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Cheesehead TV Staff Predictions for 2014 Season

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Cheesehead TV Staff Predictions for 2014 Season

Here's how the staff at Cheesehead TV believes the 2014 season will shake out for the Green Bay Packers, with a final-four playoff prediction and Super Bowl winner also included:

 

AARON NAGLER (@AaronNagler)

Packers record: 11-5 

Starting with 3 of 4 on the road is tough. Even if they start 2-2, there will be more than a few stumbles along the way. 

NFC Championship: Saints over Packers
AFC Championship: Patriots over Colts

The Packers have a good, talented team, but New Orleans is better and nearly unbeatable at home unless you have a Top 5 defense. The Packers won't. Everyone is sick of the Patriots, but the additions of Revis and Browner along with the return of Vince Wilfork make them incredibly tough on D.

Super Bowl: Saints over Patriots 

 

ZACH KRUSE (@zachkruse2)

Packers record: 11-5

Over the next 17 weeks, the Packers will travel to the two most difficult venues in the NFL (Seattle, New Orleans), welcome Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly to Lambeau Field and face six games against an improved division. Also, Cam Newton's Panthers won 12 games last season; Matt Ryan's Falcons were a few yards from the Super Bowl in January of 2013. The 2014 Packers will be a battle-tested group. Winning 11 games would be nothing to sneeze at. The problem would come in January, when home-field advantage in the NFC figures to be a critical prize to claim. 

NFC championship: Seahawks over Packers
AFC championship: Patriots over Colts

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Patriots

 

BRIAN CARRIVEAU (@BrianCarriveau)

Packers record: 11-5

As nice as it would be for the Packers to go 16-0, it's inevitable they'll hit some road blocks along the way as they face a difficult schedule, particularly the first month of the season, and what should be an improved NFC North.

NFC Championship: Seahawks over Packers
AFC Championship: Colts over Broncos

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Colts

 

JAYME SNOWDEN (@jaymelee1)

Packers record: 12-4

Assuming the Packers sweep two division teams and split the series with either the Bears or Lions, I have the Packers with a 5-1 record in the division. Then assuming between tougher opponents of Seattle, New Orleans, New England, Carolina, Atlanta, and Philadelphia the Packers will for 3 - 3. I have the Packers winning vs the Jets, Dolphins, Bills and Buccaneers to get to a final record of 12 - 4. The defense should be stronger than last season and with the return of the Aaron Rodgers for hopefully the entire season, the Packers should have no trouble winning four more games than they did in 2013.

NFC Championship: Packers over Seahawks
AFC Championship: Patriots over Colts

Super Bowl: Packers over Patriots

 

C.D. ANGELI (@TundraVision)

Packers record: 11-5

I'd like to predict this just a little bit higher, but I think that the loss of BJ Raji in the middle will simply compound the middle of this defense was already suffering from. It's too bad, because Raji appeared to be playing with a chip on his shoulder this preseason, and shifting him back to his natural NT position was only going to strengthen the biggest weakness this defense had.

That stated, assuming all stay relatively healthy, this offense will be second to none in the league, and will win most shootouts. After an 0-1 start, you'll see the Packers start churning as they always do when their back is against the wall, losing no games afterwards by more than three points.

I also believe that the NFC North will be mediocre enough that the Packers will still win the division title by virtue of tiebreakers.

NFC Championship: Seahawks over Saints
AFC Championship: Patriots over Colts

Unfortunately, unless the defense shapes up, I think the Packers make it to the semifinals before losing to either the Saints or 49ers.  I see the Saints visiting the Seahawks in Seattle and losing. Luck goes to Boston. Runs out of luck.

Super Bowl: Patriots over Seahawks

 

BEN FENNELL (@TheXOsOfLife)

Packers record: 11-5

Tough non-division games—Carolina, New England, Philadelphia, New Orleans. Should be able to win 4/6 divisional games. 11-5 seems fair with a playoff run. Not sure I like us against Broncos but what the hell. 

NFC Championship: Packers over Eagles
AFC Championship: Broncos over Colts

Super Bowl: Packers over Broncos

 

ALEX TALLITSCH (@AlexTallitsch)

Packers record: 13-3

I think for the first time since 2010 the Packers are well rounded enough to have a good a shot as any. This season will come down to health and depth, the only thing really holding the Packers back from a championship.

NFC Championship: Packers over 49ers
AFC Championship: Broncos over Chargers

Super Bowl: Packers over Broncos

 

ROBERT OLSON (@RobertOlson92)

Packers record: 11-5

This team has the potential for 12 wins, but 11 is a more conservative estimate. The defense should be at least a little better than last year, but I still think this team is one year away from the Super Bowl. 

NFC Championship: Saints over Packers
AFC Championship: Patriots over Broncos

Super Bowl: Saints over Patriots

 

...And last, but certainly not least:

COREY BEHNKE (@coreybehnke) 

Packers record: 14-2 

The Packers rule. Bears drool.

NFC championship: Packers over Seahawks
AFC championship: Who Cares vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl: Packers over Denver Broncos

 

Zach Kruse contributes to Cheesehead TV. He is also the Lead Writer for the NFC North at Bleacher Report. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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packsmack's picture

Wow, Alex and Jayme are the only ones with anything other than the vanilla 11-5. They're going to be 15-1 guys, don't be shy.

tundravision's picture

My original prediction was 10-6 (which might help the rest of my comments make a little more sense), but then I looked carefully at the entire schedule and upped it by one. Didn't realize how popular 11-5 would be.

balding_pastor's picture

11-5 actually sounds about right unless the D makes greater strides than I'm anticipating. Adams or Janis need to step up for GB to be effective in 4 wide sets. And obviously, Lacy needs to stay healthy.

steven10825's picture

I dont know if that last part is necessarily true... our receivers are probably one of the best groups in the league. Add that we can put a te outwide and were fine.

steven10825's picture

12-4 super bowl. They finally win home playoff games against the seahawks and 49ers and beat the patroits to be champs again

Samson's picture

A dynamic offense if AR can stay healthy.
The achilles heel will once again be the D.

All those suspect high draft picks the last few drafts will have GB scrambling for a playoff spot. The Loins & their new coaching staff will usurp the Pack atop the North division.

GB - 9-7 including a 3-3 split in the division.

Evan's picture

The Lions?! haha....at least say the Bears, but the Lions?! C'mon, man.

Samson's picture

This is 2014. Very little before this season will have any profound affect on this season. (except the draft)

Check the Loins schedule. You might have a better idea of my prediction.

Evan's picture

Nope...still think it's crazy. But that's why they play the games.

DannyDS's picture

Teams w/ new Coaches rarely do better than 8-8. Safe bet for them this year is 7 or 8 wins. Plenty of talent, but its unlikely they'll be much better than middle of the road. Next year I could see them winning 10+ games, not this year.

COW's picture

chuckle.

ballark's picture

Record: 13-3

NFC Championship: Packers over Eagles
AFC Championship: Patriots over Broncos

Super Bowl: Packers over Patriots

FITZCORE1252's picture

Jayme, i always knew you had bigger balls than some of the writers around here. I mean that in a good way.

12-4, SB Champs. Doesn't matter who we play, the AFC has nobody that can beat us in Arizona.

steven10825's picture

Just a thought.... the superbowl is on turf this year. (Evil laugh) =>o

ZeroTolerance's picture

12-4. D much better, O out of sight.

Crackerpacker's picture

This is the time for 16-0 plenty time for reality later

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