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Predicting every NFL game: No perfect records, but a few surprises

Is this the face of a quarterback competing for a Lombardi Trophy? (USATSI)
Is this the face of a quarterback competing for a Lombardi Trophy? (USATSI)

Last summer, for the first time, I played out the entire 2012 NFL season before it happened.

Who the heck can forget 16-0, the prediction I made for the New England Patriots, one that led to a nonstop assault on Twitter, message boards and radio shows.

There were plenty of other predictions made in that piece that some fans never let me live down.

So why do it again?

Two reasons: My bosses loved it (most important reason) and I am a masochist who loves the fan reaction.

This time, there is no 16-0 prediction.

This time, the Arizona Cardinals are not the pick in the NFC West, even if I did change that pick before the season started. (49ers fans, you can look it up.)

This time, I will be better.

I think.

When I set out to do this again, I did so with the idea that I wanted to be different. I wanted to stay away from the chalk.

So what happens? I have a lot of chalk.

I can't help it. I see great quarterbacks, and big-time talent, and I think those teams will be good. I know they will be.

And that's where I ended up. I played out the season from Week 1 to Week 17 without tallying up the win totals until recently.

In the end, New England and Green Bay earned the best records in the league, both taking on the No. 1 seeds in their conferences.

I also had both losing out in the playoffs.

Last week when I was in Atlanta, I said the Falcons-Bengals, who spent the week working together, could end up playing in New York in the Super Bowl. I told both coaches that. Both kind of brushed it aside, talking about how it's a long season.

And it is. A lot can happen. Injuries will play a role. Emerging young stars, like the young passers of a year ago, will pop up. And what we think is the norm won't be.

That's why playing out the season in July and August is so fun to do.

A Bengals-Falcons Super Bowl might seem crazy now, but it might be spot on come February (Winner is below).

So clip and save. You have five months to build up the hate.

Ok, that might be stretching it since most of it has already started.

Bring it on.

Divisional breakdown
AFC EastNFC East
1.New England Patriots13-31.New York Giants12-4
2.Miami Dolphins5-112.Dallas Cowboys9-7
3.Buffalo Bills3-133.Washington Redskins9-7
4.New York Jets3-134.Philadelphia Eagles5-11
AFC SouthNFC South
1.Houston Texans10-61.Atlanta Falcons12-4
2.Indianapolis Colts7-92.New Orleans Saints11-5
3.Tennessee Titans7-93.Carolina Panthers8-8
4.Jacksonville Jaguars3-134.Tampa Bay Buccaneers6-10
AFC NorthNFC North
1.Cincinnati Bengals12-41.Green Bay Packers14-2
2.Pittsburgh Steelers11-52.Chicago Bears7-9
3.Baltimore Ravens10-63.Minnesota Vikings7-9
4.Cleveland Browns4-124.Detroit Lions4-12
AFC WestNFC West
1.Denver Broncos13-31.San Francisco 49ers12-4
2.Kansas City Chiefs6-102.Seattle Seahawks10-6
3.San Diego Chargers4-123.Arizona Cardinals9-7
4.Oakland Raiders2-144.St. Louis Rams8-8

Playoff rundown
First-round byes: AFC -- Patriots, Broncos. NFC -- Packers, 49ers.
Wild-card round: AFC -- Bengals 23, Ravens 20; Steelers 27, Texans 21.
Wild-card round: NFC -- Falcons 31, Seahawks 27; Giants 21, Saints 17
Divisional round: AFC -- Patriots 31, Steelers 20; Bengals 21, Broncos 17.
Divisional round: NFC -- Packers 30, Giants, 20; Falcons 27, 49ers 23.
Championship Games: AFC -- Bengals 28, Patriots 27; NFC -- Falcons 33, Packers 31.
Super Bowl: Bengals 31,Falcons 30.

