The Jaguars had a terrific 2017 NFL season which ended in an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. Blake Bortles led the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and was heavily assisted by breakout rookie running back Leonard Fournette. In 2018 and 2019, the Jaguars were exceedingly below average, disappointing the NFL with the talented roster that they had. Bortles left Jacksonville, and Nick Foles was unable to save football there, which led to the emergence of Gardner Minshew III at the end of 2019. With that in mind, let’s check out 5 bold predictions for the Jaguars in 2020. Continue reading →
Memories are short among NFL fans. Many do not even recall that the Houston Texans finished the 2019 season with a division championship at 10-6 and beat an upstart Buffalo Bills team in the first round of the playoffs. Following that, they went up by 21 points in the divisional round before the eventual SBLIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs went on a rampage and sent them packing. A tumultuous offseason then erased those memories for fans outside of Texas.
The expectations surrounding the Denver Broncos are very high, heading into the 2020 season. After an offseason that saw them add A.J. Bouye, Jurrell Casey, and Melvin Gordon along with wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in the draft, the Broncos are a team to watch. The 2019 season was a forgetful one for the Broncos as they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Most of this was due to the ongoing quarterback carousel. Joe Flacco started the first eight games before getting injured and replaced by Brandon Allen. Ultimately, the Broncos would end the season winning four of their last five games under Drew Lock after he came off injured reserve and injected life into the Denver offense.
The Colts 2019 season was a wild one of sorts. From replacing Andrew Luck two weeks before the season, to starting 5-2 out the gate with Jacoby Brissett, to eventually miss the playoffs at 7-9 overall. Now with a new makeup on offense, along with some key players added on defense as well, this team is ready to make a strong push in the third-year under head coach Frank Reich.
The Carolina Panthers are going to be a fun team to watch moving forward. They took the risky route and hired Baylor head coach Matt Rhule away from the collegiate scene. One that he is most familiar with, Rhule doubled that down by hiring a 31-year-old coordinator to manage the offense. Let’s not forget they almost immediately signed Teddy Bridgewater to a $63 million dollar deal to become the starting quarterback of an NFL franchise. That is something he hasn’t done since 2015 when he suffered a gruesome knee injury while playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Needless to say, this will be fun.
After dominating the NFC West division in 2017 and 2018, the Los Angeles Rams took a step back in 2019 with a 9-7 record, finishing third in the division. Although the Rams lost in disappointing fashion to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, they had high hopes for 2019 and beyond. Unfortunately, those hopes spiraled into a lackluster offense and a dysfunctional defense. After letting fan favorites Clay Matthews III and Todd Gurley walk in free agency, the Rams look to re-tool and reload for a return to the top of the NFC West. With this in mind, let’s check out five bold predictions for the Rams in the 2020 NFL Season.
The 2019 NFL season was one of two halves for the Atlanta Falcons. After starting the season 1-7, many thought the Falcons were heading towards a top-five pick in the 2020 draft. However, after their week nine bye, the Falcons turned it around, going 6-2 over their last eight games and finished second in the NFC South with a 7-9 record. The second half turnaround saved head coach Dan Quinn’s job. No one believed the team could turn their season around last year, so here are my five bold predictions for the Falcons in 2020.
After another stellar season, Russell Wilson, where if not for Lamar Jackson‘s lights out season, could’ve easily walked away with the MVP award. Another successful double-digit season that featured a pair of epic matchups with division rival and ultimate NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers. Continue reading →
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a Super Bowl season where they came back from a deficit of at least 10 points in all three playoff games. Most notable was the Divisional Round, where the Houston Texans gained a 24-0 lead early, only for the Chiefs to storm back and win 51-31 in a historic comeback. Talk about craziness. Speaking of craziness, here are five bold but somewhat realistic predictions for the Chiefs this season.
The Arizona Cardinals are a young team that improved each game last year. With second-year quarterback Kyler Murray entering the season with an arsenal of weapons, the offense could be one of the best in the league. While it doesn’t seem bold in hindsight, the boldest move of the last offseason was drafting Murray first overall in the 2019 draft, despite drafting Josh Rosen in the 2018 draft. After just one year of play, Murray has shown unique qualities that can make him a viable part of the franchise moving forward. To this point, this is an article about five bold predictions for the Cardinals for the 2020 season.
The Cincinnati Bengals hit it out of the park during the draft, beginning with Joe Burrow and continuing round-by-round to fill needs on the roster to pair with an active free agency and seem to have immediately changed their fortunes headed into 2020. With the scheduled offseason workout programs and post-draft rookie minicamps canceled, Zac Taylor’s vision of adding free agent veterans seems savvy, but it takes a lot to flip a franchise. The dominoes must fall the right way and here is how it happens, and this is how they will.
The Minnesota Vikings are no stranger to unpredictable moments, especially in the playoffs. Last season it was the controversial pass interference call against the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round. Two seasons ago it was the famous “Minnesota Miracle”. Here we will look at five bold predictions that could happen this season in Minnesota.
Matt Patricia seems like a lost cause as a head coach. Former star Damon “Snacks” Harrison has stated in the past that he couldn’t wait to just get out of Detroit because of Patricia. Darius Slay shared the same sentiment after he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. If it wasn’t for Patricia, I’d pick this team to take a huge next step.
