Open Thread: 2013 NFL Predictions and Prognostications

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

You can’t have a new football season without predictions and prognostications. You know the well-thought out, researched and analyzed guesses us “experts” make to try and forecast what will happen during the upcoming season.

Here is the space where you can see all my predictions, tell me how crazy or stupid I am, but more importantly add your own 2013 predictions.

Below is my list of comprehensive 2013 NFL predictions. If you wish to fill out yours and see how you do in relation to the NEPD “experts”, simply copy and paste the question list into the comment section and fill it out. We can all take a good long laugh at these once December rolls around. But until then, everyone is right!

New England Patriot Predictions

 2013 Record: 13-3
Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Atlanta, Carolina, Baltimore
Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
Defensive MVP: Chandler Jones
Offensive LVP (Least): Julian Edelman (Injuries), Dan Connolly
Defensive LVP: Tavon Wilson
Breakout Offensive Star: Kenbrell Thompkins and Shane Vereen
Breakout Defensive Star: Alfonzo Dennard
Most Improved Offensive Player: Marcus Cannon
Most Improved Defensive Player: Marcus Forston (besides Chandler Jones)
Unsung Hero: Dane Fletcher
Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola
Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Jamie Collins

2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

Touchdowns: Stevan Ridley
Receptions: Danny Amendola
Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
Tackles: Jerod Mayo
Sacks: Chandler Jones
Interceptions: Alfonzo Dennard (CB), Devin McCourty (S)

Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
How Far in the Playoffs: Super Bowl
Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Adrian Wilson
Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty (FS)
How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 13
Touchdown Passes by Brady: 37
Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 2
Player that fails to meet expectations: Aaron Dobson
Most Overrated Player: Jerod Mayo
Most Underrated Player: Ryan Wendell
Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Joe Vellano
Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Ras-I Dowling (Nate Ebner)
Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Matt Elam and Tyrann Mathieu
The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Best Position Grouping: Linebackers
Worst Position Grouping: Strong Safety

2013 NFL Predictions

AFC Playoff Teams: New England, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Cincinnati, Tennessee
NFC Playoff Teams: Giants, Packers, Falcons, 49ers, Seahawks, Bears

AFC Champion: New England Patriots
NFC Champion: Atlanta Falcons
Super Bowl Champion: Come on now

NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady, QB, New England
Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Cleveland

Most Improved Team: Arizona Cardinals
Most Surprising Team: Tennessee Titans
Biggest Disappointment: Miami Dolphins

Best Off-Season Acquisition: Darrell Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Worst Off-Season Acquisition: Ed Reed, FS, Houston Texans (Injuries) – Pat Chung, Connor Barwin a close 2nd

Breakout Offensive Star: Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Breakout Defensive Star: Janoris Jenkins, CB, St. Louis Rams

Most Overrated Player: Ben Roethilisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Most Underrated Player: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets

1st pick in 2014 NFL Draft belongs to: Oakland Raiders
1st Pick in the 2014 Draft: JaDeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

NFL Leader in Rushing: Adrian Peterson
Receiving Yards: Brandon Marshall
Sacks: Demarcus Ware
Interceptions: Janoris Jenkins
Passing TDs: Tom Brady
Passing Yards: Peyton Manning

First Coach Fired: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
Coordinator next in line for Head Coaches Job: Jay Gruden, Cincinnati Bengals

Your turn! Feel free to make predictions on one or all.

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9 Responses to “Open Thread: 2013 NFL Predictions and Prognostications”

  1. brightonbob says:

    Have read the site for a number of years now + really love the coverage especially around the draft. A lot of the reporters who’ve covered the team against you- albert breer, bedard, rappaport, rodak, have gone national + I’ve always thought your stuff was more in depth than theirs.

    New England Patriot Predictions

    2013 Record: 14-2
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Atlanta, Baltimore “If you saw carolina this won’t happen”-also they always flub a game or two against an also ran
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Chandler Jones
    Offensive LVP (Least): Hernandez won this when he shot that kid. Gronk because I’m sick of the partying.
    Defensive LVP: I go with gregory, but always bet on the secondary. Also think brandon spikes and ninkovich are overrated and that they need DT depth badly.
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen is a beast-they don’t get enough credit for overhauling the running game in the draft.
    Breakout Defensive Star: Alfonzo Dennard-he was last year. I like jamie collins. Hightower will be on the spot.
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Sudfeld looks good.
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Marcus Forston (besides Chandler Jones)
    Unsung Hero: Dane Fletcher
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola-too easy. I think tommy kelly is important.
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: well played, I’ll go with dobson.