Playing the season: Prisco's projections

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 5

Baltimore at Denver -- Broncos 28, Ravens 23

Sunday, Sept. 8

New England at Buffalo -- Patriots 37, Bills 17
Tennessee at Pittsburgh - Steelers 20, Titans 16
Atlanta at New Orleans -- Falcons 33, Saints 31
Tampa Bay at New York Jets -- Bucs 21, Jets 13
Kansas City at Jacksonville -- Chiefs 21, Jaguars 17
Seattle at Carolina -- Panthers 23, Seahawks 20
Cincinnati at Chicago -- Bengals 24, Bears 23
Miami at Cleveland -- Browns 17, Dolphins 14
Minnesota at Detroit -- Lions 31, Vikings 28
Oakland at Indianapolis -- Colts 27, Raiders 14
Green Bay at San Francisco -- 49ers 30, Packers 27
Arizona at St. Louis -- Rams 27, Cardinals 21
New York Giants at Dallas -- Cowboys 21, Giants 17

Monday, Sept. 9

Philadelphia at Washington -- Redskins 30, Eagles 20
Houston at San Diego -- Texans 21, Chargers 20

Week 2

Thursday, Sept. 12

New York Jets at New England -- Patriots 31, Jets 14

Sunday, Sept. 15

St. Louis at Atlanta -- Falcons 27, Rams 17
San Diego at Philadelphia -- Eagles 34, Chargers 21
Dallas at Kansas City -- Chiefs 19, Cowboys 17
Miami at Indianapolis -- Colts 23, Dolphins 21
Tennessee at Houston -- Texans 27, Titans 20
Washington at Green Bay -- Packers 31, Redskins 28
Cleveland at Baltimore -- Ravens 20, Browns 13
Carolina at Buffalo -- Panthers 28, Bills 23
Minnesota at Chicago -- Bears 24, Vikings 17
New Orleans at Tampa Bay -- Saints 31, Bucs 30
Detroit at Arizona -- Cardinals 31, Lions 27
Jacksonville at Oakland --Jaguars 17, Raiders 14
Denver at New York Giants -- Giants 27, Broncos 26
San Francisco at Seattle -- Seahawks 21, 49ers 20

Monday, Sept. 16

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati -- Bengals 29, Steelers 24

Week 3

Thursday, Sept. 19

Kansas City at Philadelphia -- Eagles 25, Chiefs 17

Sunday, Sept. 22

Houston at Baltimore -- Ravens 20, Texans 17
New York Giants at Carolina -- Panthers 30, Giants 28
Detroit at Washington -- Redskins 31, Lions 27
San Diego at Tennessee -- Titans 17, Chargers 14
Arizona at New Orleans -- Saints 27, Cardinals 21
Tampa Bay at New England -- Patriots 33, Bucs 17
Green Bay at Cincinnati -- Packers 27, Bengals 25
St. Louis at Dallas -- Cowboys 29, Rams 20
Cleveland at Minnesota -- Vikings 20, Browns 14
Atlanta at Miami -- Falcons 24, Dolphins 23
Buffalo at New York Jets -- Jets 21, Bills 17
Indianapolis at San Francisco -- 49ers 24, Colts 16
Jacksonville at Seattle -- Seahawks 28, Jaguars 10
Chicago at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 21, Bears 20

Monday, Sept. 23

Oakland at Denver -- Broncos 33, Raiders 10

Week 4

Thursday, Sept. 26

San Francisco at St. Louis -- Rams 17, 49ers 14

Sunday, Sept. 29

Pittsburgh at Minnesota (London) -- Vikings 23, Steelers 20
New York Giants at Kansas City -- Giants 23, Chiefs 17
Indianapolis at Jacksonville -- Colts 28, Jaguars 17
Baltimore at Buffalo -- Ravens 28, Bills 23
Seattle at Houston -- Seahawks 27, Texans 24
Cincinnati at Cleveland - -Bengals 21, Browns 20
Chicago at Detroit -- Lions 31, Bears 17
New York Jets at Tennessee -- Titans 16, Jets 7
Washington at Oakland -- Redskins 28, Raiders 13
Philadelphia at Denver -- Broncos 31, Eagles 27
Tampa Bay at Arizona -- Cardinals 24, Bucs 21
Dallas at San Diego -- Cowboys 30, Chargers 27
New England at Atlanta -- Falcons 34, Patriots 33

Monday, Sept. 30

Miami at New Orleans -- Saints 27, Dolphins 16

Week 5

Thursday, Oct. 3

Buffalo at Cleveland -- Browns 20, Bills 13

Sunday, Oct. 6

New England at Cincinnati -- Bengals 27, Patriots 25
Detroit at Green Bay -- Packers 33, Lions 26
Seattle at Indianapolis -- Seahawks 20, Colts 17
Baltimore at Miami -- Ravens 17, Dolphins 13
New Orleans at Chicago -- Saints 23, Bears 21
Philadelphia at New York Giants -- Giants 27, Eagles 24
Kansas City at Tennessee -- Titans 21, Chiefs 20
Jacksonville at St. Louis -- Rams 27, Jaguars 17
Carolina at Arizona -- Cardinals 21, Panthers 14
Denver at Dallas -- Cowboys 30, Broncos 28
San Diego at Oakland -- Chargers 21, Raiders 17
Houston at San Francisco -- 49ers 31, Texans 30

