With all the stress in life it is important to find an escape. Some may do this by finding hobbies. One of the most popular hobbies in America is watching football and betting who is going to make it to the end. If you are going to bet, it’s a lot more fun when you win. That’s why I’m going to give you some help by offering my predictions. I personally get help from the experts at Boydsbets. I’ve found they know their football, especially when it comes to beating the NFL odds. So, here are my predictions for what happens in the 2016 season.
The first team I will look at is the Green Bay Packers. This team may have the easiest schedule all season. They have the best quarterback in the game and considering Jordy Nelson will be returning on top of it I think Green Bay is a contender. The Carolina Panthers are not going anywhere. They will be at the playoffs again. They may be handed more losses than last season but they will be in playoffs for sure.
My next pick is my favorite team the Miami Dolphins. I don’t see them having a great record, but with the beefed up defense I think we may have a shot as long as we can win the turnover battle.
The next pick I have for the playoffs is the Cardinals. This team has what it takes to make it to the end but will they?
The Patriots will make it to the playoffs even with their suspension issues with Tom Brady.
The next pick I have chosen is the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have a good defense and an easier schedule than last year. Considering they had injuries last year there’s no reason they will not be there.
My next pick is the Eagles. This may sound crazy but I see a bright future ahead for this team. They may seem like an underdog team but that is my favorite kind of team to route for.
The next pick I have on who makes the playoffs is the Redskins. The only thing I can really say about this pick is I really like their offense. Kurt Cousins did a nice job last year and should only improve.
Heading back to the AFC I’m taking the Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC North. They have gotten it done the last few years and I don’t see any reason why this season will be any different. Andy Dalton is above average and AJ Green is one of the leading wideouts in the NFL.
My next pick would be Minnesota. I picked them cause I think that they have the experience to roll right into the playoffs, without a hitch. A lot of young talent with some solid veteran leadership, including Adrian Peterson, one of the league’s top running backs.
The next pick is one of my favorite picks for the season, the Indianapolis Colts. I believe their offensive line will be better despite contrary belief. This team is going to shock a lot of people this season so get ready.
My last pick and another of my all time favorite teams is the Broncos. I know the Broncos may have a really tough season this team thrives on rivalry and competition and are sure to shine bright as ever. I predict this team will be in the Super Bowl yet again to defend their title.
With the retirement of Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, the title of best Wide Receiver is up for grabs. While reaching a consensus on this topic is all but impossible, the following five wideouts are at least worthy of consideration. I’ve also taken a look at top running backs and the best quarterbacks.
1. Odell Beckham Jr. -New York Giants – The hype, the hair, the one-handed grab. Last season’s nonsense with Josh Norman nonwithstanding Beckham Jr. might just be the top wideout in the game. Sure, it does not hurt that he plays in New York but it is also hard to argue with last season’s numbers, 96 catches for over 1400 yards and 13 Touchdowns, all while being keyed on by every defense.
2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – While an eyebrow or two might be raised placing Hopkins this high, they truly shouldn’t be. Hopkins had 111 catches last season for over 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns all while shall we say not getting the best in quarterback play, and not having Arian Foster healthy to take some of the pressure off him. Imagine what Hopkins will be able to do if Brock Osweiler turns out to be the Quarterback the Texans think is worth 18 million per year, opposing defenses shutter at this very thought.
3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – Simply put, Julio Jones is a beast. While it can be argued that he benefits from playing in a controlled environment for half of his games, what cannot be argued is that from a pure production standpoint there is anyone better. Last season Jones simply caught 136 passes (no that is not a misprint) for nearly 1,900 yards and 8 touchdowns. While it is unlikely the he duplicates those numbers, if anyone is up to the gargantuan task, it’s Jones.
4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – Julio Jones was not the only NFL Receiver to catch 136 passes last year, the Steelers Antonio Brown did so as well. Brown’s value to the Steelers cannot be overstated. Think about this, if Brown had not been knocked out by Vontaze Burfict in the AFC Wild Card round last year and missed the divisional round, the Steelers very well might have beaten the Broncos and Cam Newton might have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. While one can never be quite sure, Brown’s impact is a sure thing. I think they return to the playoffs this season.
5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – Simply put, A. J. Green is an amazing Wide Receiver. Whether catching passes from Andy Dalton or AJ McCarron, all Green does is produce and as was once said about Cris Carter, score touchdowns. Green has 45 in just 5 years in the league. If Cincinnati is to ever take the next step and win a playoff game, it will surely come on Green’s shoulders.
Everyone is gearing up for the upcoming 2016 football season. This should be a great year for running backs in the NFL, so here are the choices for which ones will be the best. For more rankings I have done my list of best WRs and top QBs as well.
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Gurley returns after his 10 touchdowns and 1106 yards gained last year with the St. Louis Rams. He is a versatile running back with exceptional speed and runs downhill, low to the ground. He is also a good receiver having made twenty-one receptions for one-hundred and eighty-eight yards during the 2015 season. Gurley also holds onto the ball, having lost only one fumble all last year. He is starting to gain recognition and now being the featured back for a team in a large market like Los Angeles, he is certain to get the attention he deserves.
