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Hogs Haven 2014 NFL Season Predictions

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The Hogs Haven writers predict division winners, individual award winners, the Super Bowl champion and more for the 2014 NFL season

The wait is over!  The NFL returns tonight with a matchup of two of its elite teams.  What better time than now to roll out the second annual installment of the Hogs Haven NFL Season Predictions.  Just as we did last year, the staff has provided predictions on over 25 categories ranging from everything to Super Bowl winner, to Rookie of the Year to the Redskins final record.  Unlike last time, I think that our expectations for the home team are at least somewhat realistic.  We all took drank a big glass of Kool-Aid last year, and then asked for second and third helpings in some cases.  Maybe it was actually more like Redskins flavored jungle juice that we were drinking.  Perhaps, the only good thing to come out of those predictions was that I had the most correct picks when we revisited them in February.

That's all in the past though now.  The future is about the 2014 NFL season.  For us, It's about the potential resurgence of a Redskins team led by a healthy Robert Griffin and new head coach, Jay Gruden.  The NFL is here and the future is now.

Justin Byram James Dorsett Mike Harar Hog Hunter Ken Meringolo
NFC East Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Redskins
NFC North Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
NFC South Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
NFC West Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
NFC Wild Cards Bears, Falcons Bears, Buccaneers Redskins, Bears 49ers, Bears Eagles, Falcons
AFC East Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
AFC North Bengals Bengals Ravens Bengals Ravens
AFC South Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
AFC West Bronocs Colts Broncos Broncos Broncos
AFC Wild Cards Steelers, Ravens Ravens, Steelers Bengals, Chiefs Chiefs, Ravens Dolphin, Chiefs
NFC Champion Saints Saints Saints Saints Packers
AFC Champion Broncos Patriots Broncos Patriots Broncos
Super Bowl Saints Patriots Broncos Saints Broncos
1st Pick in 2014 Bills Bills Cowboys Titans Browns
Comeback POY Julio Jones Rob Gronkowski Robert Griffin Julio Jones Robert Griffin
Coach of Year Marc Trestman Lovie Smith Jay Gruden Chip Kelly Jay Gruden
Offensive ROY Brandin Cooks Kelvin Benjamin Brandin Cooks Brandin Cooks Bishop Sankey
Defensive ROY Khalil Mack Jadeveon Clowney Jadeveon Clowney Ryan Shazier Kyle Fuller
Offensive POY Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Peyton Manning Drew Brees Aaron Rodgers
Defensive POY Darrelle Revis Gerald McCoy Richard Sherman J.J. Watt Patrick Peterson
MVP Adrian Peterson Aaron Rodgers Peyton Manning Brew Brees Peyton Manning
Redskins Off. POY Alfred Morris Jordan Reed Robert Griffin Robert Griffin Robert Griffin
Redskins Def. POY Ryan Kerrigan Brian Orakpo Ryan Kerrigan Brian Orakpo Keenan Robinson
Redskins Record 8-8 8-8 9-7 7-9 10-6
Playoff Finish None None Wild Card Loss None NFC Champ. Loss


Sean Patterson Alex Rowsy Bernhard Samuel Steve Shoup Mark Tyler
NFC East Redskins Eagles Redskins Eagles Redskins
NFC North Bears Packers Packers Packers Lions
NFC South Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
NFC West Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks 49ers
NFC Wild Cards Cardinals, Buccaneers 49ers, Bears 49ers, Bears 49ers, Bears Seahawks, Packers
AFC East Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
AFC North Ravens Bengals Steelers Bengals Steelers
AFC South Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
AFC West Broncos Bronocs Broncos Bronocs Broncos
AFC Wild Cards Chargers, Bengals Chargers, Ravens Chargers, Ravens Chiefs, Ravens Chiefs, Bengals
NFC Champion Bears Seahawks Packers Seahawks Saints
AFC Champion Broncos Broncos Patriots Broncos Colts
Super Bowl Broncos Seahawks Packers Broncos Saints
1st Pick in 2014 Cowboys Raiders Rams Raiders Jets
Comeback POY Robert Griffin Robert Griffin Robert Griffin Dennis Pitta Darren McFadden
Coach of Year Marc Trestman Chip Kelly Jay Gruden Marvin Leiws Sean Payton
Offensive ROY Mike Evans Sammy Watkins Sammy Watkins Jeremy Hill Brandin Cooks
Defensive ROY Jadeveon Clowney Jadeveon Clowney Ryan Shazier Aaron Donald Khalil Mack
Offensive POY Andrew Luck Drew Brees Drew Brees Peyton Manning Calvin Johnson
Defensive POY Earl Thomas J.J. Watt Luke Kuechly Von Miller Vontaze Burfict
MVP Peyton Manning Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Peyton Manning Drew Brees
Redskins Off. POY Alfred Morris Robert Griffin Robert Griffin Alfred Morris Robert Griffin
Redskins Def. POY David Amerson Chris Baker Ryan Kerrigan Brian Orakpo Keenan Robinson
Redskins Record 9-7 8-8 9-7 7-9 9-7
Playoff Finish Wild Card Loss None Wild Card Loss None Wild Card Loss

Takeaways:

  • The Eagles narrowly beat out the Redskins (6 to 4) as our top choice to win the NFC East. However, the writers were split (5 to 5) on whether or not the Skins would make the playoffs.
  • There wasn't a wide range of predicted outcomes for the Redskins. The lowest projected win total was 7 and the highest was 10. Only one writer had them advancing past the Wild Card round of the playoffs (guess who).
  • The Saints, Patriots, Colts and Broncos were unanimously selected to win their respective divisions.
  • Other popular picks to make the playoffs were the: Seahawks, Packers, Bengals, Bears and Ravens. Each of these teams was selected by no fewer than 7 writers to make the tournament.
  • The Saints were selected to represent the NFC by half of the writers, and Broncos were the consensus choice to come out of the AFC with 6 of 10 votes.  Denver and New Orleans were tied as our favorite to bring home the Lombardi trophy (3-3).
  • Robert Griffin III was a popular pick to win both the Comeback Player of the Year and the Redskins Offensive Player of the Year. At least half of the writers picked him in each category.
  • Nine different players were picked to win Defensive Player of the Year award.
  • For the second year in a row Steve selected the most repeat winners. Shoup certainly does love the smell of chalk in the morning. Although, to be fair, Steve did come in second last year; maybe we all should take note and not always try to swing for the fences with sexy picks that lack substance.
  • In typical Tiller fashion, Mark Tyler made his picks in the exact opposite way that Steve did. He led the way with 10 unique selections. Come February, we'll find out if he is Nostradamus reincarnate or if he was just throwing darts at the wall while heavily intoxicated.

Just as we did with the 2013 season, we will revisit these picks at the end of the year.  At which time we will either bask in the glory that is our gift of football prognostication, or be shamed by you readers and our fellow writers for our complete and utter ineptitude as football handicappers.  That will all come all in due course, but now it's time to kick back and enjoy the beauty of the NFL season.

Let us know what you think about our picks and share your own predictions in the comments section.  Happy season kickoff day!

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