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Stevan Ridley
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Alfonzo Dennard (CB), Devin McCourty (S)
    hard to disagree
    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: Super Bowl-I agree, I think texans are pretenders.
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Generally this is draft picks nearing their first contract end who aren’t starters/2nd stringers they’ve gotten frustrated with. Cunningham, bequette, edelman, dowling-maybe mesko.
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty (FS). Gronk won’t. OL play seems to suck nationally. Also look out for slater getting that steve tasker career achievement award.
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 9-he can’t stay healthy
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 34-quieter more efficient year
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 2
    Player that fails to meet expectations: I go with boyce or a young LB/DB.
    Most Overrated Player: Jerod Mayo
    Most Underrated Player: Ryan Wendell
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Joe Vellano
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Ras-I Dowling (Nate Ebner)
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Matt Elam and Tyrann Mathieu
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: A DT. Woolfork will age this year.
    Best Position Grouping: RB/OL-they’ve really done well in these areas.
    Worst Position Grouping: Strong Safety

    2013 NFL Predictions

    AFC Playoff Teams: New England, cincinatti, Denver, Houston, baltimore, indy-I think ravens are in for a stumble, bengals are young, hungry and healthy. Indy came close last year. I think the elway denver teams with td were better than this unit-and remember they struggled for a few years and were younger, more complete.
    NFC Playoff Teams: Redskins, Packers, Falcons, 49ers, Seahawks, Bears. the giants have lost too much.

    AFC Champion: New England Patriots
    NFC Champion: 49ers or seahawks. I go 49ers
    Super Bowl Champion: Come on now

    NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
    Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady, QB, New England
    Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina
    Offensive Rookie of the Year: Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis
    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Cleveland
    -don’t know too much about the rest of the league

    Most Improved Team: I will go browns and chiefs here with a marty schottenheimer theme but cardinals are a good choice.
    Most Surprising Team: chiefs-reid put together a great staff and I think arrowhead will be on the warpath again.
    Biggest Disappointment: Lions, Cowboys, Eagles, Steelers-I think age will finally catch up to Steelers that d just doesn’t smell right. They’ve had a great ride for 20 years, but this is the start of the end.

    Best Off-Season Acquisition: Darrell Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Worst Off-Season Acquisition: Ed Reed, FS, Houston Texans (Injuries) – Pat Chung, Connor Barwin a close 2nd

    Breakout Offensive Star: Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars-I think a d3 player
    Breakout Defensive Star: Janoris Jenkins, CB, St. Louis Rams

    Most Overrated Player: Tony Romo
    Most Underrated Player: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets

    1st pick in 2014 NFL Draft belongs to: Oakland Raiders
    1st Pick in the 2014 Draft: JaDeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    NFL Leader in Rushing: Adrian Peterson
    Receiving Yards: Brandon Marshall
    Sacks: Demarcus Ware
    Interceptions: Janoris Jenkins
    Passing TDs: Tom Brady
    Passing Yards: Peyton Manning

    First Coach Fired: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
    Coordinator next in line for Head Coaches Job: Jay Gruden, Cincinnati Bengals

    Lot of these teams I just don’t know too much about and in those cases I’ve left it what you had. I think one of themes will be that a lot of these teams that have been in limbo for several years-the jets, steelers, lions, chargers, cowboys, giants, bears, titans, giants will come to crossroads and just say we’re tired of waiting on players like rivers or coaches like garrett and seek to do things not unlike what the eagles did with reid last year. Jason Garrett looks overwhelmed and as we hit the 20 year anniversaries of the cowboys titles I think the pressure will heat up for what have you done for me lately. Similar with rivers and cutler. The new york media is already on the giants for missing the playoffs every year they haven’t won a title, the lions seem to have hit an 8-8 ceiling, the steelers have quietly drafted poorly for years and when the bengals pass them and the browns start pushing their win totals to 7-6 wins from 9-10 I think it gets tougher for them not to make moves in their front office.

    On the other hand, I’ll be really watching to see in the league of parity if the dolphins, chiefs, browns, and raiders which have been off the radar for 20 years can make a comeback, either way I’ll be reading the site.

    I will say I hope you do less draft stuff during the season-the patriots don’t really need players and the focus will be on the field and do more column/shaugnessy type stuff about the league. I’ve lived in losing cities + usually they suck so that by week 3 their columnists are already focusing on the draft and I hope you focus more on the pro team.

