The 2020 NFL season is lastly right here. You recognize what which means: It is time for predictions! When the Houston Texans and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs sq. off to start this 12 months’s hunt for the Lombardi Trophy, we’ll additionally get our first have a look at some favored candidates for main accolades, from former MVP Patrick Mahomes to potential Offensive Rookie of the 12 months Clyde Edwards-Helaire. In order the video games roll in, we determined to place our group to the check and forecast each single main award on the road in 2020.

Proper right here, proper now, we have got predictions for:

  • Tremendous Bowl LV champion
  • Tremendous Bowl LV MVP
  • Common-season MVP
  • Offensive Participant of the 12 months
  • Defensive Participant of the 12 months
  • Coach of the 12 months
  • Offensive Rookie of the 12 months
  • Defensive Rookie of the 12 months
  • Breakout Participant
  • Workforce Certain for a Steep Decline
  • Workforce Certain for a Large Step Up

And here is the complete solid of CBS Sports activities NFL consultants who made picks: NFL insider Jason La Canfora, senior author Pete Prisco, Choose Six Podcast host Will Brinson, senior reporter Jonathan Jones, and employees writers Cody Benjamin, John Breech, Jordan Dajani, Bryan DeArdo, Jared Dubin, Josh Edwards, Jeff Kerr, Tyler Sullivan, Chris Trapasso, Patrik Walker and Ryan Wilson.

Agree with our predictions? Disagree? Simply pumped for soccer to be again? Both method, sit again, loosen up and luxuriate in:

Tremendous Bowl LV champion

Jason La Canfora: Ravens

Tremendous motivated and tremendous proficient.

Pete Prisco: Chiefs

How will you go in opposition to Patrick Mahomes and that offense? You’ll be able to’t.

Will Brinson: Colts

Tremendous excessive flooring, dangerous division, huge enhancements on each facet of the ball with the additions of Philip Rivers, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman and DeForest Buckner.

Jonathan Jones: Saints

The Saints lastly add a second Lombardi after being one of many league’s most constant groups the final three years. Drew Brees rides off into the sundown.

Ryan Wilson: Buccaneers

Tampa Bay’s protection is a top-five unit. And so they’ll face much less stress as a result of the offense that led the league in takeaways the final two seasons now has Tom Brady.

John Breech: Cowboys

Jerry Jones has brainwashed me.

Jared Dubin: Chiefs

They’ve Patrick Mahomes, and no one else does. 

Cody Benjamin: Ravens

Lamar Jackson is that this 12 months’s model of 2019 Patrick Mahomes — fired up and motivated from a troublesome playoff exit. His supporting solid additionally occurs to be world-class.

Tyler Sullivan: Buccaneers

Their championship window is small, however Tampa Bay makes fast work to get a Lombardi early within the Brady period. Arguably essentially the most well-rounded group within the NFL from high to backside.

Patrik Walker: Cowboys

There’s simply an excessive amount of expertise and it is now pushed by a confirmed head coach with a chip on his shoulder. They edge the Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LV.

Jordan Dajani: Ravens

The Ravens had been the very best group within the common season final 12 months, however they discovered that is not sufficient to go all the best way. They’ll take the teachings they discovered in 2019 and win the Tremendous Bowl this 12 months.

Bryan DeArdo: Chiefs

They’ve the expertise and general depth to be the primary NFL group to repeat because the 2003-2004 Patriots. The Chiefs’ energy of schedule (tied for the 18th-easiest within the NFL) ought to allow them to lock up the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Jeff Kerr: Chiefs

Eighteen of twenty-two starters again from a Tremendous Bowl championship group with Patrick Mahomes at one hundred pc and offensive maestro Andy Reid as head coach. Exhausting to go in opposition to them.

Chris Trapasso: Saints

Finest top-to-bottom roster within the NFL. After a number of years of playoff nightmares, the Saints get it completed, and Brees walks off into the sundown, as a result of that is the place legendary QBs stroll after they win a Tremendous Bowl of their remaining season, apparently.

Josh Edwards: Saints

The Saints are motivated to win in what might be Drew Brees’ remaining season. The group has extra continuity than almost each group within the league and that ought to profit them in an already peculiar 12 months.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Chiefs (4)
  2. Saints (3)
  3. Ravens (3)
  4. Buccaneers (2)
  5. Cowboys (2)
  6. Colts (1)

Tremendous Bowl LV MVP

Jason La Canfora: Lamar Jackson

The sport-winning QB normally will get the {hardware}.

Pete Prisco: Patrick Mahomes

He may have an excellent higher recreation in his second Tremendous Bowl.

Will Brinson: Philip Rivers

QB for the Tremendous Bowl-winning group cements his Corridor of Fame resume. 

