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NFL 2013 Regular and Postseason Predictions

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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.

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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

 

RobDoster

BradenGall

StevenLassan

MarkRoss

NathanRush

AFC East

AFC North

AFC South

AFC West

AFC Wild Card

AFC Wild Card

AFC ChampionshipGame

Broncos overPatriots

Broncos overBengals

Broncos overTexans

Broncos overTexans

Broncos overTexans

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFC East

NFC North

NFC South

NFC West

NFC Wild Card

NFC Wild Card

NFC ChampionshipGame

49ers over
Packers

49ers over
Falcons

49ers over
Seahawks

Seahawks over
49ers

Giants over
49ers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super BowlXLVIII

49ers overBroncos

49ers overBroncos

49ers overBroncos

Broncos overSeahawks

Giants overBroncos

 

 

 

 

 

 

MVP

Aaron Rodgers
QB, Packers

Peyton Manning
QB, Broncos

Peyton Manning
QB, Broncos

Peyton Manning
QB, Broncos

Aaron Rodgers
QB, Packers

Defensive Playerof 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 Playerof 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 Rookieof the Year

Giovani Bernard
RB, Bengals

Giovani Bernard
RB, Bengals

Eddie Lacy
RB, Packers

EJ Manuel
QB, Bills

Lane Johnson
OT, Eagles

Defensive Rookieof 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 Year

Sean Payton
Saints

Sean Payton
Saints

Andy Reid
Chiefs

Andy Reid
Chiefs

Bill Belichick
Patriots

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