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Pigskin Predictions

The season is less than a week away, so it is time to make some predictions.

Last year I finished at 144-76 for the year with about 65.8 percent correct.

AFC East – The New England Patriots Did you really think I would pick anyone else? I chose New England because everyone else in the division is awful. Once again no other team in the AFC East will make the playoffs.

AFC North – I’ll take Pittsburgh The Steelers didn’t make the playoffs last year. I doubt that will happen 2 years in a row. The organization is just too strong.

AFC South – Houston Texans Every year I expect big things out of Houston. Last year at least they showed life.

AFC West – Denver Broncos I will not give up on Peyton Manning until he retires. He continues to amaze and now has Wes Welker on his team.

AFC Wildcard Teams – Indianapolis and Baltimore No big surprises.

NFC East – Washington Redskins If Robert Griffin III is healthy, he will dominate the division. End of story.

NFC North – Green Bay Packers This is another team I always think will win it all and am disappointed. Aaron Rogers is still peaking and this team may reach its potential.

NFC South – New Orleans Saints Drew Brees can still put up big numbers. There were a lot of problems last year. Hopefully, they are resolved.

NFC West – San Francisco 49ers They were the surprise of the year last year. No one will see them as a surprise this year.

NFC Wildcard teams – New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks

AFC Division Title gameHouston at Denver I’m sticking with Manning to win this game as well.

NFC Division Title gameGreen Bay and San Francisco Sound familiar?

Superbowl Match-upDenver and Green Bay.

Champion – I’m taking Denver to win 38-31. I just don’t see a flaw in the team anywhere at this point.

Sept. 5 Opening game of the season score Denver 38, Baltimore 20.