Nov. 21, 2016
SportsMix 2016 NFL Season Preview
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?
New England Patriots: 12-4
New York Jets: 7-9
Buffalo Bills: 6-10
Miami Dolphins: 4-12
Pittsburgh Steelers: 11-5
Cincinnati Bengals: 10-6 (Wild Card)
Baltimore Ravens: 9-7
Cleveland Browns: 6-10
Jacksonville Jaguars: 10-6
Houston Texans: 8-8
Indianapolis Colts: 8-8
Tennessee Titans: 4-12
Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5
Oakland Raiders: 10-6 (Wild Card)
Denver Broncos: 7-9
San Diego Chargers: 5-11
New York Giants: 9-7
Washington Redskins: 7-9
Dallas Cowboys: 6-10
Philadelphia Eagles: 2-14
Green Bay Packers: 13-3
Minnesota Vikings: 10-6
Detroit Lions: 8-8
Chicago Bears: 7-9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 12-4
Carolina Panthers: 11-5 (Wild Card)
New Orleans Saints: 7-9
Atlanta Falcons: 6-10
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
Offensive Player of the Year: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Oakland Raiders
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coach of the Year: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
Comeback Player of the Year: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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?
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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