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Here are the Globe staff’s picks for the 2018 NFL season

Four of our experts have Drew Brees and the Saints winning Super Bowl LIII.
Four of our experts have Drew Brees and the Saints winning Super Bowl LIII.(jae c. hong/AP)

Here is how the Globe staff foresees the 2018 NFL season:

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots — 11-5

No Days Off. Next Man Up. And never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Jaguars

West — Chargers

Wild cards — Texans, Ravens

NFC

East — Eagles

North — Packers

South — Falcons

West — Rams

Wild cards — Vikings, 49ers

S uper Bowl — Falcons over Patriots

After a week of watching Patriot fans wearing “28-3” shirts on the streets of Atlanta, the Falcons beat New England, 42-3. Arthur Blank makes rings with 423 diamonds.

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Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots — 12-4

There are questions about who is going to catch passes, but there is no AFC East, ahem, rival capable of catching New England. Yawn. The “extension of the preseason” phase in Fort Foxborough will last longer than usual, but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will piece together a winner. They always do.

AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Texans

West — Raiders

Wild cards — Ravens, Colts

NFC

East — Eagles

North — Packers

South — Saints

West — Rams

Wild cards — Vikings, Falcons

Super Bowl — Saints over Steelers

The Patriots fall just short in their attempt to become the first team in the salary cap era to advance to three consecutive Super Bowls when Cordarrelle Patterson channels Reche Caldwell in the AFC title game. Drew Brees and the Saints let the good times roll in Super Bowl LIII and capture their second title.

Tara Sullivan

Patriots — 11-5

A tough early schedule, a reconfigured offensive line, and a lack of depth at wide receiver exacerbated by the four-game suspension to Julian Edelman lead to tough early going. But then the division schedule kicks in and brings relief, setting up Tom Brady for yet another playoff run.

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AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Jaguars

West — Chargers

Wild card — Jets, Chiefs

NFC

East — Eagles

North — Packers

South — Falcons

West — Rams

Wild cards — Saints, Bears

Super Bowl — Saints over Jaguars

It’s all-in in New Orleans, and when it’s all over, Drew Brees joins the elite two-title club and Sean Payton is sleeping with the Lombardi Trophy again.

Ben Volin

Patriots — 11-5.

They will coast to another division title, but the schedule is much tougher this year, and the offense is perilously thin behind Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman.

AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Titans

West — Chiefs

Wild cards — Texans, Chargers

NFC

East — Giants

North — Packers

South — Saints

West — 49ers

Wild card — Vikings, Falcons

Super Bowl — Saints over Steelers

A 40-something quarterback wins the Super Bowl! But it won’t be Tom Brady. Drew Brees leads Who Dat Nation to a second Super Bowl title and rides off into the sunset.

Jim McBride

Patriots — 12-4

Five games in four-plus weeks right out of the chute is a tall task — especially when your top receiver will be banned until Week 5. Get through that gauntlet at 3-2 or better, and this team will start rolling through the holiday season.

AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Titans

West — Chargers

Wild cards — Jaguars, Chiefs

NFC

East — Eagles

North — Vikings

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South — Saints

West — 49ers

Wild cards — Falcons, Rams

Super Bowl — Patriots over Saints

In a battle for the ages, Tom Brady outduels fellow 40-something Drew Brees to seize his legacy-sealing sixth Super Bowl. Tom vs. Time? I’ll take Tom, thanks.

Nora Princiotti

Patriots — 13-3

Sorry, Gisele. He’s not slowing down yet. The Patriots can sweep their division, and the front seven should be heartier than last year’s.

AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Texans

West — Chargers

Wild cards — Chiefs, Ravens

NFC

East — Eagles

North — Vikings

South — Saints

West — Rams

Wild cards — Packers, Falcons

Super Bowl — Saints over Patriots.

New Orleans wins a shootout, even though the Patriots play all their available corners. There is much debate over the impact of internal strife. Ultimately, the victor is one of many NFC teams with a deeper, better roster than anyone in the other conference.

Scott Thurston

Patriots record — 12-4

Pick whichever mantra you want: Do your job, ignore the noise, whatever. As long as Brady and Belichick are guiding a team in the AFC Least, nothing will change.

AFC

East — Patriots

North — Steelers

South — Jaguars

West — Chargers

Wild cards — Chiefs, Texans

NFC

East — Eagles

North — Vikings

South — Saints

West — Rams

Wild cards — Packers, Falcons

Super Bowl — Rams over Steelers

Brandin Cooks takes a handoff from Jared Goff on an end around, hurdles a Steelers safety, and races 64 yards for the winning score.

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