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PUT YOUR NAME ON IT: 2016 NFL Predictions From The BRB Staff

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The BRB staff lays out their 2016 NFL season predictions on you, so pull up a chair and prepare to cheer (or mock), and then join the conversation with your bold expectations.

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Can you feel it?  Your Houston Texans are about to kick off the 2016 regular season in less than 48 hours.  While we spend most of our energy focused on the good guys over on Kirby, many of us also keep a keen eye on the rest of the NFL with a burning desire that our favorite team will navigate a very dynamic gauntlet to achieve the ultimate goal: NFL champions as winners of the Super Bowl.

Before we dive into the predictions of how each team will finish this 2016 NFL season, Luke Beggs offered this comment as I surveyed the staff for their input:

Before we get started, [KITTEN] the NFL divisional champion rule. It's a stupid contradictory rule which subverts the meritocracy that the NFL claims to be based around. Explain the merit of a sub .500 team or a team with better record being defeated by a team with a worse record simply because of the wonder that is the NFL's divisional alignment.

I agree with Luke, as this does seem pretty ridiculous.  I have often thought a lot about this point over the years. While I agree it would be easy to just take the six teams from each conference with the best overall records and place them into the playoffs, that would mean "strength of schedule" factor would be missing, and that component does provide necessary weight to the end results. When you consider that each team competes twice per season with each of their respective division rivals, it provides at least some degree of measurement and weighted value to help separate the wheat from the chaff.

While there have been seasons where an entire division is chock full of the worst teams in a conference, or even the entire league, it still makes sense in most cases to promote the top team in each division into the playoffs. However, I am a firm believer in re-seeding the playoff brackets once the division winners and wildcard teams have been identified. As an example, a second-place team in a division with a 10-6 record that earns a wildcard berth behind a division champ with an 11-5 record should not have to go on the road to face a division champ with a 7-9 (losing) record. The NFL should most certainly consider re-seeding playoff brackets.

Without further ado, here are the bold predictions from the Masthead of how things will unfold for 2016:

AFC:

STAFF MEMBER AFC NORTH AFC SOUTH AFC EAST AFC WEST AFC WILDCARD 1 AFC WILDCARD 2
BATTLEREDCOAT STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS RAIDERS CHIEFS BENGALS
BFD STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS BENGALS BILLS
BRETT KOLLMANN BENGALS TEXANS PATRIOTS RAIDERS JETS STEELERS
CAPT RON STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS RAIDERS CHIEFS BENGALS
HOUSTON DIEHARDS STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS RAVENS RAIDERS
KDENTIFY BENGALS TEXANS PATRIOTS RAIDERS STEELERS CHIEFS
LUKE BEGGS STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS BENGALS COLTS
MATT WESTON STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS BENGALS RAVENS
MIKE BULLOCK STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS RAIDERS CHIEFS BENGALS
RIVERS MCCOWN BENGALS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS RAIDERS STEELERS
RYAN DUNSMORE BENGALS TEXANS PATRIOTS RAIDERS STEELERS COLTS
TEXANS TAKEAWAY STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS RAIDERS COLTS
UPROOTED TEXAN STEELERS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS BENGALS RAIDERS
TIM BENGALS TEXANS PATRIOTS CHIEFS STEELERS RAVENS


NFC:

STAFF MEMBER NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC EAST NFC WEST NFC WILDCARD 1 NFC WILDCARD 2
BATTLEREDCOAT PACKERS PANTHERS GIANTS CARDINALS SEAHAWKS REDSKINS
BFD PACKERS PANTHERS GIANTS SEAHAWKS CARDINALS BEARS
BRETT KOLLMANN PACKERS PANTHERS COWBOYS CARDINALS SEAHAWKS BUCCANEERS
CAPT RON PACKERS PANTHERS GIANTS SEAHAWKS CARDINALS BUCCANEERS
HOUSTON DIEHARDS PACKERS PANTHERS COWBOYS SEAHAWKS CARDINALS VIKINGS
KDENTIFY PACKERS FALCONS REDSKINS SEAHAWKS PANTHERS CARDINALS
LUKE BEGGS PACKERS PANTHERS REDSKINS CARDINALS SEAHAWKS FALCONS
MATT WESTON PACKERS PANTHERS GIANTS SEAHAWKS CARDINALS LIONS
MIKE BULLOCK PACKERS PANTHERS REDSKINS CARDINALS VIKINGS SEAHAWKS
RIVERS MCCOWN PACKERS PANTHERS REDSKINS SEAHAWKS CARDINALS BUCCANEERS
RYAN DUNSMORE PACKERS PANTHERS REDSKINS CARDINALS SEAHAWKS COWBOYS
TEXANS TAKEAWAY PACKERS PANTHERS GIANTS SEAHAWKS CARDINALS VIKINGS
UPROOTED TEXAN PACKERS PANTHERS EAGLES SEAHAWKS CARDINALS VIKINGS
TIM PACKERS PANTHERS GIANTS CARDINALS SEAHAWKS VIKINGS

