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Bowey’s NFL preview and predictions

Vince Lombardi Trophy Visits the Pennsylvania Capitol. Photo courtesy of Wikicommons.

The NFL season is coming up very soon, and teams are ready to compete. Teams like the Chiefs are trying to make a repeat, and others like the Eagles are trying to get back to the big stage and take the Lombardi for themselves. A collection of surprising teams made the playoffs last year, such as Seattle and the Los Angeles Chargers. There were also a few shocking teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year, like Green Bay and Tennessee. This upcoming season is one of the most hyped up events in sporting history, and hopefully it lives up to its expectations.

Alexander Jonesi

Bengals 13-4
Ravens 12-5
Steelers 11-6
Browns 7-10

After a questionable off-season with Joe Burrow getting hurt and not many major trade moves, the Bengals earn their keep and win 13 games and stay atop the division for another year. The Ravens will make a late season push for the division, but come up short by a game and earn a high wildcard spot. The Steelers will have yet another winning season with Mike Tomlin, and Kenny Pickett shows flashes of greatness. The Browns plunder for yet another season, but Nick Chubb earns top 10 in rushing and Deshaun Watson starts to blend with the Browns offense.

Erik Drost

Bills 13-4
Dolphins 11-6
Patriots 6-11
Jets 6-11

The Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen will continue to succeed in the regular season and win the division for the 4th straight season in a row, finishing with a high playoff seed. The Dolphins improve their record from last year with Tua and Tyreek, despite the defensive absence of Jalen Ramsey for a bit of the season, and earn a 6th seed wild card spot and back to back seasons with playoff appearances. The Patriots finish in 3rd place for the second season in a row, and struggle with having the hardest schedule of any team in the 2023-2024 season. The Jets struggle with Rodgers and he can’t live up to the hype, meanwhile Sauce gardener continues to hold people and eventually gets burnt more than my homemade garlic bread, all leading to finishing at the bottom of the division for the fourth season in a row (yikes).

Opening day coverage from Week 1 of the NFL Season featuring the Washington Commanders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars camp at FedEx Field, Landover, MD, September, 11th, 2022. (All-Pro Reels / Joe Glorioso) (Joe Glorioso | All-Pro Reels)

Jaguars 13-4
Texans 8-9
Titans 6-11
Colts 3-14

In a division that isn’t much of a contest, the Jaguars pick up easy games against division opponents and go 5-1, and Trevor Lawrence proves that he can be a top 5 QB in the NFL. The Texans show flashes of a winning team as they squeak out 8 wins and drop 9 games, and CJ Stroud proves that he can be a good starting QB and finishes top 15 in the league, while Dameon Pierce shows that he can be a consistent running back as well. The titans have yet another losing season and have quarterback issues throughout the season, leading to a third place finish and picking up wins against fellow bottom of the league teams. The Colts plunder and finish last place in the division for the first time in over 12 years, whilst Anthony Richardson struggles with a lacking team around him.
——————————————————————————————————————————- — Washington Football Team vs. Kansas City Chiefs from FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, October 17th, 2021 (All-Pro Reels Photography) (Joe Glorioso | All-Pro Reels)

Chiefs 15-2
Chargers 11-6
Broncos 9-8
Raiders 2-15

The Chiefs dominate and win yet another division title for the 8th time in a row since 2016, led by another MVP performance from Mahomes and a dominant defensive effort from the chiefs as well. The Chargers thrive late in the season and win key games to secure a playoff spot for the 2nd straight season, behind the precise passing of Justin Herbert and the dominant running of Austin Ekeler (My fantasy football running back please carry). The Broncos finish with a winning record led by Sean Payton and a comeback performance from Russell Wilson, but barely miss the playoffs in the end. The raiders struggle for yet another season and finish as the worst team in the AFC, whilst Jimmy Garropolo underperforms with a below average team around him.
Kansas City Chiefs (15-2)
Cincinnati Bengals (13-4)
Buffalo Bills (13-4)
Jacksonville Jaguars (13-4)
Baltimore Ravens (12-5)
Miami Dolphins (11-6)
Los Angeles Chargers (11-6)

