Hogs Haven 2013 NFL Season Staff Predictions

Patrick Smith

The Hogs Haven writers predict division winners, individual award winners, the Super Bowl champion and more for the 2013 NFL season.

For the past 7 months we've had to relegate much of our football discussion to ACL injuries, oversized and unearned quarterback contracts and countless rookies that will never take a regular season snap.  That sure was fun, but now we get to do something even better: talk about actual football games.  Screw the holidays; the most wonderful time of the year is right now. Yes, NFL football is finally back, and to mark the occasion we decided to share our writer's predictions for the 2013 season with you.  Hell, everyone else does it, so why not us too?

Please note that all predictions were made prior to Thursday night’s Ravens at Broncos game. If this had not been the case, then "Peyton Manning" may very well have been the unanimous pick to win every division and award.

Mark Bullock Dan Ciarrocchi Keely Diven James Dorsett Kevin Ewoldt
NFC East Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
NFC North Packers Packers Packers Bears Packers
NFC South Falcons Saints Falcons Falcons Falcons
NFC West 49ers Seahawks 49ers Seahawks 49ers
NFC Wild Cards Seahawks, Bears 49ers, Falcons Giants, Seahawks 49ers, Packers Seahawks, Rams
AFC East Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Dolphins
AFC North Bengals Bengals Ravens Bengals Ravens
AFC South Texans Texans Texans Colts Texans
AFC West Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
AFC Wild Cards Ravens, Colts Steelers, Ravens Colts, Steelers Ravens, Chiefs Colts, Bengals
NFC Champion Redskins Falcons Redskins Seahawks Seahawks
AFC Champion Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
Super Bowl Redskins Falcons Redskins Seahawks Seahawks
1st Pick in 2014 Jets Raiders Raiders Raiders Cardinals
Comeback POY Brian Orakpo Maurice Jones-Drew Brandon Marshall Robert Griffin III Brian Orakpo
Coach of Year Marvin Lewis John Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Marc Trestman Chuck Pagano
Offensive ROY Tavon Austin Kenbrell Thompkins Eddie Lacy Eddie Lacy Tavon Austin
Defensive ROY Kenny Vacaro Arthur Brown Tyrann Mathieu Ziggy Ansah Alec Ogletree
Offensive POY Jamaal Charles Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Drew Brees Peyton Manning
Defensive POY Luke Kuechly J.J. Watt Luke Kuechly Geno Atkins Patrick WIllis
MVP Robert Griffin III Tom Brady Peyton Manning Peyton Manning Peyton Manning
Redskins Off. POY Alfred Morris Robert Griffin III Alfred Morris Pierre Garcon Pierre Garcon
Redskins Def. POY Brian Orakpo Ryan Kerrigan Brian Orakpo Ryan Kerrigan Brian Orakpo
Redskins MVP Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Pierre Garcon
Redskins Record 12-4 11-5 10-6 12-4 11-5
Playoff Finish Super Bowl Win Divisional Round Loss Super Bowl Win NFC Champ. Loss NFC Champ. Loss

Mike Harar Ken Meringolo Sean Patterson Steve Shoup
NFC East Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
NFC North Packers Packers Vikings Packers
NFC South Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons
NFC West Seahawks Seahawks 49ers 49ers
NFC Wild Cards 49ers, Giants Lions, 49ers Seahawks, Buccaneers Seahawks, Saints
AFC East Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
AFC North Steelers Bengals Bengals Bengals
AFC South Colts Colts Texans Colts
AFC West Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
AFC Wild Cards Bengals, Texans Dolphins, Texans Chiefs, Colts Texans, Ravens
NFC Champion Redskins Redskins Redskins 49ers
AFC Champion Broncos Bengals Bengals Broncos
Super Bowl Broncos Redskins Redskins 49ers
1st Pick in 2014 Jets Raiders Chargers Raiders
Comeback POY Robert Griffin III Darrius Heyward-Bey Robert Griffin III Maurice Jones-Drew
Coach of Year Mike Tomlin Joe Philbin Marvin Lewis Chuck Pagano
Offensive ROY Tavon Austin Eddie Lacy Tavon Austin Montee Ball
Defensive ROY Trann Mathieu Matt Elam Barkevious Mingo Jarvis Jones
Offensive POY Peyton Manning Aaron Rodgers Calvin Johnson Adrian Peterson
Defensive POY J.J. Watt Luke Kuechly Luke Kuechly Luke Kuechly
MVP Andrew Luck Colin Kaepernick Peyton Manning Peyton Manning
Redskins Off. POY Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Pierre Garcon Alfred Morris
Redskins Def. POY Ryan Kerrigan Barry Cofield Brian Orakpo Brian Orakpo
Redskins MVP Robert Griffin III Alfred Morris Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III
Redskins Record 11-5 11-5 11-5 10-6
Playoff Finish Super Bowl Loss Super Bowl Win Super Bowl Win Wild Card Round Loss

Quick Takeaways:

  • The Redskins were unanimously picked to win the NFC East. So it is written, so it shall be done. Well, at least I hope so.
  • The Redskins were also the most popular pick to win the Super Bowl. Wow. We're certainly not in short supply of Kool-Aid here, but I still think that this says something about how good our chances are this year.
  • The Denver Broncos were the only other team picked to win their division by every writer. They were also the most popular pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Could this be foreshadowing to a Redskins-Broncos Super Bowl tilt in the Big Apple?
  • Other popular picks to win their divisions were the: Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Bengals.
  • Keely and Steve went with the most repeat winners from last year. They didn't go out on a limb in many cases, but that strategy tends to pay off more often than you would think.
  • Dan had the most unique picks (picks not made by any other writer). So, he'll either look like a genius, or well, something much less flattering.

At the end of the season we'll re-post these predictions so that everyone can see just how right or wrong we really were, at which time you are welcome to shower us in the praise or ridicule that we will have rightfully earned.  The post may not go up immediately though, because I think there's a very good chance that I'll be in the midst of a month-long drunken haze in celebration of the Redskin's 4th Super Bowl victory (even though I didn't have the guts to officially predict it).  If that happens, then the best case scenario for me is that I come to in a ditch somewhere on the outskirts of D.C. in late February.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of our picks, and please let us hear yours as well.

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