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TOUCHDOWN - A LOOK AT THE 2017 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEASON AND SUPER BOWL LII On February 4, 2018, the best team from the American Football Conference (AFC) will take the field to take on the best team from the National Football Conference (NFC) in Super Bowl LII. Between now and February 32 teams will vie for the right to play in that game seen by 100 million people worldwide. The big question is who is it going to be? Well, if we all knew that, then what fun would it be to even play the season? You see the beautiful thing about football is that on any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team. Two years ago, during Super Bowl 50, we saw the heavily favored 15-1 Carolina Panthers lose to the 12-4 Denver Broncos with the score of 24-10. And who could forget last year’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots? Something like that is impossible to predict. So now, with a new regular season scheduled to kick off on Thursday, September 7, as the defending World Champions The New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs, the big question is: can the Patriots do it again? Realizing that spoilers will occur and that the unpredictable will indeed take place, STRIPLV has looked at what the Las Vegas oddsmakers have had to say, studied and analyzed the picks by some of the sport’s most accurate prognosticators, and listened to what some of the most successful bettors are saying about the upcoming season. And based on all that information and the research that has been presented before us, STRIPLV is going to try to defy the odds and attempt to predict the outcome of the 2017 NFL season and tell you who is going to go to Super Bowl LII and who is going to WIN IT ALL. AFC East New England Patriots – Some experts have predicted an undefeated season for the Pats. While that is a brave statement to make, considering that Tom Brady has taken his team 16-0 previously, and his Super Bowl performance last year possibly proved that he really is the greatest quarterback of all time, would it really be such a bad bet? In the last seven years, New England has had three trips to the Super Bowl and won two championships. As long as Brady can stay healthy, and taking into account that he looks to be surrounded by a better team than last year, (especially if Rob Gronkowski can come back to 100%) then New England should New England should easily win their 14th AFC East title in 15 years. Miami Dolphins – A lot of stock has been put in Ryan Tannehill coming into this season, especially coming off last year’s playoff campaign for coach Adam Gase’s rookie season. But with Tannehill out until 2018 because of a knee injury and Jay Cutler coming in to take over the quarterback duties, the team may be good enough to finish second in the AFC East, but the Dolphins won’t have enough in them to make the playoffs. Even though Cutler knows the offense, this year’s schedule for Miami is not very friendly with trips to London, the West coast, a Thursday night game in Baltimore and trips to Buffalo and Kansas City during December. Buffalo Bills – With a new regime in place under first-year coach Sean McDermott, this could be a long season for the Bills as they not only face a very tough schedule, but their last five games of the season include two games each against division rivals the Patriots and Dolphins. If Buffalo wants to be taken seriously this season, they need to win some games early on. If they can do that, then with a bye during week six of the season and week seven at home against Tampa Bay could make or break the season for them as the Buccaneers will be coming off two tough games— one at home against New England and one on the road against Arizona. New York Jets – Although they won 10 games two years ago, the last time the Jets were in the playoffs was in 2010 when they lost the AFC Championship game to Pittsburgh. Considering that they may have the worst roster in the NFL and some prognosticators are predicting a winless season for the men in green and white, it’s not likely they will be playoff bound anytime soon. New York’s only saving grace might be the fact that in weeks four and five the Jets will face Jacksonville and Cleveland, two teams that will likely flounder at the bottom of their respective divisions. AFC West Oakland Raiders – Although they won’t be the Las Vegas Raiders until the 2020 season, there are a lot of people betting that the Raiders could be the team to usurp the Patriots in the AFC, especially if quarterback Derek Carr can return healthy after the broken leg he suffered. But those who are placing bets on Oakland better be thinking of placing an insurance bet. The Raiders are going to have a real dogfight on their hands with division rivals the Chiefs and Broncos, especially considering that they open the season with three of their first four games on the road, will be playing a game in Mexico City against New England and play three of their last four games on the road, including one against division rival Kansas City and one on a Monday night in Philadelphia. Kansas City Chiefs – While coach Andy Reid has assembled a team that can score on offense (led by quarterback Alex Smith and wide receiver Tyreek Hill),

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