  2. qazmlpgh says:

    2013 Record: 12-4
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Atlanta, New Orleans, Denver, Baltimore
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Vince Wilfork
    Offensive LVP (Least): tough one
    Defensive LVP: Kyle Arrington
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen
    Breakout Defensive Star: Chandler Jones
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Nate Solder
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Dont’a Hightower
    Unsung Hero: Mike Hooman
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Jamie Collins

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Stevan Ridley
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Devin McCourty

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: Super Bowl
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Adrian Wilson
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty (FS)
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 13
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 37
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 0
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Aaron Dobson
    Most Overrated Player: Jerod Mayo
    Most Underrated Player: Julian Edelman
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Cory Grissom
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Ras-I Dowling
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Mar
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona
    Best Position Grouping: Running backs
    Worst Position Grouping: Strong Safety

    2013 NFL Predictions

    AFC Playoff Teams: New England, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
    NFC Playoff Teams: San Francisco, Green Bay, Atlanta, Giants, Detroit, New Orleans

    AFC Champion: New England Patriots
    NFC Champion: San Francisco 49ers
    Super Bowl Champion: Pats

    NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
    Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady, QB, New England
    Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona
    Offensive Rookie of the Year: Denard Robinson, OW, Jacksonville
    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Datone Jones, DL, Green Bay

    Most Improved Team: Kansas City Chiefs
    Most Surprising Team: Detroit Lions
    Biggest Disappointment: Miami Dolphins

    Best Off-Season Acquisition: Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Worst Off-Season Acquisition: Elvis Dumervil, DE, Baltimore Ravens

    Breakout Offensive Star: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
    Breakout Defensive Star: Fletcher Cox, DE, Philadelphia Eagles

    Most Overrated Player: Ben Roethilisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Most Underrated Player: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets

    1st pick in 2014 NFL Draft belongs to: Oakland Raiders
    1st Pick in the 2014 Draft: JaDeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    NFL Leader in Rushing: Adrian Peterson
    Receiving Yards: Dez Bryant
    Sacks: Brian Orakpo
    Interceptions: Patrick Peterson
    Passing TDs: Tom Brady
    Passing Yards: Peyton Manning

    First Coach Fired: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
    Coordinator next in line for Head Coaches Job: Jay Gruden, Cincinnati Bengals

  3. C M says:

    2013 Record: 14-2
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Atlanta, Buffalo
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Vince Wilfork
    Offensive LVP (Least): Jake Ballard
    Defensive LVP: Jermiane Cunningham
    Breakout Offensive Star: Kenbrell Thompkins
    Breakout Defensive Star: Donta Hightower/Jamie Collins/Armond Armstead
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Marcus Cannon
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Brandon Spikes
    Unsung Hero: Marcus Benard
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola/Kenbrell Thompkins/Armond Armstead
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Jamie Collins

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Tom Brady
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Kyle Arrington

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: Super Bowl
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Jermaine Cunningham
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Jerod Mayo, Donta Hightower Devin McCourty
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 10
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 38
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 4 (including runs)
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Adrian Wilson
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Jermiane Cunningham
    Most Overrated Player: Aqib Talib
    Most Underrated Player: Kyle Arrington
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Mark Harrison
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Damontre Moore (DE/OLB, 81st, NYG)
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: No Idea
    Best Position Grouping: Running Backs and Linebackers
    Worst Position Grouping: Strong Safety

    2013 NFL Predictions

    AFC Playoff Teams: New England, Denver, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh
    NFC Playoff Teams: Packers, 49ers, Falcons, Giants, Seahawks, Bears

    AFC Champion: New England Patriots
    NFC Champion: Seahawks
    Super Bowl Champion: Pats

    NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers
    Offensive Player of the Year: Megatron
    Defensive Player of the Year: Geno Atkins
    Offensive Rookie of the Year: Tyler Eifert
    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jamie Collins

    Most Improved Team: Kansas City Chiefs
    Most Surprising Team: Buffalo
    Biggest Disappointment: Redskins

  4. Rex Ryan says:

    New England Patriot Predictions

    2013 Record: 12-4
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: @ATL, @ CIN, NO, @HOU
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Chandler Jones
    Offensive LVP (Least): Gronk (injuries)
    Defensive LVP: Steve Gregory (please cut him as he $ucks)
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen
    Breakout Defensive Star: Donta Hightower
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Marcus Cannon
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Chandler Jones
    Unsung Hero: Leon Washington
    Best Free Agent Signing: Leon Washington
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Jamie Collins

