3 Way-Too-Early 2018 NFL Predictions
By Brandon Ray
Special to Pro Football Guru
One thing to love about projections is that they all seem possible. Some are more realistic than others, but with the history of what has happened in the NFL, never say never. Most fans are spit-balling different predictions such as who takes home the MVP award, which two teams will meet in the Super Bowl, which coaches are on the hot seat, etc.
Predictions can change at any point due to injury, adding new acquisitions, whatever it may be. With training camp coming up soon for every single team, a look at the rosters include trying to figure out who can make an impact, who can have a breakout season, and even go as far as who could be on the chopping block.
So here are three predictions for the upcoming 2018 NFL campaign. Agree or disagree?
1. QB Deshaun Watson Wins NFL MVP Award
Before his season-ending torn ACL injury in November, Watson played in seven gamed (6 starts) and threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 61.8 percent of his throws. So far, he’s proven to be the best quarterback from the 2017 draft class and he’ll need to prove that he can stay healthy. With his athleticism, he can easily grow into a top quarterback in the league. If he picks up where he left off last season, Watson could the NFL MVP award.
2. Baker Mayfield Wins Browns’ Quarterback Job by Week 6
The number-one overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft was drafted by the Cleveland Browns to hopefully become the franchise guy. The only problem with this year is that the team traded for Buffalo Bills’ signal-caller Tyrod Taylor this offseason. Head coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that Taylor is the starter going into Week 1. But with latter’s past history in Buffalo, a lack of consistency could cost the Browns potential wins. I’m not doubting Taylor’s abilities. But if his erratic play, Mayfield may see the field sooner than most anticipate.
3. The Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers Meet on the Big Stage
This is definitely the boldest pick on the card. But both the Vikings and the Chargers strengthened their squads. Minnesota retained itsr key players as well as added quarterback Kirk Cousins. They will have running back Dalvin Cook back from injury and upgraded their secondary with depth. The Chargers might have the steal of the draft in safety Derwin James who fell to the No. 17 pick in April, and also retained all of their impactful players.
Quarterback Philip Rivers is not getting any younger, but he still throws the ball as well as anyone. He has valuable receivers, a great running game, and perhaps more importantly does not have to face one of the best pass rushing duos in teammates Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.