NFL Bold Predictions in Review

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Before the NFL season began, I made a bold prediction for each team for the 2018 NFL season. Now that the NFL regular season is now over, let's take a look and see how I did.

AFC East: New England Patriots: What I said: Tom Brady would throw 16 interceptions.

What actually happened: I was very close because Brady threw 11 interceptions this season.

New York Jets: What I said: Sam Darnold would throw for 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns as a rookie.

What actually happened: He threw for 2,865 yards and 17 touchdowns. Darnold has a lot of potential and he missed a few games because of injury.

Miami Dolphins: What I said: Despite having a talented roster, they wouldn't win more than four games because of bad quarterback play.

What actually happened: Close, they won six games this season and the quarterback play wasn't very good.

Buffalo Bills: What I said: They would have a bottom five offense.

What actually happened: Bulls eye, the Bills had the third worst offense in the NFL this season.

AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers: What I said: A lot of tension inside the locker room would occur and because of that, they would only win 10 games or fewer and maybe miss the playoffs.

What actually happened: Bulls eye, they only won nine games and Pittsburgh missed the postseason. A lot of fans want Mike Tomlin fired.

Baltimore Ravens: What I said: C.J. Mosley would lead the league in tackles.

What actually happened: I was way off with this prediction. Mosley had 105 tackles. Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts had 164 tackles.

Cincinnati Bengals: What I said: Their talent would mesh early with a favorable schedule and because of it, they would make a run for the postseason.

What actually happened: The Bengals started the season 4-1, but they finished the season 6-10. Marvin Lewis was fired.

Cleveland Browns: What I said: Nick Chubb would rush for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns and also catch 40 passes for 500 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

What actually happened: He rushed for 996 yards and eight touchdowns. Chubb also caught 20 passes for 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

AFC South: Houston Texans: What I said: DeShaun Watson would be one of the three favorites to win MVP.

What actually happened: He had a very good season, but Watson won't be considered for MVP.

Tennessee Titans: What I said: They would lead the NFL in sacks.

What actually happened: The Titans only had 39 sacks. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers led the NFL in sacks with 52.

Jacksonville Jaguars: What I said: Jalen Ramsey would pick off 10 passes.

What actually happened: I was way off on this pick. He only had three interceptions.

Indianapolis Colts: What I said: Jack Doyle would be become a pro bowl tight end with having Andrew Luck back.

What actually happened: Luck made tight end Eric Ebron a pro bowler instead.

AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes would become the quarterback the Chiefs expect him to and lead them to a Super Bowl appearance.

What actually happened: Mahomes threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,097 passing yards. He will most likely win the MVP award. The Chiefs will have home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. They finished the regular season with a 12-4 record. Kansas City has a very good chance to reach the Super Bowl.

Los Angeles Chargers: What I said: Joey Bosa would break Michael Strahan's 22.5 sacks record.

What actually happened: Bosa was hurt for most of the season but he did have 5.5 sacks.

Denver Broncos: What I said: They would reach the playoffs.

What actually happened: The Broncos finished with a 6-10 record and because of it, Vance Joseph was fired as head coach.

Oakland Raiders: What I said: Khalil Mack would get traded by midseason.

What actually happened: Bulls eye, he got traded to the Chicago Bears before the start of the 2018 season.

NFC East: New York Giants: What I said: The offensive line would be fixed, but the offense gets off to a slow start and people call for Eli Manning to be benched in favor of Davis Webb.

What actually happened: There was a half truth to this. The offensive line was fixed. A lot of fans called for Eli Manning to be benched. The Giants started the season 1-7. Davis Webb was cut before the season started and Kyle Lauletta became the back up. Lauletta would have started if he didn't get receive a traffic violation.

Philadelphia Eagles: What I said: Corey Clement would have more scrimmage yards than Jay Ajayi.

What actually happened: Bulls eye, Clement had 451 yards from scrimmage and Ajayi had 204 yards from scrimmage. Both of those players were placed on injured reserve earlier in the season.

Washington Redskins: What I said: Alex Smith would be the most sacked quarterback in the NFL.

What actually happened: He wasn't the most sacked quarterback, but a sack was the reason why his leg snapped and needed season ending surgery.

Dallas Cowboys: What I said: Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott would lead the Dallas Cowboys back to the postseason for the second time in three seasons.

What actually happened: half truth, the Cowboys made it back to the postseason, but the defense was the main reason why they won the NFC East with a 10-6 record.

NFC North: Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings would win 13 games again this season.

What actually happened: They only won eight games and Minnesota missed the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.

Green Bay Packers: What I said: Mike McCarthy would get fired by the end of the season and they would miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

What I actually said: Bulls eye, McCarthy got fired after Week 13 and they missed the playoffs with a 6-9-1 record.

Chicago Bears: What I said: With the Bears upgraded roster, they would win 10 games.

What actually happened: Bulls eye, the Bears won the NFC North title with a 12-4 record and they are the number three seed in the NFC.

Detroit Lions: What I said: They wouldn't win more than five games.

What actually happened: The Lions won six games.

NFC South: New Orleans Saints: What I said: Michael Thomas would have the most receptions and yards in the NFL.

What actually happened: Half truth, Thomas led the NFL in receptions in 125, but he only had 1,405 yards receiving. Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons had the most receiving yards with 1,677.

Carolina Panthers: What I said: Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, and C.J. Anderson would each rush for eight touchdowns.

What actually happened: Newton only rushed for four touchdowns, McCaffrey rushed for seven touchdowns, and Anderson was released by them earlier in the season and picked up by the Los Angeles Rams.

Atlanta Falcons: What I said: They would win eight games or fewer.

What actually happened: I was spot on with this pick as they only won seven games this past season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What I said: Because of the Jameis Winston suspension, they would start the season 0-3 and be the worst team in football.

What actually happened: The Buccaneers started the season 2-1 and Tampa Bay finished with a 5-11 record and they were not the worst team in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals were the worst team in the NFL with a 3-13 record.

NFC West: San Francisco 49ers: What I said: Jimmy Garoppolo would win the MVP award.

What actually happened: He tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Seattle Seahawks: What I said: The Seahawks would win four or five games at most and they wouldn't sign Pete Carroll to a contract extension.

What actually happened: I was way off with this prediction. Seattle won 10 games and they will be the #5 seed in the NFC. Carroll received a contract extension.

Los Angeles Rams: What I said: They would have the top offense in the NFL this season.

What actually happened: Very close, the Rams had the second best offense in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs had the best offense in the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals: What I said: Josh Rosen would start the first game of the season and he would be just as good as Sam Darnold and share the rookie of the year.

What actually happened: Rosen was okay with a 55.8 completion percentage for 2,278 yards 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield or New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will win rookie of the year.