NFL: Long Range Super Bowl XLVI Preview

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The road to Indianapolis will be long but it’s never too early to make predictions about who is going to make it to the biggest game of all. Al Dannity gazes into his crystal ball to predict who will lift the Lombardi trophy.

The Dream Team can dominate the NFC The pressure on the Philadelphia Eagles to perform will be massive. Don’t expect this team to go 16-0 in the regular season. With so many new parts to fit in, it’s almost inevitable that Philadelphia will drop some early games. Once this team gets together they should win and win big. I love the over of +10.5 wins and the Eagles should hit at least 11 if not 12 or 13 by season’s end. They won’t be alone in making the playoffs from the NFC East as I like the Giants to take a wildcard spot.

The best value in the conference’s divisional races is the NFC West. The Rams are available at +167 and I like them to cruise through a division lacking in depth at quarterback. Sam Bradford proved his worth as a starter last season and I like St. Louis to win the division. That should be the extent of the joy for St. Louis this year as I don’t see them making much headway in the playoffs.

The Saints and Falcons should both emerge from the NFC South and I like Green Bay to earn a bye week winning the NFC North. The Packers and Eagles should do enough to meet for the conference title and I like Philadelphia to progress.

Houston and Baltimore can muscle in on AFC The Texans offer the best over/under value in the AFC, where they are generously available at +8.5 wins. With the problems surrounding every other team in the AFC South, the Texans look poised to make a run through the division.

Baltimore should finally ascend to the top of the AFC North this season but their old enemy Pittsburgh will do enough to join them in the playoffs yet again. With San Diego set to return to the top of the AFC West, that leaves enough room for New England and the Jets to both emerge from the AFC East. The Ravens will take their place in the conference decider only to come up against a wildcard challenge from Rex Ryan and the Jets. At the third time of asking, the Jets will win the AFC Championship under Ryan and progress to the Super Bowl.

And the winner is… So that’s the Eagles and the Jets making it through in my crystal ball and in an upset for the ages, Rex Ryan’s team will shut down Michael Vick to lift the Lombardi Trophy. NFL betting fans lacking my certainty should consider Sports Interaction’s Super Bowl Pinata Pick, which pays out at +2800.