Okay gridiron gaming aficionados, with the start of the 2016 NFL regular season getting closer by the day, what you need to go along with the multitude of free NFL betting odds picks you’ve been getting in the MyBookie.ag sportsbook is some online early NFL predictions. Let’s get started with my prediction on the first head coach to be fired.
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First Coach Fired
A handful of head coaches like Jeff Fisher, Rex Ryan and Mike McCoy could be on the hot-seat by the time the 2016 regular season his its annual midway mark, but no head coach is sitting on a hotter seat right now than Jacksonville’s Gus Bradley.
In three seasons with the Jags, Bradley has not led the franchise to more than the five wins they recorded in 2015. Bradley is just 12-36 since 2013 and could be out of a job by midseason if Jacksonville really struggles in the first half.
Passing, Rushing and Receiving Leaders
Drew Brees: I could have gone with another signal-caller to win the 2016 passing yards title, but I just don’t see anyone beating out New Orleans Saints’ future Hall of Famer Drew Brees in 2016.
Brees has won the last two passing titles (he was tied with Ben Roethlisberger in 2014) and four of the last five overall. New Orleans will once again be a pass-heavy team that relies on Brees’ gifted right arm in 2016, making him my favorite.
Ezekiel Elliott: Maybe it’s me, but I see absolutely no reason why Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott won’t lead the NFL in rushing in 2016 despite being a rookie. The Cowboys are going to get back to the power-rushing ways that helped DeMarco Murray lead the league in rushing back in 2014 and it all starts with the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft.
Elliott rushed for over 1,800 yards in his sophomore and junior seasons at Ohio State and possess a rare combination of power, size and speed that will allow him to run over, through and around NFL defenders right out of the gate.
Julio Jones Jones won he receiving yards title in 2015 by racking up 1,871 yards in receptions as Matt Ryan’s No. 1 target. The Falcons will lean on Jones’ ample gifts once again in 2016 and I believe he will be the first consecutive winner since the now retired Calvin Johnson did it I 2001 and 2012. Not only is Jones big, but he’s extremely fast and has hands like a vise grip on any ball thrown in his general vicinity.
Russell Wilson: In just four seasons, Russell Wilson has won one Super Bowl title and two NFC championships while earning Pro Bowl honors three times. After bagging a Pro Bowl Offensive MVP award and leading the league in passer rating last season, what’s next for the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year? Wining the 2015 NFL MVP award, that’s what!
Defensive Player of the Year
Navorro Bowman: In 2015, the Niners gifted linebacker bounced back from a torn ACL in 2014 to reach the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career. Bowman is a four-time First-Team All-Pro selection and led the NFL in tackles last season. Bowman had an incredible season in 2015 even though it was overshadowed a bit by the turmoil surrounding the Niners’ franchise last season. Bowman’s 136 tackles, 11.5 sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and one touchdown makes him my odds-on-favorite to win the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Ezekiel Elliott: There are a lot of rookies that will have a chance to win this award but since I’m picking Ezekiel Elliot to win the NFL rushing title as a rookie, he’s my winner for this award too!