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NBC Sports Boston staff predictions for 2021 NFL season

/ by Nick Goss
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Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season begins Thursday night with Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium.

The Buccaneers are aiming to become the first repeat champions since Brady's New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004.

WATCH: Tom Brady posts epic hype video before Bucs vs. Cowboys

Tampa Bay will have plenty of challengers on the road to Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Patriots, Green Bay Packers, L.A. Rams, San Francisco 49ers and others all could be in the mix deep into January and early February. 

Without further ado, here are NBC Sports Boston's staff predictions for the upcoming football season.

Tom E. Curran, Patriots Insider

AFC East winner: Patriots

Patriots record: 11-6

AFC title game: Browns vs. Chiefs

NFC title game: Buccaneers vs. 49ers

Super Bowl matchup, winner: Chiefs over Buccaneers

Offensive ROY: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers

COY: Urban Meyer, Jaguars

Phil Perry, Patriots Insider

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 11-6

AFC title game: Chiefs vs. Ravens

NFC title game: Packers vs. Rams

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Packers over Chiefs

Offensive ROY: Mac Jones, QB, Patriots

MVP: Josh Allen, QB, Bills

COY: Vic Fangio, Broncos

Ted Johnson, analyst, Pregame LIVE

AFC East winner: Patriots

Patriots record: 12-5

AFC title game: Steelers vs. Chiefs 

 

NFC title game: Buccaneers vs. Rams

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Buccaneers over Steelers

Offensive ROY: Zach Wilson, QB, Jets

MVP: Matt Stafford, QB, Rams

COY: Mike Tomlin, Steelers

Trenni Kusnierek, Host, Early Edition

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 10-7 

AFC title game: Bills vs. Chiefs

NFC title game: Packers vs. Buccaneers

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Packers over Chiefs

Offensive ROY: Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Brandon Staley, Chargers

Amina Smith, host, Patriots Pregame LIVE

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 11-6

AFC title game: Bills vs. Chiefs

NFC title game: Packers vs. Buccaneers

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Chiefs over Buccaneers

Offensive ROY: Mac Jones, QB, Patriots

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Kevin Stefanski, Browns

DJ Bean, Boston Sports Tonight

AFC East winner: Patriots

Patriots record: 12-5

AFC title game: Bills vs. Chiefs

NFC title game: Bucs vs. Packers

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Chiefs over Bucs

Offensive ROY: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers

COY: Kevin Stefanski, Browns

Nick Goss, NBCSportsBoston.com

AFC East winner: Patriots

Patriots record: 12-5

AFC title game: Chiefs vs. Patriots

NFC title game: Buccaneers vs. Packers

Super Bowl matchup, winner: Buccaneers over Chiefs

Offensive ROY: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Bill Belichick, Patriots

Darren Hartwell, NBCSportsBoston.com

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 10-7

AFC title game: Ravens vs. Chiefs

NFC title game: Bucs vs. Rams

Super Bowl matchup, winner: Bucs over Ravens

Offensive ROY: Mac Jones, QB, Patriots

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Brandon Staley, Chargers

Justin Leger, NBCSportsBoston.com

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 9-8

AFC Title game: Bills vs. Chiefs

NFC Title game: Rams vs. Packers

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Bills over Packers

Offensive ROY: Najee Harris, RB, Steelers

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Kevin Stefanski, Browns

Jake Levin, NBCSportsBoston.com

AFC East winner: Patriots 

Patriots record: 10-7

AFC title game: Chiefs over Ravens

NFC title game: Packers over Rams

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Chiefs over Packers 

 

Offensive ROY: Mac Jones, QB, Patriots

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Sean Payton, Saints

Rob Snyder, Producer, Quick Slants

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 9-8

AFC title game: Chiefs vs. Browns

NFC title game: Bucs vs. Rams

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Chiefs over Rams

Offensive ROY: Mac Jones, QB, Patriots

MVP: Matthew Stafford, QB, Rams

COY: Nick Sirianni, Eagles

Jeff Capotosto, Coordinating Producer, Patriots Pregame LIVE

AFC East winner: Bills

Patriots record: 10-7

AFC title game: Chiefs vs. Bills 

NFC title game: Packers vs. Seahawks

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Chiefs over Seahawks

Offensive ROY: Najee Harris, RB, Steelers

MVP: Josh Allen, QB, Bills

COY: Brandon Staley, Chargers

David Cherubin, Multi-platform Producer

AFC East winner: Bills 

Patriots Record: 11-6

AFC title game: Chiefs vs. Bills

NFC title game: Buccaneers vs. Rams

Super Bowl matchup/winner: Chiefs over Buccaneers

Offensive ROY: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

COY: Brandon Staley, Chargers

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