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If Darnold plays at an average level or better, he should take this down. Texans, Bengals, Packers, Browns After watching the Bengals go last season, pretty much everyone in America has given up on them — except for me, Wilson, Prisco and probably everyone in Cincinnati. He is a plug-and-play playmaker in what I anticipate will be a dynamic offense in Carolina. Watson was one of the handful of best quarterbacks in the league for the few games he was healthy and starting last season. The best pass rusher in the draft lands in the ideal spot. What to Read Next

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No coach got more out of Alex Smith than Andy Reid, so there was understandable consternation from fans and media when the Chiefs shipped Smith to the Redskins in the offseason. Over the past four seasons, Gordon has only played in a total of 10 games — an average of 2. Andrew Luck has a terrible team around him, but will remind us all that he is still Andrew Luck and brighter days are ahead.

After missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, he will be back to the Luck we knew before the injury. He will roll up big numbers in the Colts offense once again. This is a layup for me. Robinson, coming off a torn ACL, returns as the WR1 in what many believe will be a high-powered offense.

At his peak, he was a 1,yard, touchdown receiver with Blake Bortles as his quarterback. Watson was one of the handful of best quarterbacks in the league for the few games he was healthy and starting last season. After an explosive seven-game stretch to start his rookie campaign, Watson missed the final two months with a torn ACL. Now fully recovered, Watson will pick up where he left off and turn the Texans into a playoff team.

The season might go down as the stiffest competition ever for comeback player of the year. At the quarterback position alone, you have multiple players who missed extensive playing time last season, including Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, Ryan Tannehill and Sam Bradford. Chiefs, Titans , Bills , Lions. I love Patrick Mahomes and think he will be a star. Jaguars , Steelers, Panthers , Rams. Given their lofty standing and where people will end up projecting them to finish, I think the Jaguars falling out of the playoffs and going not a terrible season!

Carolina Panthers — I really like Christian McCaffrey and think Cam Newton has his most efficient season as a passer, but I also believe the defense takes a step back and the Panthers miss the postseason and win seven or eight games. Los Angeles Rams — I also have them missing the playoffs so that would be pretty stunning, right??

Bills, Raiders, Colts, Buccaneers. The Bills might have the worst roster in the league. Oakland is … strange. Seattle lost basically its entire defensive infrastructure and we have no idea if or when Earl Thomas will get back on the field. The Bills might be the worst team in football, the Titans might be the worst team in their division and Carolina plays an impossible schedule.

I think they have a lot of young talent. If those players mature fast, the Bengals could be a surprise playoff team. If that happens, maybe Marvin Lewis could actually win a game in the postseason. A strong season from Russell Wilson and Seattle making a leap back into the postseason as Pete Carroll reminds everyone who wears the crown in the NFC West would be a big surprise and bounce back. Packers, Bears, Dolphins , Texans. Out of those teams, the Packers are my only real lock to make the playoffs, but I think all four will finish with better records than they did in Houston gets Watson, J.

Watt, and Whitney Mercilus back and the odds of them winning just four games again seem incredibly small. And Green Bay should have Rodgers healthy all season. After watching the Bengals go last season, pretty much everyone in America has given up on them — except for me, Wilson, Prisco and probably everyone in Cincinnati.

This is easily the most talented Bengals team since I like the Packers the same reason I like the Texans: Both teams dealt with quarterback injuries last year and now, both quarterbacks are healthy. Having a single win after four weeks of the season would be a major upset for a team that looks a good ways away from being back in the playoffs.

To arrive at the Bills, I decided on four or so teams that I think will be in the running for the top pick in the draft. From there, after comparing all of their early-season schedules, I landed on the Bills and Colts. If not, the Colts get to face the Bills at home. They have the worst roster in the league and an incredibly tough schedule to begin the season. Log into your account. Man facing multiple vandalism charges taken into custody by Chattanooga Police September 16, Bradley County looking for church vandalism suspect September 15, Shooting on Windsor Street September 15, Give Belichick two weeks to prepare to stop a gimmicky offense like the one Seattle runs, and I will take that any day.

He will come up with something to limit running back Marshawn Lynch, force Russell Wilson to win the game in the pocket, which will play right into the Seattle weakness. That's the Belichick way. I think Brady will have time to make smart decisions against that great Seattle defense. He will be patient. He will use Shane Vereen as a check-down king to move the football. If the Seahawks double Rob Gronkowski, which they will do, he will go to others behind the double.

The Patriots haven't won a title in over a decade. They've dealt with Spygate and now Deflategate, but none of that will matter when the night is over in the desert. Brady and Belichick will be atop the football mountain again -- maybe earning that spot permanently if they indeed do win another. Don't make Tom Brady angry. You wont like him when he's angry. Not that the Pats needed any more motivation to win this game, but Deflategate gives Belichick's boys even more motivation to go "us-against-the-world" and show that they don't need no stinking soft balls to win football games.

