2020 NFL Predictions: Division Winners, Breakout Players, Postseason surprises, and much more

FINALLY! The NFL season is here and that means meaningless NFL predictions make their way onto the timeline.

Right here, right now, I’ve got predictions for:

·      Team records

·      Postseason predictions

·      Awards

·      Breakout players

·      Disappointing players

·      BOLD predictions

·      Which head coaches get fired

So let’s get started…

TEAM RECORDS

NFC EAST

Eagles: 10-6 (3)

Cowboys: 8-8

Giants: 5-11

Washington: 3-13

NFC SOUTH

Buccaneers: 12-4 (1)

Saints: 11-5 (5)

Panthers: 6-10

Falcons: 6-10

NFC WEST

Cardinals: 12-4 (2)

Seahawks: 11-5 (6)

49ers: 8-8 (7)

Rams: 7-9

NFC NORTH

Packers: 10-6 (4)

Vikings: 8-8

Lions: 7-9

Bears: 5-11

AFC EAST

Dolphins: 10-6 (3)

Bills: 9-7 (6)

Patriots: 6-10

Jets: 3-13

AFC SOUTH

Colts: 10-6 (4)

Texans: 8-8

Titans: 8-8

Jaguars: 1-15

AFC WEST

Chiefs: 12-4 (1)

Broncos: 9-7

Chargers: 7-9

Raiders: 4-12

AFC NORTH

Ravens: 11-5 (2)

Steelers: 11-5 (5)

Browns: 9-7 (7)

Bengals: 5-11

NFC PLAYOFFS

Wild Card:

Saints (5) @ Packers (4) = Packers win

Seahawks (6) @ Eagles (3) = Eagles win

49ers (7) @ Cardinals (2) = Cardinals win

Divisional Round:

Packers (4) @ Buccaneers (1) = Buccaneers win

Eagles (3) @ Cardinals (2) = Cardinals win 

NFC Championship:

Cardinals (2) @ Buccaneers (1) = Buccaneers win

AFC PLAYOFFS

Wild Card:

Steelers (5) @ Colts (4) = Steelers win

Bills (6) @ Dolphins (3) = Dolphins win

Browns (7) @ Ravens (2) = Browns win

Divisional Round:

Browns (7) @ Chiefs (1) = Chiefs win

Steelers (5) @ Dolphins (3) = Steelers win

AFC Championship:

Steelers (5) @ Chiefs (1) = Chiefs win

Super Bowl 55:

Chiefs (1) @ Buccaneers (1) = Chiefs win

AWARDS

MVP: Kyler Murray

OPOY: Russell Wilson

DPOY: Darius Leonard

OROY: Tua Tagovailoa

DROY: Isaiah Simmons

Comeback: Ben Roethlisberger

Coach: Brian Flores

BREAKOUT PLAYERS

Kyler Murray, Miles Sanders, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

Kyler Murray: DeAndre Hopkins will be a big reason why, but I believe Murray has the best opportunity to make the biggest second-year-jump we’ve seen with quarterbacks over the years.

Miles Sanders: Eagles are going to ride Miles Sanders all season long, especially with the offensive line in flux.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown: He has the swagger teams wish they had in all of their players. Brown said he’s gained a lot of muscle this offseason and still didn’t lose any speed. Watchout!

DISAPPOINTING PLAYERS

Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill

Cam Newton: I don’t see a player as free-spirited as Newton gelling with a coach like Belichick who seems to be the “my way or the highway” type. Newton’s best days are behind him and his body can no longer last a full season.

Derek Carr: This is the year where Jon Gruden gets fed up with Derek Carr, who seems to always try to impress his coach, but gets no love in return.

Ryan Tannehill: He’s a backup quarterback at best. Teams will be a lot more prepared for him this year and he got paid– he’s got nothing to worry about anymore. Tannehill will go back to his old self sooner rather than later.

BOLD PREDICTIONS

  1. Tua takes over for Ryan Fitzpatrick and leads the Dolphins to the division crown and a playoff win
  2. Cardinals clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC
  3. Mike Mayock will be flushed out as GM after he and Jon Gruden “mutually part ways over the disagreement of the team’s direction.”
  4. Philip Rivers gets benched in favor of Jacoby Brissett who leads the Colts to the playoffs
  5. Zero games get postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic
  6. Drew Lock solidifies himself as a franchise quarterback
  7. Jets clean house, trade Sam Darnold to Tennessee, and draft quarterback Trey Lance from North Dakota State University.
  8. Dak Prescott requests a trade, lands in Pittsburgh, after Big Ben finally retires.
  9. Cam Newton retires
  10. Nick Chubb will win the rushing title

FIRED HEAD COACHES

  • Doug Marrone
  • Matt Patricia
  • Matt Nagy
  • Adam Gase
  • Dan Quinn’

NFL First 32 Mock Draft 2.0 – Chargers trade up, Kinlaw falls, Vikings replace Diggs, trades, and more

We’re almost there, folks. The 2020 NFL Draft is this week and we have surely seen our fair share of mock drafts. We released a previous mock draft by analyst Gianfranco Illiano and you can check that out here:

While preparing this NFL Mock Draft, I tried to avoid a lot of trades because it usually takes away from one of my favorite purposes of a first round mock draft, identifying team needs and best players. I enjoy trades with multiple trades, however, because it’s pure chaos.

