2015 NFL Predictions… in one sentence
The 2015 NFL season starts in just over an hour as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that Deflategate is behind us, for now, it is time to get to the action on the field. But before the opening kick-off is made, I want to give my one-sentence predictions for each of the 32 teams looking to start the season off good this weekend.
Brady and the Patriots should be able to continue their dominance after putting Deflategate behind them.
Ryan Tannehill will take the next step and, with help from strong defense, will help lead Dolphins to playoffs.
A great defense will help mask a below average offense, but will not help Bills advance to postseason.
I like Todd Bowles as the Jets new head coach, but they need more to improve overall.
Peyton Manning will lead Broncos to postseason, but the question will be if he can get it done once in the playoffs.
The Chiefs will battle the Broncos for the division title, but will ultimately fall short.
The young Raiders will improve from last season and move on up to third in the division, with more improvements to come in the future.
Between injuries, suspensions, and inexperience, the Chargers will slide down in the division and will be rebuilding even more soon.
The Steelers, with Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown, will have a dynamic offense to compliment their steady defense.
The Ravens are not as good as they were just 3 or 4 years ago, but still a solid team with playoff aspirations.
Andy Dalton and the Bengals will take a step back this season, bringing Dalton’s future with the team even further into question.
The Browns are still a few years, and a quarterback, away from climbing to the top of the division.
Andrew Luck and the Colts will continue to dominate the AFC South and will take the next step in the playoffs.
Without a definite reliable quarterback, the Texans will finish behind the Colts once again.
With a young quarterback and set of receivers, the Jaguars should improve in 2015, but are still a ways away from making it to the postseason.
Second-overall pick Marcus Mariota should be good in time with the Titans, but he has very little to work with this season and the team will struggle.
DeMarco Murray and a good, healthy Sam Bradford will help the Eagles to the top of the NFC East.
I can’t imagine the Giants struggling again this year and Eli Manning should bounce back this season with Beckham Jr. and a healthy Victor Cruz catching passes.
The Cowboys will still be a good team, but will struggle in the running game without Murray this year and will revert back to a team that falls apart in December.
The Redskins are an absolute mess and I wouldn’t be surprised if they only win 2 or 3 games in 2015.
The Seahawks should continue to sit atop the division and their offense should be more potent with the addition of Jimmy Graham.
If Carson Palmer can stay healthy, the Cardinals can make some noise in the postseason this year.
Nick Foles will help the Rams offense to improve, and their defense is already one of the best, but they will not make it to the postseason just yet.
With a new coach and all of the players they lost this offseason, the 49ers will struggle mightily this season and may regret their personnel decisions when the season ends.
Even without Jordy Nelson, the Packers are just hands-down better than everyone in their division.
The Lions will get things together this season and make a push to the playoffs, but fall just short.
Teddy Bridgewater will take the next step and the Vikings will improve with each game, building a better team for the future.
Head coach John Fox will have to go through a terrible 2015 season and just wait until next year to make this team his own.
The loss of Graham may hurt in some ways, but it may also make Brees look in other directions and may make the Saints rely on the running game more.
The Falcons will fall just short of the division title and the lack of a reliable, proven running back is likely their downfall.
Without Kelvin Benjamin for the season, Cam Newton and the Panthers will struggle to get the ball downfield through the air.
Jameis Winston will not be the solution for the Bucs and they will continue to occupy the bottom spot of the NFC South.
Daryl Karpinski Jr.