The Washington Commanders fell to the Detroit Lions 36-27 during Week 2 of the NFL Season from Ford Field, Detroit, MI, September, 18th, 2022. (All-Pro Reels / Joe Glorioso) (Joe Glorioso | All-Pro Reels)

Lions 12-5
Vikings 11-6
Bears 9-8
Packers 7-10

In a strong division, Jared Goff and the Lions will dominate the division and win 12 games over the season and only fall 5 times. The Vikings will make a late season push for the division title, but will come up just short to the Lions. Justin Jefferson will have an MVP performance and Kirk Cousins will finish top 10 in passing. The Bears will have an unexpectedly well performed season with Justin Fields at the reins and a decent receiving core, but the defense has a difficult outcome throughout the season. Green Bay will struggle without rogers and the majority of their receiving core, and their defense will struggle with the run and deep plays.

From Week 10 of the NFL Season featuring the Washington Commanders at the Philadelphia Eagles from Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 14, 2022. (All-Pro Reels / Joe Glorioso) (Joe Glorioso | All-Pro Reels)

Eagles 15-2
Cowboys 12-5
Giants 9-8
Commanders 4-13

The Jalen Hurts led Eagles dominate the NFC conference and finish with the best record in the NFC, and both sides of the ball belittle every team that goes against them. The Cowboys have yet another strong season led by Dak Precott and Tony Pollard, and CeeDee Lamb proves that he can be a top 5 receiver in the NFL. The Dallas fans continue to think that it is “their year” and think of themselves as “America’s team” for the whole season. The Giants end with a less successful season than the previous one, but Daniel Jones and the steady offense put up big points in big games. The Commanders crumble throughout the whole season, but Sam Howell shows that he can play in the NFL with some highlight reel plays and Terry Mclaurin “scary Terry” continues to catch passes efficiently and effortlessly.

Falcons 12-5
Saints 9-8
Panthers 5-12
Buccaneers 3-14

The Desmond Ridder led Falcons prove to the NFL that they can be a threat with young talent, and prevail 12 times over the season and fall only 5 times. Their defense finishes top ten in yards and turnovers. The Saints have a great comeback year and Derek Carr expresses that he is still a relevant quarterback. The Panthers have a below average season for a consecutive year, but Bryce Young has a very good rookie season and makes highlight reel passes over the season. The Buccaneers fall face first to the bottom of the division, and Baker Mayfield can’t make anything happen substantial on Offense.

49ers 13-4
Seahawks 12-5
Rams 6-11
Cardinals 0-17

Mr. Irrelevant (Brock Burdy) and the 49ers win their 3rd division title in the last 5 seasons, and lose only 4 games in another outstanding season. Geno Smith proves that last season wasn’t a fluke, and leads the Seahawks to a 5th seed playoff spot and an impressive year on both sides of the ball. The Rams finish with another losing season, and the offense struggles clicking on all cylinders while the defense is burnt most of the season. The cardinals finish with their first winless season since 1944, and struggle with scoring points throughout every game of the season.
Philadelphia Eagles (15-2)
San Francisco 49ers (13-4)
Detroit Lions (12-5)
Atlanta Falcons (12-5)
Seattle Seahawks (12-5)
Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
Minnesota Vikings (11-6)

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Bowey Devlin
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Bowey has lived in The Woodlands for 8 years so far and has enjoyed it. He loves to talk about sports and is a huge Seattle sports fan since he was 11. He likes to play video games and work out in his free time. He hopes to have a good senior year and graduate with good grades.
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    Robert CarterDec 1, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Awesome sports journalism work by this young man. He has a future in the sports journalism field. And so many of his predictions are falling into place as the NFL season plays out….
    Kudus to Bowey for this fine piece!!!