Entering the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns were one of the most hyped teams in football. The acquisition of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the continued development of promising quarterback Baker Mayfield created high expectations for the team. The Browns finished the season as the biggest disappointment in the league – poor coaching, porous offensive line play, and regression from Mayfield resulted in a 6-10 record. Fresh off a strong offseason, the Browns look poised to deliver on last year’s expectations in 2020. Here are five bold, but attainable predictions for the Cleveland Browns.
After a 2019 season that saw the Los Angeles Chargers finish 5-11 and in the basement of the AFC West, they hit the ground running in free agency. The Chargers don’t have to look far into the rear-view mirror to see a 2018 season where they went 12-4 under Anthony Lynn and made the playoffs. In 2020 they open the brand new SoFi Stadium in Southern California (a joint venture with the LA Rams) and are ready to christen their new digs with a winning season. What does 2020 hold for the Bolts? Here are some (very) bold takes for this season’s Chargers. Let’s get crazy! Continue reading →
Jarrett Stidham or “stid,” as referred to by those inside Gillette Stadium, get used to hearing that name this upcoming NFL season. For the first time in 20 years, the New England Patriots will no longer have Tom Brady under contract. Continue reading →
Lamar Jackson took the league by storm last year with electricity. He won the MVP pretty handily after accounting for 43 total touchdowns, 1,200 rushing yards, and 3,127 passing yards. He embraced the city and they’ve embraced him back. The Ravens have their quarterback and star of the future, and they’ve surrounded him with talent. I expect this team to compete for the Super Bowl and win more than 11 games. Here are five bold predictions that I think will help make that happen.
The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off a season that fell off the rails, after losing a rookie running back to an injury that shelved him for the last month of the season. The Raiders were primed for a wildcard spot prior to Jacobs’ injury, as the Chiefs had the AFC West Division all but locked up when the calendar flipped to December. Here are my five bold predictions for the Las Vegas Raiders. Continue reading →
Last season, Carson Wentz carried a team of practice squad receivers to the playoffs with four straight wins to end the season. Unfortunately, Wentz was knocked out in the first quarter of the Wild Card game against the Seahawks after a hit to the head, and Eagles fans were subjected to watching 40-year old backup Josh McCown try to carry them to victory. That wasn’t the case, as they lost 17-9. They will be a significantly better team this year with a vastly improved wide receiver corps. Without further ado, here are the five bold predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020.
Last season ended in a whirlwind of the inability to finish games for the Dallas Cowboys. Jason Garrett was fired seemingly five years too late. Dak Prescott‘s contract has and still hangs in the balance as Jerry Jones and his crew slapped a franchise tag on their starting quarterback as they continue to negotiate a potential long-term deal. So far this offseason, they have lost key defensive pieces in Byron Jones and Jeff Heath, as well as future Hall of Famers Jason Witten and Travis Frederick. A lot don’t know what to expect with this year’s team, so here are my five bold predictions for this season.
It’s a brand new season and the New York Jets are back and ready to compete this year. With Tom Brady out of the AFC East, the division is wide open. A revamped offensive line is going to do anything they can to protect Sam Darnold and put the team in a position to win week in and week out. Hopefully this year Darnold won’t catch mono and he could have a healthy and productive 2020 NFL season.
The past season and offseason have been one to remember for Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans. The team’s starting quarterback was the first one to throw 30 touchdowns as well as 30 interceptions. Flash forward to the present and they have Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski without losing any of their significant players. Here are five bold things for the 2020 season for the Buccaneers.
The Green Bay Packers endured a lot of success in the 2019 season, although a little luck fell their way also. The Packers achieved a record of 8-1 in one-score games and had to make several plays in the final moments of games to seal victories. This strong record in these games ultimately led to an NFC North division title and a first-round bye. The Packers were able to knock off the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau in the divisional round of the playoffs; however, their luck finally ran out in the NFC Championship game against the formidable San Francisco 49ers. The Packers were run off the field and embarrassed by the 49ers, losing 37-20 and giving up 285 rushing yards in a game that was never close.
Last season was an absolute disaster and Dan Snyder finally sent Bruce Allen packing. After firing Allen, Snyder told the entire interim coaching staff and some front office members to follow him out the door. During the coaching search, Allen had one guy in mind. A coach with great character and vision with ambition. That coach was Ron Rivera, who takes pride in coaching discipline football. I would expect the Redskins to improve in 2020.
The Bears did not hit very many bold predictions in 2019. David Montgomery didn’t rush for 1000 yards, Mitchell Trubisky didn’t take a step forward, and the defense regressed. They won four fewer games than they did in 2018. With that being said I expect that to change this season. Below are some bold predictions for the Bears 2020 season. Yes call me crazy but I see them as contenders to win the Super Bowl come February.
Last season is one Steelers fans would like to forget. Upon losing Ben Roethlisberger in the second game of the year, everyone was treated to a steady diet of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges. Despite the defense being among the top five in the league statistically, the Steelers’ offense suffered. One has to respect the fact that they were nearly a playoff team with such mediocre quarterback play. An optimist would say the Steelers could be a significantly better team with Roethlisberger back at the helm. With all of that taken care of, I’m going to make five bold predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020.
Last season a quarterback controversy plagued this team through the first six games. One coaching decision led the Titans to the playoffs. Once there they didn’t stop, they upset the New England Patriots and essentially ended the dynasty. They followed that up with an even more shocking upset of the AFC favorites the Baltimore Ravens. Their luck ran out against Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. Here are my five bold predictions for the Tennessee Titans. Continue reading →