There’s just so many questions with the NFL Draft this year. Not even counting the fact this is the first virtual draft in NFL history, this draft is uncrackable. I believe I saw a report that a GM said most mock drafts were completely wrong. I’m fairly confident in mine.

1. Cincinnati Bengals – LSU QB Joe Burrow

The 2019 Heisman winner and National Champion brings his superstardom to Cincy to help save the Bengals.

2. Washington Redskins – Ohio State DE Chase Young

Young is a generational talent going to a Washington squad that needs an influx of talent.

3. Chargers (via Lions) – Alabama QB Tua Tagliova

Tua has had just about the most up and down college career ever for a highly touted QB prospect. He’ll be expected to replace long time starter Phillip Rivers.

4. Miami Dolphins (via Giants) – Oregon QB Justin Herbert

The gunslinger from Oregon gets to go save Miami’s offense.

5. Giants (via Dolphins) – Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs

Offensive line has been a problem for the Giants for years now. And with a second year Daniel Jones at QB, it’s a good time to start protecting the pocket.

6. Lions (via Chargers) – Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah

Okudah is the best CB in the draft going to the worst secondary in the NFL.

7. Panthers – Clemons LB Isaiah Simmons

Simmons is just a human highlight tape. He doesn’t even have a position because he plays everything. Panthers have to somehow try and replace the playmaking abilities of recently retired LB Luke Keuchly.

8. Cardinals – Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb

Kyler Murray gets his wish to pair up with former college teammate CeeDee Lamb. Coach Kliff will certainly be pleased.

9. Jaguars – Florida CB CJ Henderson

The Jaguars need help at a lot of positions in the Front office. But they also need help at cornerback. Henderson adds to the first round talent at CB in this draft.

10. Browns – Louisville OT Mekhi Becton

Becton has the best name in the draft. And he was also the best tackle in the ACC last season. Baker needs protection. This should work.

11. Jets – Georgia OT Andrew Thomas

Tackles continue to fall. And notice the young QB trend. Jets QB Sam Darnold got beat up last season by DL’s and desperately needs help up front.

12. Raiders – Alabama WR Henry Ruggs

Who even knows who’s the best WR on that Alabama roster last season? They’re all good. Ruggs has tremendous feet and great hands. Good pick for the Raiders to help Carr/Mariota. Also, Las Vegas desperately needs stars and Ruggs has tons of star potential.

13. 49ers – LSU EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson

Chaisson is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is quick but tough as nails. I’m excited to see how he can help the 49ers replace DeForest Buckner.

14. Buccaneers – Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

Brady gets some added protection.

15. Broncos – Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray

Murray is the best LB in the draft. The Broncos shouldn’t even blink with this pick.

16. Falcons – Auburn DT Derrick Brown

Brown is a unit. He also has NFL quickness. Should be fun to watch him develop in Atlanta.

17. Cowboys – Clemson CB A.J Terrell

Jerry Jones replaces Byron Jones with a far cheaper option.

18. Dolphins – Alabama EDGE Terrell Lewis

Lewis is a prototypical Alabama EDGE defender. I love this pick for the Dolphins who need upgrades on defense.

19. Eagles (via Raiders) – Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

Jeudy provides speed and fine route running to an Eagles offense that desperately needs more of it.

20. Jaguars – Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos

Matos was really solid for Penn State all season. And with the Jag’s possibly trading Yannick Ngakoue, this is a no brainer.

21. Raiders (via Eagles) – Utah CB Jaylon Johnson

Johnson is such a solid CB. I know the Raiders will excited at his potential.

22. Vikings (via Bills) – LSU WR Justin Jefferson

Jefferson is a great receiver to put next to Adam Thielen. Give Kirk Cousins more weapons and see what happens.

23. Patriots – Wisconsin LB Zack Baun

Baun is a bull and the Patriots defense could be looking to add some youth.

24. Saints – Utah QB Jordan Love

Love might be an option to replace QB Drew Brees in a few years.

25. Vikings – TCU CB Jeff Gladney

Gladney will hopefully fill the shoes of CB Xavier Rhodes, who was released this offseason.

26. Dolphins (via Texans) – Baylor WR Denzel Mims

Mims has continued to shoot up draft boards since his impressive performance at the NFL Draft Combine. The Dolphins will look to add around Herbert.

27. Seahawks – South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

I value Kinlaw much higher than this. But the Seahawks get a huge talent at DT if this happens.

28. Ravens – LSU LB Patrick Queen

Ravens added Derrick Wolfe and franchise tagged Matthew Judon, so I expect the Ravens to add to the defense even more and bring on Queen.

29. Titans – LSU CB Kristian Fulton

One of the many bright spots of LSU’s 2019 Championship team, Fulton gets added to an already elite Titans defense.

30. Packers – Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk

The loaded WR class continues to show in the first round.

31. 49ers – TCU DT Ross Blacklock

The 49ers will look to add to their already elite front seven.

