Over the past few weeks, we have delved into NFL team previews for all eight divisions. These postseason projections are based on the predicted records from that series of regular-season previews.
- AFC West, NFC West Predictions
- NFC East, AFC East Predictions
- AFC South, NFC South Predictions
- AFC North, NFC North Predictions
Expected playoff contenders we left out of the field below include the Cowboys (-230 odds to make the playoffs on Tipico Sportsbook), Jacksonville Jaguars (-200), Detroit Lions (-170), Los Angeles Chargers (-125), and Miami Dolphins (-111).
AFC Playoff Predictions
- No. 1 seed, bye: Kansas City Chiefs (12-5); -460 odds to make the playoffs on Tipico
- No. 2 seed: Buffalo Bills (12-5); -270
- No. 3 seed: Baltimore Ravens (12-5); -170
- No. 4 seed: Tennessee Titans (10-7); +200
- No. 5 seed: New York Jets (11-6); -133
- No. 6 seed: Cincinnati Bengals (11-6); -270
- No. 7 seed: Denver Broncos (10-7); +175
Wild Card Round
No. 7 Broncos def. No. 2 Bills
The vast playoff experience of QB Russell Wilson and head coach Sean Payton help the Broncos pull off the upset, led by a stifling defense that capitalizes on Josh Allen’s turnover issues.
No. 3 Ravens def. No. 6 Bengals
After the Bengals won a nailbiter at home against the Lamar Jackson-less Ravens last postseason, the Ravens manage to keep their QB healthy in 2023 and turn the tables in Baltimore.
No. 5 Jets def. No. 4 Titans
Tennessee’s defense has no answer for Aaron Rodgers, while the Jets’ D manages to keep Derrick Henry and DeAndre Hopkins in check.
No. 1 Chiefs def. No. 7 Broncos
Denver’s defense finds much less success against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ stout offensive line than it did against Allen and the Bills, while Travis Kelce posts another memorable postseason performance.
No. 5 Jets def. No. 3 Ravens
New York limits Jackson’s rushing lanes and the deal-threat QB is unable to beat the Jets’ impressive cornerback corps with his arm, while Rodgers and the offense do just enough to advance.
AFC Championship Game
No. 5 Jets def. No. 1 Chiefs
A memorable battle between elite QBs born 12 years apart goes Rodgers’ way, but the defending champs can hold their head high after making it to the AFC Championship Game for the sixth consecutive season since Mahomes took over under center.
NFC Playoff Predictions
- No. 1 seed, bye: Philadelphia Eagles (13-4); -500 to make the playoffs
- No. 2 seed: San Francisco 49ers (12-5); -450
- No. 3 seed: Minnesota Vikings (11-6); +110
- No. 4 seed: New Orleans Saints (10-7); -190
- No. 5 seed: New York Giants (10-7); +160
- No. 6 seed: Seattle Seahawks (9-8); -122
- No. 7 seed: Carolina Panthers (9-8); +205
Wild Card Round
No. 2 49ers def. No. 7 Panthers
Like last year’s Seahawks, the Panthers surprisingly make the playoffs, only to get blown out by a 49ers team that’s teeming with difference-makers on both sides of the ball. Carolina’s future looks bright with first overall pick Bryce Young leading the team to the postseason in his first year.
No. 3 Vikings def. No. 6 Seahawks
Kirk Cousins improves to 2-4 in the playoffs and Justin Jefferson experiences his first postseason victory. Meanwhile, Seattle comes up short on the road without the benefit of the “12th Man” at Lumen Field.
No. 5 Giants def. No. 4 Saints
A Giants team with more talent on paper than the one that won a playoff game last year repeats that feat, while Derek Carr leads the Saints to the playoffs in his first year with the team but remains winless in the postseason.
No. 5 Giants def. No. 1 Eagles
The Giants enter the 2023 season with a 2-12 record in their last 14 games against Philadelphia, most recently having suffered an embarrassing 38-7 loss to their NFC East rivals in the Divisional Round this past season.
Head coach Brian Daboll devises a superior game plan this time around and helps Big Blue avenge that loss while reversing their recent head-to-head struggles in a shocking upset.
No. 2 49ers def. No. 3 Vikings
San Francisco keeps rolling along, as the difference in quality between defenses overshadows Minnesota’s explosive offense.
NFC Championship Game
No. 2 49ers def. No. 5 Giants
The Big Apple starts to taste the possibility of an all-New York Super Bowl as Giants fans recall winning the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco preceding New York’s Super Bowl XLVI victory in 2012.
However, lightning fails to strike twice for the Giants after the team’s upset win over the Eagles. The third time is the charm for the favored 49ers, as they get the job done to reach the Super Bowl after losing in the previous two NFC Championship Games.
Super Bowl Prediction
New York Jets (+1500 odds to win the Super Bowl on Tipico) def. San Francisco 49ers
The storylines write themselves as former San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh leads the Jets to their first Super Bowl win since 1969 as head coach. The legend of Brock Purdy grows, but the 2022 seventh-round pick comes up short in the big game, as New York successfully emulates the Rams’ and Buccaneers’ strategies of winning it all by going all-in on a veteran QB and free agents after developing a ferocious defense and several promising playmakers in-house.
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