SportsMix 2016 NFL Season Preview

By JakeElman
Sep. 08, 2016

If you're reading this article, then I want to wish you congratulations. You survived. You survived one of the worst summers in recent memory. You survived over seven months without an NFL regular season game. You even survived Tim Tebow making a switch to baseball and somehow getting signed by the New York Mets.

Yet, you don't care about any of that. You care about my NFL season picks, right? I don't want to waste your time and you don't want your time to be wasted, so let's just get straight to business. You guys know the deal by now: standings, awards, playoff bracket. Ready? 

AFC East: 

New England Patriots: 12-4

New York Jets: 7-9

Buffalo Bills: 6-10

Miami Dolphins: 4-12

AFC North:

Pittsburgh Steelers: 11-5

Cincinnati Bengals: 10-6 (Wild Card)

Baltimore Ravens: 9-7

Cleveland Browns: 6-10

AFC South:

Jacksonville Jaguars: 10-6

Houston Texans: 8-8

Indianapolis Colts: 8-8

Tennessee Titans: 4-12

AFC West:

Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5

Oakland Raiders: 10-6 (Wild Card)

Denver Broncos: 7-9

San Diego Chargers: 5-11

The feriocous Oakland pass-rush, led by third-year linebacker and All-Pro Khalil Mack, should be enough to take the Raiders to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade and a half. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NFC East:

New York Giants: 9-7

Washington Redskins: 7-9

Dallas Cowboys: 6-10

Philadelphia Eagles: 2-14

NFC North:

Green Bay Packers: 13-3

Minnesota Vikings: 10-6

Detroit Lions: 8-8

Chicago Bears: 7-9

NFC South:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 12-4

Carolina Panthers: 11-5 (Wild Card)

New Orleans Saints: 7-9

Atlanta Falcons: 6-10

NFC West:

Seattle Seahawks: 12-4

Arizona Cardinals: 11-5 (Wild Card)

Los Angeles Rams: 5-11

San Francisco 49ers: 2-14

As always, let's now turn to the award section. I'm not writing full-out essays on why these players will win, but here you go.

NFL MVP: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

The days of me being on the anti-Russell WIlson bandwagon are long in the past and, even with the departure of Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks should find themselves in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Player of the Year: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

After just two years, New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham has arguably become a top five player at that position. With Ben McAdoo now as head coach, 2016 should bring more of the same explosiveness for the former LSU star. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Oakland Raiders

From SUNY Buffalo to the star of a team back in contention, former first-round pick Khalil Mack has been quite the investment for the Oakland Raiders in his first two seasons -- unlike other former first-round picks. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Dallas Cowboys

With a serious injury to quarterback Tony Romo and arguably the league's best offensive line in front of him, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot not winning the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year award would be a shock. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He may have been the third cornerback drafted in April behind Jalen Ramsey and Eli Apple, but make no mistake: Vernon Hargreaves can ball with the best of them and is due for a big year on an improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Coach of the Year: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

Despite suspensions and injuries to key players, Mike Tomlin should take the Pittsburgh Steelers to consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 2011-12 in what shapes up to be a competitive AFC North. (Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Comeback Player of the Year: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Limited to just five games in 2015 after his second torn ACL, the soon-to-be 30 years old Jaamal Charles could be in line for a fantastic rebound season as the Chiefs try for yet another playoff berth. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

But, you guys don't care about any of that, nor do you care about how I managed to make the math for the team records work. You guys want to know who's winning the Lombardi Trophy, don't you?

Thank you, PrintYourBracket.com, for even having this template available now.

Here's to football. If you guys need me, I'll be preparing my pill table for when the Jets kick off on Sunday...

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