NFL 2013 Regular and Postseason Predictions

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Athlon editors make their picks for this season's division champions, wild card teams, Super Bowl matchup and major award winners

NFL 2013 Regular and Postseason Predictions

The 2013 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday with Baltimore opening defense of its title in Denver. With the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII set to begin, what better time than now for Athlon editors to make their predictions on how this season will play out?

The Ravens may be the current holders of the Lombardi Trophy, but the consensus from our panel of five is that the Broncos will represent the AFC in the Big Apple in February. The panel also feels strongly that New England and Houston will win their respective divisions, while Cincinnati is the pick to dethrone Baltimore in the AFC North.

In the NFC, there's solidarity when it comes to the North (Green Bay) champion, with the Giants, Falcons and 49ers the preferred picks in the East, South and West, respectively. The group as a whole believes the Seahawks will make the playoffs, while the majority has the Saints in the postseason too. As far as the Super Bowl goes, all but one panelist has a team from the NFC West playing in New York in February, with three of those votes going to the 49ers. San Francisco also is the popular pick to beat Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, although one editor cast a vote for a potential storybook ending for Peyton Manning's Hall of Fame career.

The panel's picks for the major award winners offer a little more variety, with the exception of league MVP. Our panel believes that not only will this honor go to a quarterback for the sixth time in seven seasons, but also to one that has previously won the award. The majority feel that the league's only four-time recipient will add to his record total, while the others like the 2011 winner's chances of becoming the ninth player in history to claim multiple MVP awards.


NFL 2013 Regular and Postseason Predictions

 Rob
Doster
Braden
Gall
Steven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
Nathan
Rush
AFC East
AFC North
AFC South
AFC West
AFC Wild Card
AFC Wild Card
AFC Championship
Game
Broncos over
Patriots
Broncos over
Bengals
Broncos over
Texans
Broncos over
Texans
Broncos over
Texans
      
NFC East
NFC North
NFC South
NFC West
NFC Wild Card
NFC Wild Card
NFC Championship
Game
49ers over
Packers
49ers over
Falcons
49ers over
Seahawks
Seahawks over
49ers
Giants over
49ers
      
Super Bowl
XLVIII
49ers over
Broncos
49ers over
Broncos
49ers over
Broncos
Broncos over
Seahawks
Giants over
Broncos
      
MVPAaron Rodgers
QB, Packers
Peyton Manning
QB, Broncos
Peyton Manning
QB, Broncos
Peyton Manning
QB, Broncos
Aaron Rodgers
QB, Packers
Defensive Player
of the Year
J.J. Watt
DE, Texans
Geno Atkins
DT, Bengals
J.J. Watt
DE, Texans
DeMarcus Ware
DE, Cowboys
Patrick Willis
LB, 49ers
Comeback Player
of the Year
Darren McFadden
RB, Raiders
Larry Fitzgerald
WR, Cardinals
Darrelle Revis
CB, Buccaneers
Maurice Jones-Drew
RB, Jaguars
Robert Griffin III
QB, Redskins
Offensive Rookie
of the Year
Giovani Bernard
RB, Bengals
Giovani Bernard
RB, Bengals
Eddie Lacy
RB, Packers
EJ Manuel
QB, Bills
Lane Johnson
OT, Eagles
Defensive Rookie
of the Year
Ziggy Ansah
DE, Lions
Eric Reid
S, 49ers
Alec Ogletree
LB, Rams
Ziggy Ansah
DE, Lions
Manti Te'o
LB, Chargers
Coach of the YearSean Payton
Saints
Sean Payton
Saints
Andy Reid
Chiefs
Andy Reid
Chiefs
Bill Belichick
Patriots

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