My NFL Predictions for the 2015 Season Part 4

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This is the final instalment of my predictions for the upcoming season. We have reached the top eight teams in the NFL, these are the teams that are going to challenge hard this season for the top seeds in their conferences. These teams are the like the original Star Wars, there are others out there. However none will be as good as these, as more are coming everything might be different soon.

8. Kansas City Chiefs 11-5

Some of you might be surprised to still see the Chiefs here and not further down, but this is my year to pour too much faith in Kansas City and choose the Chiefs as the new, different team to make it into the playoffs, basing this alone by the way there defence played last year, with Dontari Poe, Eric Berry and Justin Houston in particular having a great season. This season they drafted Marcus Peters in the first round to try and add a shutdown element to their corners, as well as getting Derrick Johnson back from injury, which sidelined him for the whole of last year. So it’s down to veteran Alex Smith at quarterback, and Jeremy Maclin on the outside to play well, to give the defences something different to plan for, other than Jamaal Charles, that will give the Chiefs the best formula for a playoff birth this season.

7. Arizona Cardinals 11-5

The Cardinals were playing so well last season and then the injury bug hit them. It was losing Carson Palmer that derailed there season, having to then put in their backups who weren’t ready at all. So this season with Carson Palmer, Tyrann Mathieu and Sean Weatherspoon healthy and players like John Brown, Michael Floyd and Patrick Peterson all bursting to break out, it should be a good season for the Cardinals! The only thing in their way is their schedule, to get a good enough record to host a playoff game and not have to go to a Dallas or Carolina, so they can have a deep run in the postseason.

6. New England Patriots 12-4

Wow! What an offseason for the Patriots with the suspension of Brady and Blount, the loss of Revis and Browner and accusation of Reggie Wayne. So after all that the Patriots still have Bill Belichick the best coach in the league, who will coach Jimmy Garoppolo to at least 2 or 3 wins whilst Brady is suspended, giving the Patriots a solid base to get to the playoffs. The worrying thing for the Patriots is who is going to start at cornerback and running back for them for the season. If their defence doesn’t generate any turnovers or sacks, there are just some things that even Tom Brady can’t get past, so the Patriots will not be repeating this year. 

5. Philadelphia Eagles 12-4

The Eagles have been very crazy this offseason with the trading of Nick Foles, Lesean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. After getting Sam Bradford, Demarco Murray, Byron Maxwell,Ryan Mathews and Nelson Agholor, I think that Chip Kelly has made the right call as these trades and drafts will pay off for him, and the Eagles organisation. The offence will be a whirlwind in Philly, blazing past opponents with only the clock stopping them, so it’s the defence that has to step up and provide a bit of back bone for the team, even though it might not matter with the amount of points the offence will score! So I have the Eagles ahead of the Cowboys in the NFC EAST and one of the top seeds in the NFC, who knows how it could pan out for them this year? 

4. Indianapolis Colts 12-4 

After reaching the AFC CHAMPIONSHIP last year and getting hammered by New England, Indy has oddly restructured their offence and not their defence, by giving Ty Hilton a huge new contract, drafting Phillip Dorsett and adding Frank Gore and Andre Johnson. This seems strange as it looked like it was their defence which was holding them back from the Super Bowl by allowing their opponents to race away, giving Andrew Luck a difficult task to haul them back. This year it will be different, because unlike last year they have a running back in Frank Gore, who can see holes and actually run downhill, which will be a valuable time waster for the Colts in keeping their own defence off the field. 

3. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4

The Steelers last year had an historic offence with Big Ben getting six touchdown passes in two consecutive games!! In my opinion, they have a top 3 running back, a top 4 wide receiver and a top 3 quarterback, but after losing veteran defensive players in Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor, also having high pick defensive players not pan out, the usually great Steeler defence may not live up to its predecessors this season, as no one knows who is staring at cornerback or safety! But with Mike Tomlin to pin it all together, get them into the playoffs and possibly even further, I’m backing the Steelers to have a very good season.

2. Seattle Seahawks 12-4

After winning one of the best playoffs games ever, by coming back from a large deficit, beating the Packers in Overtime and dealing out a large amount of hurt in Wisconsin. It only seemed ironic that Seattle gave up a large fourteen point lead in the forth quarter and then lost in the last seconds to New England and the a repeat of the Super Bowl. So when this offseason the Seahawks traded for Jimmy Graham, all the so-called analysts said it would do wonders for them, giving them another dimension to their already prolific offence and already anointing them world champions! Now with a depleted offensive line to protect Russell Wilson and stars like Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor not playing either injured or negotiating contracts, I think it will will give Pete Carroll a little blip but nothing they can’t handle, so I think the Seahawks will be right back in the playoffs again this season.

