Inside This Week’s SI 2013 NFL Preview: Peter King’s Predictions

Peter King says RG3 will win the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.

Peter King says RG3 will win the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s 2013 NFL Preview—on newsstands now—breaks down the 2013 NFL season with 68 pages of scouting reports chock full of analysis, stats and conference power rankings for all 32 teams, as well as the annual predictions from TheMMQB.com editor and SI senior writer Peter King. Who will take home the Lombardi Trophy this year? King predicts that the Patriots, led by 2013 MVP Tom Brady, will defeat the Seahawks 30-23 in Super Bowl XLVIII. “Brady’s mastery of the up-temp game and his team’s ability to seamlessly incorporate new skill players explain why SI is picking the Pats win the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2004 season,” says King. (PAGE 70)

PETER KING’S PREDICTIONS (PAGE 68)

REGULAR SEASON
*Wild-card team

AFC EAST
1. Patriots (12–4)
2. Bills (7–9)
3. Dolphins (6–10)
4. Jets (3–13)

AFC NORTH
1. Bengals (10–6)
2. Ravens (10–6)*
3. Browns (7–9)
4. Steelers (7–9)

AFC SOUTH
1. Colts (10–6)
2. Texans (10–6)*
3. Titans (7–9)
4. Jaguars (4–12)

AFC WEST
1. Broncos (11–5)
2. Chiefs (7–9)
3. Chargers (5–11)
4. Raiders (3–13)

NFC EAST
1. Giants (9–7)
2. Redskins (9–7)
3. Eagles (8–8)
4. Cowboys (7–9)

NFC NORTH
1. Packers (10-6)
2. Vikings (9–7)
3. Bears (8–8)
4. Lions (6–10)

NFC SOUTH
1. Falcons (10–6)
2. Saints (10–6)*
3. Buccaneers (8–8)
4. Panthers (6–10)

NFC WEST
1. 49ers (11–5)
2. Seahawks (11–5)*
3. Rams (8–8)
4. Cardinals (7–9)

PLAYOFFS

AFC WILD-CARD ROUND
Bengals (3) 20, Texans (6) 16
Ravens (5) 24, Colts (4) 20

AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND
Patriots (1) 23, Ravens 20
Broncos (2) 20, Bengals 13

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Patriots 30, Broncos 27

NFC WILD-CARD ROUND
Saints (6) 33, Packers (3) 27
Seahawks (5) 27, Giants (4) 17

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND
49ers (1) 34, Saints 23
Seahawks 31, Falcons (2) 27

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Seahawks 27, 49ers 22

SUPER BOWL XLVIII
Patriots 30, Seahawks 23

2013 AWARDS

Most Valuable Player: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson, RB, Titans

Defensive Player of the Year: Geno Atkins, DT, Bengals

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Tyrann Mathieu, FS, Cardinals

Comeback Player of the Year: Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins

Coach of the Year: Sean Payton, Saints


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