What a final day of the NFL regular season it was, as for a third straight year, the Cowboys failed to capitalize on the opportunity to go into the NFL playoffs. With some exciting 2014 NFL predictions matchups scheduled to take place, this would be the best time to bet on which teams will win, both, the AFC and NFC conferences.
For starters, let’s take a look at the final NFL playoff seedings for each conference. In the AFC, the final six postseason spots go as follows: (1) Broncos, (2) Patriots, (3) Bengals, (4) Colts, (5) Chiefs and (6) Chargers. In the NFC, things stack up like this: (1) Seahawks, (2) Panthers, (3) Eagles, (4) Packers, (5) 49ers and (6) Saints.
The name of the game is to predict which of those 12 teams will emerge to represent their respective conference in the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J. However, before we get into each team’s NFL odds of reaching the big game, let’s take a look at the early 2014 NFL playoff schedule (All Eastern Times).
2014 NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
- (11-5) Kansas City Chiefs vs (11-5) Indianapolis Colts at 4:35 p.m.
- (11-5) New Orleans Saints vs (10-6) Philadelphia Eagles at 8:10 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
- (9-7) San Diego Chargers vs (11-5) Cincinnati Bengals at 1:05 p.m.
- (12-4) San Francisco 49ers vs (8-7-1) Green Bay Packers at 4:40 p.m.
2014 NFL Playoffs Divisional Playoffs
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
- Lowest winning seed from NFC Wild Card vs (13-3) Seattle Seahawks at 4:35 p.m.
- Highest winning seed from AFC Wild Card vs (12-4) New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
- Highest winning seed from NFC Wild Card vs (12-4) Carolina Panthers at 1:05 p.m.
- Lowest winning seed from AFC Wild Card vs (13-3) Denver Broncos at 4:40 p.m.
American Football Conference’s 2014 NFL Playoff Predictions (Broncos -150): It’s clear that in the AFC, the Broncos have been the best team all season long.
However, without Von Miller for the remainder of the postseason, many people are expecting Peyton Manning and the Broncos to fall short of their goal.
I’m not one of those people, as I truly believe that with home field advantage, and with Denver’s personnel, none of the remaining teams are good enough to beat them… not in the AFC, at least!
National Football Conference’s 2014 NFL Playoff Predictions (49ers +360): Clearly, the NFC was the stronger of the two conferences this year, despite having the two worst conferences in all of football.
Right off the bat, it’s going to be extremely hard to predict who will beat the Seahawks at home, but as we saw a couple of weeks ago, it can be done. I believe that the only team equipped to pull off such feat is the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners will first have to go into Green Bay and defeat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, but I certainly like their chances. Colin Kaepernick & Co. will have nothing but road games in their hopes of back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, but then again, that may be what this team needs to play its best NFL expert picks football.
Odds to win 2014 AFC Championship
- Denver Broncos -150
- New England Patriots +350
- Cincinnati Bengals +650
- Indianapolis Colts +1200
- Kansas City Chiefs +1500
- San Diego Chargers +2500
Odds to win 2014 NFC Championship
- Seattle Seahawks -110
- San Francisco 49ers +360
- Carolina Panthers +600
- Philadelphia Eagles +1000
- Green Bay Packers +1000
- New Orleans Saints +1400