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Five predictions that could shape the 2019 NFL season

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The NFL is back. The league is celebrating a century of football action, so fans can expect another exciting season.

The season will begin on September 5, and conclude with Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020, at the Hard Rock Stadium. With that being said, it is time to give some predictions that will likely shape this upcoming season.

Chargers take charge

Yahoo Sports NFL analyst Frank Schwab is cautiously optimistic about the Chargers, pointing out how they are capable of winning Super Bowl LIV. But they will miss out if they keep making mistakes at the most inopportune times. Case in point was zoning Tom Brady in last season’s divisional playoff against the New England Patriots. Those same mistakes need to be a thing of the past. If the Chargers figure things out this season they could finally win a ‘chip.

Get set for an All-LA Super Bowl

Last year, The Guardian brought up the idea of an all-LA Super Bowl LIII. The Chargers and Rams had high-powered offences led by MVP-calibre QBs (Rivers for the Chargers, Jared Goff for the Rams), and both had stout defences. The Rams fulfilled their end, while, the Chargers faltered against the Patriots. This year, both teams remain formidable and are legit championship contenders. The determined Rams are tipped to get back to the Super Bowl, and they could face the Chargers who will fancy their chances.

This year could be the season where it is an all-LA show in Hard Rock Stadium.


Some bad luck for the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts’ chances of making it to the postseason hinge on their star QB, Andrew Luck. He is the Colts’ best player, and the franchise is committed to him. A Ladbrokes listicle on the highest paid sports stars includes Luck at #6, and explains how he signed a 5-year extension with the Colts in 2016 worth £87.8m. That’s due to Luck guiding the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons. He then led them to the postseason for a fourth time last year, but a fifth looks a long shot. Luck is dealing with a calf injury, and it seems serious. A USA Today report on Luck’s injured calf notes that the 29-year-old’s condition has regressed. It is a legitimate cause for concern, as Luck might either miss several games due to the injury or be less than 100% all season long. Either way, it is bad news for the Colts.

The Jets make big strides

The New York Jets have depth issues, notably at receiver and cornerback. That being said, they could still make big strides this season. QB Sam Darnold is the main cause for optimism in Gotham. If he can deliver and get plenty of help from Le’Veon Bell, then these are reasons enough for Jets fans to get excited. Their team finally have the jigsaw pieces to put together for a bright future.

Jimmy Garoppolo for MVP

Jimmy Garoppolo is an elite QB. Hopefully he can enjoy a full season this year, and win MVP honours. If he doesn’t get injured, Matt Barrows of The Athletic believes that playing under Kyle Shanahan will fully unleash Garoppolo. “I think there’s logic there [to Garoppolo winning an MVP]”, Barrows saiid. “And it’s not just Garoppolo; it’s his head coach and offensive coordinator [Shanahan].” Shanahan brought out the best in Matt Ryan a few years back; he’ll do the same with Garoppolo this year.

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