Jonathan Jones: Michael Thomas

Really feel like this one might go to Brees as a remaining lifetime achievement award, however it’ll be exhausting to disregard Michael Thomas’ 16 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Ryan Wilson: Chris Godwin

Godwin was nearly unstoppable final season, and now he has the best participant in league historical past throwing him the ball.

John Breech: Ezekiel Elliott

I am severe, Jerry brainwashed me.

Jared Dubin: Patrick Mahomes

He is the very best participant within the league.

Cody Benjamin: Lamar Jackson

Let’s be sincere: If the Ravens win it, everyone knows who’s going to be enjoying Superman.

Tyler Sullivan: Tom Brady

If the Bucs are going to win Tremendous Bowl LV of their house stadium as I predict, it is going to be on TB12’s shoulders. That is 5 Tremendous Bowl MVPs for these counting at house.

Patrik Walker: Dak Prescott

One other contract 12 months and extra doubters outdoors the constructing, plus essentially the most weapons within the NFL and McCarthy means it is Prescott’s time.

Jordan Dajani: Lamar Jackson

The 12 months after Patrick Mahomes gained regular-season MVP, he gained Tremendous Bowl MVP. Lamar Jackson follows that path.

Bryan DeArdo: Travis Kelce

Enjoyable reality: No tight finish has ever been named Tremendous Bowl MVP. (The Bengals’ Dan Ross would probably have been named MVP had Cincinnati defeated the 49ers method again in Tremendous Bowl XVI.) Kelce, who caught six passes for 43 yards and a landing within the Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl win over the 49ers, might be the primary to do it.

Jeff Kerr: Tyreek Hill

Exhausting to go in opposition to Mahomes, however Hill places up a clinic and has a monster recreation in Tampa. The six 140+ yard receiving video games showcase his capacity to alter a recreation. 

Chris Trapasso: Michael Thomas

I might completely envision a situation during which Brees would not have a monstrous Tremendous Bowl however Thomas does and takes house the {hardware}.

Josh Edwards: Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas has been Drew Brees’ favourite goal, and that won’t change on the sport’s largest stage. 

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Michael Thomas (3)
  2. Lamar Jackson (3)
  3. Patrick Mahomes (2)
  4. Tom Brady (1)
  5. Chris Godwin (1)
  6. Ezekiel Elliott (1)
  7. Dak Prescott (1)
  8. Tyreek Hill (1)
  9. Philip Rivers (1)
  10. Travis Kelce (1)

Common season MVP

Jason La Canfora: Patrick Mahomes

The perfect participant within the recreation is loaded with weapons.

Pete Prisco: Patrick Mahomes

The numbers will probably be eye-opening.

Will Brinson: Matthew Stafford

Lengthy shot right here, however I feel the Lions can win 10+ video games, win the NFC North and perhaps even make a playoff run.

Jonathan Jones: Patrick Mahomes

With kneecap correctly positioned all 12 months, Mahomes returns to his league MVP glory.

Ryan Wilson: Russell Wilson

Wilson lastly will get his due after main the Seahawks to the division title.

John Breech: Dak Prescott

I wasn’t kidding concerning the brainwashing factor.

Jared Dubin: Patrick Mahomes

I have been making an attempt to let you know.

Cody Benjamin: Patrick Mahomes

It is the boring decide, sure, however his 2019 numbers had been “down” by his requirements. One other 40-touchdown 12 months appears affordable.

Tyler Sullivan: Patrick Mahomes

This common season goes to come back all the way down to continuity, which the Chiefs have in spades. I do not anticipate Mahomes to relaxation on the laurels of his first title and can present that he is hungry for extra accolades all through 2020.

Patrik Walker: Dak Prescott

Even when the primary two Cowboys predictions (Tremendous Bowl and SB MVP) do not come true, I undertaking this to be an MVP season for Prescott, as a result of have a look at his weapons, motivation and coach.

Jordan Dajani: Russell Wilson

It is about time Russell Wilson acquired his MVP. D.Okay. Metcalf’s large second season will assist him as nicely.

Bryan DeArdo: Tom Brady

Whereas Brady (for numerous causes) staggered to the end line throughout the finish of his run in New England, the 43-year-old will probably be surrounded with expertise in Tampa Bay.

Jeff Kerr: Russell Wilson

The one QB to toss 100 TD passes during the last three years. It is time for Wilson to get his due with the very best solid of playmakers he is ever had.

Chris Trapasso: Dak Prescott

I feel Dallas will probably be in a handful of high-scoring video games, and Prescott has too many high-caliber weapons to not be extraordinarily productive on what ought to be the winners of the NFC East.

