The 2014 National Football League season has begun. Teams spent months preparing for the season in hopes of a great year. All of them have the same goal in mind of holding the Lombardi Trophy. Here are three predictions for the upcoming season:
w Passing and receiving numbers will be high on the scale. The NFL has become a league revolving around quarterbacks and receivers with all the rule changes such as not being able to hit a receiver’s helmet when he is making a catch.
The referees have also emphasized illegal contact on receivers if they have not passed the five-yard mark. This means a receiver cannot be touched when they are running their routes or a flag will be thrown.
- The Chicago Bears’s Jay Cutler will be an improved quarterback putting up a performance worthy of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. With Brandon Marshall and three other capable receivers, Cutler will be able to take advantage and make good plays. Look for the Bears’s offense to thrive in a division where playing defense is only a suggestion.
- A season prediction article is not complete without Super Bowl picks: New England Patriots versus the New Orleans Saints.
The Patriots have been to the American Football Conference championship game three years in a row. On paper, this is their best team with the addition of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. As long as tight end Rob Gronkowski stays healthy, the Patriots will top the AFC.
The New Orleans Saints had one of the best defensive years since they won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2009 season. Free safety Jairus Byrd will only make them better. They also have Drew Brees leading the offense.
Look for the Saints to put together a remarkable year. Final – Saints 28, Patriots 24.