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2012 NFL Predictions: Picking Records, Super Bowl Winner And Awards

Columnist Bryan Gibberman makes his picks for the 2012 season.

Aug 30, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during warmups against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 30, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during warmups against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

It's finally here, the NFL returns tonight when the defending champion New York Giants take the field against the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are my full projections for the upcoming season. I'm sure these will be fun to look back at along the journey to the Super Bowl.

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks 11-5

San Francisco 49ers 9-7

St. Louis Rams 4-12

Arizona Cardinals 3-13

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles 12-4

New York Giants 10-6

Dallas Cowboys 7-9

Washington Redskins 5-11

NFC North

Green Bay Packers 13-3

Chicago Bears 12-4

Detroit Lions 8-8

Minnesota Vikings 4-12

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons 14-2

New Orleans Saints 10-6

Carolina Panthers 6-10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12

AFC West

Denver Broncos 11-5

Kansas City Chiefs 8-8

Oakland Raiders 8-8

San Diego Chargers 4-12

AFC East

New England Patriots 13-3

New York Jets 11-5

Buffalo Bills 7-9

Miami Dolphins 2-14

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5

Baltimore Ravens 10-6

Cincinnati Bengals 5-11

Cleveland Browns 2-14

AFC South

Tennessee Titans 9-7

Houston Texans 8-8

Indianapolis Colts 5-11

Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13

NFC Playoffs

#1 Seed- Atlanta Falcons

#2 Seed- Green Bay Packers

#3 Seed- Philadelphia Eagles

#4 Seed- Seattle Seahawks

WC #1- Chicago Bears

WC #2- New York Giants

NFC Championship Game

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles

AFC Playoffs

#1 Seed- New England Patriots

#2 Seed- Denver Broncos

#3 Seed- Pittsburgh Steelers

#4 Seed- Tennessee Titans

WC #1- New York Jets

WC #2- Baltimore Ravens

AFC Championship Game

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl

Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

Super Bowl Champion

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive MVP

Matt Ryan

Defensive MVP

Von Miller

Comeback Player of the Year

Darren McFadden

Breakout Player of the Year

Julio Jones

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Justin Blackmon

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Mark Barron