Josh Edwards: Drew Brees

Drew Brees has by no means gained MVP honors. Voters don’t like naming the identical MVP typically, so it’s not unreasonable to suppose they may do proper by Brees and ship him into the sundown with some shiny {hardware}.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Patrick Mahomes (6)
  2. Dak Prescott (3)
  3. Russell Wilson (3)
  4. Drew Brees (1)
  5. Tom Brady (1)
  6. Matthew Stafford (1)

Offensive Participant of the 12 months

Jason La Canfora: Russell Wilson

At all times will get snubbed in MVP votes however outplays just about everybody.

Pete Prisco: Patrick Mahomes

Make it a clear sweep of all the foremost awards.

Will Brinson: Alvin Kamara

Individuals are severely downplaying his affect on the Saints offense. A wholesome Kamara is a monster.

Jonathan Jones: Patrick Mahomes

In recent times, this award normally goes to the league MVP, too. I feel 50-plus passing touchdowns from Mahomes earns him the second piece of {hardware}.

Ryan Wilson: Kyler Murray

Do not be shocked if Murray throws for 4,500 yards and runs for 700 yards because the chief on a high-powered Cardinals offense.

John Breech: Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes goes to win some type of award yearly, and since it is not going to be MVP in 2020, it is going to be OPOY.

Jared Dubin: Dak Prescott

I feel the Cowboys offense goes to be hilariously good. I additionally suppose the protection will probably be kinda dangerous, so the offense might want to hold throwing.

Cody Benjamin: Saquon Barkley

Mahomes will most likely get it if he wins MVP, however Barkley is due for a monster 12 months after a comparatively quiet 2019. Below Joe Decide and Jason Garrett, he ought to be each a workhorse on the bottom and a sizzling security valve for Daniel Jones.

Tyler Sullivan: Saquon Barkley

Barkley missed three video games final season and was nonetheless capable of go over 1,400 yards from scrimmage with eight touchdowns. With Daniel Jones rolling into 12 months Two and extra weapons for him within the passing recreation, that ought to open issues up for Barkley to get again to his dominant methods and remind the league simply how nice of a again he’s.

Patrik Walker: Patrick Mahomes

If Mahomes would not win MVP once more in 2020, he is a lock for OPOTY, particularly after capturing it out with Prescott in Tremendous Bowl LV.

Jordan Dajani: Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes has one other unbelievable season. No Tremendous Bowl hangover for this squad.

Bryan DeArdo: Patrick Mahomes

If he is ready to keep wholesome, Mahomes — who threw 50 touchdowns throughout his first season as a starter — ought to be the odds-on favourite to win his second MVP in three years.

Jeff Kerr: Patrick Mahomes

One other monster season for Mahomes because the Chiefs roll by the AFC. As a consequence of insane expectations, he’ll have to throw 55 TDs to win MVP — which he is definitely able to doing.

Chris Trapasso: Russell Wilson

Wilson’s by no means gained any official particular person {hardware} within the NFL. What’s up with that? One other 12 months elevating the expertise round him ought to get him OPOY, which for him actually might be thought of a profession achievement award.

Josh Edwards: Lamar Jackson

Patrick Mahomes has his Tremendous Bowl and a profitable new deal. Lamar Jackson seems at that and desires the identical for himself. He continues to impress because the Ravens make it to Tremendous Bowl LV.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Patrick Mahomes (7)
  2. Russell Wilson (2)
  3. Saquon Barkley (2)
  4. Lamar Jackson (1)
  5. Kyler Murray (1)
  6. Alvin Kamara (1)
  7. Dak Prescott (1)

Defensive Participant of the 12 months

Jason La Canfora: T.J. Watt

Loaded with expertise round him on a group that ought to win plenty of video games.

Pete Prisco: Joey Bosa

He is acquired a brand new contract that makes him the highest-paid defensive participant — and he’ll play to that and extra this season.

Will Brinson: Myles Garrett

Averaging nearly a sack a recreation for his profession and higher play 16 video games after signing that contract this offseason. 

Jonathan Jones: J.J. Watt

Lots is using on Watt’s well being, however I feel he is primed to nab his fourth DPOY this season over his brother and Aaron Donald.

Ryan Wilson: T.J. Watt

Watt had 14.5 sacks final season and 13 extra in 2018. He is solely getting higher as he heads into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal.

John Breech: Nick Bosa

I feel one of many Bosa brothers will win this award, so I flipped a coin and Nick got here up.

Jared Dubin: Aaron Donald

I hold saying yearly that I will decide Donald till another person clearly claims the mantle of greatest defender alive. That hasn’t occurred but.

Cody Benjamin: T.J. Watt

Why on the earth are we not speaking about T.J. like we do J.J.? This man is ferocious off the sting of a terrific Steelers “D.”

