Getting into a football season is not just about Super Bowl and weekday predictions, but individual ones as well. In five months, the most valuable player, the best offensive player and the best defensive player, the rookies of the year, as well as the head coach par excellence, will be crowned. It's time to speak out.
Since the Most Valuable Player award goes almost exclusively to quarterbacks (14 of the last 15 years), there's no need to venture to look too far. Rightly or wrongly, that's the reality in the NFL.
At this position, the candidates most likely to win the individual honor par excellence are in my opinion Josh Allen (Bills), Joe Burrow (Bengals), Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs), Justin Herbert (Chargers), Aaron Rodgers (Packers) and Tom Brady (Buccaneers).
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen
Allen is probably best positioned for team and individual success. The fact that he is also crucial to the Bills offense due to his involvement in the ground game also makes him the logical choice.
I still opt for Justin Herbert, who should reach new heights in his third year. The Chargers also rely on a good group of receivers and Herbert, without being a Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts, knows how to make big plays with his legs.
If he finally takes the Chargers to the playoffs , it will be difficult to turn your nose up at him.
Attack and defense
The debate for the title of offensive player is often more thrilling. Receivers and running backs are often involved. Last year, Cooper Kupp was the recipient.
Among the receivers who could steal his crown, we must think of Ja'Marr Chase (Bengals), Davante Adams (Raiders), Justin Jefferson ( Vikings) and Deebo Samuel (49ers), among others. Will Tyreek Hill, with the Dolphins, be as productive as in the past with the Chiefs? It is doubtful.
Cooper Kupp, wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams
My choice, however, stops on the Colts carrier, Jonathan Taylor. A 2,000 rushing yard season is possible and realistic. Derrick Henry (Titans) will have his say, as will Dalvin Cook (Vikings).
On the defensive side, Aaron Donald (Rams) has inherited the honor three times in the last five years. He is a perpetual subscriber and should be considered.
TJ Watt (Steelers) will definitely amass a collection of quarterback sacks in an attempt to retain his title. The same can be said for brothers Joey (Chargers) and Nick Bosa (49ers), Micah Parsons (Cowboys) and Myles Garrett (Browns).
My choice? Nick Bosa returned from a serious injury last year and proved to be a terror. He will be even more diabolical in perfect health.
When it comes time to come up with the picks for rookies of the year, it's always a roll of the dice. On the offensive level, Romeo Doubs (Packers) is a receiver who falls into an ideal situation with Aaron Rodgers and who will surprise more than one to win the honor. Expect great things from other receivers like George Pickens (Steelers) or Chris Olave (Saints). Among running backs, the prime candidates will be Breece Hall (Jets) and Dameon Pierce (Texans).
Romeo Doubs, rookie with the Green Bay Packers
Defensively, Sauce Gardner (Jets) is likely to quickly establish himself as an intimidating cornerback and will be the chosen one. My other candidates would be Aidan Hutchinson (Lions), Nakobe Dean (Eagles), Devin Lloyd (Jaguars) and George Karlaftis (Chiefs).
For the choice of the trainer of the year, it is often necessary to think of a driver who brings his team to the playoffs after a shortage. If the Bills dominate as much as the prophecy announces, however, it will be impossible to ignore Sean McDermott.
Sean McDermott, head coach with the Buffalo Bills
Finally, the return of the year will be the work of carrier Christian McCaffrey, of the Panthers. He will be closely followed by Michael Thomas (Saints) and Derrick Henry (Titans).