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Stevan Ridley
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Donta Hightower
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Devin McCourty (S)

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: Conference semi-finals
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Jermaine Cunningham
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Leon Washington, Danny Amendola Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Donta Hightower and Devin McCourty (FS)
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 8
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 39
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 2
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Aaron Dobson
    Most Overrated Player: Matthew Slater
    Most Underrated Player Tommy Kelly
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact:
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Nate Ebner
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Tyrann Mathieu, Markus Wheaton, T.J. MacDonald
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: Eric Ebron TE UNC
    Best Position Grouping: Linebackers
    Worst Position Grouping: WR

  5. dcx10music says:

    New England Patriot Predictions

    2013 Record: 13-3
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Falcons, Dolphins, Ravens
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Vince Wilfork
    Offensive LVP: Daniel Fells
    Defensive LVP: Tavon Wilson
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen
    Breakout Defensive Star: Dont’a Hightower
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Marcus Cannon
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Chandler Jones
    Unsung Hero: Ryan Wendell
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Jamie Collins

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Total Touchdowns: Tom Brady
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Carries: Stevan Ridley
    Rushing Yards: Stevan Ridley
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Devin McCourty

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st
    How Far in the Playoffs: AFC Championship
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Steve Gregory
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Danny Amendola, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 12
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 35
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 2
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Aqib Talib
    Most Overrated Player: Logan Mankins
    Most Underrated Player: Ryan Wendell
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Joe Vellano
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Ras-I Dowling or Jake Bequette
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Tyrann Matthieu
    Best Position Grouping: LB or RB
    Worst Position Grouping: DT or S

    2013 NFL Predictions

    AFC Playoff Teams: Texans, Patriots, Broncos, Ravens, Bengals, Steelers
    NFC Playoff Teams: Falcons, 49ers, Packers, Giants, Seahawks, Bears

    AFC Champion: Texans
    NFC Champion: 49ers
    Super Bowl Champion: 49ers

    NFL MVP: Tom Brady, QB, New England
    Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
    Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston
    Offensive Rookie of the Year: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston
    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Desmond Trufant, CB, Atlanta

    Most Improved Team: Arizona Cardinals
    Most Surprising Team: St. Louis Rams
    Biggest Disappointment: Miami Dolphins

    Best Off-Season Acquisition: Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay
    Worst Off-Season Acquisition: Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis

    Breakout Offensive Star: Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay
    Breakout Defensive Star: Chandler Jones, DE, New England

    Most Overrated Player: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver
    Most Underrated Player: Michael Johnson, DE, Cincinnati

    1st pick in 2014 NFL Draft belongs to: Oakland Raiders
    1st Pick in the 2014 Draft: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

    NFL Leader in Rushing: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
    Receiving Yards: Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit
    Sacks: Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay
    Interceptions: Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle
    Passing TDs: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
    Passing Yards: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans

    First Coach Fired: Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions or Rex Ryan, New York Jets
    Coordinator next in line for Head Coaches Job: Mel Tucker, DC, Chicago Bears

  6. Will says:

    2013 Record: 11-5
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: @Atlanta, @Cincinnati, @Carolina, @Miami, @Baltimore
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Devin McCourty
    Offensive LVP (Least): Jake Ballard
    Defensive LVP: Steve Gregory
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen
    Breakout Defensive Star: Alfonzo Dennard
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Marcus Cannon
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Dont’a Hightower
    Unsung Hero: Rob Ninkovich
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Josh Boyce

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Tom Brady
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Devin McCourty (S)

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: Super Bowl
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Jake Ballsrd
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty (FS)
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 12
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 37
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 1
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Adrian Wilson
    Most Overrated Player: Logan Mankins
    Most Underrated Player: Ryan Wendell
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Quentin Sims
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Ras-I Dowling
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Tyrann Mathieu and Jordan Reed
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon (Don’t know too many players yet, but seems like a good fit)
    Best Position Grouping: Running backs
    Worst Position Grouping: Strong Safety

    2013 NFL Predictions

    AFC Playoff Teams: Denver, Cincinnati, New England, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Houston
    NFC Playoff Teams: Packers, 49ers, Saints, Cowboys, Seahawks, Falcons

    AFC Champion: New England Patriots
    NFC Champion: San Francisco 49ers
    Super Bowl Champion: Toss up

    NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
    Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
    Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston
    Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota
    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Star Lotulelei, DT, Carolina

