By Byler E. Henry
Are you ready for some football? It’s football season again and it kicks off with a Super Bowl rematch, the Broncos and the Panthers.
This will be a good season and I can’t wait until Super Bowl 51, which will take place in Houston this year. So who will get there? Who will hoist up the Lombardi Trophy? Before I pick the winner, here is how the playoff picture will look. In the AFC there are a lot of good teams who are ready to make their way to Houston. I can see the Dolphins having a better year under new Head Coach Adam Gase. Last year they were 6-10; I can see them improving but just missing the wild card spot. I have Broncos grabbing the wild card spot, with their defense having an impressive year. Most of their defensive pieces are still in place – Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Derek Wolfe, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib, Shaquil Barrett, Brandon Marshall, Shane Ray, and Chris Harris Jr. On the offensive side of the ball – Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are still the wide receivers and C.J. Anderson is still their running back. They have a new signal caller under Center since the sheriff Peyton Manning retired, Trevor Siemian. He was on the field for the preseason but has not thrown an NFL regular season pass yet. The second wild card spot is tricky and there are a lot of teams who could fight for it. I’m going with Big Ben and the Steelers to grab that second wild card spot.
Although Martavis Bryant is suspended for the season and Le’Veon Bell is suspended for four games, don’t count out Big Ben Roethlisberger to get the job done. For the division winners, I have the Bengals winning the AFC North, Texans winning the AFC South, Patriots winning the AFC East, and the Chiefs winning the AFC West. Now for the NFC wildcard spots, the first spot goes to the Arizona Cardinals. I will make a bold prediction and give the second wild card spot to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I feel that they are moving in the right direction with some good pieces on defense, and Jameis Winston having another good year. He threw for 4,000 passing yards last season, and I believe he can do it again while throwing more touchdown passes and less interceptions. The division winners will be the Packers winning the north, the Panthers winning the south, I’m picking the Giants to win the east, and the Seahawks to win the west. For the Lombardi trophy, I have a rematch from Super Bowl 40 the Seahawks led by Russell Wilson and the legion of boom against Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. This time the results will be different Seahawks win the rematch and take home the Lombardi trophy.