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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  • ahrcshaw

    I suggest you go back to the drawing board. Panthers 27th you have got to be kidding. Go Panthers.

    • SayreBedinger

      I’ll let them prove me wrong on the field. Thanks for commenting!

      • ahrcshaw

        Most annalist have the Panthers with a 10-6 record this year, and someone has them as 18th, which is fair.

        So what makes you put them as 27th? I agree with your statement that we will see what happens during the season, and we will. Go Panthers.

        • SayreBedinger

          For me, they could be as high as 19th. After the Redskins I felt like the teams could have fallen any way, but I do think they have some work to do to get ahead of the Bucs. I think it will take a little time for the DL to adjust to NFL speed, but by the time the season ends, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Panthers were contending for 2nd place in the NFC South. They do have a good team, just concerned about the offensive weapons outside of Steve Smith, particularly at WR. Need to see more from those guys.

          Also concerned about Newton. What’s his attitude REALLY like? He was my top QB in 2011 by far coming out, so I’m high on him, I just am concerned based on last season.

          • ahrcshaw

            Thats a better annaylysis. I think the team will be ready to start on game one because of the changes made in the ofense after mid season. I really belive Chud’s scheme for Cam got him screwed up as well as being the do it all guy. In foot ball you have to make the game plan, tweek it during the 1st half and make or not make changes during half time depending on what is happening. If you are doing good keep it up, when the opposite team makes changes you tweek yours, and play calling is very very important. Another problem was utilizing your strenths and those of your players. Again Chud missed the boat, by forcing his every play RO and it was so obvious in the Bucks game he should have been fired on the spot. That said, Shula has an opportunity of a life time and it sounds like he is doing the right things. The talent is there, it just has to be used properly, and the new additions and backups in the D line and LB’s will really even if the DB’s are weak. Again I say look at the talent of the 2004 team and compare it to the 2013 team and you will see the 2013 team on paper is better. They just have not won any games, determination, setting the tone, proper attitude to win and giving it your best is what this team needs.

  • James Weiss

    The NFL may have peaked with the “quarterback driven league” mantra we’ve all been hearing lately. The league MVP was not a quarterback (Peyton Manning) and the 2013 draft saw an emphasis on offensive and defensive linemen. Two of the leagues premier teams (49er’s & Packers) lost at least one game to a “run first” team with little or no down field threat. That team was in the 20′s of most power rankings going into the 2012 season while the Pack and Niner’s were at the top as they are this year. Not only that, the same analysis is sighted as the principle reason for all these teams rankings this year. Who is that other team?

  • Thomas Ramsay

    Why are the packers rated 2? Extremely one dimensional team with a defense I don’t trust.

    Skins as well are way too low.

    • SayreBedinger

      I am really high on the Packers. I’m not as worried about the D as others and as long as they have #12, they will be among the best in the league.

    • SayreBedinger

      In regards to the Redskins, I thought I had them too low as well. I guess you can’t please everyone though. Main reason for putting them below other teams was a questionable/young secondary and slight expectation of sophomore slump from a few guys (not including RG3)

    • Phil

      I predict the Redskins win the NFC. Cowboys, ARE YOU NUTS?

  • Brian Pilczak

    Cowboys winning the NFC EAST?! Ha! You guys seem to pick that every year and it just doesn’t happen. Not while romo is there. Go Giants!

    • SayreBedinger

      To be honest, I haven’t picked that before I don’t think. I like the Giants a lot too, which is why you see them in my playoff picks, so it could go either way. Just think the Cowboys have so much talent, it’s gotta finally come together at some point.