2016 NFL Predictions Ahead of Training Camp

You can smell the roses for the 2016 NFL season. As training camp is right around the corner starting in 2 weeks on July 20th with the New Orleans Saints. Training camp is where the foundation of a season is built for NFL teams. Where coaches begin to install the personality of their team and players really begin to get into football shape and start getting their first bang bang action. Training camp is also the most excitng time of the year cause watching the practices gets you really jittery and amped for the season being right around the corner. Many teams will have integrated practices with each other where camp fights normally spark between teams. Here’s my predictions for the 2016 NFL season ahead of Training Camp.

End Of The Year Standings:

AFC East:

1. New England Patriots (13-3)

2. New York Jets (10-6)

3. Buffalo Bills (8-8)

4. Miami Dolphins (6-10)

AFC West:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)

2. Oakland Raiders (9-7)

3. Denver Broncos (8-8)

4. San Diego Chargers (6-10)

AFC North:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

2. Cinncinati Bengals (10-6)

3. Baltimore Ravens (7-9)

4. Cleveland Browns (5-11)

AFC South:

1. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

2. Houston Texans (9-7)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)

4. Tennessee Titans (5-11)

NFC East:

1. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

2. Washington Redskins (9-7)

3. New York Giants (7-9)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (5-11)

NFC West:

1. Arizona Cardinals (12-4)

2. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

3. Los Angelos Rams (8-8)

4. San Francisco 49ers (5-11)

NFC North:

1. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

2. Green Bay Packers (11-5)

3. Chicago Bears (6-10)

4. Detroit Lions (4-12)

NFC South:

1. Carolina Panthers (13-3)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)

3. Atlanta Falcons (8-8)

4. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

Awards:

MVP: Tom Brady

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Arguably the greatest Quarterback in NFL history. Tom Brady his always set up for a spectacular season. Last year, New England was plagued by injuries to the offensive line and wide receivers, which ultimately cost New England the AFC championship. This year with a healthy offensive line and the addition of Jonathan Cooper. Brady will be more protected this year to distribute the football to weapons such as  Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and Martellus Bennett. He will be well pushed but with a healthy offense, expect Brady to be the front runner for the MVP.

2. Cam Newton

3. Andrew Luck 

Defensive Player Of The Year: Aaron Donald

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The 2014 Defensive Rookie Of The Year. The 2015 highest rated defensive player by Pro Football Focus. Aaron Donald should’ve been the 2015 Defensive Player Of The Year. But rest assure, he will be the 2016 Defensive Player Of The Year barring. He is the most disruptive and dominant interior defensive lineman we have seen since Warren Sapp. Donald finished the 2015 season with 69 tackles and 11 sacks. Expect similar numbers this year with Robert Quinn still on the edge and another dominant season in sight.

2. Luke Kuechly

3. J.J. Watt

Offensive Rookie Of The Year: Ezekiel Elliott

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Probably the easiest pick of all the awards. The offensive rookie of the year award is for Ezekiel Elliott to lose. He will be running behind one of the most dominant offensive lines in recent league history added with a great quarterback in Tony Romo and one of the best receivers in Dez Bryant. Elliott is down right explosive and his vision added with his pass catching ability makes him absolutely deadly with the cowboys offensive line. He should be pushed by other rookies in good situations but this is Elliott’s award to lose.

2. Michael Thomas (New Orleans)

3. Jared Goff (L.A. Rams)

Defensive Rookie Of The Year: Karl Joseph

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Getting a decisive Defensive Rookie Of The Year is very difficult cause you get some very impactful players right away on defense. None will be more impactful than Karl Joseph. Small in stature Joseph packs a big punch coming inside the box to stop the run but also possesses the ability to cover and create takeaways for the defense. Watching him on tape reminds people of Earl Thomas. Small but physical player with leadership and elite cover skills. Joseph will step in and immediately fill the void that was left when Charles Woodson announced his retirement. Expect big plays from the first round pick this year.

2. Vernon Hargreaves (Tampa Bay)
3. Myles Jack (Jacksonville)

Coach Of The Year: Mike Zimmer

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After a breakthrough year in 2015 with winning the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings are primed for another great season with some new weapons for Teddy Bridgewater and another year for him to develop. The defense will be more developed and should vastly improve with the emergence of young players such as Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes, and Danielle Hunter. If Minnesota wins another NFC North crown and a playoff game possibly. Mike Zimmer is the coach of the year for beating out Aaron Rodgers back to back years for the division crown.
2. Jason Garrett (Dallas)
3. Bruce Arians (Arizona)

Comeback Player Of The Year: Tony Romo

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Tony Romo is primed for a comeback year in 2016. With a nice new toy in Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris, and getting Dez Bryant back, Romo is primed to carry the same successes this year as he did in 2014. Romo missed 12 games last year du to a broken collarbone and in those 12 games, the cowboys went 1-11. Romo is the backbone of not only the offense but for the team as a leader. His precision passing and his ability to put the offense in the right play every single snap is priceless. With the best offensive line in the league in front of him and the running game primed to return to its 2014 form. Tony Romo is primed for a comeback season.

 

2. Joe Flacco (Baltimore)
3. Jordy Nelson (Green Bay)

Playoff Standings:

AFC:

  1. New England Patriots (13-3)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)
  4. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
  5. Cinncinati Bengals (10-6)
  6. New York Jets (10-6)

NFC:

  1. Carolina Panthers (13-3)
  2. Arizona Cardinals (12-4)
  3. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
  4. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
  5. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

Super Bowl 51:

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers

The ultimate prize at the end of the 2016 season: Super Bowl 51. After a rough and tough year ahead of them. The New England Patriots fight their way back to the Super Bowl after toppling the New York Jets in the divisional playoffs and beating the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship. The Green Bay Packers surprise everyone after beating the Vikings in the wild card and upsetting the Carolina Panthers with a historic game from Aaron Rodgers. Finally beating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick fight their way to their 5th Super Bowl ring with a marvelous game from Brady, Gronk, and Martellus Bennett. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers hang in the game for 2 and a half quarters before New England’s suffocating defense squeezes down and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hold up the Super Bowl 51 Vince Lombardi Trophy.

 

 

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