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Tony Romo and Dallas Cowboys skip playoffs in a 2015 Bold Predictions

The 10 Bold Predictions for a 2015 season:

1. Aaron Rodgers will get his third MVP, second ring

The former isn’t all that bold. Rodgers, 31, won it final year and is personification a many critical position during an impossibly high level. But can he compare Bart Starr (and pass Brett Favre) with a second Super Bowl win after losing tip receiver Jordy Nelson to a knee damage in a preseason? The call here is approbation – if Rodgers can stay healthy. He was entrance behind from a damaged collarbone in a 2013 playoffs and had a serious calf aria final year. At 100%, Rodgers is tough to beat. Even during distant less, a Green Bay Packers were a softened group for 55 mins in final year’s NFC pretension diversion during Seattle before things came unglued.

2. The Cowboys will skip a playoffs

The detriment of DeMarco Murray competence harm some-more than anyone realizes, even behind that commanding descent line. The ability (and willingness) to stay offset regardless of diversion upsurge was a large partial of a Dallas Cowboys’ temperament in 2014. Can Scott Linehan gaunt on some multiple of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and newly-acquired Christine Michael – an bomb contestant who struggled to figure out how to be a pro in Seattle – a same way? Orlando Scandrick’s knee damage knocked out one of a defense’s best players for a year. The cocktail of personalities in a locker room is intensity means for concern. And Chip Kelly’s remodeled Eagles are no pushover in a NFC East. The front-runners accommodate in Week 2 in Philly.

3. Jameis Winston will chuck 20 interceptions, still win descent rookie of a year

Like Peyton Manning, who was a runner-up to Randy Moss in 1998 notwithstanding throwing 28 interceptions (and 26 touchdown passes), Winston total to be a high-volume performer in his initial year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would cite that to carrying a No. 1 collect spin into a risk-averse diversion manager, supposing Winston understands a wrong risk during a wrong time can cost his group a ballgame. In 3 preseason appearances, Winston had no touchdown passes and dual interceptions, though also showed off his clever arm and ability to make pro throws. Just 6 QBs have won rookie of a year honors, and another fender stand of receivers figure to yield a challenge. Dark horse: Seattle’s Tyler Lockett, who moves like Antonio Brown.

4. The Colts will take a step back

No group with Andrew Luck during quarterback  figures to pile-up and burn. But in what is noticed as an “all-in” deteriorate for a Indianapolis Colts, it’s value observant how many of their new additions – Andre Johnson, Trent Cole, Frank Gore, Todd Herremans – are on a decline. Can a invulnerability in unfortunate need of difference-makers get adequate extract from a lapse of 34-year-old Robert Mathis, who missed final deteriorate given of a drug cessation and a ripped Achilles? The call here is they come adult brief of a Super Bowl, that competence be unsatisfactory adequate in itself to cost manager Chuck Pagano his job.

5. The Rams will lapse to a playoffs

They haven’t been there given 2004, when Mike Martz was still in charge. Coach Jeff Fisher’s initial 3 seasons have been noted with sameness (a 20-27-1 record) and deficient quarterback play, with Sam Bradford appearing in usually 7 games a past dual seasons given of knee injuries. In March, a St. Louis Rams substituted Bradford for Nick Foles, who should need usually to yield efficient QB play to support one of a NFL’s many feared defensive fronts and a using diversion led (eventually) by tip breeze collect Todd Gurley. The large question: How will Foles fit into a new offense, though Chip Kelly job a shots, behind an defective line to a one that stable him in Philly?

6. Jay Gruden will be a initial manager fired

A new GM, a warn quarterback change, a notoriously desirous owners – it all adds adult to difficulty for Gruden, a excellent descent manager who competence not have time (or support) to build a module he wants with a Washington Redskins. Marty Schottenheimer usually got one year. Steve Spurrier and Jim Zorn got two. Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan got four, though they both arrived with Super Bowl rings in tow. Benching authorization QB Robert Griffin III in preference of Kirk Cousins will be Gruden’s defining moment, one approach or another. The call here is it’s his downfall, and that has as most to do with a approach Dan Snyder runs a uncover as anything.

7. The Ravens will get punish on a Patriots

After 12 uninterrupted 10-win seasons, it’s ridiculous to gamble opposite a New England Patriots winning a AFC East nonetheless again, notwithstanding a register with poignant doubt outlines and an offseason’s value of distractions for a QB who generally covers them up. But a Baltimore Ravens have been consistent, too, with 6 trips to during slightest a multiplication playoffs in manager John Harbaugh’s 7 seasons, a sole outlier a teardown year after winning Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens have a measure to settle with Tom Brady, whose remark after final year’s eligible-ineligible strap – “Maybe those guys gotta investigate a order book and figure it out” – came a week before Deflategate became a word. The teams don’t accommodate in a unchanging season. With a best defensive crew in a AFC North, a Ravens have a event to finally put any playoff matchup on their home field.

8. The AFC West will be motionless in San Diego

That’s where a San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos accommodate in a regular-season culmination Jan. 3. The call here is Denver – multiplication winners before to Week 17 any year given Peyton Manning’s attainment in 2012 – needs to win this one on a highway to make it 5 titles in a quarrel (including one with Tim Tebow). The Broncos substantially will get it done. They’re 6-1 opposite Philip Rivers and a Chargers given Manning’s arrival. But an softened multiplication total to make things some-more engaging this time.

9. The Seahawks’ invulnerability will be even better

Drafting Frank Clark combined another autarchic contestant to a front seven, and a signing of cornerback Cary Williams helps indurate a delegate that mislaid Byron Maxwell in giveaway group and was short-handed via training camp. Key question: Will tone-setting reserve Kam Chancellor finish his holdout and uncover adult earlier than later? If so, there’s no reason to consider this can’t be a Seahawks’ best D yet. And even though him, Seattle is loaded.

10. The Browns will get a No. 1 pick

They play in a heartless division, will start a 36-year-old quarterback who’s on his seventh group and miss playmakers around him. The descent line stays plain and they’re gifted on defense, quite in a secondary. But it’s tough to see how a group that averaged 18.7 points a diversion final deteriorate scores some-more with Josh McCown underneath center. Instant impact from a rookie category competence be a Cleveland Browns’ usually wish to equivocate attack stone bottom, again.

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