It’s midseason–give or take–and here are my updated projections, served with a side of crow to be enjoyed later, as always.
(Key: #1 SEED, Division Champion, Wildcard.)
New England 12-4
NY Jets 10-6
What the hell is happening in New York (Part One)? Rex Ryan looks to save his job for another year and some team out there loses a great defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, the circus moves to Miami and another “Dream Team” bites the dust
The factory of sadness temporarily moves to Pittsburgh, and life in Cleveland is just a little bit less hopeless.
Andrew Luck and the Colts are for real. Matt Shaub and the Texas are not. (And get well soon, Coach Kubiak.)
Kansas City 12-4
San Diego 9-7
I knew KC would get better. I did not expect them to get 9-0 better. But they still have to play Denver twice and we’re talking Peyton Manning vs. Alex Smith here. Reality check time.
NY Giants 4-12
What the hell is happening in New York (Part Two)? Would it be perfect to see John Mara watch his tenants play in the Super Bowl in his stadium? Ah sweet irony. Won’t happen, but it would be sweet to see.
Green Bay 8-8
How about Detroit? And Pack is only as good as Aaron Rodgers, who isn’t going to do them any good out for 4-6 weeks.
New Orleans 12-4
Tampa Bay 2-14
The second burning of Atlanta follows.
San Francisco 12-4*
St. Louis 5-11
The top two teams are tops in the conference, as most predicted.
And now that my fever dream of a Redskins’ Super Bowl appearance has faded, I take a more objective look at what I expect to happen in the playoffs.
NY Jets @ Indianapolis
The dream of a home-team Super Bowl dies in the AFC wildcard round. Again, who would have guessed?
Kansas City @ Cincinnati
Dalton vs. Smith? Wake me when it’s over.
Indianapolis @ New England
Out of the comfortable AFC East, the Patriots come crashing back to earth.
Kansas City @ Denver
Peyton blew it at home against Baltimore last year. Not happening again.
Indianapolis @ Denver
Peyton’s revenge. Meanwhile, Luck vows to return next year and go all the way. Take him at his word.
Carolina @ Detroit
Two evenly matched teams, both on the rise. Give the edge to the “Home-dome Advantage.”
Dallas @ San Francisco
Tony Romo chokes at a critical moment late in the game. “As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be …”
Detroit @ Seattle
Home-dome Advantage, part two.
San Francisco @ New Orleans
Home-dome Advantage takes a game off.
San Francisco @ Seattle
Home-dome Advantage returns
Super Bowl XLVIII
The Seattle Seahawks vs. the Denver Broncos
And it’s still in New Jersey!
And your 2013-14 World Champions?