It will be a throwback game, I think, with the offensive and defensive lines carrying the day. The Seahawks will take away Gronk but Edelman is a tougher matchup for them and I see him making a few huge plays on specials teams and catching a TD or two in a closely-played game.

This is a tough game to call but Seattle is my choice in a close, low-scoring game. This kid is going to tear up the league and I like the group of guys around him in Cleveland. He plays on a defense with Jalen Ramsey , who is a candidate for this award, and Calais Campbell , who finished second to Aaron Donald last season.

That tells you something about what I expect from Ngakoue. He will have sacks and dominate as an edge rusher. He already won Defensive Player of the Year once and when he did, he was operating within a bad Raiders defense.

This Bears defense is better. Donald is the best defensive player in the league and will be my pick for this award until further notice. Donald has already been great for four seasons and with Suh now in Los Angeles, I expect Donald to move to a level of above great. I am buying the 49ers as a much improved football team and one that will make leaps and bounds.

And much of it will have to do with the synergy between Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo. He will get his team to the Super Bowl, which will earn him the honor. His no-frills style works for his young team. I think teams like the 49ers and Bears are still a season away before they make the playoffs.

There are lots of good candidates for this award but given the weak competition in the AFC in general and the AFC East in particular, it feels like the Patriots could be in for one of those type seasons even with a roster that is not necessarily as good as it has been in recent years.

Watt and Whitney Mercilus to make the Texans into what they had been prior to Except this time they have a franchise quarterback. He is a plug-and-play playmaker in what I anticipate will be a dynamic offense in Carolina. He should continue a trend of rookie backs taken high in the draft being productive from the get-go.

Barkley will get the touches and he has game-changing ability. But Darnold plays a premium position in a premium market. If he can get the Jets to just or , the media is going to fawn over his work. I think he can do it with an underrated receiving corps and decent running backs in New York. The other New York rookie is the one getting all the ROY hype, but given a choice between a quarterback and a running back for a season-long award, the QB will almost always win.

If Darnold plays at an average level or better, he should take this down. The Giants won three games last season. With an improved offensive line and a healthy Odell Beckham , Barkley is the final piece to a balanced offense.

I think Darnold gets the Jets to and I think the voters reward him with rookie of the year. He immediately pairs with Von Miller to add to an already fearsome Denver front. The best pass rusher in the draft lands in the ideal spot. Yeah, sign me up for that. Playing on the opposite side of Von Miller, he will get plenty of single looks and will take advantage of them.

Chubb is going to be a pass-rush star. Love me some Bradley Chubb, but if the OROY is all about the position and it is , this award is all about the stats and Roquan is going to pile up stats in this Bears defense. Maybe I should have Chicago in the playoffs if I think their defense will be this good. He was the best pass rusher in the draft and he gets to play with Von Miller. With an improved offensive line, he will have big numbers in his second season with the team.

Mixon trimmed down in the offseason, which will help him get more explosive plays. John Ross is going to have a nice season if he stays healthy and defenses will struggle to key in on the running game thanks to the weapons in the pass game.

That leaves Mixon a chance to get out on linebackers and make guys miss for explosive plays. This is the year he breaks out opposite of A. Expect him to make a ton of huge plays with his game-breaking speed, even if he struggles with consistency in what is essentially his first season.

Smith-Schuster is coming off a fantastic rookie season but he is primed to explode with an even bigger role in the offense right from the jump. No coach got more out of Alex Smith than Andy Reid, so there was understandable consternation from fans and media when the Chiefs shipped Smith to the Redskins in the offseason. Over the past four seasons, Gordon has only played in a total of 10 games — an average of 2. Andrew Luck has a terrible team around him, but will remind us all that he is still Andrew Luck and brighter days are ahead.

After missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, he will be back to the Luck we knew before the injury. He will roll up big numbers in the Colts offense once again. This is a layup for me. Robinson, coming off a torn ACL, returns as the WR1 in what many believe will be a high-powered offense.

At his peak, he was a 1,yard, touchdown receiver with Blake Bortles as his quarterback. Watson was one of the handful of best quarterbacks in the league for the few games he was healthy and starting last season. After an explosive seven-game stretch to start his rookie campaign, Watson missed the final two months with a torn ACL.

Now fully recovered, Watson will pick up where he left off and turn the Texans into a playoff team. The season might go down as the stiffest competition ever for comeback player of the year. At the quarterback position alone, you have multiple players who missed extensive playing time last season, including Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, Ryan Tannehill and Sam Bradford.






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