Heading into the opening night, there are a lot of 2021 NFL season predictions popping from left and right. Some predictions may sound farfetched but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. After all, anything is possible in sports.
2021 NFL season predictions
Predicting the 2021 NFL season isn’t easy. A lot can go wrong midway through the season that can derail a team such as injuries, bad trades, and even locker room drama. Still, let’s give it a shot.
Here are the five bold predictions for the 2021 NFL season…
Browns win Superbowl LVI
The days are finally over when the Browns struggled and were considered a laughing stock in the league. For the past two years, they turned things around and acquired promising talent. Now finally healthy, things are looking great coming into the 2021 season.
Cleveland has a top-5 talent offensively and defensively. The return of Odell Beckham Jr. will propel the Browns to become an instant title contender. Running back duo Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb will also continue their stellar performance and take turns in carrying the offensive load. It’s up for Baker Mayfield to orchestrate the offense and live up to his former No. 1 pick hype. Meanwhile, the pass-rushing duo of Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney will cause problems defensively for the opposing team.
As you can see, they did well last season even with a plethora of injuries on their roster. Even though a lot of 2021 NFL season predictions are banking on the Bucs, Chiefs, Packers as champions, expect the Browns to stun everyone and win the Superbowl LVI.
Josh Allen wins league MVP
Josh Allen is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. He had a breakout year last season where he threw 4500+ yards that led to 37 touchdowns for Buffalo.
The addition of Emmanuel Sanders alongside Stefon Diggs gives Allen more options in the passing game. Allen looked sharp and more efficient playing with those two. Devin Singletary also looked sharp in the preseason amidst Zack Moss‘ absence. Expect the Bills offense to be on par with the Chiefs in scoring.
This should easily make the Bills a top team in the AFC East. As long as Allen continues to play out of his mind, he’ll win the league 2021 NFL MVP.
Dak Prescott wins Comeback Player of the Year
Before going down with a gruesome ankle injury, Dak Prescott was on pace to hit 5000+ passing yards.
As you can see, a healthy Dak can surpass 5000+ yards with Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb as wide receivers for the Cowboys. With an added game in the 2021 season, it’s safe to say he can achieve it. It’s just a matter of being healthy.
In addition, it was reported that Dak doesn’t want Dallas to limit his reps. He wants to put in the work and let everyone know that he’s ready for a comeback season.
Washington repeats as NFC East champions
Let’s face it, the NFC East division isn’t that strong. The Cowboys could make some noise with the return of Dak Prescott but one major injury could derail their season.
Given Washington’s great defense and interesting additions, this could be the perfect opportunity for them to win the East again especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick in the middle. At 38 years old, we may still see some Fitzmagic on the field one last time. Washington could have a 9-8 record this season, best for number one in the East.
Don’t be surprised when they surpass their projected 8.0 NFL win totals in 2021.
Najee Harris wins Offensive Rookie of the Year
Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence is the favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year. He’s clearly franchise-player material based on what we witnessed in Clemson. Given the hype around him, will his talent quickly translate to the league?
This leads us to Steelers’ Najee Harris. It’s no secret that the award is often granted to quarterbacks in this era’s pass-oriented game. That being said, running backs have a great chance as well. Given Harris’ beastly game, he could topple Lawrence for the OROY award.
He is a freakish runner who even hurdles over defenses. His ability to stack rushing yards and touchdowns is enough for him to win the award.