Monday, Oct. 7

New York Jets at Atlanta -- Falcons 27, Jets 14

Week 6

Thursday, Oct. 10

New York Giants at Chicago -- Bears 17, Giants 14

Sunday, Oct. 13

Cincinnati at Buffalo -- Bengals 20, Bills 18
Detroit at Cleveland -- Lions 27, Browns 23
Oakland at Kansas City -- Chiefs 17, Raiders 10
Carolina at Minnesota -- Vikings 24, Panthers 17
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay -- Bucs 30, Eagles 26
Green Bay at Baltimore -- Packers 31, Ravens 30
St. Louis at Houston -- Texans 21, Rams 20
Pittsburgh at New York Jets -- Steelers 27, Jets 17
Jacksonville at Denver -- Broncos 37, Jaguars 10
Tennessee at Seattle -- Seahawks 27, Titans 14
New Orleans at New England -- Patriots 37, Saints 31
Arizona at San Francisco -- 49ers 21, Cardinals 17
Washington at Dallas -- Cowboys 30, Redskins 28

Monday, Oct. 14

Indianapolis at San Diego -- Chargers 21, Colts 17

Week 7

Thursday, Oct. 17

Seattle at Arizona -- Cardinals 21, Seahawks 20

Sunday, Oct. 20

Tampa Bay at Atlanta -- Falcons 33, Bucs 30
Cincinnati at Detroit -- Bengals 28, Lions 26
New England at New York Jets -- Patriots 30, Jets 10
Houston at Kansas City -- Texans 17, Chiefs 13
Buffalo at Miami -- Dolphins 27, Bills 20
Dallas at Philadelphia -- Eagles 27, Cowboys 25
Chicago at Washington-- Redskins 24, Bears 20
St. Louis at Carolina -- Panthers 30, Rams 21
San Diego at Jacksonville -- Jaguars 21, Chargers 17
San Francisco at Tennessee -- 49ers 24, Titans 10
Baltimore at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 23, Ravens 20
Cleveland at Green Bay -- Packers 27, Browns 10
Denver at Indianapolis -- Broncos 31, Colts 30

Monday, Oct. 21

Minnesota at New York Giants -- Giants 26, Vikings 23

Week 8

Thursday, Oct. 24

Carolina at Tampa Bay -- Bucs 28, Panthers 21

Sunday, Oct. 27

Dallas at Detroit -- Cowboys 27, Lions 26
Cleveland at Kansas City -- Chiefs 20, Browns 17
Miami at New England -- Patriots 23, Dolphins 17
Buffalo at New Orleans -- Saints 31, Bills 20
San Francisco at Jacksonville [London, England] -- 49ers 28, Jaguars 7
New York Giants at Philadelphia -- Giants 27, Eagles 23
Pittsburgh at Oakland -- Steelers 17, Raiders 7
New York Jets at Cincinnati -- Bengals 21, Jets 14
Washington at Denver -- Broncos 37, Redskins 31
Atlanta at Arizona -- Falcons 24, Cardinals 23
Green Bay at Minnesota -- Packers 29, Vikings 24

Monday, Oct. 28

Seattle at St. Louis -- Rams 21, Seahawks 20

Week 9

Thursday, Oct. 31

Cincinnati at Miami -- Dolphins 23, Bengals 21

Sunday, Nov. 3

Kansas City at Buffalo -- Bills 27, Chiefs 20
San Diego at Washington -- Redskins 30, Chargers 20
Atlanta at Carolina -- Panthers 34, Falcons 31
Minnesota at Dallas -- Cowboys 24, Vikings 17
Tennessee at St. Louis -- Rams 17, Titans 16
New Orleans at New York Jets -- Saints 28, Jets 21
Tampa Bay at Seattle -- Seahawks 30, Bucs 20
Philadelphia at Oakland -- Raiders 23, Eagles 21
Pittsburgh at New England -- Patriots 28, Steelers 24
Baltimore at Cleveland -- Ravens 16, Browns 13
Indianapolis at Houston -- Texans 31, Colts 30

