At the midpoint of the 2017 NFL season, our analysts refresh their predictions on the major individual awards, the entire playoff field and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl LII outcomes.
Judy Battista: New England Patriots. Edelman and Hightower are gone, but Belichick and Brady will figure it out.
Jeffri Chadiha: Patriots. Even a suspect defense won't keep Brady and Belichick from claiming another division title.
Heath Evans: Patriots. Bill Belichick is the greatest mind in the game. There's no way the Pats don't win the division.
Judy Battista: Pittsburgh Steelers. Ignore the drama -- this is by far the best, most balanced team in the division. And it might be the AFC's best.
Jeffri Chadiha: Steelers. After an inconsistent start, they've hit their stride. They should run away with this division in the second half.
Charley Casserly: Steelers. They're playing better defense than in the past, in a division that does not have another playoff-worthy team.
Adam Schein: Steelers. Offense is loaded -- finally running with Le'Veon -- and the defense is improved.
Gil Brandt: Tennessee Titans. The Titans, Texans and Jaguars could each plausibly come out on top, but I'll go with Tennessee, given that the Titans can expect to win three of their four remaining road games (at Indianapolis, at Arizona and at San Francisco). They do have to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh on a short week, but they also get to play Houston and Jacksonville in Tennessee, and they've already beaten the Jaguars in Jacksonville, so they hold the edge there.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Texans. Watson is leading this team on and off the field. With the help of a fine defense, the former Clemson star secures a playoff spot before Week 17.
Heath Evans: Texans. This team's becoming more balanced with Watson under center. Plus, this defense is a nightmare for any team.
Reggie Wayne: Texans. They have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball and will keep improving through Week 17.
Adam Rank: Jaguars. My friends down in Duval County, Florida, have a stifling defense. And a pretty good running back, too. It's going to be a dogfight with Houston, but I feel comfortable saying the Jags are going to come out of this on top.
Steve Wyche: Oakland Raiders. They seem to be gaining some traction, but they still have to win more division games.
Heath Evans: Chiefs. Andy Reid always puts his team in good position to make a run in the postseason.
AFC WILD CARD 1
Jeffri Chadiha: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags' defense is nasty enough to carry them to the postseason.
Gil Brandt: Jaguars. I think two teams will come out of the AFC South, and I'll go with Jacksonville to join Tennessee.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Jaguars. They're headed in the right direction under Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone.
Steve Wyche: Kansas City Chiefs. They'll have cooled down, but they remain one of the best teams in the AFC.
Adam Schein: Buffalo Bills. Finally! With a real coach -- and Tyrod and LeSean -- the drought is over!
AFC WILD CARD 2
Judy Battista: Buffalo Bills. Yep, I'm a believer here, too. Sean McDermott never pays for a drink in Western New York again after delivering the first postseason appearance of the millennium.
Gil Brandt: Bills. The drought ends! Buffalo is just average on both offense and defense, but the Bills are exceptional in one key area: turnover differential, where they were plus-14 heading into Week 9. They control their own destiny, with four games remaining against AFC East opponents (after Thursday's showdown with the Jets), including two against New England.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Los Angeles Chargers. They got off to a slow start, but they'll come on strong down the stretch.
Ike Taylor: Jacksonville Jaguars. They have a Super Bowl-caliber defense and -- how's the saying go? Defense wins championships? Hmmm ...
Heath Evans: Jaguars. They've built a fantastic defense that's set them up for success in years to come.