In the AFC, I’m leaning toward the Broncos because of the significant additions they’ve made to their defense — DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby.
Yes, Wes Welker has a soft head and could be through at any time.
But I have a hard time getting excited about any other AFC team other than the Patriots. Still, if the AFC Championship game is in Denver then I favor the Broncos.
I don’t think the Bengals can get to the Super Bowl mostly because their quarterback, Andy Dalton, chokes in big games.
I don’t see the Ravens winning it all, but their run game will be much better than last year.
The Colts are too weak on defense to go all the way and I am not a fan of the offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton. He is over-matched in the NFL despite having “Luck” on his side.
The Chiefs have too many issues on the offensive line and some other injury factors, too.
The Chargers don’t have enough quality at wide receiver, although Keenan Allen is quality. On the other hand, Antonio Gates is getting older and injuries appear to plague him more frequently.
Based on what I’ve seen from Russell Wilson and others in the Seahawks’ offense like Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Christine Michael and J.R. Sweezy, I’m leaning toward them making another Super Bowl appearance. But it boils down to where the NFC Championship is played.
In Seattle, I favor the Seahawks. In New Orleans, I favor the Saints.
The home-field advantage of those two venues is worth that much to me, especially in the Pacific Northwest.
I like the addition of Julius Peppers to the Packers’ front 7, but I don’t like their secondary and their offensive line always is a concern. Aaron Rodgers gets hit too much.
My dark horse pick for the NFC is the Eagles, but only if they have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
I favor a Seahawks-Broncos Super Bowl rematch with the Saints sitting in a snug No.2 seat in the NFC and the Eagles lurking in the weeds at No.3. The Patriots are my second choice in the AFC. I have no dark horse in the AFC — I can’t get excited about any dark horses in this conference.
I don’t believe the Broncos’ passing game is suited to beat the Seahawks. You can’t beat them with a horizontal, shallow passing game — the Seahawks are too physical and get in your face at the line of scrimmage and disrupt releases and compress the receivers.
The Broncos’ defense will be better, but I don’t think the Broncos’ offense can produce enough points to beat the Seahawks. Wilson keeps maturing and the offense keeps adding more weapons.
I predict the Seahawks will repeat as Super Bowl champions.
What’s your prediction?