Five in Fifty

Looking back on last year’s National Football League prognostications—an agonizing affair given how close the Green Bay Packers were to the Super Bowl—I found many impressive accomplishments:

• Five of the six correct AFC playoff teams, including three of four division winners;
• Accurately predicting both the Packers and Seattle Seahawks would top their respective divisions;
• Nailing three records: Seattle (12-4), Indianapolis (11-5), and Houston (9-7);
• And correctly foreseeing that Aaron Rodgers would win the NFL Most Valuable Player award and Wisconsin alum J.J. Watt would be the Defensive Player of the Year.

As for this season, even without star wideout Jordy Nelson, I can’t envision the Green Bay Packers not taking home the Lombardi Trophy for the fifth time in the 50th Super Bowl. Instead of topping the Patriots (as I predicted last season), I see them beating Andrew Luck and the Colts in an old fashioned shootout, 38-27, with James Jones having another massive Super Bowl performance. Here is how the rest of the postseason should shake out:

Wild Card Playoffs:

Eagles 28, Cowboys 27; Falcons 20, Cardinals 17
Ravens 24, Texans 17; Broncos 37, Steelers 31 (OT)

Divisional Playoffs:

Packers 38, Falcons 24; Seahawks 23, Eagles 17
Colts 37, Broncos 34 (OT); Ravens 27, Patriots 21

NFC and AFC Championship:

Packers 31, Seahawks 20
Colts 27, Ravens 24 (OT)

Super Bowl L

Green Bay Packers 38
Indianapolis Colts 27

Super Bowl MVP: Aaron Rodgers

Don’t see your team mentioned above? Check out my bold (and uncannily accurate) team-by-team predictions for the upcoming campaign.

Finally, these are the men who will be fêted the night before the Super Bowl:

MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Offensive Player of the Year: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, LB, Houston Texans

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Vic Beasley Jr., DE, Atlanta Falcons

Comeback Player of the Year: Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs

Coach of the Year: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

Editor’s Note: During the season, tune in here every Wednesday for This Week in Fantasy Football.

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