The NFL season officially begins tonight and our BSO staff ready already making Super Bowl predictions… Can you tell that we’ve been awaiting this day?
Here are our predictions for the Super Bowl XLVIII:
Rob: Atlanta 35 – Denver 27
Glenn: Denver 28 – Dallas 24
Greg: Washington 23 – Cincinnati 14
Vashti: Denver 27 – San Francisco 24
Phil: Denver 31 – Atlanta 24
Ron: Denver 38 – San Francisco 34
Now that you’ve seen our Super Bowl predictions our staff you can go bet now! We have also decided to answer some of the most intrigiuning questions heading into the NFL season.
1. Will last year’s impressive rookie QB draft class avoid a sophomore slump?
Rob – The Youngin QBs. It isn’t just last year group, but the last 2-3 years of Youngin QBs are going to be fascinating to me. Who is going to start to separate themselves from the pack? Cameron, RG3, Russell, Kap, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder-Steele (ok that was a joke), 74 year old Brandon Weeden or maybe someone out of the blue like a Jack Locker? To answer the question I think they all will have their ups and downs, but since they are so talented I don’t think you will see a slump, but I do think separation will come from the pack.
Kel – I believe the NFL is built for these young QBs to succeed. All of last years rookie/first time starting QBs have big arms and mobility. Even Ryan Tannehill played WR for two years at A&M before he took over at QB. The rules don’t allow for QB to get hit like they once were and receivers no longer have to fear big hits either. The QBs are all in position to get better.
Vashti – No. And I only say that because it’s easier to prepare for an opponent that have a years worth of film to study. Although I don’t expect any of their play to decline tremendously, I do expect we will see a small drop in their numbers. And with the success of last year’s rookie class and the expectations that come with it, a drop even though slight, will be deemed a sophomore slump.
Greg – Yes they will. I think this group could be a once in a generation draft class. Luck, RGIII, and Trent Richardson get all the headlines but Matt Kalil, Doug Martin, and Alfred Morris had big time rookie years too. I expect all of the standouts to have better years than their rookie season barring injury.
Glenn- Last years rookie class will continue where they left off. Andrew Luck will be sensational. RG3 should be more efficient and a lot smarter. Russell Wilson will probably have the better year out of the whole group.
Natasha – I don’t think they will because their supporting cast is right for what they need. In addition, their teams’ identity won’t change. The continuity in the coaching staff is pretty much the same so I doubt we will see any slumping.
Ron – I think Andrew Luck will struggle. Russell Wilson and RGIII have better teams around them to take some of the pressure off.
Rob – I don’t think the Patriots will miss a beat. As long they have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick they are going to be a factor. Does that mean they are going to the Super Bowl, that might be a stretch but they will be in the mix as always.
Ashley – Regardless of Hernandez I always figured the Patriots were a shell of theirselves. Brady is always going to make you look better than what you are so they’ll have a good to great reg season but post season will be an easy out.
Vashti – I know that the Patriots have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, but with all of the off-season drama how would a team not be affected? The Patriots will not have a dismal season, but I’m sure the tumultuous offseason has had an impact and it will show on the field. The Patriots dynasty is officially over.
Kel – The Pats will be a top the AFC, but this is because the AFC is horrible right now. I don’t have confidence in the Pats heading back to the Super Bowl Nd I believe they get bounced early in the playoffs.
Greg – To me the Patriots are very overrated but there is no one in the division to challenge them. It will only be a matter of time before Tom Brady is not able to carry a rag tag bunch of receivers to greatness. They could band together as a team after dealing with all the off season drama but I just don’t see the talent being there to make a deep run.
Glenn – As long as the Patriots have Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork, they’ll be fine. 6 weeks from now, you won’t even remember the terrible off-season of 2013.
Natasha – The Patriots aren’t going to falter. They always seem to find a way to do what people presume they won’t be able to do. The Patriot Way is almost a way of life that NFL teams can follow to get through adversities.
Terrance – I’m just simply not going to bet against Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., I’ve seen him turn water into wine one too many times in regards to turning average receivers into offensive weapons. I think their defense will be better and if Gronk can recover from his multiple injuries, even better. They will miss Aaron Hernandez in theory, but in reality they’ll keep it moving like they always do.
Phil – Anytime you combine Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, you’re looking at 10+ wins. Add the fact that they play in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL, they’ll be just fine. Ron – The Patriots are one of the toughest mental teams in the league and it all starts with Bill Belichick. They are always good at finding unknown players to step up and contribute.
Rob – What makes the read option effective is the QBs that run it can actually pass. So, as long as the youngin QBs keep their accuracy and remember they are passers first it will be still be hard to stop. I think defenses will be more prepared and the objective will be simple “The Quarterback Most Go Down and Most Go Down Hard” RIP Al Davis. Hard to run, if you are hanging with Dr. Andrews.
Vashti – I don’t think any defense will ever figure out how to completely stop the read option. A quarterback that can make plays happen with his arm and his legs would give anyone a problem. But I do think defensive coordinators will be more prepared.
Greg – No.Defenses will continue to try and stop it using the Ravens blueprint from the Super Bowl last year. Meaning every time the QB hands off to the RB, he gets popped. The problem for defenses is, if you have a mobile QB who can make plays with his arm it is nearly impossible to stop. Long live the read option and NFL opening its mind to different styles of offense.
Kel – The read option isn’t the wildcat, it’s a schematically sound football package. The only way to beat the read option is to have a defensive end, which is left unblocked purposely in the design of the offense, that is more athletic than the opposing teams backfield. Even though the NFL has amazing athletes at DE none are as athletic as these mobile QBs & their running backs. The “new” style of QB in the NFL is just too athletic for the system to be stopped consistently.
Glenn – Defenses already know how to stop the read option, but only those defenses with the proper personnel will truly be able to put a dent in the read option. You have to take away the read, which is the quarterback. So expect to see linebackers blasting the quarterbacks, and forcing the handoff or pitch.
Terrance – I hope so. All I heard last year from the “experts,” was that with a full off-season to prepare, defensive co-ordinations will have an answer for the devastating read option but it’s easier said than done. I don’t NFL defenses will completely shut down the RO, but I don’t expect it to be as effective as it was last season.
Rob – Tony Romo is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, if he doesn’t lead them to a Super Bowl it won’t matter if he is getting paid $10 million or $10 Billion Cowboys fans won’t be satisfied. Since I don’t think the Cowboys are a Super Bowl team, I don’t think he will meet expectations.