Athletic writers make their picks for who will win each division of the NFL

The NFL season starts in less than 10 days, and the teams have made the final cuts. We’re waiting for football to kick off with Labor Day weekend serving as a gentle reminder that summer is ending and fall begins. Soon, we will be tuning in Ramez vs. Bills for the night of September 8th.

the athlete She asked her group of local NFL writers, editors and reporters to put together their predictions for this season. We’ve asked everything from who will win the Super Bowl on February 12th in Glendale, Arizona, to who will win this year’s Rookie of the Year award for both sides of football. It’s a pre-season look at the NFL and how things will play out this season.

Today, we look at Athletic Expert picks for each section.


East Asia

It’s no surprise that all of our experts believe the Bills will win the AFC East title. The Patriots have dominated the division for nearly two decades with Tom Brady leading the way, and now it looks like Josh Allen’s turn. Since 2001, the only times the Patriots or Bills have not won the division have been the Jets in 2002 and the Dolphins in 2008. The Bills have won the past two years, a Super Bowl or bankruptcy for the Buffalo after losing in a heartbreaking fashion. Chiefs last year in the playoffs.

Athletic The NFL model gives the Bills a 72.9% chance of winning the division.

North Asia

The AFC title holders don’t get much respect in their league. Injuries devastated the crows last season, and the athleteExperts believe there will be a huge bounce back from Lamar Jackson and his crew this season. On the other hand, it seems surprising to see that the Bengals don’t get that much love after their run to the Super Bowl that had them upset the Titans and Chiefs.

Joe Burrow is entering his third season in Cincinnati, and the core of the Bengals’ young players has improved, led by Ja’Marr Chase, who finished with 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie season.

Athletic The NFL model gives the Ravens the best chance of winning the division (38.6%) while the Bengals come in with 32.4%. Brown is at 23.2%, with Deshaun Watson suspended in 11 of 17 games this season.

South Asia

Our experts strongly believe Matt Ryan and Indianapolis can revive themselves after losing to Jaguar in the last game of the regular season and losing in a playoff. The Colts were one of the most unlucky teams last year in the NFL. They had the seventh-best points difference but only won nine games somehow. This can be explained by losing five out of seven matches with one result in 2021.

Tennessee won 6-2 in single-score games last year, following a 7-2 lead in single-score games in 2020. That’s an impressive record, but will it continue? Teams usually fall back to average in single-score games, and this could be the year the Giants’ luck runs out.

Athletic The NFL model gives the Colts a 64.1% chance of winning the division while the Giants sit at 30.1. Jaguars and Texans unite by less than 6%.

west Asia

Welcome to the Wild West. Is there a more stacked section in every NFL? Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Russell Wilson and Derek Carr make up the best group of quarterbacks.

It’s no surprise that our experts preferred the Chiefs to once again win the West Asian title. Since Peyton Manning retired after Super Bowl 50, Chiefs have won six consecutive titles in West Asia under Andy Reed. Not only has Kansas City won all the titles, but the Chiefs have won 32-4 against the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos head-to-head since 2015, including a record 5-1 last season.

It’s a bit surprising that only two experts chose the Broncos to win the division. Athletic The NFL model gives Denver a 20.4% chance of winning the squad.


Can Galen Hurts lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC East title this year? (Photo: Bill Streicher/USA Today)

NFC East

The NFC East is down to the Cowboys and Eagles. It’s interesting to see our experts divided over who will win the division. Our experts seemed to think the Eagles had a big vacation and project as well as the arrival of an AJ Brown wide receiver and the accelerator passing Haason Reddick. The Eagles weren’t too good at single-score games last season, going 2-4. Philadelphia also gets one of the easiest tables this season.

Dallas had the most turnovers last year in the NFL and had a lot of luck with an injury, had a recovery and won 63% of his single-score games. Our experts seem to think the Cowboys are set to be on the loose this season. Athletic The NFL model is more bullish on the Cowboys and gives them a 59.4% chance of winning NFC East while the Eagles have only a 23.3% chance.

North NFC

Green Bay remains an elite in attack with Aaron Rodgers up front. The Packers have won three consecutive NFC North titles, and our experts expect them to finish fourth in a row. Rodgers continues to make Green Bay one of the best teams in the NFL in single-class games. Green Bay has added defensive players at the top of the draft and hopes an elite quarterback with a better defensive unit will lead to another Super Bowl.

Athletic The NFL model gives players a 70.3% chance of winning the division. Our experts don’t expect the Lions to win the division in their second year under Dan Campbell.

It is interesting that some experts chose the Vikings to win the North. Minnesota played 14 close matches last year and lost eight of them. It makes sense because Minnesota is still loaded with attack with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thelin and Dalvin Cook. New coach Kevin O’Connell comes from the Rams’ offensive and should be able to make the most of the talent on the offensive side of the ball.

NFC South

Tom Brady is back, and every pundit believes the Buccaneers will win the NFC South title again after winning it in 2021. The Saints won four titles in a row before the Bucs took them last year. Tampa Bay guard Ali Marbet lost until retirement, and center Ryan Jensen was injured. That could cause a problem for Brady with his offensive line.

Athletic The NFL model gives the Bucs only 58.7% a win in the NFC South. The Saints have the second best chance of 31.3%.

NFC West

NFC West can do a good fight with AFC West for the best football league. It’s no surprise to see the defending Super Bowl champion Rams getting the most votes here.

San Francisco switches from Jimmy Garoppolo to Trey Lance on starting quarterback, and that’s going to create some intrigue, especially after the news this week that Jimmy G is stuck in San Francisco for this season. The 49ers suffered the most injuries in the NFL last season and in 2022 they could be strong if they stay healthy and Lance performs in the middle.

Athletic The NFL model gives the Rams a 44.4% chance of winning the division, the 49ers 34.9% chance and the Cardinals 19.1% chance.

(Patrick Mahomes photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)


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