5 predictions that no one would ever see coming in the 2016 NFL Season

  1. Mark Sanchez will lead the Denver Broncos to the AFC Championship game.

The Denver Broncos are filled with superstars. The defense could be the best in football again led by Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller, cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, and strong safety TJ Ward. Sanchez will have weapons to throw to such as wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Running backs CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman should take some pressure off of Sanchez. We saw Sanchez lead the New York Jets to two AFC Championships with playmakers on offense and a great defense. If Sanchez wins the quarterback battle, he could bring the defending Super Bowl Champions on another playoff run. This team won a Super Bowl with a struggling Peyton Manning in 2015, why not Sanchez in 2016?

2.  The Cleveland Browns will go 8-8. 

The Browns have been searching for their franchise quarterback for years. Maybe they have it with Robert Griffin III. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has struggled since he was injured in the playoffs in 2012. He put up great numbers that year, but slowly lost the job through his tenure in Washington to Kirk Cousins. He has been in search of a fresh start and he may have that in Cleveland. With wide receiver Josh Gordon getting reinstated, he and RGIII could be a great pair and show some promise in Cleveland. I think we will see the old Robert Griffin III, who still has a lot of upside and is only 26 years old. Isn’t it time for the Browns to find their franchise quarterback?

3. DeMarco Murray will lead the NFL in rushing yards. 

DeMarco Murray signing in Philadelphia in the 2015 season was a mistake. He did not work in Chip Kelly’s system with the Eagles. We saw him put up phenomenal numbers during his time with Dallas. He is a bruiser of a running back. He needed to get out of Philly, and he did when he was traded to the Tennessee Titans. He will give these fans something to cheer for and show them he is not done. He may fit the Titans system much better,and be a big help for second year quarterback Marcus Mariota. We saw Murray lead the NFL in rush yards in 2014, why not in 2016? This is a huge season in DeMarco Murray’s career.

4. The Patriots will begin the season 0-4 with Jimmy Garoppolo, and will fall short of the playoffs. 

With Tom Brady being suspended the first 4 games of the season due to “deflategate,” there are many questions to how the the team will preform. Many feel they are a playoff team, and I think it depends how Jimmy Garoppolo preforms. In their first 4 games, they play at Arizona, and then home against Miami, Houston, and Buffalo. Neither of these games are easy, and these opponents know they have a golden opportunity against a dynasty missing their franchise quarterback. Tom Brady makes everyone around him better and I don’t think the team will respond well without him. They will bounce back with Brady, but will fall short of the playoffs with a 9-7 record. Isn’t it time for the Patriots to be on the outside looking in?

5. The Baltimore Ravens will be back in the playoffs. 

For the most part, Joe Flacco has given the Baltimore Ravens a lot of success, including a Super Bowl title in 2012. The teams defense has struggled, but Justin Forsett is back and healthy as the running back, along with wide receivers Steve Smith and Mike Wallace, and newly acquired tight end Benjamin Watson. This could be a decent offense. The team was a disappointment in 2015, but 9 of the teams 11 losses were by a touchdown or less. Joe Flacco always succeeds when no one expects him to. This team will sneak their way into the playoffs, and Joe Flacco lives for the playoffs. According to the football data base, Joe Flacco is 10-5 in the playoffs. If this team makes the playoffs they can make a run. Flacco is sometimes overlooked, and this could be a magical year for a team that always has high expectations. Can Joe Flacco carry a team coming off a disappointing season?

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