Tyler Sullivan: T.J. Watt

Watt is coming into this season already with two double-digit sack seasons beneath his belt and he led the league with eight pressured fumbles in 2019. With the Steelers set to enhance with Large Ben returning, he is primed to take a leap because the league’s greatest defensive participant.

Patrik Walker: T.J. Watt

With Nick Bosa resetting the market, the youthful Watt is subsequent in line, and 2020 will solidify that for him.

Jordan Dajani: Nick Bosa

The 49ers’ line of defense was an enormous motive they acquired to the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months, and Bosa goes to construct on his large rookie season to take house Defensive Participant of the 12 months.

Bryan DeArdo: T.J. Watt

Watt’s stats have elevated every season since he entered the NFL in 2017. If he can enhance upon the 14.5 sacks and eight pressured fumbles he recorded in 2020, he’ll probably change into the third Steeler to win the award in Mike Tomlin’s 14-year tenure in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Kerr: Nick Bosa

Bosa has a 12 months within the NFL beneath his belt and is primed for a monster season in Robert Saleh’s protection. The 49ers entrance 4 will definitely assist free him up.

Chris Trapasso: Nick Bosa

The youthful Bosa is relentless and might win in a mess of how across the nook. He goes from Defensive Rookie of the 12 months to Defensive Participant of the 12 months in his first two seasons in San Francisco.

Josh Edwards: T.J. Watt

The Steelers have extra alternatives on nationwide tv, which elevates the profile of T.J. Watt. He places collectively back-to-back harmful seasons. Myles Garrett will probably be in competition, however voters will maintain his actions from final season in opposition to him.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. T.J. Watt (7)
  2. Nick Bosa (4)
  3. Aaron Donald (1)
  4. J.J. Watt (1)
  5. Joey Bosa (1)
  6. Myles Garrett (1)

Coach of the 12 months

Jason La Canfora: Invoice Belichick

Think about if he wins the division with that roster and with out Tom Brady.

Pete Prisco: Sean McDermott

I feel they win the division and make a deep playoff run.

Will Brinson: Kliff Kingsbury

The Cardinals win 9+ video games, Murray makes an enormous leap ahead and Kingsbury picks up {hardware}.

Jonathan Jones: Sean Payton

Would love to provide this to Andy Reid, however he can do nothing in need of 16-0 to win this. I feel Payton getting 4 straight NFC South titles in what would be the robust division earns him this.

Ryan Wilson: Sean McDermott

That is the Payments’ 12 months. With Tom Brady now in Tampa, the AFC East if Buffalo’s for the taking.

John Breech: Invoice Belichick

Belichick ought to win this award almost yearly, however he would not as a result of I feel the voters take him as a right. I do not suppose they will take as a right what he does this 12 months with out Tom Brady.

Jared Dubin: Sean McDermott

If anyone aside from the Patriots lastly wins the AFC East, I really feel like this award will default to that man.

Cody Benjamin: Bruce Arians

The Bucs have not made the playoffs since 2007. Simply clinching a postseason berth goes to get Arians consideration, and he is gained this one earlier than.

Tyler Sullivan: Invoice Belichick

It is comical that Belichick has solely gained this award thrice all through his profession, however the bar is admittedly set a bit increased for the legendary coach. With out Tom Brady this 12 months, nevertheless, this places Belichick within the operating for this award, particularly when he leads New England to a different AFC East title.

Patrik Walker: Mike McCarthy

There are coaches with greater challenges, roster-wise, however one thing tells me McCarthy will get Dallas to the place they have not been in 25 years and in 12 months One — an enormous deal.

Jordan Dajani: Kevin Stefanski

After the Browns’ horrific 2019 marketing campaign, they make the playoffs in Kevin Stefanski’s first season.

Bryan DeArdo: Kevin Stefanski

The Browns’ proficient roster produced simply six wins final season. If Cleveland really lives as much as its hype in 2020, Stefanski ought to be a shoo-in to obtain the award.

Jeff Kerr: Invoice Belichick

New quarterback and pundits (together with myself) consider his success revolves round Tom Brady. If Cam Newton leads him to the AFC East title …

Chris Trapasso: Sean McDermott

The Payments seize the AFC East crown, and Buffalo’s head coach is rewarded for the accomplishment. The job he is completed with the Payments in his time in Western New York elements in right here as nicely.

Josh Edwards: Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh ought to be a lot improved with dependable quarterback play. Their protection ought to solely get higher, and Ben Roethlisberger is again on the sphere.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Sean McDermott (4)
  2. Invoice Belichick (4)
  3. Kevin Stefanski (2)
  4. Sean Payton (1)
  5. Bruce Arians (1)
  6. Mike Tomlin (1)
  7. Kliff Kingsbury (1)
  8. Mike McCarthy (1)

Offensive Rookie of the 12 months

Jason La Canfora: Joe Burrow

Do not overthink it.