    Most Improved Team: Kansas City Chiefs
    Most Surprising Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (negatively)
    Biggest Disappointment: San Diego Chargers

    Best Off-Season Acquisition: Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions
    Worst Off-Season Acquisition: Jermon Bushrod, OT, Chicago Bears

    Breakout Offensive Star: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
    Breakout Defensive Star: Morris Claiborne, CB, Dallas Cowboys and Bruce Carter, LB, Dallas Cowboys

    Most Overrated Player: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
    Most Underrated Player: Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

    1st pick in 2014 NFL Draft belongs to: Oakland Raiders
    1st Pick in the 2014 Draft: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

    NFL Leader in Rushing: Adrian Peterson
    Receiving Yards: Calvin Johnson
    Sacks: J.J. Watt
    Interceptions: Earl Thomas
    Passing TDs: Drew Brees
    Passing Yards: Drew Brees

    First Coach Fired: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
    Coordinator next in line for Head Coaching Job: Mike Zimmer, Cincinnati Bengals

  7. Brian says:

    2013 record 10-6
    Teams that defeat Patriots:Atlanta,Denver,Cincinnati ,Houston,Baltimore,@Miami.

  8. hdh says:

    New England Patriot Predictions

    2013 Record: 12-4
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Denver, Falcons, Bengals and Texans
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Tommy Kelly
    Offensive LVP (Least): Stephen Gostkowski (unfortunate misses in the clutch)
    Defensive LVP: Tavon Wilson
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen (& LeGarrett Blount)
    Breakout Defensive Star: Jamie Collins
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Brandon Bolden
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Donta Hightower
    Unsung Hero: Vince Wilfork
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Zach Sudfeld

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Stevan Ridley
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones & Tommy Kelly
    Interceptions: Aqib Talib

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: SuperBowl Bound after an AFC Championship Game Victory over Denver
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Zoltan Mesko
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Danny Amendola
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 13
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 34
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 3
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Aaron Dobson
    Most Overrated Player: Logan Mankins
    Most Underrated Player: Rob Ninkovich (& Marcus Cannon)
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: R.J. Mattes
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Jake Bequette
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Receivers Wheaton (Steelers) & Goodwin (Bills)
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: no clue
    Best Position Grouping: Quarterbacks (All-World #1, Strong #2 & Difficult to Defend (read opt) #3
    Worst Position Grouping: Interior Defensive Lineman after Wilfork & Kelly (no depth and/or size – look for trade/acquisition)

  9. Kyle says:

    New England Patriot Predictions

    2013 Record: 12-4
    Teams to Defeat the Patriots: Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Tampa Bay
    Offensive MVP: Tom Brady
    Defensive MVP: Vince Wilfork
    Offensive LVP (Least): Dan Connolly
    Defensive LVP: Tavon Wilson
    Breakout Offensive Star: Shane Vereen
    Breakout Defensive Star: Alfonzo Dennard
    Most Improved Offensive Player: Marcus Cannon
    Most Improved Defensive Player: Alfonzo Dennard
    Unsung Hero: Brandon Spikes
    Best Free Agent Signing: Danny Amendola
    Most Impactful 2013 Draft Pick: Aaron Dobson

    2013 Patriots Statistical Leaders

    Touchdowns: Stevan Ridley
    Receptions: Danny Amendola
    Receiving Yards: Danny Amendola
    Tackles: Jerod Mayo
    Sacks: Chandler Jones
    Interceptions: Devin McCourty

    Miscellaneous Patriot Predictions

    Order of Finish in the AFC East: 1st Place
    How Far in the Playoffs: AFC Championship Game (lose to eventual champion Denver)
    Veteran Player Most Likely to be a Surprise Release: Steve Gregory
    Players that make the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins
    How Many Games Does Gronk Play: 13
    Touchdown Passes by Brady: 35
    Number of Touchdowns by Tim Tebow: 1
    Player that fails to meet expectations: Josh Boyce
    Most Overrated Player: Kyle Arrington (BB is most guilty of overrating/overpaying him)
    Most Underrated Player: Rob Ninkovich
    Practice Squad Player that makes an Impact: Joe Vellano
    Recent Draft Pick Most Likely to Be Cut: Ras-I Dowling (complete bust, as I expected)
    Player the Patriots passed on in the 2013 Draft that they will Regret: Robert Woods
    The Patriots First Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be: Justin Gilbert, CB OSU
    Best Position Grouping: Linebackers
    Worst Position Grouping: Safety (McCourty is the only good one)






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