Every NFL season brings a plethora of excitement and surprise. No one can be certain about what the upcoming season will hold, who will be the Cinderella story, or who will underperform. Only time will truly tell how the season will unfold, and that's what keeps fans on the edge of their seat, coming back for more week in and week out. Football is great because it makes Sundays less about the upcoming work or school week and keeps you engaged and eager. There truly is nothing like football season, and it's almost back. It's the silver lining to the end of the summer. Football makes everything better at least for the few hours that it's on each week. I think just about everyone is ready to see what's in store for us this year. I know that I am.
The following is my list of crazy outlandish predictions that I think could actually happen. Don't knock predictions until they are untrue because I'm sure that at least some of these things will happen. Do you have any bold predictions for this upcoming NFL season? Do you disagree with any my predictions? Let me know.
15 Odell Beckham Has a Down Year
Odell Beckham has had such a great start to his young career it seems a little too good to be true. In his first two seasons, he played like true veteran, making highlight catches and scoring touchdowns in crunch time. Don’t kill me if I’m wrong, because this is a very bold prediction, but I think Odell will fail to maintain his status as a top-5 receiver. Everyone has to come crashing down at some point, I just see ODB crashing a bit sooner than everyone else expects. With the added attention surrounding him, teams will surely be game planning for him. Also, last season Josh Norman proved that DBs can get under his skin quite easily and you best believe that teams will be trying to rattle him early and often. He'll also be facing Norman twice this year, with the CB having signed with the Redskins.
14 J.J. Watt Disappoints
13 Patriots Go 1-3 Without Brady
12 Eagles Make the Playoffs
Whether it's the fact that I'm an Eagles fan or the fact that the NFC East is extremely weak, I don't know, but what I do know is that I think the Eagles will impress this season - impress enough to do something that most fans don’t believe will happen. The first season without Chip Kelly may be just what the team needed. Although Carson Wentz probably won't be playing this season, I think Sam Bradford will be able to hold it down until Wentz is a ready and able NFL starting quarterback.
11 Jimmy Graham Thrives in Seattle
10 Panthers and Cam Newton Fall Back Down to Earth
9 Jets Go 12-4
8 Andrew Luck Has Another Disappointing Year
7 Josh Gordon Reverts Back to His Old Self
6 Allen Robinson Scores More Touchdowns Than Julio Jones
5 Jameis Winston Proves Why He Was The #1 Pick
4 Cowboys Finish Last in the NFC East
The Dallas Cowboys had a godawful 2015 campaign. It was destined for failure as soon as Dez Bryant went down early in the season with an ankle injury and continued to go downhill from there when Tony Romo broke his collarbone. The Cowboys have notoriously been known as an injury plagued franchise, and that trend continued last season. The whole season was all around terrible for Cowboys faithful. Cowboys fans are obviously hoping that this season will bring a change of fortune, but I'm not so sure that that will be the case.
3 Lions Finish With the Worst Record in the NFL
2 Cardinals Win the Super Bowl
1 Blake Bortles is a Top 5 QB
While some people why may be asking why I am so high on Blake Bortles, I ask why are you not? Last season Bortles improved from throwing 11 TDs and 17 interceptions to throwing 35 TDs and 18 interceptions, a huge leap in just a short amount of time. Now if that isn't enough to get you to hop on the Bortles bandwagon, then maybe this will. He is putting these number up with a team that was 5-11 last season. Yes, he is the QB of the 5-11 team, but they are on the come up and should put up a .500 record or better this season. He and Allen Robinson will look to form a dynamic duo early and often this season. Julius Thomas, the addition of Chris Ivory and an improved, young and scary defense will help aid Bortles into stardom. Don't call me crazy just yet.
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