believe it or not, this could very well be a .500 team this season, and quarterback Blake Bortles (remember his name) could fit in quite well for the Jags offense.
4. Houston: The way things are going for Houston, we would not be surprised if they are closer to the 2-14 team of last year than they are to the 12-4 team of yesteryear.
AFC West Prediction
1. Denver: We have quarterback Peyton Manning, along with a re-vamped defense, and this team should be well on their way to punching another Super Bowl ticket.
2. San Diego: Coming off a playoff victory, the faster Chargers should be primed for a good season led by quarterback Philip Rivers.
3. Kansas City: Coach Andy Reid’s second season, limited offseason changes, and a far more difficult schedule. They are good enough to make a playoff push, but it will harder this year.
4. Oakland: An overhaul took place in Oakland this offseason with acquiring a more veteran team led by ousted quarterback Matt Schaub. It will be a rebuild season in Oakland though, at best.
AFC Division Winners: New England, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Denver
AFC Wild Card Teams: San Diego and Buffalo
AFC Championship Game: Denver vs. Cincinnati
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