Once the confetti at MetLife Stadium started coming down after the Seahawks blew out the Broncos in the Super Bowl, thoughts started turning to the 2014 season.
Well, we're here. Finally.
The Packers and Seahawks kick off the season Thursday night, the first step toward Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. We at Shutdown Corner tried predicting the 2013 season a year ago (some were right, some were picking the Texans to win their division), so we decided to try it again for 2014.
For some explanations of these crazy picks that follow, we went through most of them in our Shutdown Corner Podcast season preview episode.
Now, onto the picks ...
Before we get to our predictions for division, conference and Super Bowl champions, let's answer some of the burning questions headed into the 2014 season:
Jay: Johnny Football
Eric: Manziel … but he starts a Cavs game
Frank: Manziel, on Oct. 5
Jay: Screech and Corey Feldman
Eric: Willie Nelson
Kevin: Craig Ehlo
Ben: Nicolas Cage
Frank: Flo from the Progressive commercials
Jay: LeSean McCoy
Kevin: Doug Martin
Ben: Adrian Peterson
Frank: Matt Forte
Jay: Assuming “Redskins” is off the board, Ray Rice’s “punishment”
Eric: Players should be covered in bubble wrap before taking the field
Kevin: Johnny Manziel
Ben: Ray Rice
Frank: Broncos and Buccaneers uniforms should be banned for being too hideous
Frank: Tie, each goes 16
Eric: 38 (one for every birthday candle)
Jay, Eric, Kevin, Ben and Frank all agree on this one ...
Jay: Eli, because Geno will be benched
Jay: Theodore Bridgewater
Eric: Blake Bortles
Ben: Johnny Manziel
Frank: Derek Carr
Frank: Broncos, but not my much
Jay: Sammy Watkins
Eric: Aaron Rodgers
Kevin: Justin Hunter
Ben: Aaron Dobson
Jay: Marshawn Lynch
Eric: Nick Foles
Kevin: Eddie Lacy
Ben: Cam Newton
Frank: Zac Stacy
Jay: Star Lotulelei will eat a football whole. Also, Manziel will walk off the field in the middle of a game.
Eric: Brian Hoyer chases Manziel with a frying pan
Kevin: Oh, you'll see when you get to my Super Bowl pick
Ben: Since scandalous Jerry Jones photos are already a thing, a Redskins name change
Frank: Three words: Los Angeles Raiders
And now, the season predictions ...