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NFL Preview: Playoffs and Awards

Playoff Predictions

NFC

First Round Byes

(1) Green Bay Packers, (2) Los Angeles Rams

Wild Card Round

(3) Philadelphia Eagles vs (6) San Francisco 49ers

(4) New Orleans Saints vs (5) Minnesota Vikings

Divisional Round

(1) Green Bay Packers vs (5) Minnesota Vikings

(2) Los Angeles Rams vs (3) Philadelphia Eagles

Championship Round

(1) Green Bay Packers vs (3) Philadelphia Eagles

AFC

First Round Byes

(1) New England Patriots, (2) Houston Texans

Wild Card Round

(3) Kansas City Chiefs vs (6) Los Angeles Chargers

(4) Pittsburgh Steelers vs (5) Jacksonville Jaguars

Divisional Round

(1) New England Patriots vs (5) Jacksonville Jaguars

(2) Houston Texans vs (3) Kansas City Chiefs

Championship Round

(1) New England Patriots vs (2) Houston Texans

SUPER BOWL: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans

SUPER BOWL CHAMPGreen Bay Packers

Award Predictions

 

MVP: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is fully recovered from the collarbone injury that forced him out of most of last season, and ready to wreak havoc on everyone who doubted him. The offseason narrative surrounding the NFC North has been the emergence of the Minnesota Vikings, but Rodgers is ready to remind everyone who the best team in the NFC is. Rodgers has a nice collection of weapons, his best defense in recent memory, and an unclear running back situation. Look for the Packers to lean heavily on Rodgers as he puts up absolutely monster numbers and leads Green Bay to a number one seed and a first round bye.

OPOY: QB Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Deshuan Watson has yet too play a full season in the NFL, but he is already considered among the leagues elite talents at quarterback. He was electric in his injury shortened rookie season, and should pick up right where left off. The offense line is a major concern, but Watson has enough talent to transcend their mediocrity and carry this Houston Texans team to an AFC South title.

DPOY: CB Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars

My original pick was DE Joey Bosa, but with news of his foot injury I audibled to the best player on the leagues best defense. Jalen Ramsey is the leagues best corner, and provides a toughness and ferocity at the position typically unaccompanied with a player of his stature. He’s the most physically intimidating corner in the league, possessing elite height (6’1) and quickness (4.41 forty time), and will shut down the oppositions best offensive weapon regardless of position. He may not put up the gaudy stats typically associated with this award, mostly due to the fact no quarterback dares throw his way, but as crazy sack numbers continue to decline voters will look to reward other statistical achievements. Ramsey notched the fourth lowest passer rating against (57.2), and captains last season’s stingiest pass defense. He’s the most important player on the leagues best defense, and should take home Defensive Player of the Year

OROY: RB Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

The easiest award to predict, Saquon Barkley should run away with this award and never look back. He is by far the most electric of the rookie running backs, and brings significantly more to the table than his counterparts. Barkley will be the focal point of an offense lacking in overall talent, and should get more than enough carries to put up some ridiculous numbers. He could easily lead the league in rushing, and has a serious shot at making the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams.

DROY: LB Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears

The last rookie to sign, Roquan Smith is well worth the wait as he should transform the Chicago defense from the second he steps on the field. Fellow Bears Khalil Mack and Adrian Amos have more talent, but Smith’s ability to effect both the the run and pass game instantly makes him the most valuable player on that defense. He is the definition of a three down linebacker and should be a mainstay on the Bears defense for years to come.

COY: Bill O’Brein, Houston Texans

Coach of the Year often has less to do with who is schematically superior and more who captures a narrative. O’Brien is not one of the more advanced coaches in the league, and is often outmatched by younger smarter coaches like Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, but if takes this Texans team to the heights I imagine them reaching O’Brien will be a natural for the award. He is competent enough to not hold back Watson and the rest of an exciting Texans team that I expect to overachieve.

CPOY: RB David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

After a week one wrist injury knocked David Johnson out for the entirety of last year, he is primed to bounce back in a big way this season. He is the focal point of one of the league’s worst offenses, and through simple volume will be near the league leaders in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage. Whether it’s Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen under center, the game plan will be feeding the ball to Johnson. Add in the fact that in his last healthy season Johnson lead the league in yards from scrimmage and was fourth in touchdown, Johnson should nab Comeback Player of the Year in what could be one of the tightest races in recent memory.

 

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