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
Freeman had a great 2015 with over a thousand yards on the ground and scoring eleven touchdowns. He is an excellent receiving back with seventy-three receptions last year for over five hundred yards. The Florida State alum has good cutting ability and moves very well laterally. He can make quick moves that leave would-be defenders looking behind them. He is only twenty-four years old, so the Falcons hope he will be leading their running game for years to come.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is one of the premiere running backs in the NFL. Personal issues have plagued him in the past but on the field he has excelled. Last year he ran for 1485 yards, the third most in his career. He scored eleven touchdowns including one for eighty yards. He possesses lightning speed and when he gets loose down the sidelines, he is gone. He will break the twelve thousand career rushing yard milestone in 2016, his tenth year in the league while he leads the Vikings to the playoffs.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell was injured for most of last season but is healthy now and is looking forward to a great comeback year. In 2014, he showed everyone the kind of running back he is. He gained over thirteen hundred yards and had eight touchdowns. A second round draft pick in 2013, Bell has skills that few teams were interested in, but the Pittsburgh Steelers knew better. They have a keen eye for spotting running back talent and are happy that Bell is healthy for the 2016 quest for the Super Bowl.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Even though Johnson was injured for much of last year, he still gained over five hundred yards on the ground in five starts. He showed what an excellent receiver he is by totaling over four hundred and fifty receiving yards. After scoring twelve touchdowns with limited playing time in 2015, Johnson is projected to be one of the top running backs in the 2016 season for the Arizona Cardinals.
There are so many good running backs in the NFL now and more were drafted earlier this year. Some of the best new running back talent to watch out for on the gridiron this year includes Ezekial Elliot from Ohio State and Derrick Henry from Alabama. Elliot was the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft and he hopes to make the Dallas Cowboys a contender in the NFC East. He sees the field well and makes quick decisions which complement his tremendous speed. Derrick Henry was drafted forty-fifth overall and will have a positive impact for the offense of the Tennessee Titans. He runs the forty yard dash in just over 4.5 seconds.
With the 2016 football season just around the corner, every football fan is getting itchy for the season to begin. It is almost time to get our favorite jerseys and snacks out to watch Sunday night football.
We all know that the quarterback is an essential part of a football team. It is almost impossible to give a 100% accurate ranking of the 2016 season quarterbacks. With some help of recent news on their offseason practices and with the help of fantasypros.com, I can give you an idea of how they rank going into the 2016 season. I did make two revisions, click on the link for the whole list!
1.Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers
2015 was an ‘off’ season for Aaron Rodgers with missing Jordy Nelson. Now as the 2016 season approaches and Jordy Nelson return, he is expected to bounce back from his rough 2015 season. I moved him to #1 because I believe with some of the great plays he made last season (yes, last season he had few plays, but there were some great ones) and now with Jordy Nelson back, he will be the number one quarterback to look out for this season. I have no doubt he leads the Packers to the playoffs.
2.Cam Newton-Carolina Panthers
I switched him from #1 to #2 for a reason. Cam Newton had a great 2015 season. Though, it has been reported that he seems a bit shaky this offseason, according to the Charlotte Observer. I didn’t rank him lower on the list because of his 2015 season. Sources are also saying that he needs a month in training to shake off the rust. Only time will tell where he should be ranked this 2016 season.
3.Russell Wilson-Seattle Sehawks
He has won 46 regular season games. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he was making a clear step ahead this offseason. He said Wilson has been strong, accurate and precise, and has been having a great offseason. Things are looking good for him the coming up 2016 season.
4.Andrew Luck-Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck missed 9 games last season and has now fully healed. His teammates are confident in him. He stated he has gotten better as a thrower and a quarterback both physically and mentally. With Luck being free of injuries this season he is a quarterback to look out for this season.
5.Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints
He has averaged 7.8 yards per attempt and had 10 games of over 300 yards passing. The Saints were plagued by injuries last year, and the only thing that kept them going was Drew Brees. No, he isn’t getting any younger, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play. He shows no sign of slowing down over the years.
6.Ben Roethlisberger-Pittsburg Steelers
Roethlisberger holds numerous career franchise passing records. Some people say he doesn’t deserve to be ranked in the top ten quarterback list for 2016, but Roethlisberger does belong on this list. The 2015 season was Big Ben’s best season yet. He has gotten a lot trimmer this offseason, which could be a good thing for him. It doesn’t hurt that he has one of the best wide receivers to throw to.
7.Carson Palmer-Arizona Cardinals
He has voted to the second-team All-Pro squad. Palmer’s 2015 season was a stellar one. Experts are even calling it an MVP-level season. He will also be a quarterback to look out for this season due to the fact that he is more than ready to win the Superbowl this season. Now that he has one of the top running backs in the game in the backfield, the field is more open than before.
8.Blake Bortles-Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles is looking to enhance his franchise-record of 35 touchdowns from last season. The Jaguars’ coach, Gus Bradley stated that Bortles has had his best offseason. Bradley also stated Bortles is always looking to become a better player and leader.
9.Eli Manning-New York Giants
Eli Manning is always a quarterback you should look out for. His football career is impressive. He hasn’t missed a start in 11 years. He is the franchise leader in attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdown passes, and interceptions.
10.Tom Brady-New England Patriots
This is another change from the list on fantasypros.com. Tom Brady does belong in the top 10 quarterback rankings for 2016. This 11-time Pro-Bowl quarterback has 4,770 yards passing and 36 touchdowns.
11.Phillip Rivers-San Diego Chargers
13.Tony Romo-Dallas Cowboys
14.Andy Dalton-Cincinnati Bengals
16.James Winston-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17.Kirk Cousins-Washington Redskins
18.Tyrod Taylor-Buffalo Bills
19.Matthew Stafford-Detroit Lions
20.Ryan Tannehill-Miami Dolphins