Predictions for the AFC South, West and NFC West

AFC South

1. Tennessee Titans 11-5

I think everyones sleeper teams this year have been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans. After this season, I think it'll be safe to change that name from sleeper to contender. I think this team is extremely talented and will have a ton of breakout players. I think this team will have at most 2 losses inside the division as they crush the AFC South. 

Team MVP

QB Marcus Mariota

ROY

WR Taywan Taylor

BPOY

S Jonathan Cyprien

Fantasy MVP

QB Marcus Mariota

2. Houston Texans 9-7

Last year, everybody (except for me) thought this team was the real deal... then Brock Osweiler happened. I think this defense is the best in football and will have the most sacks out of any team this upcoming season. I'll give you a bold prediction... In all of the Texans wins this season, not one of those losing teams will have scored more than 21 points. For the Texans I think they will bench Tom Savage around week 5 or 6 and Deshaun Watson will come in and BALL OUT! I think Deandre Hopkins has a bounce back year and the Texans have a pretty good season.

Team MVP 

DE Jadeveon Clowney

ROY

QB Deshaun Watson

BPOY

WR Braxton Miller

Fantasy MVP

WR Deandre Hopkins

3. Indianapolis Colts 7-9

The Colts quarterback situation right now is a mess. They just traded for QB Jacoby Brissett who isn't a quarterback known for his arm and needs to learn the playbook, they have struggling backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, and Andrew Luck who is most likely going to be out for the first 3/4 games. Their WR's are solid and Defense is improving, I think this year is more of a rebuilding/reevaluating stage.

Team MVP

TE Jack Doyle 

ROY
RB Marlon Mack

BPOY

TE Jack Doyle

Fantasy MVP

QB Andrew Luck

4. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13

The Jaguars have one missing piece to the puzzle, and that one piece is at the quarterback position. Besides that Marquise Lee is looking really good and Allen Robinson is finding ways to get open. In the running game, the Jags drafted Leonard Fournette with a top-5 pick but he's been out with a foot injury for the final 3 games of preseason. They have a fast young defense led by Jalen Ramsey but I see the Jags struggling this year...

Team MVP

CB Jalen Ramsey

ROY

OT Cam Robinson

BPOY

WR Marquise Lee

Fantasy MVP

WR Allen Robinson

AFC West

1. Oakland Raiders 12-4

Before Derek Carr got injured last season the Raiders were very much Superbowl Contenders, now that they have him back, I think Carr picks up from where he left off.  The Raiders have an improved running game with Mr. Oakland himself (Marshawn Lynch) and still have great wide outs. The Raiders defense is trending towards a positive direction and I think this team is the real deal.

Team MVP

QB Derek Carr

ROY

S Obi Melifonwu

BPOY

TE Jared Cook

Fantasy MVP

QB Derek Carr

2. Los Angeles Chargers 8-8

Surprise! I know most of you are scratching your heads with this pick, but I really like what the Chargers are doing; I love the hiring of Anthony Lynn, reestablishing a strong offensive line, and everything they did in the draft. I think by the time this season ends, the Chargers will have the same potential the titans do this year. I think their defense surprises everyone this year and dominates, they have a great front-7 and elite CB's and solid safety.

Team MVP

DE Joey Bosa

ROY

S Desmond King

BPOY

LB Kyle Emmanuel

Fantasy MVP

RB Melvin Gordon

3. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9

It happened again! Alex Smith loses his job to the younger sexier quarterback in Patrick Mahomes... I think this year the Chiefs take one step back to move 10 steps forward. This year we will see if Tyreek Hill is the real deal or not and if Travis Kelce is really the best tight end in the NFL. I think Marcus Peters proves he's a top tier corner in the league but their defense struggles more than years past. In the run game, I think Kareem Hunt will have around 1,000 yards in his rookie campaign (if he plays the full 16 game season) but their offensive line will have some trouble with pass protection.

Team MVP

CB Marcus Peters

ROY

QB Patrick Mahomes

BPOY

RB Kareem Hunt

Fantasy MVP

RB Kareem Hunt

4. Denver Broncos 5-11

I cannot tell you want is going on in Denver right now, their QB situation is in my opinion the worst in the league... they have the "newly" signed quarterback Brock Osweiler, the first round potential guy who is turning out to be a bust in Paxton Lynch, and the "pretty good" Trevor Simeion. I think CJ Anderson should be "the guy" in that Broncos back field and their offensive strength will be in the run game. In my opinion their defense is on the decline especially with the loss of TJ Ward. Chris Harris is a beast and that is who will benefit most in Vance Joseph's defensive scheme.

Team MVP

CB Chris Harris

ROY

RB Deangelo Henderson

BPOY

WR Jordan Taylor

Fantasy MVP

RB CJ Anderson

NFC West

1. Arizona Cardinals 10-6

I think this team will have a bounce back season this year in a final year performance for both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. My gut tells me Larry Fitzgerald will have a legendary type season this year. I think Tyrann Mathieu returns to probowl form coming off of injury and Patrick Peterson locks up the NFC West. I think RB David Johnson will have 1000-1000 yard season and will be an MVP candidate this year.

Team MVP

RB David Johnson

ROY

S Budda Baker

BPOY

WR Larry Fitzgerald

Fantasy MVP

RB David Johnson

2. Seattle Seahawks 10-6

This year, I think Seattle is going to struggle a whole ton with the run game and be known as a pass-first offense. If I said this 2 years ago, there's no way you'd believe me but yes, I'm saying it. Their receiving corp is DEADLY, they are led by Doug Baldwin and have both Paul Richardson and the rookie Amara Darboh. On defense they just traded for Sheldon Richardson to add to a stacked front-7 and still have the legion of boom.

Team MVP

LB Bobby Wagner

ROY

RB Chris Carson

BPOY

WR Paul Richardson

Fantasy MVP

WR Doug Baldwin

3. San Fransisco 49ers 6-10

Call me biast, I really think that the 49ers are finally moving in the right direction. In my opinion, they had the best draft out of any team this season. They have building blocks on offense and I think they're going to have a top-15 defense. I think Carlos Hyde and Pierre Garçon show consistency on the offense and Marquise Goodwin is a stud and has a Taylor Gabriel type of season. On Defense I think Reuben Foster wins rookie of the year and Eric Reid goes to the probowl under DC Robert Saleh's defensive scheme. I have a feeling that Rashard Robinson establishes himself as a top-3 CB in the west.

Team MVP

S Eric Reid

ROY

LB Reuben Foster

BPOY

CB Rashard Robinson

Fantasy MVP

WR Pierre Garçon

4. Los Angeles Rams 6-10

In 2 years, I think the bottom half teams in this division will be the two teams on the top. Jared Goff will take a step up this season and Todd Gurley will become a huge receiving threat out of the backfield. I think Cooper Kupp will turn out the number 1 WR in the rams offense and Derek Carrier earns that number 1 tight end role. I have a feeling they struggle defensively and it takes a little bit longer for Aaron Donald to return than the Rams thought. Next year, I think the Rams will have one of the top offenses in the NFC but need a year to get used to Sean Mcvay's system.

Team MVP

RB Todd Gurley

ROY

WR Cooper Kupp

BPOY

QB Jared Goff

Fantasy MVP

RB Todd Gurley

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