Pete Prisco: Joe Burrow

He’ll look and play like a veteran from Week 1. He is that sort of participant.

Will Brinson: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

No competitors for touches in Andy Reid’s offense. 

Jonathan Jones: Joe Burrow

I am going chalky right here. You will not have the ability to look away from the numbers Burrow places up even when they solely win six video games.

Ryan Wilson: Joe Burrow

The Bengals are higher than their 2-14 report from a season in the past and Burrow will clearly play an enormous function in a turnaround that would occur quicker than most individuals anticipate.

John Breech: Joe Burrow

Burrow would not need to be nice; he simply needs to be good, and I feel he will be good. 

Jared Dubin: Joe Burrow

He is a quarterback and he is ranging from Day One. That is an apparent recipe for the OROY.

Cody Benjamin: Tua Tagovailoa

Whereas everybody and their mom takes Joey Burrow, I will take my possibilities with Tua, who might not open the 12 months on the sphere however will undoubtedly dazzle with each his legs and arms at any time when he lastly takes over an underrated Dolphins group.

Tyler Sullivan: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

He is set to be the No. 1 operating again in arguably essentially the most potent offense within the NFL. I anticipate a Kareem Hunt-like rookie season and present out from the get-go.

Patrik Walker: Joe Burrow

I imply, critically, are we going to fake in any other case? No, we aren’t.

Jordan Dajani: Joe Burrow

The Bengals will not be competing for the Tremendous Bowl in 2020, however Joe Burrow will make them higher immediately. 

Bryan DeArdo: Joe Burrow

Burrow will probably be given the keys to an offense that features perennial Professional Bowler A.J. Inexperienced, 1,000-yard receiver Tyler Boyd, speedster John Ross, fellow rookie Tee Higgins, and operating again Joe Mixon, who was not too long ago given a long-term extension. Burrow may even have the posh of working with coach Zac Taylor, who beforehand helped Jared Goff blossom right into a franchise quarterback in Los Angeles.

Jeff Kerr: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

He is primed for an enormous function within the Chiefs offense, particularly within the passing recreation, after Damien Williams opted out because of COVID. Anticipate an enormous 12 months from the previous LSU star. 

Chris Trapasso: Joe Burrow

The Cincinnati line will give him suits at instances, however Burrow’s ultra-accurate methods and calm demeanor will push the Bengals towards competency in 2020.

Josh Edwards: Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow goes to begin for the Bengals in Week 1. He’ll expertise some rising pains, however the deck is stacked in his favor.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Joe Burrow (11)
  2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (3)
  3. Tua Tagovailoa (1)

Defensive Rookie of the 12 months

Jason La Canfora: Chase Younger

Do not overthink it.

Pete Prisco: Derrick Brown

He will probably be a pressure inside from his first recreation on. His energy and quickness will probably be robust to deal with.

Will Brinson: Chase Younger

Take the low odds on the highest move rusher in a 12 months with a bunch of defensive backs. 

Jonathan Jones: Chase Younger

Retaining the chalk in hand, Younger was a monster all coaching camp, and I can see him getting round 15 sacks in 12 months 1.

Ryan Wilson: Chase Younger

That is an apparent selection. The No. 1 prospect within the 2020 draft class joins a stout line of defense, and because of this he’ll get loads of alternatives to make performs within the backfield.

John Breech: Patrick Queen

I am feeling a clear sweep for the AFC North with the rookie of the 12 months awards.

Jared Dubin: Patrick Queen

Voters love tackles and he’s going to rack up a ton in the midst of this Baltimore protection. If Chase Younger will get “merely” seven or eight sacks, I feel another person takes the trophy.

Cody Benjamin: Kenneth Murray

For a similar causes Patrick Queen will shine anchoring Baltimore’s protection, Murray has the makings of a deal with machine behind a loaded Chargers entrance 4. Why cannot he be this 12 months’s Darius Leonard?

Tyler Sullivan: Chase Younger

He is a generational move rusher and he’ll carry an elite presence to Washington’s protection out of the gate. Fairly simple name right here.

Patrik Walker: Patrick Queen

Exterior of CeeDee Lamb, no rookie is in a greater place to immediately succeed than Queen.

Jordan Dajani: Chase Younger

Chase Younger makes an instantaneous affect on Washington’s protection and leads the group in sacks.

Bryan DeArdo: Chase Younger

There is a motive why Younger was the primary defensive participant taken within the draft. In simply 12 video games final fall, Younger recorded 16.5 sacks and 7 pressured fumbles for the Buckeyes.