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MY WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS
Buffalo at LA Rams | BILLS
New Orleans to Atlanta (1 p.m.) | SAINTS
Cleveland, Carolina (1 p.m.) | PANTHERS
San Francisco to Chicago (1 p.m.) | 49ERS
Pittsburgh to Cincinnati (1 p.m.) | BENGALS
Philadelphia at Detroit (1 p.m.) | EAGLES
Indianapolis at Houston (1 p.m.) | COLTS
New England to Miami (1 p.m.) | DOLPHINS
Baltimore at NY Jets (1 p.m.) | RAVENS
Jacksonville to Washington (1 p.m.) | JAGUARS
NY Giants at Tennessee (4:25 p.m.) | TITANS
Kansas City, Arizona (4:25 p.m.) | CHIEFS
Las Vegas at LA Chargers (4:25 p.m.) | CHARGERS
Green Bay, Minnesota (4:25 p.m.) | VIKINGS
Tampa Bay at Dallas (8:20 p.m.) | BUCCANEERS
Denver at Seattle (8:15 p.m.) | BRONCOS
LAST SEASON RESULTS: 181 in 285 (63.5%)
PREVIOUS SEASON RESULTS: 183 in 269 (68%)
THE DIARY'S PICKS
Saints of the New Orleans (9-8) vs Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
Many doubt the Saints because Sean Payton is gone. The attack will no longer be the same, but there are positives. It's been a long time since this team bet on a credible receiving group. There is no longer just Michael Thomas on board. For their part, the Falcons are decimated. Not by injuries, but by life. An ordinary offensive line, a cozy defensive front, an unintimidating backfield. But a damn beautiful stadium!
Saints by 13
Cleveland Browns (8-9) vs Carolina Panthers (5-12)
After an endless saga, quarterback Baker Mayfield has landed in Carolina. A match that would be without interest becomes captivating, since he faces the Browns, who packed him for Deshaun Watson (on the sidelines for 11 weeks). Mayfield will be motivated to decapitate his old team. Not too much of the happy cuckold type, the Baker… The Browns' formidable ground game will have to be curbed and since the aerial game with Jacoby Brissett does not inspire respect, there will be people in the box.
Caroline by 8
San Francisco 49ers (10-7) vs Chicago Bears (6-11)
IN THE UNKNOWN…
The 49ers are betting on a higher roster than the Bears. Where both teams are swimming in the unknown is in terms of quarterbacks. Justin Fields had a tough rookie season with the Bears, but he was very poorly supported and left to fend for himself. The 49ers preferred to let Trey Lance learn on the bench, but it is difficult today to know what he is worth. The showdown to watch: fearsome Nick Bosa vs. Bears rookie tackle Braxton Jones.
49ers par 4
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
CHANGE OF TONE
Not too long ago, the Steelers dominated this rivalry so much that it was best to look elsewhere. However, last season, the Bengals won both duels by differences of 30 and 14 points. The wind has turned. Expect better opposition from the Steelers, who are rarely downgraded, but the Tigers did a great job in the offseason to close their gaps. Joe Burrow will experience the immense joy of not being murdered. He will get used to it.
Bengals by 6
Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) vs Detroit Lions (3-13-1)
Last season, the Eagles used the pass in 50.1% of their games, the lowest ratio in the NFL. Their addiction to racing has served them well, but they have to open the valves. From there, the acquisition of receiver AJ Brown, which gives the opportunity to Jalen Hurts to gain insurance. There's optimism in the Lions, but there aren't any major additions to the roster to celebrate, other than defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who needs to prove himself.
Eagles by 5
Indianapolis Colts (9-8) vs. Houston (4-13)
The Texans hand the ball to second-year quarterback Davis Mills, who looked good last year in 11 starts. They also have rookie carrier Dameon Pierce and second-year receiver Nico Collins. On defense, two promising rookies will patrol the secondary in third-overall pick Derek Stingley and scheming safety Jalen Pitre. If all these beautiful people perform, the Texans will recover quickly. It's still a big if.