32. Chiefs – Michigan C Cesar Ruiz

Ruiz is the best interior OL in the draft and Chiefs C Austin Reiter is 28 years old.

NFL – Every Throw From Carson Wentz on the Eagles Game Winning Drive against the Redskins

We made a quick video displaying every throw Carson Wentz made in the Eagles game winning drive against the Redskins last Sunday.

I loved how poised Carson looked on this whole drive. After two fumbles earlier in the game, he was strong in the pocket and made smart decisions. He has certainly been trending upward in the last couple of weeks.

Lets see what he can do against the Cowboys this Sunday.

Weekend Recap: The Patriots lost

This weekend in sports was fairly slow.

As we await the #1vs2 matchup between LSU and Alabama, it was a somewhat boring day of College Football. Georgia vs. Florida was the best game of the weekend. Jake Fromm looked like a stud and Georgia got a huge W on the road.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots 38-27 this weekend. The Patriots struggled but held in tough. Lamar Jackson is very good.

The Cleveland Browns are surprisingly bad, for once. After so many years of expecting mediocrity, we are faced with the truth that we are somewhat surprised by the Browns for not winning in 2019. Odell Beckham is a clown and it’s a constant media circus everywhere he goes.

AND THEN Jermaine Whitehead takes to twitter to incite violence against someone criticizing his play! He was then cut by the team on Monday morning. WARNING: NSFW

I almost forgot this happened.

Korkmaz has had his struggles this season, but hitting a game-winner definitely gives him a chance to hang around the rotation a bit longer. Also, the Sixers are an excellent basketball team. That Portland game happens a year ago and they fall apart. Really impressive to see them fight back and steal a W on the road.

Some NFL Quick hits:

Eagles’ offense was great but need to get ball downfield. Obviously having Desean not play has hurt, and he couldn’t do much today. Disaster second half.

Bears’ offense is vanilla and Trubisky still can’t handle it. Found a spark late but never got a chance late to tie it.

Bills offense much sharper this week, albeit against the Redskins. Got the run game going. 

Redskins are very bad. Ownership is the problem. Paul Allen can’t put together an NFL caliber roster. Dan Snyder won’t make necessary coaching hiring/firing decisions.

Colts obviously got off to fast start this season but the last two weeks the offense hasn’t clicked, and defense can only do so much. Brissett injured, Hoyer looked good. We’ll see if he can carry that into next week.

Minkah Fitzpatrick is looking like a genius move by the Steelers with every passing game. He is a straight playmaker. Especially in clutch situations. 96-yard pick 6.

The Chiefs, what a gritty win. Without Mahomes, it isn’t easy, but Moore stepped up to win the game. The offense really looked good for most of that game. Give credit where credit is due.

Panthers against Titans. McCaffery so good. MVP in my book. Singlehandedly willing the Panthers to wins this year.

DOLPHINS WIN! The Jets have been absolutely horrid since they beat the Cowboys. Darnold looks really bad. Pick in the RedZone was awful. Adam Gase is gone. They should consider drafting Tua.

See ya next weekend. Podcast 5 releasing Thursday.

Eagles-Bears Recap

EAGLES DEFEAT BEARS BUT NEED TO SIGN A WIDE RECEIVER

The Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears 22-14 on Sunday and despite that, Philadelphia has some concerns going forward, especially at the wide receiver position.

DeSean Jackson returned from an abdomen injury that kept him off the field for six weeks, but didn’t play a single snap after the first drive. Alshon Jeffery had three drops, one coming late in the fourth quarter on a crucial third down. Jeffery also left the game and was seen on the sideline with his left ankle taped– he’s clearly not healthy going forward. Mack Hollins is a waste of a roster spot and Nelson Agholor is too inconsistent. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, a second-round pick, can’t get on the field for some odd reason. Howie Roseman decided not to trade for a wide receiver at the trade deadline and passed on Josh Gordon on the waiver wire. 

For the Eagles to make the playoffs, they need to give Carson Wentz some playmakers. Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Miles Sanders can’t be the only weapons that Wentz has at his disposal. Philadelphia needs to sign a guy off the street and cut Mack Hollins immediately. Hollins hasn’t caught a pass since September 26th. He has 125 receiving yards and 126 penalty yards this season. 

Jordan Matthews, Wentz’s best friend, is on the market, and knows the offensive scheme. JJ Nelson, the former Cardinals and Raiders receiver, is a free agent and can make plays down the field. Michael Crabtree, a former top 10 pick, is a free agent and would be an instant upgrade.

Roseman can no longer ignore the need at wide receiver. It’s obvious the Eagles offense is much worse when there isn’t a legitimate threat on the outside and defenses are taking full advantage.

In spite of having employees from Panera Bread at wide receiver, Wentz had a great performance down the stretch. He went 4/4 for 48 yards on third down during the Eagles’ last drive.

3rd and 3: to Alshon Jeffery

3rd and 13: to Miles Sanders

3rd and 3: to Zach Ertz

3rd and 9: to Dallas Goedert

Wentz earned his contract today.

To the Eagles front office, for goodness’ sake, please sign a wide receiver for Wentz. It’s been malpractice to ignore the position all season long. Do your job.