Jeff Kerr: Chase Younger

No second thought right here. He’ll be an issue within the NFC East for years to come back. 

Chris Trapasso: Patrick Queen

The previous LSU linebacker goes to be stored clear by Baltimore’s large, highly effective defensive entrance. Loads of tackles and a few performs in protection are coming. Additionally, in Wink Martindale’s blitz-obsessed scheme, Queen will get into the stat ebook with a handful of sacks, too.

Josh Edwards: Chase Younger

Actually going out on a limb by taking the No. 1 and No. 2 general picks to win Rookie of the 12 months honors. However they’re each in a greater place than different rookies. Younger may have loads of alternatives to get to the quarterback with expertise surrounding him. 

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Chase Younger (9)
  2. Patrick Queen (4)
  3. Derrick Brown (1)
  4. Kenneth Murray (1)

Comeback Participant of the 12 months

Jason La Canfora: Cam Newton

Hate him at your individual peril.

Pete Prisco: Alex Smith

Simply suiting up makes him the winner.

Will Brinson: Ben Roethlisberger

Straightforward selection right here. QB coming off elbow surgical procedure. If the Steelers make the playoffs, he is a lock.

Jonathan Jones: Matthew Stafford

The Lions had been completely nothing with out Stafford final 12 months. He comes again and will get them into the playoffs and wins this award.

Ryan Wilson: Alex Smith

This is likely one of the most superb tales we will bear in mind. Even when Smith would not see the sphere for one snap, the truth that he is made it this far is motive sufficient to provide him the award.

John Breech: Alex Smith

Smith ought to win this award even when he would not play a single down. 

Jared Dubin: Alex Smith

He’d have already got my vote, if I had one.

Cody Benjamin: Ben Roethlisberger

It appears like we’re forgetting simply how productive Large Ben was the 12 months previous to his damage. If he and his group keep wholesome, Pittsburgh is not going to solely produce a handful of Professional Bowlers however be again within the title dialog.

Tyler Sullivan: Cam Newton

After profitable the beginning job in Foxborough, the celebs are aligning for Newton to reestablish himself as one of many higher quarterbacks the league has to supply. Alex Smith and Ben Roethlisberger will probably be within the hunt right here as nicely.

Patrik Walker: Cam Newton

Now wholesome, tethered to Invoice Belichick and with a ton of motivation to close his haters up, Newton will do severe harm.

Jordan Dajani: Alex Smith

Alex Smith’s leg damage nearly value him his life, but he labored his method again onto Washington’s roster. It is unbelievable that he is again within the league.

Bryan DeArdo: Ben Roethlisberger

Large Ben says his arm is pain-free for the primary time in years. He is additionally leaner and motivated to show that he’s nonetheless a top-flight NFL quarterback. The Steelers have set him up for achievement with the additions of free agent Eric Ebron and rookie receiver Chase Claypool.

Jeff Kerr: Cam Newton

Hungry canine run quicker. Newton is motivated to show his doubters incorrect and change into the following franchise quarterback in New England.

Chris Trapasso: Philip Rivers

He’ll have a resurgent season at 38 years previous (he turns 39 in December) behind Quenton Nelson and the Colts’ Kevlar offensive line.

Josh Edwards: Ben Roethlisberger

The award might be given to Alex Smith merely due to his exceptional restoration. Nonetheless, followers mustn’t anticipate him to play this season. Ben Roethlisberger may have Pittsburgh again in competition this season.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Alex Smith (5)
  2. Cam Newton (4)
  3. Ben Roethlisberger (4)
  4. Matthew Stafford (1)
  5. Philip Rivers (1)

Breakout Participant

Jason La Canfora: Marquise Brown

He had a really good rookie season enjoying at about 75 p.c. Rebuilt his physique. Look out.

Pete Prisco: Josh Allen

This would be the 12 months when folks begin praising him quite than ripping him.

Will Brinson: Ed Oliver

Tempted to take Oliver for DPOY, however it’s a large lengthy shot. As an alternative I will plug him right here as a man who might actually burst onto the scene if he sees a significant improve in his snaps in Buffalo. 

Jonathan Jones: CeeDee Lamb

I really feel like, for fantasy functions, I’ve to go along with a receiver. Lamb was the very best worth decide of the primary spherical of the draft, and he deserves some accolade right here.

Ryan Wilson: Diontae Johnson

Johnson had 59 receptions for 680 yards and 5 touchdowns as a rookie catching passes from Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges. He might double these numbers with a wholesome Large Ben.

John Breech: John Ross

If Ross desires to show he isn’t a bust, that is the 12 months to do it, and I feel he’ll put up some large numbers with Burrow as his QB.