Colts by 8
New England Patriots (10-7) vs Miami Dolphins (9-8)
THE DARK BEAST
< p>It's clearly no exaggeration to say that the Patriots fall into the pit of misfortune when playing in Miami. Their record in their last nine games in Dolphins country is 2-7. They left early this week for Florida, contrary to tradition, to acclimatize to the humidity and heat. Good idea, but this pilgrimage under the palm trees will not give them a more dynamic aerial attack. Unlike Dolphins…
Dolphins by 2
Baltimore Ravens (8-9) vs. New York Jets (4-13)
THE REAL RAVENS
There are still a few sores for the Ravens, especially in the backfield, but the biggest cripples of 2021 are back. Life offers a feast for this hungry team, as the Jets will have to rely on Joe Flacco in the absence of young quarterback Zach Wilson, who will miss at least three games. Flacco has not savored victory in his last seven starts, he who in advance is not the embodiment of the word spectacular. Hard start for the Jets.
Ravens by 10
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14) vs Washington Commanders (7-10)
A FIRST SURPRISE?
The first week is the perfect time to dare to do something crazy before refocusing. How about a Jaguars victory? After all, positivism has reigned since coach Doug Pederson took over. Trevor Lawrence begins his second year in a less chaotic atmosphere. Carrier Travis Etienne is back healthy. The Commanders are still without quarterback chaser Chase Young and have been 6-11 in their home stadium for two years.
Jaguars by 1
New York Giants (4-13) vs. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
< p>HENRY UNDER THE MAGNIFIER
There are many questions surrounding the Titans, but none more important than Derrick Henry's health. The colossal running back is well recovered from his foot injury, but is that the harbinger of the body falling apart? Is it just bad luck? Henry will be the center point against the Giants, who gave up 129 rushing yards per game last season. We bet the king has not said his last word.
Titans by 7
Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) vs Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
ADJUSTMENTS TO EXPECT
< p>This week, Patrick Mahomes jokingly apologized to all holders of Chiefs players in the pools. He hinted that every week new heroes would rise and there's reason to believe that now that Tyreek Hill is gone. The Chiefs are shaping up to be a loot box and adjustments will have to be made, but there's no reason to doubt their offensive prowess. The Cards have crippled receivers and their defensive front too.
Chiefs by 7
Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) vs Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)
TWO BIG ATTACKS
On either side, the attacks are capable of hitting a big blow. The Raiders, with Davante Adams, will see Derek Carr rise. Defensively, they don't look quite as great, but having Chandler Jones join Maxx Crosby gives them more credibility. The Chargers can hit anywhere with an excellent receiving trio and a dynamic carrier in Austin Ekeler. Their improved defense will be the difference, even without ace cornerback JC Jackson.
Chargers by 3
Green Bay Packers (13-4) vs Minnesota Vikings (8-9)
A GOOD RIVAL
The Packers, despite their convincing results for several years, have had mixed success against the Vikings with a 4-5-1 record in the last ten games. It's even tougher in the Mauve's lair in Minnesota, with a 2-4 record in the last six meetings. Aaron Rodgers needs to get to grips with a new group of receivers. The Vikings' attack, led by Kevin O'Connell, a former disciple of Sean McVay with the Rams, should produce as much as you want.
Vikings by 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) vs. Dallas Cowboys (12 -5)
LACK OF WEAPONS
Many seem to predict a difficult season for the Cowboys due to numerous major departures and injured players. They should get away with it, but it will be tough against the well-oiled Buccaneers machine. Dak Prescott, outside of his prime target CeeDee Lamb, may be running out of options. Rookie receiver Jalen Tolbert will quickly have to shine in the possible absence of Michael Gallup. The Bucs offensive line worries, but Tom Brady will draw as if he were only 40 years old.
Buccaneers by 3
Denver Broncos (7-10) vs Seattle Seahawks (7-10)
LE WILSON RETURNS
The NFL sometimes gives us these gifts. After moving from the Seahawks to the Broncos during the offseason, Russell Wilson had to return to Seattle on the first Monday night of the season. How will voracious audiences receive it? For the story, it's captivating. As for the forces involved, however, it is difficult to imagine that the Seahawks can be competitive. Their quarterback Geno Smith will render honest services, at most. Wilson will greet the audience and it will be his only kindness of the evening.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128