The NFL season is still over four months away however we are already starting to make predictions. It’s a long offseason but speculations can officially begin now that NFL free agency and the draft have happened.
The Panthers win the NFC South
The Carolina Panthers haven’t made the playoffs since 2017 and that was also the season they last won more than seven games. After trading their top two offensive players, Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, it was clear they were rebuilding. Getting the first-overall pick and taking a quarterback in Bryce Young is a good way to do that. Carolina also signed wide receivers Adam Thielen and DJ Chark this offseason as well as running back Miles Sanders. It also helps a lot that they are in a division on the decline.
The Giants Miss the Playoffs
The New York Giants made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016 and just the second time since winning the Super Bowl in 2011. Daniel Jones was rewarded with a huge contract and the team has been offering Saquon Barkley big money for a running back as well hoping that this duo can lead them back to the playoffs. There is so much hype around this team that won just nine games last year, including two wins by three points or less. Jones may be drastically overrated after one good year and this team is lacking in talent overall. They also play in a division with Dallas and Philadelphia and have to play the 49ers, Dolphins, Jets, and Bills.
Evan Engram leads all tight ends in yards
This is undoubtedly a bold prediction but also very random. With Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews still in the league this may seem impossible. Let’s look at what Engram did towards the end of last year. He had 11 catches for 162 yards on December 11th and then eight catches for 113 yards on December 22nd. Engram can put up huge numbers but will need to be more consistent and will need some help to make this happen from a possible Kelce regression and/or Kelce resting a few games.
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