Jared Dubin: George Kittle

I am unsure he counts as a result of he is already a celebrity and simply acquired paid, however I feel Kittle hits an entire new degree this 12 months. (If Kittle would not rely in your ebook, then my reply is “Hollywood” Brown.)

Cody Benjamin: Terry McLaurin

We did not speak sufficient about McLaurin’s big-play rookie 12 months in an in any other case sluggish Washington offense. In 12 months Two with Dwayne Haskins, he is acquired the ability set to go off for 1,200 yards and double-digit scores.

Tyler Sullivan: Kyler Murray

Murray is a simple selection right here. The Cardinals went out this offseason and purchased probably the greatest receivers within the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins, additional establishing an enormous second season for the 2019 No. 1 general decide. He ought to be implausible and presumably even within the MVP dialogue.

Patrik Walker: Drew Lock

He hinted at his prowess each within the early preseason and on the again finish of the Broncos season. Add Jerry Jeudy to the combination, and Lock ought to do large issues in 12 months Two.

Jordan Dajani: Drew Lock

The Broncos spent this offseason making an attempt to improve the weapons round Drew Lock, and he will impress throughout his first full season because the beginning quarterback in Denver.

Bryan DeArdo: J.Okay. Dobbins

Whereas Mark Ingram will start the 12 months because the starter, anticipate a heavy food plan of carries from Dobbins, the primary participant in Ohio State’s fabled historical past to hurry for over 2,000 yards in a season. Do not be shocked if Dobbins and Ingram every rush for over 1,000 yards this season for the Ravens.

Jeff Kerr: Marquise Brown

Brown added 14 kilos since he was drafted and is more healthy and quicker than ever earlier than. To not point out he is much more snug within the Ravens system. He’ll catch plenty of lengthy touchdowns in an already explosive Ravens offense.

Chris Trapasso: Drew Lock

The offensive line scares me barely. However Lock performs with no worry and has a proficient observe group round him.

Josh Edwards: Jeffery Simmons

Jeffery Simmons flashed a few of his potential in a shortened season final 12 months. He’ll shoulder extra of the load this season and seems well-equipped to deal with that stress.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Drew Lock (3)
  2. Marquise Brown (2)
  3. Josh Allen (1)
  4. Kyler Murray (1)
  5. Ed Oliver (1)
  6. CeeDee Lamb (1)
  7. Diontae Johnson (1)
  8. George Kittle (1)
  9. Terry McLaurin (1)
  10. John Ross (1)
  11. J.Okay. Dobbins (1)
  12. Jeffery Simmons (1)

Groups Certain for Steep Decline

Jason La Canfora: Texans

They will not keep on their AFC South perch. I see regression on either side of the ball.

Pete Prisco: Texans

I simply do not suppose they’re adequate — even with Deshaun Watson. Their time on the high of the AFC South is over.

Will Brinson: Packers

The Jets and Seahawks additionally work right here.

Jonathan Jones: Vikings

Longtime defensive coordinator George Edwards is gone. Stefon Diggs has a brand new house in Buffalo. Kirk Cousins might play higher in entrance of nobody, however I feel Minnesota misses the playoffs in 2020.

Ryan Wilson: Texans

To his credit score, coach Invoice O’Brien wins video games, even for those who may not like the style during which he does it. However can common supervisor Invoice O’Brien get out of his personal method? We’re not so positive.

John Breech: Packers

From my perspective, a group needs to be not less than three video games worse than they had been final season to qualify for a steep decline, and I feel the highest two groups that match that description are the Packers and Texans.

Jared Dubin: Raiders

The Raiders, just like the Jets (one other sensible choice right here) simply have an terrible protection.

Cody Benjamin: Vikings

They’ve nonetheless acquired some nice foundational items, however you do not sub out Stefon Diggs, Kevin Stefanski, Everson Griffen and three-fifths of your beginning secondary with out hitting some severe velocity bumps.

Tyler Sullivan: Rams

They took a major plunge a season in the past, going 9-7 following a visit to Tremendous Bowl LIII, however I see this free fall persevering with in 2020. Los Angeles’ roster is the epitome of stars-and-scrubs, and that will not win you a lot video games within the NFL, particularly once you’re enjoying in as robust of a division because the NFC West is primed to be. The Rams might be a last-place end right here.

Patrik Walker: Texans

Not due to Deshaun Watson, however as a result of there is not any DeAndre Hopkins and the RB room remains to be unimpressive. Watson will probably be requested to save lots of the day far too typically.

Jordan Dajani: Patriots

The Patriots misplaced Tom Brady and had extra gamers decide out than every other group because of COVID-19. Cam Newton is a good substitute, however I do not suppose they win double-digit video games or win the AFC East.