Monday, Nov. 4

Chicago at Green Bay -- Packers 30, Bears 17

Week 10

Thursday, Nov. 7

Washington at Minnesota -- Vikings 23, Redskins 21

Sunday, Nov. 10

Seattle at Atlanta -- Falcons 30, Seahawks 28
Detroit at Chicago -- Bears 28, Lions 27
Philadelphia at Green Bay -- Packers 40, Eagles 28
Jacksonville at Tennessee -- Titans 21, Jaguars 17
St. Louis at Indianapolis -- Colts 23, Rams 17
Oakland at New York Giants -- Giants 27, Raiders 10
Buffalo at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 24, Bills 20
Cincinnati at Baltimore -- Ravens 23, Bengals 17
Carolina at San Francisco -- 49ers 27, Panthers 20
Denver at San Diego -- Broncos 21, Chargers 20
Houston at Arizona -- Cardinals 24, Texans 17
Dallas at New Orleans -- Saints 30, Cowboys 20

Monday, Nov. 11

Miami at Tampa Bay - -Bucs 21, Dolphins 17

Week 11

Thursday, Nov. 14

Indianapolis at Tennessee -- Titans 20, Colts 17

Sunday, Nov. 17

New York Jets at Buffalo -- Bills 28, Jets 21
Baltimore at Chicago -- Bears 16, Ravens 13
Cleveland at Cincinnati -- Bengals 21, Browns 14
Atlanta at Tampa Bay -- Falcons 24, Bucs 23
San Diego at Miami -- Dolphins 27, Chargers 20
Arizona at Jacksonville -- Cardinals 24, Jaguars 20
Oakland at Houston -- Texans 34, Raiders 18
Washington at Philadelphia -- Redskins 27, Eagles 23
Detroit at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 29, Lions 17
Kansas City at Denver -- Broncos 29, Chiefs 21
Minnesota at Seattle -- Seahawks 27, Vikings 10
San Francisco at New Orleans -- Saints 31, 49ers 30
Green Bay at New York Giants -- Giants 27, Packers 23

Monday, Nov. 18

New England at Carolina -- Patriots 38, Panthers 31

Week 12

Thursday, Nov. 21

New Orleans at Atlanta -- Saints 28 Falcons 27

Sunday, Nov. 24

Pittsburgh at Cleveland -- Steelers 17, Browns 13
Tampa Bay at Detroit -- Lions 27, Bucs 21
Minnesota at Green Bay -- Packers 29, Vikings 20
San Diego at Kansas City -- Chiefs 20, Chargers 13
Chicago at St. Louis -- Rams 16, Bears 10
Carolina at Miami -- Dolphins 21, Panthers 20
New York Jets at Baltimore -- Ravens 23, Jets 10
Jacksonville at Houston -- Texans 36, Jaguars 17
Indianapolis at Arizona -- Cardinals 28, Colts 24
Tennessee at Oakland -- Titans 20, Raiders 17
Dallas at New York Giants -- Giants 30, Cowboys 28
Denver at New England -- Patriots 35, Broncos 30

Monday, Nov. 25

San Francisco at Washington -- 49ers 27, Redskins 21

Week 13

Thursday, Nov. 28

Green Bay at Detroit -- Packers 35, Lions 30
Oakland at Dallas -- Cowboys 27, Raiders 17
Pittsburgh at Baltimore -- Ravens 20, Steelers 17

Sunday, Dec. 1

Tampa Bay at Carolina -- Panthers 32, Bucs 14
Jacksonville at Cleveland -- Browns 21, Jaguars 13
Tennessee at Indianapolis -- Colts 28, Titans 24
Denver at Kansas City -- Broncos 21, Chiefs 20
Chicago at Minnesota -- Vikings 24, Bears 21
Miami at New York Jets -- Jets 17, Dolphins 10
Arizona at Philadelphia -- Eagles 27, Cardinals 13
Atlanta at Buffalo [Toronto, Ontario] -- Falcons 38, Bills 28
St. Louis at San Francisco -- 49ers 16, Rams 10
New England at Houston -- Texans 27, Patriots 26
Cincinnati at San Diego -- Bengals 21 Chargers 20
New York Giants at Washington -- Redskins 33, Giants 27

