5 Bold Predictions for the 2017-18 NFL Season

Corey Darko 




5 Bold Predictions for the NFL season 

Staff Writer: Corey Darko 

The NFL season is just around the corner. As a result, this is the best time to predict bold predictions for the upcoming season. Without further ado, let’s get started. 

  1. The Buccaneers will make the NFC championship. What’s not to like with these young Bucs. Jameis Winston is arguably the best young quarterback in the league and their defense is starting to come into its own. On paper, this team is one of the most talented offenses in the league. O.J Howard and Desean Jackson will take a lot of pressure off Mike Evans and Desean Jackson is the perfect deep threat that will make Jameis Winston scarier. However, lets show the defense some love as second year corner Vernon Hargreaves the third is due for improvement and showed flashes of his upside and Brent Grimes is another talented corner.  



Their defense line is also imposing as Gerald McCoy is one of the best defensive tackles in the game. Despite being a very young team, the Bucs will make some noise next season. 




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 2. The Raiders will make the super bowl. Surprise isn’t it. While many people are saying the Patriots have the potential to make the super bowl, I believe these raiders are not only the biggest threat, but have the talent to beat New England. When healthy, Derek Carr is a top 5 quarterbacks In the NFL, Amari Cooper will elevate himself into a top 3 receivers in the game next year, as he’s arguably already the best route runner and wide receivers usually break out their third year. WHS Junior Hunter Leonard stated ” Amari Cooper has the potential to be the top wideout in the game”.We don’t even have to talk about Khalil Mack, the best defensive end in the game and an absolute beast.  


The weakest part of their team is the secondary, however that should change soon. If heathy, rookie cornerback Gareon Conley will be one of the outside corner starters and immediately will be the no.1 Cornerback right away and Sean Smith is due for a bounce back season. Beating the best quarterback on the best team in the NFL isn’t easy, however Derek Carr always shows up in big games and believe he will lead the Raiders past the Patriots. 

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 3.Deshone Kizer will win offensive rookie of the year.  Deshone Kizer has looked so impressive in preseason and in training camp that Coach Hue Jackson has named Deshone the starter. WHS Junior Bradley skyes stated” He reminds me of Cam Newton”. I always felt  Deshone Kizer had the most upside of the all the quarterbacks drafted after  Patrick Mahomes. With a good offensive-line and decent receivers, Deshone Kizer has a chance to put up numbers right away. 



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4. Corey Davis will have over 1,000 receiving yards. Corey Davis was my favorite wide receiver prospect coming out of the draft and a top 5 pick for a good reason. His explosiveness mixed with his polished route running and athleticism with his elite receiver size is special. His playstyle is similar to Terrell Owens since he’s able to explode past any defender, catch it over you and turn short receptions into big plays. Him barely participating in training camp shouldn’t matter, he’s immediately the most talented wide receiver on the team and the deep threat that Marcus Mariota has long needed. 

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5.The Jets will finish 0-16. To put it simply the Jets stink. Their Quarterback situation is terrible as neither Christian Hackenburg and Bryce Petty are ready. While their offensive line is arguably the worst Line in football. Not to mention their receivers leave a lot to be desired as well. Despite, having talented young pieces on the defense, their laughably bad offense mixed with an inexperienced defense will lead to an 0-16 season. 

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