Bryan DeArdo: 49ers

The 49ers have been hit with an unforgiving quantity of accidents on the receiver place. They’re additionally entrenched in arguably the NFL’s hardest division, a division that ought to be even more durable this season with the Cardinals anticipated to be a extra aggressive bunch in Kliff Kingsbury’s second 12 months within the desert. The Patriots additionally qualify; their reign because the NFL’s premier group is over.

Jeff Kerr: Packers

They’re nonetheless a playoff group due to Aaron Rodgers (and doubtless will win the division), however do not anticipate this group to go 13-3 once more. 

Chris Trapasso: Texans

The acquisitions of Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb are good. They will not replicate the manufacturing of DeAndre Hopkins, nor the quantity of consideration he acquired within the Texans’ offense. And their protection wants work.

Josh Edwards: Jets

Joe Douglas is doing a implausible job with that group, however it’s a must to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. The upcoming season would be the final for Adam Gase, and New York will use their treasure trove of picks to start their rebuild.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Texans (5)
  2. Packers (3)
  3. Vikings (2)
  4. Jets (2)
  5. 49ers (1)
  6. Rams (1)
  7. Patriots (1)
  8. Bears (1)
  9. Broncos (1)
  10. Falcons (1)
  11. Raiders (1)

Groups Certain for a Large Step Up

Jason La Canfora: Cardinals

They seem to be a Wild Card group in the event that they get a modicum of assist from the protection.

Pete Prisco: Cardinals

They made plenty of good strikes to enhance a nasty protection, and the offense with Kyler Murray will probably be explosive.

Will Brinson: Colts

The Browns, Lions, Cardinals and Cowboys additionally work right here.

Jonathan Jones: Falcons

Everyone seems to be understandably targeted on the Saints and Bucs, however Dan Quinn turned the ship round halfway by final 12 months. By performing beneath stress, and by placing out a beginning offense of 11 first-round picks, the Falcons will get into the postseason.

Ryan Wilson: Colts

It begins with Philip Rivers, however do not sleep on this protection, both, as Indy is my preseason favourite to win the division.

John Breech: Buccaneers

From my perspective, a group needs to be not less than three video games higher than they had been final season to qualify for an enormous step up, and I feel the highest groups that match that description are the Buccaneers, Colts, Steelers, Lions and Bengals.

Jared Dubin: Steelers

Ben is again.

Cody Benjamin: Buccaneers

It is a simple name with Tom Brady in the home, however it’s not simply Brady. It is Gronk, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, an underrated protection and a coach in Bruce Arians who will probably be calling the photographs prefer it’s Tremendous Bowl or bust.

Tyler Sullivan: Steelers

They had been a .500 squad that just about made the playoffs final 12 months with quarterbacks named Duck and Rudolph on the helm, so I am not likely going too far out on a limb to say that Pittsburgh goes to be good in 2020. The return of Ben Roethlisberger will carry stability beneath middle and provides this offense potential to be extraordinarily potent. While you pair that offense with their stellar protection, the Steelers will probably be a pressure.

Patrik Walker: Dolphins

I really like what Brian Flores has cooking in Miami, and I consider they increase various eyebrows in 2020 as they push for the AFC East crown.

Jordan Dajani: Cardinals

The Cardinals might reside within the hardest division in soccer, however Arizona upgraded on either side of the ball this offseason.

Bryan DeArdo: Steelers

Not solely is Large Ben again within the fold, Pittsburgh gave him extra weapons within the type of Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron. The Steelers’ protection additionally consists of two of the league’s greatest defenders in linebacker T.J. Watt and security Minkah Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh’s Thirty first-ranked energy of schedule must also assist them finish their two-year playoff drought. The Chargers additionally qualify; they’ve the expertise to compete for a Wild Card spot.

Jeff Kerr: Cardinals

Undecided if they seem to be a playoff group, however they’re constructed for long-term success with Kyler Murray main the cost. They will be an issue within the NFC West with an explosive offense and a much-improved protection.

Chris Trapasso: Panthers

Loads of apparent picks right here (Bucs, Bengals, Lions), however I will go along with the Panthers. Matt Rhule is a nice soccer coach, there’s loads of youthful expertise on either side of the ball, and I feel Teddy Bridgewater goes to have an underrated season with Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey on this offense.

Josh Edwards: Lions

Detroit suffered an damage to Matthew Stafford early within the 2019 season and didn’t have an inexpensive substitute choice. If Stafford can keep wholesome, there may be motive to consider that Detroit might end with greater than three wins.

THE FINAL TALLY:

  1. Cardinals (4)
  2. Buccaneers (2)
  3. Steelers (2)
  4. Colts (2)
  5. Dolphins (1)
  6. Falcons (1)
  7. Panthers (1)
  8. Lions (1)

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