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Once the Green Bay Packers travel to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, all bets are off. Everything about the NFL will start to change. So predictions have a short shelf life.
But everyone has a hunch about how the season will shake out.
Here are my guesses on division winners, conference title games and that little thing they call the Super Bowl:
East: New England Patriots
North: Cincinnati Bengals
South: Indianapolis Colts
West: Denver Broncos
Wildcards: Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers
AFC Championship: Broncos over Colts
East: Philadelphia Eagles
North: Green Bay Packers
South: New Orleans Saints
West: Seattle Seahawks
Wildcards: San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears
AFC Championship: Saints over Seahawks
Super Bowl: Broncos over Saints as Peyton Manning finally gets his second ring in a QB Super Bowl rematch from his Colts days.