My award predictions for the 2017 NFL season

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The NFL season kicks off today and I’m more excited than a Browns fan seeing their team win a game. It means that normal, real and important football is within our grasp. We don’t have to wade through any more of these weak, trivial and frankly boring preseason games, but are instead let back sweetly into the world of excitement that is regular season football. So here are my predictions for NFL awards; now last season I got 1 out of 7 correct, let’s hope this year goes a bit better.

MVP – Aaron Rodgers

Last season, Aaron Rodgers had a slower start than a snail trying to ride a bike. It was a poor start that left the Packers at 4-6 which held Rodgers back from the MVP award. His last 6 games of the regular season were incredible, with 16 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The hardest defence he will face this season is Seattle’s; last year against them he had 246 yards and 3 touchdowns, so expect them and every other defence he faces to fall by the wayside on his way to MVP. This will happen because Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. Period. As well as that, the cast of players surrounding Rodgers has improved since last season, with Martellus Bennett being the main addition at tight end as well as Ty Montgomery in the backfield because you know what? The NFL needs more stars from position changes. It adds to the “Joie de vive” of the league.  I mean it’s done absolute wonders for Tyrelle Pryor, why not the same for Montgomery? Rodgers will throw over 5,000 yards and for 45 touchdowns cementing his status as one of the best ever when he collects his third MVP trophy next February.

Offensive Player of the Year – David Johnson

David Johnson last season had one of the best seasons ever by a running back till he got injured. He had 1,249 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards, a 15 game span of at least 100 yards from scrimmage which matched Hall of Famer Barry Sanders’ record from 1997. I believe that Johnson will continue this scintillating form into this season, as he looks to only get better and better on an improving Arizona team. On Arizona’s schedule, only the Giants and Texans have any form of a top 10 defence, so expect him to tear up everyone else this season. Johnson this season will push himself into the upper tier of NFL talent, becoming a household name although the Cardinals won’t make the playoffs. He will become the first back with at least 1,000 rushing yards and receiving yards in one season since Marshall Faulk in 1999 (guess what? he’s in the Hall of Fame as well). By doing this he will be propelled to the offensive player of the year this season.

Defensive Player of the Year – J.J Watt

J.J Watt is now injury free, having only played 3 games last season after having had back surgery. I see no reason why this award should be going in any other direction than back to the three-time winner. He is the best defensive player in the NFL till proven otherwise. The Texans have one of the best defensive lines in football, especially with the progression Jadeveon Clowney made without Watt last year. By combining both of them, it will result in Watt showboating through offensive lines for 18 sacks and defensive player of the year. No other player in the NFL causes offensive coordinators as many problems as Watt does. It’s not just his power, technique, speed, size but his versatility and ability to line up anywhere along the defensive line that causes them problems. He is the most destructive defensive player in the league.

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook will thrive this year, as he becomes the centre piece to a Vikings offence afraid to concede turnovers. He will set a new NFL record for the number of carries for a rookie in a season; such is the paranoia surrounding Sam Bradford with his almost innate ability to throw interceptions. He makes it look easier than tying a shoelace. Cook will show us his talent by managing to win this award despite Minnesota’s leaky offensive line. He will shine with his combination of speed and power, making it easy for Vikings fans to accept the decision to let Adrian Peterson head down to the New Orleans Saints this offseason. Cook will lead all rookie running backs in both yards and touchdowns with 1350 yards and 8 touchdowns. He will just pip Christian McCaffrey to the award, expect big things from this FSU star this season.

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Solomon Thomas

The 6ft 3in, 273lbs defensive end has performed well through training camp and into the preseason. Thomas can show off the skills he showcased during his time at Stanford on a defence that will be making a few heads turn this season. Expect Thomas to cause havoc alongside fellow rookie Reuben Foster. The defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Robert Salah has talked about his defence being “fast, physical [and] everything being about the ball.” For Thomas these are his main skills; it’s his speed and aggression that causes the most problems, the opposition simply doesn’t think a man of his stature can be so dynamic. If you need proof, I insist you go and watch the game between UNC and Stanford last season, Solomon Thomas was the best player on the field by far. Thomas will use this speed to cause mayhem at defensive end, he will land over 13 sacks and garner the defensive rookie of the year. If he wins the award, Thomas will be the first 49ers player to win the award since Patrick Willis did in 2007.

Comeback Player of the Year – Tyrain Mathieu

Now I should be placing JJ Watt here, considering he will win defensive player of the year and is coming back from surgery. But at the NFL awards, they like to spread the love with the winners so I’m predicting that Cardinals safety Tyran Mathieu will win this award. Last season he only played 10 games after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Panthers. With the Cardinals developing and drafting new players, Mathieu will go back to safety. From his preseason play, he is back to 100%, making him one of the top defensive players in the NFL, desperately giving the Cardinals defence some power and aggression. He will have 6 interceptions and 110 tackles to take the award.

