With the NFL season FINALLY set to kickoff this week, it's time to dig out the crystal ball and let you in on five things that are going to happen this season. I stand by these predictions and of they don't happen on out world, then they are for sure happening on some parallel universe!
1. The Pittsburgh Steelers will NOT suffer their typical post-SuperBowl hangover!
The last two times the Pittsburgh Steelers went to the SuperBowl, they followed that season up with a dissapointing year where they didn't even make the postseason. I'm here to tell you that isn't going to be the case again this season. In fact, people should really be expecting them to return to the big dance. The defending SuperBowl representatives of the AFC bring back 21 of 22 starters of a year ago so the shortened offseason won't affect them. Also, some key young pieces like receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, are poised to break out this year. If the Steelers can avoid the injury bug, then they should cruise to yet another AFC North crown and possibly back to back SuperBowls.
2. Jamaal Charles will lead the league in rushing.
Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs is poised to become the next great running back. Entering his fourth season, after three seasons where he improved dramatically in each, there is no reason Charles shouldn't lead the league in both rushing yards and all purpose yards. With the emergence of the Kansas City passing game last season, Charles flourished for 1935 total yards. Expect better this year as Charles is going to be asked to carry a bigger load than he has in the past.
3. Aaron Rodgers will be the league's MVP.
This one is almost a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers will be the league MVP this year. Coming off his coming out party of a year ago that ended with him hoisting the Lombardi trophy, Rodgers is entering this year on the radar of every sports analyst that can get 2 seconds of air time. To be honest, it doesn't even matter if Rodgers has only an OK year because as long as the Packers win games, then Rodgers will get the MVP basically for what he did last season.
4. Brett Favre WILL stay retired but Randy Moss WON'T.
I think it's safe to say that Brett Favre won't be gracing any NFL sidelines this year unless he is visiting friends. The aged gunslinger has finally hung up the cleats for the last time, thus releasing his deathlike clasp upon the NFL world. Wideout Randy Moss, however, will return at some point this season. Moss can still play at a high level, that's a given, but he was emotionally stung by a lack of real suitors this offseason so he 'retired'. Expect him to catch on with a contender by mid-season at the latest with New England being the optimal choice if the Ocho experiment fails.
5. I will NOT get all my predictions right.
As good as my Chrystal ball is, sometimes it does get a little fuzzy on some topics. That being said, there is a SLIM possibility that one of the previous predictions may be wrong. Not saying it's going to happen but I could be, gasp, wrong about something.
The next SuperBowl will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Dallas Cowboys.
Keep track throughout the NFL season to see if I know what I'm talking about.
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