SUPER BOWL:

STAFF MEMBER RESULT
BATTLEREDCOAT PACKERS DEFEAT TEXANS
BFD STEELERS DEFEAT CARDINALS
BRETT KOLLMANN TEXANS DEFEAT CARDINALS
CAPT RON TEXANS DEFEAT PANTHERS
HOUSTON DIEHARDS PATRIOTS DEFEAT PACKERS
KDENTIFY TEXANS DEFEAT PANTHERS
LUKE BEGGS PANTHERS DEFEAT STEELERS
MATT WESTON SEAHAWKS DEFEAT STEELERS
MIKE BULLOCK CARDINALS DEFEAT STEELERS
RIVERS MCCOWN SEAHAWKS DEFEAT CHIEFS
RYAN DUNSMORE PACKERS DEFEAT TEXANS
TEXANS TAKEAWAY TEXANS DEFEAT CARDINALS
UPROOTED TEXAN TEXANS DEFEAT PACKERS
TIM PATRIOTS DEFEAT CARDINALS

NFL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE AWARDS:

STAFF MEMBER LEAGUE MVP DPOY OPOY DROY OROY COACH OF
THE YEAR
COMEBACK PLAYER
OF THE YEAR
BATTLEREDCOAT CAM
NEWTON
J.J.
WATT
JULIO
JONES
JALEN
RAMSEY
COREY
COLEMAN
BILL
O'BRIEN
JORDY
NELSON
BFD AARON
RODGERS
AARON
DONALD
ANTONIO
BROWN
DEFOREST
BUCKNER
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
MIKE
TOMLIN
ANDREW
LUCK
BRETT KOLLMANN AARON
RODGERS
J.J.
WATT
TOM
BRADY
ROBERT
NKEMDICHE
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
BILL
O'BRIEN
TYRANN
MATHIEU
CAPT RON J.J.
WATT
KHALIL
MACK
CAM
NEWTON
JALEN
RAMSEY
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
BILL
O'BRIEN
ROBERT
GRIFFIN III
HOUSTON DIEHARDS AARON
RODGERS
J.J.
WATT
ANTONIO
BROWN
JALEN
RAMSEY
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
MIKE
TOMLIN
ANDREW
LUCK
KDENTIFY AARON
RODGERS
J.J.
WATT
DEANDRE
HOPKINS
MYLES
JACK
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
BILL
O'BRIEN
JAMAAL
CHARLES
LUKE BEGGS CAM
NEWTON
KHALIL
MACK
ANTONIO
BROWN
VERNON
HARGREAVES
COREY
COLEMAN
MIKE
TOMLIN
KELVIN
BENJAMIN
MATT WESTON RUSSELL
WILSON
KHALIL
MACK
ANTONIO
BROWN
ROBERT
NKEMDICHE
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
ANDY
REID
ANDREW
LUCK
MIKE BULLOCK J.J.
WATT
JADEVEON
CLOWNEY
ANTONIO
BROWN
JALEN
RAMSEY
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
MIKE
ZIMMER
JAMAAL
CHARLES
RIVERS MCCOWN RUSSELL
WILSON
J.J.
WATT
AARON
RODGERS
KARL
JOSEPH
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
DIRK
KOETTER
JORDY
NELSON
RYAN DUNSMORE AARON
RODGERS
VON
MILLER
CARSON
PALMER
ROBERT
NKEMDICHE
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
BILL
O'BRIEN
TYRANN
MATHIEU
TEXANS TAKEAWAY CAM
NEWTON
J.J.
WATT
TODD
GURLEY
JALEN
RAMSEY
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
MIKE
TOMLIN
ROBERT
GRIFFIN III
UPROOTED TEXAN AARON
RODGERS
J.J.
WATT
TODD
GURLEY
JALEN
RAMSEY
CARSON
WENTZ
JACK
DEL RIO
ROBERT
GRIFFIN III
TIM AARON
RODGERS
VON
MILLER
ADRIAN
PETERSON
JALEN
RAMSEY
EZEKIEL
ELLIOTT
MIKE
ZIMMER
ANDREW
LUCK

So there you have it!  There's quite a strong consensus with respect to some team results and individual awards, but there are some interesting alternatives nestled in there as well.  Share your thoughts on these predictions, offer your own, and perhaps any thoughts you have with respect to the playoff re-seeding topic.

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