Coach of the year – Bill Belichick

This is easy, he is the best coach in the league. So why not have this be the season where the voters remove their cataracts and give him the award. I will predict for him to win this award every year till he retires from coaching.

 

 

 

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2016 NFL Awards Predictions

Hello World,

It has been a while but with the start  of the regular season only hours away. Here are my predictions for who will end the season as the individual award winners.

Most Valuable Player

Aaron Rodgers – QB Green Bay Packers

I believe that Rodgers will be back to his electric 2014-MVP-caliber form this season, due to the return of his favorite receiver, Jordy Nelson from an ACL injury that kept him out for all of the last season. Nelson will be back to form in that offence so they can move a healthy Randall Cobb back to the second spot, all whilst having a slimmer, faster and more productive Eddie Lacy in the backfield to keep defences guessing by putting another man in the box. Also, in an under-the-radar free agency move the Packer acquired Jarod Cook from the Rams; he may have been a bit inconsistent in St Loius but then he didn’t have Rodgers throwing him the ball so expect a lot of red zone targets for him.

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Antonio Brown – WR Pittsburgh Steelers

Last season Brown had 1,834 yards, 136 receptions, and 10 touchdowns. That is one of the best seasons in recent memory, so now consider that he did that with Landry Jones and Michael Vick starting 5 games. We know that he is good enough to escape the double teams that he will now face because Martavious Bryant is suspended for the season, it’s just if Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy for their entire season then his numbers will explode and he might break the 2000 yard mark and 15 TDs, making him a shoe-in for this award.

Defensive Player of the Year

Kahlil Mack – DE Oakland Raiders

Mack had an unbelievable season last year, racking up +15 sacks and becoming the first player to be named All-Pro at 2 positions (DE & OLB). This season, because JJ Watt is having to have back surgery which will keep him out for a while, Mack will take home the sacks title ahead of the likes of Von Miller and Justin Houston. Mack’s younger age and his cleaner injury history make him a more consistent threat every week for at least 2 sacks. If you need any proof of Mack’s talent and threat to take home this award for many years to come, take a look at his highlights from Oakland’s week 14 matchup against the Denver Broncos where he had an astonishing 5 sacks.

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Ezekiel Elliot – RB Dallas Cowboys

With the recent injury to Tony Romo keeping him out for the season, Dallas has placed rookie Dak Prescott as their starter for the season. Now, because he is a rookie and Dallas has one of the league’s best offensive lines at its disposal, they will be running the ball in order to keep Prescott from making as few mistakes as possible. With this increased workload and the pedigree of the talent around him, I believe that Elliot will reach 1200 yards as the shining light of Dallas’s offence.

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Vernon Hargreaves – CB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With both Eli Apple and Jalen Ramsey being selected ahead of him,  I feel that Hargreaves is in the best system to succeed this season. With Mike Mayock saying when he was drafted “Hargreaves has the best corner feet in the draft I’ve seen in the past 2 or 3 years”. On Tampa’s depth chart he is sharing his cornerback spot with Alteraaun Verner and they will be opposite Brent Grimes, meaning that he will be targeted a lot but Hargreaves, as he has already shown in the preseason, has the ability to have multiple interception games. I think that he will not reach the heights of Marcus Peters last season but 5 Interceptions and 20 passes defended will take it home for this University of Florida product.

Coach of the Year

Bill Belicheck – New England Patriots

He could win this award practically any year but when the Patriots go 2-2 without Tom Brady to start the season and then go 11-3 to finish, taking them back into the playoffs for the 14th time in 16 years, it will be virtually impossible to ignore Belicheck for this award because he seems to do something unprecedented every year whether it’s wins, records or playoff appearances and this season would be no different.

Comeback Player of the Year

Jamaal Charles – RB Kansas City Chiefs

He only played 5 games last season till he tore his ACL  putting him on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season. Charles has come back from ACL injuries before when he then proceeded to rush for over 1500 yards in 2012.  Now I’m not saying he will hit 1500 yards again because he is older and the history of running backs coming off ACL injuries is slightly hot and cold,  but he will top 1200 yards on his way to winning Comeback Player of the Year and getting the Chiefs back into the playoffs.

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. 


My NFL Predictions for the 2015 season Part 3 

Hello World,

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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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. 

My NFL Predictions for the 2015 Season Part 1

Hello World, 

This is my first blog about the crazy, unpredictable nature of the NFL. Firstly let’s start with the teams who’s expectations may be high but I believe will fall to the lower depths of the NFL. I am listing these teams in order from 32 to number 1. This is where at the moment I believe they will finish come the end of the season, so injuries,suspensions and many other factors could change this list,  in the upcoming season. 

