EIGHT teams can guarantee they will see postseason action in 2017 if they can grind out a coveted division win. Some divisions are tougher to predict than others *cough…AFC East…cough* but always be ready to expect the unexpected.

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AFC EAST – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

THIS one comes as no surprise to football fans, with the Patriots set to win their 9th straight division title. Their biggest competition will likely be the Miami Dolphins, who qualified for postseason action last year as well. Barring anything catastrophic, expect Belichick and Brady to once again lead New England to one of the best records in the AFC.
PREDICTED RECORD: 13-3

AFC NORTH – PITTSBURGH STEELERS

BALTIMORE will provide Pittsburgh with the most competition for the AFC North crown. If Martavis Bryant stays out of trouble and Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy, expect the Steelers to burn through the rest of the North. The Ravens will likely fall into a wild card berth, but it’s hard to see them topping the Steelers given Mike Tomlin’s track record of success at Steel City
PROJECTED RECORD: 11-5

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AFC WEST – OAKLAND RAIDERS

THE AFC West might provide us with the most competitive race for a division win. With the 9-7 Broncos missing the playoffs last year after the Chiefs (12-4) and Raiders (12-4) dominated the West, all three teams looked poised for another successful season and the LA Chargers aren’t exactly easy beats. With the Raiders visiting the Chargers and the Chiefs visiting the Broncos in Week 17 this one could go down to the wire.
PROJECTED RECORD: 12-4

AFC SOUTH – TENNESSE TITANS

THIS one was the toughest to pick with Houston, Tennessee and Indianapolis all expected to compete for the best record. I’m backing in the Titans depth and improvement of their younger players to get them over the line against the Texans defense and Andrew Luck under center for the Colts. If Marcus Mariota bounces back from his injury and their O-line keeping him safe, the Titans should see the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
PROJECTED RECORD: 10-6

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NFC EAST – NEW YORK GIANTS

A competitive bunch will likely beat each other up in the NFC East which means there will likely be a win total for the division winner. I’m predicting that the Cowboys won’t have as good a record as they did last year regressing slightly, but I’m all in on the New York Giants. A much-improved defense tore through the league last year and with Odell Beckham Jr defying gravity on the end of Eli Manning passes New York will continue to trend of no back to back division winners since the Eagles in 2003-04.
PROJECTED RECORD: 9-7

NFC NORTH – GREEN BAY PACKERS

AARON Rodgers remains the single most impactful player in the league and as long as he’s on his feet he won’t be giving up the crown for the North anytime soon. Minnesota will probably provide the toughest competition and Detroit are destined to fight for another 8-8 or 9-7 season.
PROJECTED RECORD: 11-5

NFC WEST – SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

A favourable schedule should play into the Seahawks favour as they look to make their 6th straight postseason appearance. It’s fair to say the Rams and 49ers won’t be providing Seattle with any trouble and the Cardinals don’t exactly look like the team that went 13-3 in 2015. There are a few injury concerns carrying over from last season for the Seahawks, but if healthy they will once again claim the NFC West.
PROJECTED RECORD: 11-5

NFC SOUTH – TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

ROUNDING out the division winners is the weird NFC South, with all four teams a potential champ. The past two teams to lose the SuperBowl (Falcons in 2016 and Panthers in 2015) will be out for revenge with the Saints are slowly on the up. Neither of them will be able to dethrone the Jameis Winston led Bucs though as Tampa Bay is my pick to roll through the bracket with a new look offense. Winston might even be an MVP dark horse, I’m expecting big things out of Tampa this year.
PROJECTED RECORD: 10-6

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