Monday, Dec. 2

New Orleans at Seattle -- Seahawks 31, Saints 27

Week 14

Thursday, Dec. 5

Houston at Jacksonville --Texans 23, Jaguars 20

Sunday, Dec. 8

Indianapolis at Cincinnati -- Bengals 28, Colts 26
Buffalo at Tampa Bay -- Bucs 21, Bills 15
Kansas City at Washington -- Redskins 25, Chiefs 20
Minnesota at Baltimore -- Ravens 20, Vikings 17
Cleveland at New England -- Patriots 27, Browns 10
Carolina at New Orleans -- Saints 37, Panthers 34
Oakland at New York Jets -- Jets 17, Raiders 10
Detroit at Philadelphia -- Eagles 27, Lions 24
Miami at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 28, Dolphins 13
Tennessee at Denver -- Broncos 24, Titans 10
New York Giants at San Diego -- Giants 28, Chargers 23
Seattle at San Francisco -- 49ers 20, Seahawks 17
St. Louis at Arizona -- Cardinals, 14, Rams 10
Atlanta at Green Bay -- Packers 36, Falcons 31

Monday, Dec. 9

Dallas at Chicago -- Bears 20, Cowboys 14

Week 15

Thursday, Dec. 12

San Diego at Denver -- Broncos 31, Chargers 17

Sunday, Dec. 15

Washington at Atlanta -- Falcons 33, Redskins 30
Chicago at Cleveland -- Bears 17, Browns 14
Arizona at Tennessee -- Cardinals 24, Titans 23
Houston at Indianapolis -- Colts 30, Texans 28
New Orleans at St. Louis -- Rams 27, Saints 25
New England at Miami -- Patriots 27, Dolphins 23
Philadelphia at Minnesota -- Vikings 28, Eagles 17
Seattle at New York Giants -- Giants 28, Seahawks 27
Buffalo at Jacksonville -- Jaguars 20, Bills 17
San Francisco at Tampa Bay -- Bucs 27, 49ers 21
New York Jets at Carolina -- Panthers 27, Jets 10
Kansas City at Oakland -- Raiders 24, Chiefs 17
Green Bay at Dallas -- Packers 31, Cowboys 28
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 20, Bengals 17

Monday, Dec. 16

Baltimore at Detroit -- Ravens 28, Lions 20

Week 16

Sunday, Dec. 22

Miami at Buffalo -- Bills 27, Dolphins 21
Minnesota at Cincinnati -- Bengals 24, Vikings 17
Indianapolis at Kansas City -- Chiefs 23, Colts 21
Tampa Bay at St. Louis -- Rams 21, Bucs 20
Cleveland at New York Jets -- Browns 20, Jets 17
Chicago at Philadelphia -- Bears 18, Eagles 14
Dallas at Washington -- Redskins 24, Cowboys 23
New Orleans at Carolina -- Panthers 31, Saints 30
Tennessee at Jacksonville -- Titans 17, Jaguars 13
Arizona at Seattle -- Seahawks 21, Cardinals 13
Denver at Houston -- Broncos 27, Texans 25
New York Giants at Detroit -- Giants 31, Lions 27
Oakland at San Diego --Chargers 27, Raiders 10
Pittsburgh at Green Bay -- Packers 27, Steelers 24
New England at Baltimore -- Patriots 23, Ravens 20

Monday, Dec. 23

Atlanta at San Francisco -- 49ers 30, Falcons 28

Week 17

Sunday, Dec. 29

Carolina at Atlanta -- Falcons 31, Panthers 28
Green Bay at Chicago -- Packers 22, Bears 17
Houston at Tennessee -- Texans 24, Titans 17
Cleveland at Pittsburgh -- Steelers 31, Browns 13
Washington at New York Giants -- Giants 28, Redskins 23
Baltimore at Cincinnati -- Bengals 20, Ravens 17
Philadelphia at Dallas -- Cowboys 33, Eagles 23
Jacksonville at Indianapolis -- Colts 24, Jaguars 14
New York Jets at Miami -- Dolphins 21, Jets 20
Detroit at Minnesota --Vikings 27, Lions 24
Buffalo at New England --Patriots 30, Bills 21
Tampa Bay at New Orleans -- Saints 38, Bucs 28
Denver at Oakland -- Broncos 26, Raiders 20
San Francisco at Arizona -- 49ers 20, Cardinals 17
Kansas City at San Diego -- Chargers 17, Chiefs 14
St. Louis at Seattle -- Seahawks 23, Rams 17


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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