May 30, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Pre-Season Predictions and Power Rankings

The start of the NFL pre-season is less than three weeks away, and I’ve had time to extensively look over every team’s roster, depth chart, position battles, fantasy football studs and duds, as well as some breakout players. We’ve dissected free agency moves, trades, roster gems, as well as each and every draft pick and undrafted free agent.

There is no better time than now for the 2013 NFL Paper Championships, and I’m ready to give my predictions of how each division will shake out, what teams will make the playoffs, and who is going to New York to play in the Super Bowl. Here are my pre-season predictions (pre-training camp and pre-season injury season) for the 2013 NFL season.


Playoff teams: (1) Denver Broncos; (2) Houston Texans; (3) Cincinnati Bengals; (4) New England Patriots; (5) Pittsburgh Steelers; (6) Baltimore Ravens

First Out: Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins

Division Predictions

AFC West: (1) Denver Broncos; (2) Kansas City Chiefs; (3) San Diego Chargers; (4) Oakland Raiders

AFC South: (1) Houston Texans; (2) Indianapolis Colts; (3) Tennessee Titans; (4) Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC North: (1) Cincinnati Bengals; (2) Pittsburgh Steelers; (3) Baltimore Ravens; (4) Cleveland Browns

AFC East: (1) New England Patriots; (2) Miami Dolphins; (3) Buffalo Bills; (4) New York Jets


Playoff teams: (1) Green Bay Packers; (2) Atlanta Falcons; (3) Seattle Seahawks; (4) Dallas Cowboys; (5) San Francisco 49ers; (6) New York Giants

First Out: Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints

Division Predictions

NFC West: (1) Seattle Seahawks; (2) San Francisco 49ers; (3) St. Louis Rams; (4) Arizona Cardinals

NFC South: (1) Atlanta Falcons; (2) New Orleans Saints; (3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers; (4) Carolina Panthers

NFC North: (1) Green Bay Packers; (2) Chicago Bears; (3) Minnesota Vikings; (4) Detroit Lions

NFC East: (1) Dallas Cowboys; (2) New York Giants; (3) Philadelphia Eagles; (4) Washington Redskins


Playoff Predictions

AFC: Denver over Houston

NFC: Green Bay over Atlanta

Super Bowl: Denver over Green Bay


Award Predictions

NFL MVP: Peyton Manning, Broncos

Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Defensive Player of the Year: Von Miller, Denver Broncos

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Manti Te’o, San Diego Chargers

Comeback Player of the Year: Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks


Pre-Season Power Rankings

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. Seattle Seahawks
  5. San Francisco 49ers
  6. Houston Texans
  7. New England Patriots
  8. Cincinnati Bengals
  9. Chicago Bears
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. Pittsburgh Steelers
  13. Indianapolis Colts
  14. New Orleans Saints
  15. Baltimore Ravens
  16. Philadelphia Eagles
  17. Minnesota Vikings
  18. Washington Redskins
  19. Miami Dolphins
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  21. Detroit Lions
  22. St. Louis Rams
  23. Kansas City Chiefs
  24. San Diego Chargers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Arizona Cardinals
  27. Carolina Panthers
  28. Buffalo Bills
  29. Cleveland Browns
  30. New York Jets
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars
  32. Oakland Raiders

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