1. Green Bay Packers 13-3

I have the Packers at number one! Justly deserved, I believe, as they have playmakers on both sides of the ball, with one of the best offensive seasons ever last year commanded by Aaron Rodgers. This year he will be back to his undeniable best, helped by Eddy Lacy who is going to hit 1400 total yards this year while he is throwing to players like Randell Cobb and DeVante Adams. If he can just stay injury free for the playoffs, I have the Packers winning it all in San Fran where Rodgers went to college and who he wanted to be drafted by in 2005. With another amazing season by Rodgers on offence and Clay Matthews on defence getting to 15 sacks, as well as Julilus Peppers, Haha Clinton-Dix and B.J Raji all getting more freedom to cause chaos, it’s going to be heaven for Green Bay in the Bay Area next February. 


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My NFL Predictions for the 2015 season Part 3 

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We are now going through the teams that are on the precipice of the playoffs. If things fall right for them they will in the postseason, but a bad bounce of a ball or a wrong call not challenged, they will be at home watching from their bedrooms. As these teams could be surprising us this season in a good way or a bad way, this will make it very exciting for us fans. 

The Mirage

15.New York Jets 9-7

This was an unbalanced offseason for the Jets this year. On one hand they brought in Todd Bowles from Arizona, Brandon Marshall from Chicago, Derelle Revis from New England and drafted very well getting Leonard Williams in the 1st round as well as Bryce Petty. But on the other hand firstly Sheldon Richardson got suspended recently, then seemingly with that behind them Geno Smith their starting quarterback gets his jaw broken by a teammate and is being replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the season. Ultimately I have the Jets this high due to my hope that their defence will be top 3 in the NFL and will be able to generate points when the offence can’t, leading them to a few victories but I don’t think the Jets will be reaching the postseason just yet.

14. Baltimore Ravens 9-7

This season the Ravens will finish with a winning record again. But unfortunately not make it into the playoffs due to the strength of their division with the Steelers and the Bengals. This is going to happen as they don’t possess a tight end of any caliber as security blanket over the middle for Joe Flacco as Dennis Pitta is on IR at the moment. Also on defence their best players from last season Suggs and Dumervil are getting older so their performance might drop off a bit leaving you to think where are the sacks going to come from this season. But having young performing players such as Timmy Jernigan, CJ Mosley and Breshad Perriman should give Ravens fans plenty of hope for years to come.

13. Detroit Lions 10-6

The Lions this year as recent years are loaded with weapons on both sides of the ball, such as Calvin Johnson, Deandre Levey and Golden Tate. So they will reach double digit wins this year as their defence which was in the top 2 overall last year has kept the majority of the players that made it great at wrecking havoc all last season. But it rests on Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson who apart from the 5000 yard and 1900 yard season in 2012 haven’t I believe been on the same wave length since then with one either injured or inconsistent as the other isn’t and then visa versa. I see it being extremely tight in the NFC NORTH apart from “da bears” so it could fall either way for the men in Detroit.

12. Cincinnati Bengals 10-6

It’s been the same old story for the Bengals for the last four seasons; they reach the playoffs and lose in the wildcard game. This season I see it being no different, even if they have a healthy AJ Green, Geno Atkins and Jeremy Hill who are all exceptional talents and Pro Bowl caliber. It’s because they have Andy Dalton at quarterback, the Red Rifle is known for melting in big games watched by millions so when this season they reach the playoffs with one of the most creative offensives in football this season because of such players as Jeremy Hill, AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Gio Bernard, Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Efiert. Don’t expect anything different from a Hugh Jackson led team, just warning you people! 

11. Minnesota Vikings 10-6

 The Vikings this offseason have been the media darling with many people and experts generating speed on their hype train. I agree with the experts. When you have Adrian Peterson on your team anything is possible, but to have him along with Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, Kyle Rudolph and Teddy Bridgewater in his second year. You suddenly realise the upside this team has and why it could go far. But this year I have them improving their record and being at the door of the playoffs but not being able to break it down. As injuries hit a team at any point in the season, I don’t believe the Vikings have a deep enough roster to cope when it will hit them. So I in my eyes this organisation needs another year to fully get into character before becoming a team that can run into the playoffs and succeed. 

10. Miami Dolphins 10-6

The Dolphins this offseason have brought in names such as Ndamukong Suh, Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron. As the Dolphins already have a quarterback in Ryan Tannehill that has been steadily improving each of his seasons as a starter in this league with up and coming second year players such as Lamar Miller and Jarvis Landry and they have names on defence such as Cameron Wake and Brent Grimes. As Tom Brady will be suspended for four games leaving the Patriots probably behind Miami it seems like the time Dolphins fans have waiting for and a chance to get back into the playoffs.They will need Bill Lazor to stoke up a fiery, productive offence for Miami to prosper this year and just restrain Joe Philban from much work at all to help Miami this year.

9. Dallas Cowboys 10-6

As with every offseason, every year the Cowboys have been the talk of the town whether it’s been Dez and his contract, Romo and his back surgery, Jerry Jones in the draft or their running back situation. As Offensive Player of the year last season Demarco Murrary left to join the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys using all of their wit and knowledge, decided to bring in Darren McFadden to battle it out with Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, for the starting role. Now these names don’t strike fear into a defensive coordinator’s mind like an Adrian Peterson or a LeSean McCoy. This now takes away the one element that made Dallas a contender, a solid running game to take the pressure of Tony Romo in the passing game, so he doesn’t have to force throws late in games to get Dallas the win. As they have the best offensive line and one of the top 5 wide receivers, Dallas will go far this season and who knows how it will finish! 

