Each year crazy things happen in the NFL. Take a look at my 4 bold predictions for 2017.
Philip Rivers wins MVP honors after taking the Los Angeles Chargers to the AFC Championship Game
Phillip Rivers led the league in passing yards, the Chargers dominated the AFC West and steamed in to the playoffs as a 2 seed behind the 15-1 Pats. The Chargers didn’t have enough to best Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, and Dion Lewis. losing in the AFC Championship game.
Keenan Allen played 15 games (held out of game 17 by coach Anthony Lynn) and ended up with over 120 receptions. Allen finished the season a distant 2nd in receiving yards behind Odell Beckham Jr.
Danny Woodhead finishes inside the top 5 PPR RBs
Woodhead played in 15 games and lead the Ravens in receptions. Our favorite Phish fan tied for the top spot in receiving touchdowns with Brashad Perriman. Both Ravens caught 8 TDs..
Joe Flacco started the season a little slow, but pre-season back injury concerns evaporated after Joe threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns in an epic divisional slugfest against the Steelers.
Tied with the Steelers at 10-6, the Ravens get the division title courtesy of their regular season Steel City sweep. The Steelers dominated the Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Ravens, though, ending Baltimore’s surprising 2017 playoff run.
Eli Manning wins 3rd Super Bowl title, besting the Pats… again.
The Giants snuck in to the playoffs as the 6th seed on the combined efforts of an MVP worthy season from Odell Beckham Jr, who lead all receivers in catches, yards, and touchdowns, and a defense reminiscent of the completely un-blockable 2012 championship team.
And one maybe not especially bold prediction…
The New York Jets pick 2nd in the 2017 NFL Draft
The other team in New York’s defense did just enough to will the team to 3 wins. The Jets managed to lose the tiebreaker-coin-toss for the #1 pick in the NFL draft to the Colts. After Andrew Luck’s shoulder required a 2nd surgery, and the Colts who looked horrific in all phases of the game, the Colts fired head coach Chuck Pagano.
Through a fantasy football lens, a hodge-podge of undrafted-free-agents and practice squad hopefuls couldn’t ever perform consistently on an offense plagued with injurie. Fantasy owners were teased with break-out performances followed by a vanishing act the next week by a litany of running backs and receivers