After months and months of anticipation, the 2014 NFL season is finally here. With all the hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns second string quarterback, Molly, Michael Sam and of course, fantasy football, I personally could not be more excited. Here’s a look at how I see this season playing out.
Dallas Cowboys Preview
Even before the season begins, let’s get one thing straight: last year the Cowboys had one of the worst defenses in league history. So GM Jerry went out and did what any smart GM would do – he bolstered his defense. First, he “improved” the defense by getting rid of one of the best players in Dallas Cowboys’ history, linebacker DeMarcus Ware, in order to save some pocket change (Forbes recently listed the Cowboys as the most valuable franchise in the NFL at $3.2 billion). They implemented a plan to replace his presence, starting with second round draft pick DeMarcus Lawrence, who will be out until at least Week 9 after breaking his right foot in July. Then, the Cowboys lost defensive captain Sean Lee to a shattered knee (he will be out the rest of the year). As if that wasn’t enough, the most consistent defensive back the past few seasons, Orlando Scandrick got suspended for the first four games for reasons only he knows. Maybe Molly knows – no one is truly sure. The Cowboys’ most hyped signing came when they signed Michael Sam… to the practice squad. “We talkin’ bout practice!” Don’t worry though, things will get even better after Week 10 when defensive tackle Josh Brent (who hasn’t played since 2012) can play his first game. This sounds a like Super Bowl team in the making, does it?
Now, let’s be real. Dez Bryant will be one of the lone bright spots of the season. DeMarco Murray will play hard, but likely won’t play more than 10 games. In the end, the ‘Boys will likely complete the four-peat with another 8-8 season and fans will once again ride the back of Tony Romo for throwing a late game interception and disregard his play for the other 99.8% of the time, despite his “much improved” circumstances. Nevertheless, as a diehard #DC4L fan, I’ll watch every game and enjoy the ride because that’s what true Cowboy fans do.
NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC West: Seattle Seahawks
Wild Card No. 1: San Francisco 49ers
Wild Card No. 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts
AFC West: Denver Broncos
Wild Card No. 1 Cincinnati Bengals
Wild Card No. 2 Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XLIX: Denver Broncos over New Orleans Saints
Regular Seasons MVP: Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Offensive Player of the Year: LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
Defensive Player of the Year: JJ Watt, DE, Texans
Coach of the Year: Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Texans