Reflections: 16 Bold Predictions for the 2016 NFL Season (#16 through #13)

Photo Credit: Fake Pigskin (featured image), ESPN (team logos)

NOTE: In italics are the original bold predictions themselves. Underneath the italicized portions are the reflections, which explain whether or not the predictions ended up being correct or not.

16. ARI ATL BAL BUF CAR CHI CIN CLE DAL DEN DET GB HOU IND JAC KC MIA MIN NE NO NYG NYJ OAK PHI PIT SD SEA SF STL TB TEN WAS No NFL team will win or lose more than 5 games in a row at any point during the regular season.

  • The NFL has been full of parity, especially over the past few seasons. When I came out with my many editions of offseason power rankings, I found it tough to put some teams that I consider really good outside of the top 20, but I had to. I also found it tough to not put some teams that I consider elite inside the top 10, but again, I had to. This season should be a very competitive one, and do not be surprised if no team establishes themselves as THE dominant team or THE worst team by going on a huge win or loss streak.
  • Reflection: This was just flat-out wrong. I could go on and on and on with all of the 5+ game winning and losing streaks that teams had throughout this NFL season.

15. CAR ARI CIN MIN HOU A team that has never won a Super Bowl will win Super Bowl 51.

  • Teams like the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, and Houston Texans are considered among the best in the NFL this season, and none of them have ever won a Super Bowl. I think that the talent that each of these teams has is too abundant for yet another season to pass without one of these teams claiming the franchise’s first Lombardi trophy. If any team is going to do it that has never done it before, it will be one of these five.
  • Reflection: This will likely not happen. The only three teams in the postseason that have never before won a Super Bowl are the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans, and the Atlanta Falcons. Neither the Lions nor the Texans are projected to do much damage this postseason, and the Falcons were not even on my initial list of potential first-time Super Bowl champions.

14. CIN The Cincinnati Bengals will finally win a playoff game.

  • The Bengals consistently find themselves in the NFL playoffs, but they also consistently find themselves losing their first playoff game. The Bengals have not won a playoff game since the 1990 season, making their playoff win drought the longest active drought in the NFL. With a healthy Andy Dalton, the Bengals’ offense should be able to operate at an elite level with star wide receiver AJ Green and a solid tandem of running backs in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. The Bengals also have one of the best defenses in the NFL, making them one of the more well-rounded teams in the league this season.
  • Reflection: This is not going to happen. The Bengals are not even in this season’s postseason.

13. CLE Robert Griffin III will win the Comeback Player of the Year award.

  • Robert Griffin III has not had a great season since his rookie season in 2012 with the Washington Redskins. He has either been hurt or just looked awful. Now with a change of scenery in Cleveland and a whole year without taking a snap behind center, Griffin should be healthier than ever and could repeat what he did in 2012 in taking the league by storm.
  • Reflection: This is not going to happen. Griffin only ended up playing in five games this season, throwing for 886 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.

 

-Asher Fair

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