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2012-13 NFL Playoff & Super Bowl Predictions – Inside The Wheelhouse

Aaron RodgersNow that I have spent the last two weeks previewing and predicting the AFC & NFC conference now it’s time to predict who I think ends the 2012-2013 NFL Season as Super Bowl Champions. With that being said lets look at the rankings based off of my predictions in each division the last two weeks:

AFC Playoff teams:

1. Baltimore Ravens (13-3)

2. Houston Texans (13-3)

3. New England Patriots (11-5)

4. Denver Broncos (11-5)

5. New York Jets (10-6)

6. San Diego Chargers

NFC Playoff teams:

1. Green Bay Packers (14-2)

2. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

3. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

5. Chicago Bears (10-6)

6. Carolina Panthers (9-7)

So with those following rankings in place the playoff matchups would look as followed:


(3) New England Patriots vs. (6) San Diego Chargers

(4) Denver Broncos vs. (5) New York Jets

(1) Baltimore Ravens & (2) Houston Texans get 1st round bye


(3) San Francisco 49ers vs. (6) Carolina Panthers

(4) Philadelphia Eagles vs. (5) Chicago Bears

(1) Green Bay Packers & (2) New Orleans Saints get 1st round bye

Predictions for Wild Card Weekend:

(3) New England Patriots defeat (6) San Diego Chargers

It might surprise some that I had New England as a #3 seed for the AFC side of the playoffs but when you have two divisions that aren’t that strong (AFC North and AFC South), it seemed like a better fit for the Ravens or Texans. While I won’t be shocked if the Pats do receive a first round bye I think the other two teams have a better shot. As for the Chargers I believe the team and Phillip Rivers have a comeback season in 2012 as they march back into the playoffs but get bounced out by the Patriots in Foxboro.

(4) Denver Broncos defeat (5) New York Jets

Whichever network that features the NFL playoff games this season for the AFC; I would presume that being CBS would be frothing at the mouth if this game would come to fruition. Tim Tebow, now a New York Jet, returns to Denver to take on his own team at Mile High Stadium in the playoffs. While the dollar signs and ratings are certainly there I believe the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos defeat the Jets in the Wild Card weekend round.

(6) Carolina Panthers defeat (3) San Francisco 49ers

I truly believe that the Carolina Panthers are going to be that “Cinderella team” in the NFL this season. They are riding off of a very impressive and shocking 2011 season led by a rookie quarterback & will use such to build off of for the 2012 season. That shocking roll will continue on when I have them defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round. I believe Cam Newton would thrive in the spotlight while the Niners continue to have whispers of whether or not Alex Smith is “the guy” for them.

(5) Chicago Bears defeat (4) Philadelphia Eagles

I really like the Chicago Bears this season as being a team could surprise many with how good they can be. Jay Cutler knows that this is a make-or-break season for him now that Brandon Marshall is thrown into the mix and Lovie Smith once again starts the season on a “warm” seat that could get hotter if the Bears don’t thrive. Really like Chicago advancing into the divisional round as I don’t believe the Eagles have what it takes to be a Super Bowl destined team as long as Andy Reid is coaching and Michael Vick is their quarterback.

NFL Divisional Round predictions:


(1) Baltimore Ravens vs. (4) Denver Broncos

(2) Houston Texans vs. (3) New England Patriots


(1) Green Bay Packers vs. (6) Carolina Panthers

(2) New Orleans Saints vs. (5) Chicago Bears

Predictions for the Divisional Round:

(4) Denver Broncos defeat (1) Baltimore Ravens

While it may no longer be “Tebow Time” in Denver it certainly will be “Peyton Time” for the Broncos I predict this postseason. Denver has a lot to prove but the former 4-time NFL MVP has a lot more to prove then new team. Peyton Manning realizes he has a lot of doubters out there and will use that to motivate him to go into Baltimore, defeat the #1 seed Ravens and enter the AFC Championship Game once again.

(2) Houston Texans defeat (3) New England Patriots

Last season the Texans had a stretch of bad luck since they were not a healthy team for the playoffs. That in-turn hurt them during there January run into a hopeful Super Bowl appearance and left many wondering what could’ve been & what should’ve been for this Texans team. I really like what Houston will be able to do this season and believe Arian Foster is a stronger NFL MVP candidate. I look for the Texans to shock the Patriots (despite both team’s seeding) and advance to their first AFC Championship Game as a franchise.

(1) Green Bay Packers defeat (6) Carolina Panthers

This predicted match-up is a very interesting one because you have the powerhouse Green Bay Packers taking on the surprise/Cinderella team that is the Carolina Panthers. Carolina will enter this game knowing they are playing with “house money” but will match-up against a Packers team that still has a bad taste in their mouth from last season’s Divisional Game. I like Green Bay’s chances against the Panthers but wouldn’t be surprised if Carolina hung in there with the former Champions until the final second.

(2) New Orleans Saints defeat (5) Chicago Bears

Just like the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints have a lot to prove this season especially if they make the playoffs like I have predicted in this blog. The Saints will as a team is going to be questioned coming off of all the “bounty gate” mess and people will wonder if this is a playoff bound or even Super Bowl bound team. Now with Drew Brees back into the fold for the Saints I don’t see this being a problem and see them doing what they exactly do by winning games & advancing back to the NFC Championship Game this year.

NFL Championship Game Predictions:

AFC Championship Game:

(2) Houston Texans vs. (4) Denver Broncos

NFC Championship Game:

(1) Green Bay Packers vs. (2) New Orleans Saints

Predictions for the NFC & AFC Championship Games:

(2) Houston Texans defeat (4) Denver Broncos

There is something about this Houston Texans team that I really like about going into the 2012-2013 season that makes me believe they are serious Super Bowl contenders this year. The old adage has always been “defense wins Championships” and they had a very solid 3-4 defensive scheme last season that carried them all the way to the divisional round despite their depleting injuries. They enter this season with a healthy team and pretty much the same defense making them a serious threat to do what some thought they’d do last year by making it to the Super Bowl.

(1) Green Bay Packers defeat (2) New Orleans Saints

While the old adage is “defense wins championships” the new one maybe that “offense wins championships” and these two teams certainly show that type of displaying offense that would help them advance to the Super Bowl. But in all honesty I believe that there is this secret feeling amongst Green Bay Packers players that they need to avenge their exit from the playoffs during a 15-1 season last year. That there was something missing in the end result for last year and that they need to capture that goal this season by bringing the Vince Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay.

Super Bowl 47 Prediction:

Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans

Well here is my Super Bowl 47 prediction for this season, the Green Bay Packers vs. the Houston Texans. Two teams that had very good 2011 campaigns but ended short in the divisional round of both conference playoffs. One is your normal defensive powerhouse while the other is an offensive juggernaut and a Super Bowl matchup I’d love to see in New Orleans at the end of this season.

With that being said I believe the Super Bowl winner for the 2012-2013 season will be the Green Bay Packers. I believe this to be certain because there is a lot of unfinished business for this team and they want to get back to where they believed they should’ve been last year, the Super Bowl. They are entering this season more motivated and hungry then they were last season, a season in which they went 15-1. If that belief is to hold true then they should be holding the Vince Lombardi trophy up once again to close out this season.

SUPER BOWL 47 CHAMPION: Green Bay Packers

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