By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on April 24, 2014
The NFL released the 2014 schedule last night, and while in reality it is too early to predict which teams are going to win which games, why should we let that stop us? So what if the draft is still two weeks away? Making ridiculously early predictions is part of being a sports fan. With that said here are my predictions for five teams that will have no problem navigating the regular season schedule and will cruise right into the playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers had to scratch and claw their way into the playoffs last season, but that was with Aaron Rodgers missing almost half the season. With a healthy Rodgers I believe it will be a much easier path in 2014. The schedule has some obstacles, but they end the year with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Detroit.
I believe Indianapolis is head and shoulders above the rest of their division, and the schedule sets up well for them as well. Based on last season's win-loss totals, Indianapolis has the easiest schedule.
New England is the best team in their division and the schedule is not that difficult. They have three challenging road games at Kansas City, Indianapolis and Green Bay, but that should not keep them from making the playoffs again in 2014.
The Denver Broncos have a difficult schedule with trips to Seattle and New England and home games against Indianapolis and San Francisco. So why do I believe Denver will cruise into the playoffs? Simple; their QB is Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning led teams have won at least 10 games for 11 consecutive seasons, and in nine of those seasons they have won at least 12 games.
Seattle plays in the toughest division in football. They also play Green Bay and Denver this season, so why am I so sure they will make the playoffs? Because they are the best team in football, and they are as close to unbeatable at home as you can get. Seattle will win at least seven home games. That means they only have to win three or four road games to get them into the playoffs.
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