By Kennedy Szekely
As the 2015-2016 season of the NFL kicks off, suspensions are appealed in federal court, and rookies are assigned, many are going the extra mile to predict the standings for the upcoming season. Although there are always flaws in the system of predicting who will go to the Super Bowl, we can get a pretty good idea about it based on their off-season results and results from the first games of the season. As the predictions from Sports Illustrated, “Projecting NFC Standings, division by division, as off-season nears end,” we may be able to come to a general conclusion about how the season will go for each division.
For NFC East, based on their outstanding off-season and the head coach, Chip Kelly’s effort on their season’s roster, The Philadelphia Eagles show much potential for the season that nears, with Dallas Cowboys coming after. Green Bay Packers show great prospects for this year’s season; they have resigned Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga, John Kuhn, B. J. Raji and Letroy Guion. Although the Packers have yet to live up to their expectations of a multiple Super Bowl win, they will make it as the fifth NFC seven straight trips to the playoffs in 2015. NFC South predicts that the New Orleans Saints, although tanking as the biggest Underachiever of the Year, will bounce back, and so is everyone else. Last for the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks, after the Jimmy Graham trade, could see their red-zone scoring issues off the table but with Max Unger’s departure, the offensive line may face weakness.
Yahoo! Sports has recently published an article from Harvard’s Sports Analysis Collective, Kurt Bullard, that may predict that the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks may be the two most successful teams of the 2015-2016 season after using a mathematical method, which uses Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value statistic, and coming up with a talent rating and percentage likelihood for each NFL team’s chance of making it to the postseason. Although it is easy to say that the Seattle Seahawks make it to the 2016 Super Bowl, as they have been to the past two, but the team that may surprise the fans is nothing less than the Miami Dolphins. As surprising as that may be, the Baltimore Ravens came back with 9% success rate, although they may not live up to their reputation this year, 9% might be a little harsh. Only time can tell.