Predicting the Winner of Each NFL Division This Year

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AFC East

New England Patriots: The Patriots were able to compensate for Tom Brady’s suspension during the first 4 games of this season with a 3 and 1 record.  The return of Brady will contribute greatly to the Patriots’ already dynamic offense.  Brady’s offensive weapons, Julian Edleman, Rob Gronkowski, and Danny Amendola, combined with the Patriots’ strong running game make the Patriots’ offensive almost unstoppable.  While the Patriots’ defense has struggled to a certain degree, the other teams in the AFC East lack strong enough offenses to outscore the Patriots.

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers without question have one of the best offenses in the league. In a way similar to the Patriots, the Steelers’ defense is not especially talented, but the Steelers will continue to outgun their opponents.

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have had a shaky start, but they are still in an advantageous position to win their division.  The Jaguars’ offensive is often overlooked, but their receiving corps of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson serves as a strong foundation for the Jaguars’ offense.  Defensively, the Jaguars added Prince Amukamara in the offseason, which has boosted their defense performance this year.

AFC West

Denver Broncos: The Denver Broncos, coming off of a Super Bowl victory, were predicted by many to struggle this season because of the retirement of Peyton Manning. The Broncos’ new starting QB, Trevor Siemian, however, has been solid enough for the Broncos to win. The Broncos’ defense remains one of the best in the NFL, and the Broncos will continue to ride their defense to victories this fall.

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are 3-1 through their first 4 games.  The Eagles’ offense is a very well rounded offense, with rookie Carson Wentz emerging as a star.  Wentz’s passing game will compensate for the Eagles’ otherwise pedestrian running attack.  The Eagles’ defense has superb, holding Pittsburgh Steelers to only 3 points one weeks ago.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have the best offense in the country.  Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing game are high powered year-in and year-out. The Packers’ defense has struggled a bit due to injury, but when fully healthy, the Packers’ defense is outstanding.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons offense is very strong, beside for its offensive line.  The passing game is powerful because of the Matt Ryan-Julio Jones connection: both are pro-bowlers.  The running game has also been strong between Atlanta’s two-headed running attack of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: Despite a shaky start, the Cardinals should go far with the talent they have on both sides of the ball.  The Cardinals’ offense is a high caliber unit, based around David Johnson, Carson Palmer, and Larry Fitzgerald.  Carson Palmer is shaping up to finish as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.  The Cardinals’ starting safeties and defensive backs all have 4 or more years of experience in the NFL, making the Cardinals one of the only teams in the NFL to have both an extremely strong offense and defense.