2014 NFL Predictions

Football players go through the grind of a 17 week regular season for the chance to win the most sought after trophy in the NFL: The Lombardi Trophy. In this article I will be predicting the Super Bowl and Conference Championships and all of the awards for the NFL Season!

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Eric Ebron TE Detroit Lions

The Lions got their man to finally help out Megatron. Ebron, the Lions first round draft pick is a stud TE standing 6 foot 4 inches coming out of UNC. Ebron can do everything, he can block, he can catch, and he can run, all traits that remind me of the Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron. Ebron will line up mostly in the regular position of a TE, but will sometimes line up in the slot. He will have a monster year with Matthew Stafford throwing to him and having Megatron on his team. Ebron will never get #1 or #2 because of Megatron and Golden Tate, so therefore he will be lining up against very average NFL players. Ebron will light it up this catching 8 TDs and receiving for around 850 yards. Keep an eye on Ebron throughout his first year in the NFL.

Notable Mentions: Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Jake Matthews

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Jadevon Clowney DE Houston Texans

Now obviously Clowney will come into the league as an immediate superstar and assume a huge roll on the Texans defense with the SWAT team J.J. Watt. Clowney will have a tremendous year due in big part to Watt. Watt will not only help him off the field mentoring him and teaching him how to be a pro but also on the field by taking the double coverage leaving Clowney 1on1 with an offensive lineman. We have seen how that ends up and isn’t pretty! Clowney will register a big year and help the Texans bring back their identity with 11.5 Sacks and racking up 50 tackles, and helping the Texans to an even 8-8 record.

Notable Mentions: Calvin Pryor, Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr

Offensive Player of the Year: LeSean McCoy RB Philadelphia Eagles

After a monster season for McCoy last year rushing for over 1,600 yards and 9 TDs, he has solidified himself as one of the best young players in the NFL, if not one of the best all around. McCoy still at the age of 24 has a ton of learning and growing to do, and it is scary how good he could be this year with Darren Sproles with him in the backfield with him. McCoy is an all-around great player and he has all the intagables to become the best player in the NFL. He can run, catch, and most importantly carry the ball and that is why he will break LaDainian Tomlinson’s record of 31 TDs in a season. He will score a combined 33 TDs, rush for 23 TDs, and receive 10 TDs. He will also rack up around 1,800 rushing yards in the season. McCoy will be a big reason why the Eagles make it to the NFC Championship Game.

Notable Mentions: Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham

Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick Peterson CB Arizona Cardinals

Peterson has slowly become one of the top three defensive backs in the NFL. Peterson has the ability to run all over the field and make tackles and has the height to go up and pick off passes and break up catches. Peterson is part of a top ten defense in the NFL, and will have plenty of help when going up against a high flying offense like the Broncos or Saints. Peterson will have another fantastic year adding to his resume with 8 interceptions and 65 tackles.

Notable Mentions: Robert Quinn, Earl Thomas, Gerald McCoy

Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski TE New England Patriots

Gronk was arguably the best TE in the game from the 2010, 11, and 12 seasons, before he underwent his first surgery of five in the past year. Last year in 2013 Gronk was held out until week 7, and then was only able to play 7 games until he ended his season, due to a torn ACL/MCL. Gronk will have a huge season and stay healthy for all 17 weeks. Gronk will be Tom Brady’s number one target and will be getting many balls thrown to him. I predict Gronk will catch 16 TDs and receive for 900 yards.

Notable Mentions: Robert Griffin III, Julio Jones, Clay Matthews

Coach of the Year: Joe Philbin Miami Dolphins

Philbin will start his third year at the helm of the Miami Dolphins, and look to bring them back to postseason for the first time since 2008 when they won the AFC East. Philbin had spent ten years as an offensive coach in Green Bay working with guys like Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Jordy Nelson, and he certaintly knows how to win with a high powered offense. With the Dolphins he doesn’t have the best team but that is why he is going to win this award. With the addition of Knowshon Moreno to go along with Lamar Miller in the backfield and with Ryan Tannehill at QB throwing to Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, they definitely have the pieces to contend for a playoff spot. Philbin will transform this team into a 10-5 team and they will win the second wild card spot, finishing 2nd in the AFC East.

Notable Mentions: Bruce Arains, Chip Kelly, Marc Trestman

Most Valuable Player: LeSean McCoy RB Philadelphia Eagles

I have already talked about McCoy and how he will have a monster year, but here I will explain why. When Nick Foles came in last year, all he did was throw the ball, if he could’ve handed it off to McCoy a little more frequent, you would’ve been surprised with McCoy’s numbers. This year with Foles number target in DeSean Jackson gone this will open up much more space for him to run the ball. Also with Darren Sproles joining him in the backfield, defenses will not know what to do when both of them are on the field. McCoy is due for a big year, and help the eagles to the NFC Championship Game.

Notable Mentions: Jimmy Graham, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson

AFC Championship Game: Broncos vs Patriots

Both teams are high powered on both sides of the ball. On one side you have Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, and Montee Ball and on the other you have Darrelle revis, Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo, and Vince Wilfork. This one will be a showdown for the ages. Tom Brady does not have a lot of big time guys on offense but he does have plenty of targets in Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman, rob Gronkowski, and Tim Wright. The Patriots defense will be able to shut down Peyton Manning, and Gronk will catch two TDs leading to a 24-17 W for the Pats.

NFC Championship Game: Seahawks vs Eagles

Defense wins championships, lets just get that out of the way now. We saw the best defense absolutely, positively destroy the best offense in the game, and that is what is going to happen in this game. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman will combine for 3 interceptions and lead the Seahwaks to back-to-back Super Bowls.

Super Bowl: New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks

This will be the toughest game the Patriots have been a part of since the 2007 Super Bowl versus the Giants. Tom Brady and his offense will have his hands full versus the best defense in the league, and Russell Wilson will have his hands full versus the second best defense in the league. Both teams are very similar in the way they play, grind it out on offense and then let your defense do the work. Tom Brady will not come up successful in his last Super Bowl and fall to the Seahawks 31-17.

Super Bowl Champions: Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl MVP: Earl Thomas

That is all I got, who do you think is going to win Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona?

-Ben Gansenberg

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