My NFL Predictions for the 2015 Season Part 2 

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Hello world,

This is part two of my predictions into the 2015 Season. This section is about the next 8 teams in my list. These are the teams that will be left to wallow in the wasteland that is mediocrity in the NFL. They are the type of teams that would be placed in same light that Bad Boyz is in terms of Will Smith performances; they’re not Men in Black but they’re not Hitch. I’m saying that  most of these teams will more likely finish 3rd in their division and be planning for next season by Week 16.

NoMansLand 

23. Atlanta Falcons 7-9

This year the Falcons will falter in their quest to go to the playoffs and enter the awkwardness of 7-9. This will happen due to their ongoing questions at offensive line and not having another star offensive weapon to attract the double teams away from Julio Jones. Who himself isn’t Ironman when it comes to injury and if he does go down this season, the Falcons might find themselves in a much worse position than 7-9. Although they did draft well getting Vic Beesley in the first round, who hopefully will provide their defence with a capacity to rush the quarterback this season unlike previous years.

22. Houston Texans 7-9

As you can guess I’m going to sing praises of the Texans but not give them an offseason birth or even a positive record. The Texans have the best defensive player in football who will have an even better season than last, as Jadevon Clowney wil be back to his ferocious best, leaving Watt in a position to thrive. Unfortunately I don’t believe that with Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallet, the Texans can be steady enough to get to double digit wins this season, as Hoyer faltered late last season with the Browns, I can’t see him getting any better even with the upgrades the Texans have over the Browns.

21. New Orleans Saints 7-9

Last season the Saints dropped off from their usual standards, and finished 8-8 with star quarterback Drew Brees seemingly error prone down the last stretch. So with the team losing key players Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Junior Gallette this offseason, I believe the coaches; Sean Payton and Rob Ryan need to step up big time to make this Saints team perform to at a playoff standard and unfortunately I don’t believe they can with this depleted roster.

20. New York Jets 8-8

The Jets this season have a top 6 defence in my eyes after the “homecoming” of Derelle Revis to sure up a shaky secondary last season and the 1st round pick of Danny Shelton who I predict is going to cause mayhem this is season with 7 sacks. It’s just as it always has been, the Jets don’t have a quarterback to just carry the team and put up about 200 yards passing and 2 TDs they’re always so inconsistent and this season I expect nothing more from Geno Smith who will stay the starter but outside the team on his back and into the playoffs.

19. Buffalo Bills 8-8

It all hangs on the quarterback for this Bills team after their amazing offseason, after they brought in star player after star player such as LeSean McCoy, Percy Havin and Charles Clay, as well as keeping the fierce front seven that finished with the most sacks last season and finally bringing in Rex Ryan from the Jets to replace Doug Marrone as Head Coach to add some steel and fire to the locker room. With either Matt Cassel, Ej Manuel or a long shot being Tyrode Taylor lining up behind centre I’m not expecting any of them to deal with the pressure that the team will be under. In the end all of them will start a few games at some point with none of them majorly  impressing to keep their job and guide the Bills to the playoffs, leaving the Bills out of the playoffs once again.

18. Denver Broncos 8-8

At the start of last season the Broncos started like a house on fire and they looked very likely to return to the Super Bowl. But then either Peyton Manning started to feel the effect of his quad or groin injury or just as all old quarterbacks do, his ability fell off a cliff. So this season with no well known running back to start the season the Broncos need the Manning of old to appear or they will finish with an 8-8 record, 3rd in the AFC WEST and miss the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. Signalling the end of the Super Bowl period that John Elway brought Peyton Manning in for and maybe Peyton’s career…..

17. Carolina Panthers 9-7

The Panthers have one of the so-called top 12 quarterbacks in Cam Newton and  arguably best linebacker in football being Luke Kuechly. So as usual the Panthers will rely on their home games this season to rack up their wins. But without a bevy of weapons on the defensive side of the ball to help their superstar player, the Panthers will just finish ahead of the Saints. But will fall in the second round of the playoffs as the lack of a considerable playmaker at running back will allow the their opponents to just lock down on their very talented receivers and nullify their ability to move the ball.

16. San Diego Chargers 9-7

The Chargers have one of the best in Philip Rivers and this season I’m predicting a huge season for Keenan Allen who I believe is vastly underrated as wide receivers go. But as they have lost Antonio Gates for the start of the season and badly need Melvin Gordon to play well to absorb some pressure off Rivers. I believe that the Chargers’ defence isn’t going to take many big steps this season with only Eric Weddle having a season of any importance last year and not having many big names that will make plays to get points on the board. So the Chargers will just miss out on the playoffs this year.