NFL 2017/18 season preview

Patriots win fifth title

The New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth title in the most dramatic of circumstances. The Patriots trailed by 25 points in the third quarter but recovered to level at 28-28 and force the extra period, the first in Super Bowl history. Quarterback Tom Brady led the recovery, finishing with a record 466 yards en route to being named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player for a fourth time.

  • NFL Champion: New England
  • AFC Champion: New England
  • NFC Champion: Atlanta
  • AFC Division Winners: New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Kansas
  • NFC Division Winners: Dallas, Green Bay, Atlanta, Seattle

Chargers move to Los Angeles

On January 12, the San Diego Chargers announced their departure to Los Angeles. After 56 years in San Diego, the final Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium, a 37-27 losing effort against the Kansas City Chiefs, was played on January 1. Next season, the Chargers will join the Rams (who moved from their former home in St. Louis back to Los Angeles at the start of the 2016 season) as the city's second NFL team. The Chargers will become Los Angeles's eighth professional team competing in one of America's four major sports.

Raiders relocation to Las Vegas

The NFL officially approved the Raiders relocation to Las Vegas on March 27. Unlike the Chargers, the Raiders will remain at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum through at least the 2018 season (with the 2019 season to be determined) while Las Vegas Stadium is built, with the team moving to Nevada in 2019 or 2020.

NFL 2017/18 key dates

  • September 7 : Regular season starts
  • December 31 : Regular season ends
  • January 6 : Postseason begins
  • January 28 : Pro Bowl, Orlando
  • February 4 : Super Bowl, Minneapolis

Super Bowl LII favorites

New England Patriots5Baltimore Ravens41
Green Bay Packers10Philadelphia Eagles41
Pittsburgh Steelers11Cincinnati Bengals41
Seattle Seahawks12Indianapolis Colts41
Atlanta Falcons13Jacksonville Jaguars51
Dallas Cowboys13Washington Redskins51
Oakland Raiders19Miami Dolphins51
Kansas City Chiefs21New Orleans Saints51
New York Giants21Detroit Lions67
Carolina Panthers23Los Angeles Chargers67
Denver Broncos23Los Angeles Rams101
Houston Texans26San Francisco 49ers126
Tampa Bay Buccaneers29Buffalo Bills126
Arizona Cardinals29Chicago Bears151
Tennessee Titans34Cleveland Browns151
Minnesota Vikings34New York Jets201

These are the odds to win NFL 2017/18 Championship, published by online bookmakers before the start of the season.

The New England Patriots went 14-1 after Brady returned from suspension last season. They won 11 of those games by double digits and, at least on paper, appear to have improved more than just about any other club. With smart moves in free agency and a flurry of trades involving most of their draft capital, last year's Super Bowl winner padded its already great roster with new game-ready contributors: running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, tight end Dwayne Allen, pass rusher Kony Ealy, and linebacker David Harris. If Brady hasn't hit the wall, Rob Gronkowski is healthy, the new additions fit the system well and there aren't a ton of injuries or anything else unforeseen, the Patriots have the chance to be one of the greatest teams the league has ever seen. The 19-0 talk has already started, and it's not entirely out of line.

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The Green Bay Packers completed last season with 8 wins over their last 9 games. Despite not having a running game and a secondary that most colleges wouldn't start, Aaron Rodgers was still able to carry the Packers to the NFC Championship. It would be a quite big surprise, if Green Bay's 8 years' streak of postseason appearances will end after this season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made it to the AFC Championship last year before bowing out to the Patriots. The offense is still one of the most potent in the NFL with Roethlisberger/Bell/Brown so that isn't the problem. It has been the defense to an extent. But they made a push getting depth and improving the linebacker spot by drafting TJ Watt. They will also get younger with Cameron Sutton, a 3rd rounder and hope he has that Steeler magic. But the major question will be if Roethlisberger is focused about playing this season as the injuries and such have been taking its toll.

Five years in a row, the Seattle Seahawks have reached the postseason. They should be in line to be serious contenders in the NFC once again thanks to their elite defense led by Richard Sherman along with Russell Wilson taking care of the offense. The Seahawks' defense may have seemed to be in trouble at times during the 2016 season, but for the most part, the unit showed up when it mattered the most.

Predictions for the regular season

AFC East

1. New England Patriots
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Buffalo Bills
4. NY Jets

AFC North

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Cincinati Bengals
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Cleveland Browns

AFC South

1. Tennessee Titans
2. Houston Texans
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Jacksonsville Jaguars

AFC West

1. Oakland Raiders
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Denver Broncos
4. LA Chargers

NFC East

1. Dallas Cowboys
2. NY Giants
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Washington Redskins

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnessota Vikings
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chichago Bears

NFC South

1. Atlanta Falcons
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. New Orlens Saints

NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. Los Angeles Rams
4. San Francisco 49ers

NFL 2016/17 Playoffs

Super Bowl
Atlanta - New Engl.28 : 34
Conference Championship
Atlanta - Green Bay44 : 21
New Engl. - Pittsburgh36 : 17
Divisional Playoffs
Kansas - Pittsburgh16 : 18
Dallas - Green Bay31 : 34
Atlanta - Seattle36 : 20
New Engl. - Houston34 : 16
Wild Card Playoffs
Green Bay - NY Giants38 : 13
Pittsburgh - Miami30 : 12
Seattle - Detroit26 : 6
Houston - Oakland27 : 14

NFL 2015/16 regular season standings

AFC East
1New Engl.87.514-0-2
4NY Jets31.35-0-11
AFC North
AFC South
AFC West
4San Diego31.35-0-11
NFC East
2NY Giants68.811-0-5
NFC North
1Green Bay62.510-0-6
NFC South
3New Orl.43.87-0-9
NFC West
3LA Rams25.04-0-12
4San Fran.12.52-0-14

Last five seasons

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