The Bottom Feeders! 

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-13

I believe Tampa Bay will have the number 1 overall pick in next years draft at the moment because, even though they have outstanding players such as Gerald McCoy, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. They have a rookie quarterback, Jameis Winston however good he may be stuck behind an extremely bad offensive line which in the past hasn’t proved a winning combination. So I don’t believe that he can overcome this and drag the Bucs from the 1st pick in next years draft.

31. Tennessee Titans  3-13 

The trend continues, another rookie quarterback another poor record. Both the Bucs and the Titans I believe need what the others has such as, the Bucs need an offensive line at least as solid as the one the Titans have to give Jameis Winston as much time  as he needs to get the ball to his receivers and the Titans need some playmakers like Mike Evans or Vincent Jackson to give their offence some much needed fire power and POINTS on the board. As Marcus Mariota cannot do it on his own especially when he has to throw to subpar players like Kendell Hunter to get the Titans touchdowns.

30. Washington Redskins  3-13 

The disarray that surrounds this franchise at the moment is unbelievable considering what the upside looked like only a few years ago. I believe that the Redskins are a more well rounded team than either the Titans or the Bucs with such high profile names as Desean Jackson,Alfred Morris and Ryan Kerrigan on their roster, but they had virtually no quarterback to play last season with 3 different quarterbacks, so this season as none of the quarterbacks seem to have improved their record will fall. Also I wonder how Jay Gruden has kept his job this offseason as his handling of RGIII last season was biazare to say the least and I don’t see it getting much better playing against the quality teams in the NFC EAST.

29. Cleveland Browns  4-12

The Browns, last season performed well for a stretch at one point being 7-4 I think, so the reason I thinkthey decline so much this season is that although there defence is quite good, they have an extremely weak offence with probably Johnny Manziel having to try and throw touchdowns to Taylor Gabriel. This was few and far between last season in an offence trying hide Brian Hoyer from your eyes, so Manziel who has just come out of rehab and not played a lot of football, I believe will struggle hugely to adapt to a system with not many star names or a quality running game to bail him out and relive some of the pressure.

28. Oakland Raiders 4-12

Many people in the NFL world believe the Raiders will perform better than they did last year and are throwing the names Khail Mack, Derrick Carr and Amari Cooper out as the players that will do this. Now I’m not doubting they are good or even great players but I believe their impact will not make up for the fact the other players on their team aren’t at all as good as them. Also in the offseason where they brought in a new Head Coach, Offensive  Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator which will mean the players have to buy into and succeed in the various systems they implace this season, all of this takes time and I don’t believe the Raiders have what it takes to get past this, especially against a tough schedule.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-12

The Jaguars will improve their record from last season, because all of the players that flashed glimpses of talent and ability at us such as Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, who all have another year under Gus Bradley. Also Blake Bortles will have premier safety blanket at tight end in Julius Thomas, who will also add an experience and leadership to a team needing lots of it. But because of their difficult schedule having to play the NFC SOUTH and the AFC EAST, I believe the Jaguars record will not improve hugely and they will stay as one of the bottom feeders.

26. Chicago Bears 5-11

The Bears will sink to last in the NFC NORTH due to the fact they lost their best pass catcher in Brandon Marshall to the Jets in Free Agency, although Matt Forte is one of the league’s best running backs he isn’t getting any younger and had a league high reception total last year and they had a defence that last season gave up the 2nd most points allowed per game, the 3rd most net yards per game also being 30th ranked overall by the NFL. As they have made no significant changes to this gaping hole on their team in player personnel I believe they will continue on a 5-11 record from last year. 

25. San Francisco 49ers 5-11 

It’s sad to say this a fan of the team but I believe that due to the horrendously wacky offseason they have had to survive through, with retirements left,right and centre, the departure of Jim Harbaugh, Vic Fangio and Greg Roman and all of this whilst playing in the hardest division in football, the 49ers will tumble to the lower echelons of the NFL. Although the arrival of experienced players such as Reggie Bush and Torrey Smith provide some hope, I believe it’s the up and coming players on the roster such as Eric Reid and Carlos Hyde that are going to give the 49ers fans some light at the end of the tunnel.

24. St Louis Rams 6-10 

Every year there is a strange optimism surrounding the Rams organisation, but every year they manage to win from 6 games to 8 games, no more no less. This season I see it being no different because the Rams have one of the worst head coaches in Jeff Fisher and decided to bring in Nick Foles and trade away Sam Bradford. I believe that if there is nothing better out there, then don’t change what you already have! Personally I believe that Sam Bradford even with his injury history, has a much higher upside than Nick Foles who’s production was a product of Chip Kelly’s system.So the Rams will struggle this season especially in a division such as their’s.