It all started with my anxious anticipation for the ’16 NFL season to finally kick-off, and oh boy did it ever. Let me just say that the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, which the latter won 21-20 on a missed field goal by Panthers’s kicker Graham Gano, proved me right in being so stoked for football for the first time in, well, ever.
All of this has led to me writing my predictions for the season from the standings to the playoffs to the Super Bowl. And the plan in my head was that it’d satisfy me, not one bit. After watching Rich Eisen, host of “The Rich Eisen Show,” talk with former NFL cornerback, Eric Davis, about picks for the Super Bowl, choice for season MVP and the top five teams (aka power rankings) in the league right now; I had an itch to chime in myself.
I predicted in my preview that the Green Bay Packers would win the NFC North and make their way to, at least, the conference championship game. Why? They have an underrated defense and on offense they line up a returning Jordy Nelson from a torn ACL, Jared Cook, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy. Oh, and
rookie quarterback future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.
Yeah, Rodgers is a top five QB, speaking of power rankings, in the NFL. I’d argue he’s below the New England Patriots’s QB Tom Brady, but, again, that’s my bias speaking on my behalf.
Regardless of my random two-cents, the Packers are going to be better than their 10-6 record and second place finish behind the Teddy Bridgewater-less — out for the season due to a torn ACL — Minnesota Vikings. I see the Packers riding into the playoffs 11-5, 12-4 or 13-3 on the arm of Rodgers. As Eisen and Davis said, “12 can play.”
(Editor’s Note: If you watched the Eisen, Davis video above, I do my power rankings the same way. No. 5 is going to be a head scratchier, eye-brow raiser, you name it, but it’ll be a team that I think has potential to be special.)
Who do you think will the MVP? And which teams are in your top five power rankings?