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Pats Pulpit Predictably Proves Prognosticating Prowess

Every season has it's surprises. Not surprisingly, this season was no different.

I'm still trying to decide if Detroit and Arizona were surprise teams or not. I expected them both to be terrible, and they were both mediocre.

Two divisions finished with every team at .500 or better. That's surprising. One division came close to every team finishing .500 or worse, but that it was the NFC South is no surprise at all.

One team came very close to going winless, and it was a team many people had expected to improve over last season.

Baltimore and Philadelphia both went from first to worst. Tampa Bay went from worst to first.

Last week, I went 10-6, in part thanks to the CCNY Colts. That game (or one of 89 others) cost me a 65-percent overall winning percentage. I finished the season 166-90 (64.8 percent). That, at least, was far better than last season's 149-107 (57.4).

Below are tables of how I picked the divisions and records paired with the results, followed by my game-by-game Patriots predictions. Much like our favorite team, I went 16-0. They made it easy on me.

Prediction
Result
AFC East
New England (13-3)
New York Jets (8-8)
Buffalo Bills (7-9)
Miami Dolphins (7-9)
New England (16-0)
Buffalo Bills (7-9)
New York Jets (4-12)
Miami Dolphins (1-15)
AFC North
Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
Cleveland Browns (4-12)
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
Cleveland Browns (10-6)
Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
Baltimore Ravens (5-11)
AFC South
Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) *
Tennessee Titans (7-9)
Houston Texans (2-14)
Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) *
Tennessee Titans (10-6) *
Houston Texans (8-8)
AFC West
San Diego Chargers (13-3)
Denver Broncos (12-4) *
Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
Oakland Raiders (2-14)
San Diego Chargers (11-5)
Denver Broncos (7-9)
Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)
Oakland Raiders (2-14)
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NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
Dallas Cowboys (10-6) *
New York Giants (9-7)
Washington Redskins (4-12)
Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
New York Giants (10-6) *
Washington Redskins (9-7) *
Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
NFC North
Chicago Bears (13-3)
Minnesota Vikings (8-8)
Green Bay Packers (7-9)
Detroit Lions (3-13)
Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Minnesota Vikings (8-8)
Detroit Lions (7-9)
Chicago Bears (7-9)
NFC South
New Orleans Saints (14-2)
Atlanta Falcons (6-10)
Carolina Panthers (3-13)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
Carolina Panthers (7-9)
New Orleans Saints (7-9)
Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
NFC West
Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
St. Louis Rams (9-7) *
San Francisco 49ers (8-8)
Arizona Cardinals (4-12)
Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
San Francisco 49ers (5-11)
St. Louis Rams (3-13)
* denotes Wild Card

Game-by-Game Patriots Predictions

I don't think I've picked any team to win every game in my week-to-week picks. While I picked New England to finish 13-3 in my preseason predictions, it became increasingly obvious that they were the better team entering each game. Thus, these were not typical "homer" picks, as my pregame analysis shows.

Prediction
Result
New England 24
New York Jets 21
New England 38
New York Jets 14
San Diego 23
New England 24
San Diego 14
New England 38
Buffalo Bills 14
New England 38
Buffalo Bills 7
New England 38
New England 38
Cincinnati Bengals 20
New England 34
Cincinnati Bengals 13
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Cleveland Browns 16
New England 35
Cleveland Browns 17
New England 34
New England 28
Dallas Cowboys 24
New England 48
Dallas Cowboys 27
New England 35
Miami Dolphins 13
New England 49
Miami Dolphins 28
Washington Redskins 16
New England 27
Washington Redskins 7
New England 52
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New England 38
Indianapolis Colts 31
New England 24
Indianapolis Colts 20
New England 38
Buffalo Bills 14
New England 56
Buffalo Bills 10
Philadelphia Eagles 10
New England 35
Philadelphia Eagles 28
New England 31
New England 30
Baltimore Ravens 10
New England 27
Baltimore Ravens 24
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Pittsburgh Steelers 27
New England 31
Pittsburgh Steelers 13
New England 34
New York Jets 15
New England 21
New York Jets 10
New England 20
Miami Dolphins 14
New England 28
Miami Dolphins 7
New England 28
New England 38
New York Giants 14
New England 38
New York Giants 35