WILD CARDS CINCINNATI BENGALS HOUSTON TEXANS 30 www.flipmagazine.netFebrary2016 Us football fans collectively hate the summer. Sure we can appreciate the nice weather barbeques by the pool and driving with the top down...but thats not the weather we crave. We like windbreaker cool during the day chilly at night leaves on the ground crisp fall weather. Ahhh can you smell the tailgating upon us Football season is almost here and by almost we mean three months away Its never too early to get into a debate about where teams are going to nish. Obviously even the geniuses on the FLiP sports sta cant predict injuries no we really cant so these are subject to change depending upon what conspires in training camp or the entire Patriots organization being suddenly suspended by the league. We absolutely do not see a repeat of last years Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers squaring o. In fact we dont even predict that either will make it to the Bowl this year. So without further ado FLiPs 2016 NFL Season Preview 2016 NFL SEASON PREVIEW By Jay Schuster EAST CHAMPIONS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Too much talent on this team especially with Brady still looking like Brady even at the advanced football age of 38 years old. Great offseason pickups at the skill positions on offense including Martellus Bennett and Nate Washington will only add to this teams firepower. Getting Dion Lewis back at RB should be a big boost as he was a terror before getting injured last season. The defense has loads of talent and should be able to match last years numbers. The Jets and Bills are still the top threats to New England but lack the elite QB play and weapons. A F C NORTH CHAMPIONS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Pittsburgh has loads of offensive talent on this roster. The core of Ben Roethlisberger LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown is as good as youll see in the NFL. With an improving offensive line and a defense that finally started to show signs of playing Steeler football this season should see Pittsburgh take control of the North from the Bengals who had a disastrous collapse in the playoffs last year. SOUTH CHAMPIONS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Here at FLiP we see a big bounce back season for the Colts. Andrew Luck had a below average year in 2016 and hes way too talented to string together two sub par seasons. With T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener the Colts should be explosive enough on offense this year to take some pressure off of their below average defense although one that did show improvement last season. The Texans will be a big threat to Indy with their addition of Brock Osweiler in the offseason to finally shore up the QB position for them but we like Indys roster enough to call them the South champs. WEST CHAMPIONS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS The Chiefs were the absolute hottest team heading into the playoffs last season. They had just won nine straight games to make it in as a wild card and after a blowout win against Houston they finally ran into a buzz saw known as the Patriots. They are returning their perennial MVP Jamaal Charles who is coming back from a devastating knee injury last year. Their defense is tough as nails and last years rookie CB Marcus Peters is a absolute shutdown corner. Even though DenveriscomingoffasSB champs last season and have a ferocious defense we dont believe that their QB situation Mark Sanchez is nearly good enough to take the divisionfromKansasCity.