Super Bowl predictions, division picks and award winners – Boston Herald


The Patriots are still the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to change that this season.

The Chiefs are favored to win Super Bowl LVIII after head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped to topple the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII last season. They’re expected to face heavy competition from the Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers this season, according to oddsmakers.

It’s not easy to repeat, and no one has done it in nearly 20 years. The Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. Even Bill Belichick and Tom Brady had to take a year off between wins in their second championship run from 2014 to 2018, however.

So, who will win it all this season? Can the Patriots sneak into the wild card? Who’s taking home MVP?

The Herald’s Patriots beat writers make their NFL predictions.

AFC East

Callahan: Buffalo Bills

For all the Jets’ and Dolphins’ offseason splashes, the Bills remain the favorite. And rightfully so. They have the best quarterback, the roster with the fewest holes and highest floor.

Kyed: Buffalo Bills

The Dolphins, Jets and Patriots all made up some ground on the Bills this offseason but not enough. Quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills have too much talent to topple this season.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) breaks away from New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon (9) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

AFC North

Callahan: Baltimore Ravens

New Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken is going to do for Baltimore what Bill O’Brien will do for the Patriots: update the passing game and elevate the quarterback. Lamar Jackson will be back in the MVP race this season. Book it.

Kyed: Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow will have even more protection this season after Mike Brown splurged to sign offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. in free agency.

AFC South

Callahan: Jacksonville Jaguars

Are you going to pick the Titans, Colts or Texans, all of whom might finish the season with rookie quarterbacks starting? Me neither.

Kyed: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have come a long way since Urban Meyer was fired as head coach. They’re the best team in a bad division, and Trevor Lawrence should take another major step in 2023. He was sneakily one of the league’s best quarterbacks in the second half of the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks downfield during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger) (Zach Bolinger, AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks downfield during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger) (Zach Bolinger, AP)

AFC West

Callahan: Kansas City Chiefs

Bet against the Chiefs at your own peril. The NFL’s gold standard is coming off another Super Bowl campaign. Not to mention, none of the other AFC West teams have won a playoff game since January 2020.

Kyed: Kansas City Chiefs

It’s best to pick the Chiefs out of the AFC West until they prove us wrong. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes are the best head coach-quarterback pairing in the NFL. The Chiefs took a risk replacing Brown with Jawaan Taylor at left tackle, however.

AFC Wild Card

Callahan: Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers

Tough calls abound here. The Dolphins edge the Patriots and Jets because of superior weapons and overall talent. Once he returns from injury, Joe Burrow should ensure Cincinnati makes the dance again. And the Chargers return thanks to new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who will further develop star quarterback Justin Herbert instead of restricting him to short passes like his predecessor, Joe Lombardi.

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Kyed: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots

Lamar Jackson will carry the Ravens to the wild card. Defense will lead the Jets and Patriots to the playoffs, however. We’re also banking on a major bounce-back from Mac Jones with Bill O’Brien as his new offensive coordinator.

NFC East

Callahan: Dallas Cowboys

It’s time. The Cowboys are too talented, too well-rounded, too well-coached on defense to not make a deep playoff run. It starts with a division title, as the Eagles don’t benefit from the same injury luck as they did last season as the third-healthiest team in the NFL.

Kyed: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles’ roster is constructed too well for a Super Bowl hangover. General manager Howie Roseman is such a wizard that he convinced Darius Slay to stick around even after hiring Matt Patricia to his defensive staff. Slay and Patricia clashed in Detroit.

NFC North

Callahan: Green Bay Packers

Surprise! New quarterback Jordan Love leads the Pack to a title in his first season thanks to one of the NFL’s best offensive lines and a fast-developing receiving corps. Green Bay is also one of the best-coached teams in the league, which will shine through this season.

Kyed: Detroit Lions

The Lions had the NFL’s best offense, based on expected points added (EPA) per play from Week 12 on last season — yes, even better than the Chiefs. Expect the offensive dominance to continue this season.

NFC South

Callahan: New Orleans Saints

All Derek Carr must do is not screw it up. The Saints own one of the NFC’s most talented rosters, an excellent defense and their competition in the division is in tatters.

Kyed: Carolina Panthers

The NFC South is looking like the worst division in the NFL this season. The Panthers have a lot of talent on defense, and rookie quarterback Bryce Young could be a difference-maker in Year 1.

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