Well the one thing we know about the NFL, if there’s going to be games on the schedule, come hell or high water, they will get played. That was evident last season. However this season we may see some forfeits as the League is playing hardball with the teams by threatening losses instead of rescheduling. Also trying to put the “NO PAY” scare into teams and players to pretty much give them a make or break it on “getting the vaccine”
With a lot of the NFL’s top players not saying whether or not they’ve gotten the vaccine it will be interesting on how far this all goes from a legal standpoint. There may be several marquis players that if forced to decide on whether getting the vaccine or not being on the team, they may simply just walk away. From what we hear in confidence, that would be several BIG NAMES choosing early retirement.
That said, let’s assume we are looking at everything on a somewhat level playing field entering the season. All eight divisions have intriguing angles and most offer a potential last to first flip from last season. The QB carousel will settle in over the next 15 days and we will be ready for some Football on Thursday September 9th when Bardy and the Bucs open vs. the the 1970’s through 1990″s “America’s Team” the Dallas Cowboys.
Several teams that grabbed first round QB’s are hoping they’ve struck paydirt like KC did several years ago with Patrick Mahomes. My guess is that none of those 1st round signal callers will sniff the postseason as a starter. Trey Lance may get there but I’m thinking more as a role player like Taysom Hill as I expect Jimmy G. to be the starter. Lance may do some things that Jimmy can’t do with his legs but reading pro defenses after only 17 CFB FCS games will be a tough transition. Mac Jones may have a solid shot if Cam Newton’s skills continue to erode a la Big Ben.
My preseason pick to win it all is Cleveland. They have three safeties on the IL right now but that will subside soon and this team will be as solid as they come. Their D-Line pass rush could be record setting if Clowney & Garrett play at the high level expected by Coach Stefanski. Cleveland opens at Arrowhead, just one of several 5-star TV games on the opening week schedule. Then there’s the RAIDD-ERS, the team I’ll be covering again all season. This team can go (4-13 ) or (10-7)….I’ll choose the latter for entertainment purposes only!
Green Bay should be competitive enough to get back to the NFC Title game but I have a feeling some karma will come towards Rodgers and the Pack may need some Love to get through the year. Arizona could surprise and win the NFC WEST if the running game steps up behind Edmunds. Although I don’t expect Brady, and the Bucs to return to the Big Game to try and defend their crown, I am not ruling Tampa Bay out,,,,the Brady Factor overrides that notion quickly.
All in all it should be entertaining and I will look to continue a solid run in the NFL which I had the past 4seasons. In 2019, my last season with Pregame.com, I finished up 54 units in the NFL & a combined 101.73 units with NFL/CFB. That’s a high mountain to obtain again but when you talk to the multiple ascenders of Mt. Everest, they always say the second time was much more attainable.
Below are my OVER/ UNDER SEASON WIN TOTALS I played.
CINCINNATI BENGALS UNDER (6.5)- AFC North will be tough and I see them losing 5 of 6 there & they get the AFC West & NFC North – potentially a 2-6 run there.
RAIDERS OVER ( 7 & MINUS 135 at MGM ) ( 7.5 at WESTGATE & most other Books )
It’s put up or shut up & I think Gus Bradley gets the Defense to slow teams down & the offense scores in high 20’s on average with new squad. Only right side of O=Line is a question mark for me but I think Good & Leatherwood do ok while Martin & James fill in solidly at center for Hudson whose run blocking was on a declene.
NY GIANTS to WIN NFC EAST ( PLUS $450) – With a healthy Barkley back and Golladay, Ross, Sheperd & Slayton plus Engram at tight end there are NO EXCUSES for Danny Dimes. Giants D will surprise and their secondary amongst the best in the League.