With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, our analysts provide their predictions, including the winners of individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl forecasts.
Heath Evans: Steelers. An improved defense and high-powered offense carries this team to the top of the division.
Charley Casserly: Steelers. They have too much fire power for the rest of the division to catch them.
Adam Rank: Baltimore Ravens. There are a few injury concerns early, but this team will be humming by season's end.
Marc Sessler: Steelers. Far from a creative pick, but Pittsburgh has more proven talent than any team in the division.
Adam Rank: Titans. Great young quarterback with a great offensive line and pretty good weapons, too.
Steve Wyche: Raiders. Shaky defense is a major concern, but all the toys on offense are too much to handle.
Dave Dameshek: Los Angeles Chargers. Yeah, yeah ... I know the injury bug has already proven to be unrelenting in spite of the move north, but that defense is plum loaded: Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett might be an even better CB duo than the one the division rival Broncos boast, while Ingram and Bosa will devastate up front in the same manner Ware and Von did during Denver's Super Bowl run. The offense has the pieces to keep up with Oakland's attack -- IF the O-line can just give Philip Rivers some time.
Adam Rank: Chiefs. Well, it is Andy Reid. I don't have any doubts he'll have his team back in the playoffs again.
AFC WILD CARD 1
Maurice Jones-Drew: Chiefs. They need more firepower at receiver, but they always win 10 or 11 games.
Heath Evans: Oakland Raiders. This is a talented roster, but I'm not ready to name them a "given" to win the division.
Dan Hanzus: Bengals. The offensive line is a concern, but there's a lot to like about this team in all the major areas.
Gregg Rosenthal: Raiders. The continuity on offensive, especially on the line, should make up for a defense with major questions in the back end.
Reggie Wayne: Broncos. Two AFC West teams get to the postseason and Kansas City gets the short stick this time.
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Heath Evans: Titans. The offense has made enough strides this offseason and Mike Mularkey has this team focused on the right things.
Dan Hanzus: Oakland Raiders. I fear a fall-off this season, but there is enough talent here to win 10 games even if some things go sideways.
Gil Brandt: Kansas City Chiefs. They have a very good roster coming off a 12-win season, but need a top performance in the run game to improve.
Adam Rank: Raiders. The defense still needs a little bit of help, but the offense should be really good.
Dave Dameshek: Chiefs. I won't be stunned if Alex Smith gets replaced -- again -- by a younger, more dynamic passer at some point this season to better take advantage of Tyreke Hill and Co., but even if he doesn't, Andy Reid just plain gets his teams to January. (Three losing seasons in 18 years; 12 playoff appearances.)
Marc Sessler: Los Angeles Chargers. It promises to be a wild ride as the Bolts sneak into the playoffs with a fascinating late-season stretch sure to delight the hordes at StubHub.