Friday, September 7, 2018

NFL MVP Predictions for 2018 | Ticket King Inc.


NFL MVP
T.J. Bryce has looked deep into his crystal ball, and has come up with his NFL awards, winners, and MVP pick for 2018. We know that his predictions are bold, and we welcome any comments below.
In the first two parts of our three-part 2018 NFL Preview, I covered the AFC and NFC all the way through their respective conference championship games. Here are my choices for awards and the winner of the Super Bowl between the Panthers and Steelers.

Rookie of the Year
1. Saquon Barkley/RB/Giants- Probably the best player in the draft, Barkley went second overall to the Giants. He is quite possibly the most polished running back coming out of college in recent memory. He could very well sneak onto the MVP balloting as well, depending on how the Giants perform this season as a team.
2. Roquan Smith/ILB/Bears- The trade for All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack is going leave Smith with open lanes to get to the quarterback and tackle the running back all season. This is good news for Smith.
3. Derwin James/DB/Chargers- The most talented defensive player in this draft will play safety in the Chargers defensive scheme.
4. Rashaan Evans/ILB/Titans- Evans is going to be a tackling machine in this defense.
5. Josh Jackson/CB/Packers- Jackson has been nothing but impressive so far since day one of offseason workouts.

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Harrison Smith/SS/Vikings- This is the best defensive football player in the world right now. End of story.
2. Joey Bosa/DE/Chargers- Bosa is on his way to becoming the best pass rusher in the league.
3. Luke Kuechly/LB/Panthers- Kuechly will once again lead the league tackles. This is the Brian Urlacher of this generation.
4. Aaron Donald/DL/Rams- A new contract, and a big-time season in the makings for Donald.
5. Danielle Hunter/DE/Vikings- Could possibly lead the league in sacks with all the attention focused on Everson Griffin on the opposite side.

MVP
1. Cam Newton/QB/Panthers- I hinted at this in part two, but this will be Cam Newton’s best season to date. He wins his second MVP award.
2. Ezekiel Elliott/RB/Cowboys- He’s not aging, he’s not coming back from injury, and he is ready to play 2018 angry over his suspension last season, which he fought to the bitter end. I expect Elliott to flirt with Chris Johnson’s record for yards from scrimmage in a single season of 2,509.
3. Todd Gurley/RB/Rams- Todd Gurley is an elite running back, but I don’t think he quite as good as Elliott, nor is he going to have as much of a workload this season as Elliott.
4. Kareem Hunt/RB/Chiefs- With new quarterback Pat Mahomes now under center, the Chiefs will rely on Hunt early and often.
5. Leonard Fournette/RB/Jaguars- Will have a great season but won’t win the MVP award mainly because of the Jaguars 7-9 campaign.

Super Bowl
Steelers vs. Panthers - It all comes down to this. The last two standing. An aging legend on one side, the league MVP on the other. The Panthers take a 27-24 lead late, then Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers down the field, throws the game-winning touchdown pass right before double zeros on the clock, and rides off into retirement a three-time champion and a Super Bowl MVP.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

AFC 2018 Win/Loss Predictions | Ticket King Inc.


(We pick up where T.J. Bryce left off, and ask him to make his 2018 AFC preditions.) 

As mentioned in my last post, I see two drastically different NFL conferences. The records may not show it at the end of the year, but the NFC is far stronger than the AFC, at least to begin 2018. In the NFC, all but about two teams are legitimate playoff contenders. Meanwhile, in the AFC, we have the Patriots, the Steelers, and a bunch of questions after that.

AFC

East
1. Patriots     13-3- The Patriots have been on top of this division forever. But for how long can Belichick and Brady keep this up? I know Brady wants to play forever, but nobody does, and father time will get him at some point, and soon.
2. Dolphins   6-10- The Miami Dolphins have tried several different coaching staffs and collections of players over the last five years or so. It may very well be time to wipe the slate clean, and start from zero, because it’s not working.
3. Bills          4-12- This draft was loaded with franchise quarterbacks, and the Bills got Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Now it’s time to see what he can do.
4. Jets           3-13- The Jets also got a franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold. But it won’t get them very far this year.

South
1. Titans       11-5- The Titans are the NFL’s hot up and coming team. They could very well be the future kings of the AFC. But could that happen this year?
2. Colts          8-8- Andrew Luck is healthy for the first time in two years. But that’s about it right now for this team.
3. Texans       8-8- I know Watson was having a great year last season before his torn ACL. But I want to know how he comes back from that, and how he plays now that teams have tape of him in a prostyle offense.
4. Jaguars      7-9- There is no way the Jaguars repeat 2017. Not a chance.

North
1. Steelers   13-3- Ben is determined to get the last laugh against the Patriots. That is why he came back for one more NFL season. Can he finally pull it off?
2. Ravens     8-8- The Ravens drafted the dynamic Lamar Jackson at the end of the round one, and he will sit behind Joe Flacco all season.
3. Browns    6-10- The Browns turned their entire roster over this season. Before we crown them division champions, let's see them finish somewhere other than last place for the first time since, well, Columbus discovered the new world.
4. Bengals   4-12- Two years ago the Bengals had the best roster in the league. Now they are a mess. Oh how far the mighty have fallen.

West
1. Raiders   10-6- This team had the wrong collection of something or other, so they made changes this offseason, including bringing in Jon Gruden as their new head coach. Maybe Gruden can settle everybody down in that locker room.
2. Chiefs      8-8- Pat Mahomes takes over for the departed Alex Smith. We know that Mahomes has a huge arm, and we will see just how much Andy Reid’s staff has polished his mechanics.
3. Chargers  7-9- This is the NFL’s ultimate renegade bunch. This is a 7-9 team.
4. Broncos   3-13- The Broncos were the NFL’s luckiest bunch a few years ago on their way to the Super Bowl. Now, that luck is gone, and they are just a bad team.

AFC Playoffs
Seeds: 1. Steelers 2. Patriots 3. Titans 4. Raiders 5. Colts 6. Chiefs

Wild Card Weekend
Titans vs. Chiefs- Pat Mahomes playoff debut doesn’t go well, and the Titans pick up an easy victory 31-17.

Raiders vs. Colts- This will not be a very fast-paced game, but it is one the Raiders will win 20-16.

Divisional Playoff Weekend
Steelers vs. Raiders- The high-octane Steelers will overpower the Raiders and waltz to a 34-17 victory.

Patriots vs. Titans- This will be a much better game than most people think. The Titans are slowly getting better each year and each week. They ALMOST get the Patriots, taking the lead late, before Tom Brady marches the Patriots down the field for the game-winning touchdown and the 34-30 win.

Conference Championship
Steelers vs. Patriots- Alright Ben. Here you go. One more crack at these Patriots. This might be your last one as well. 31-27 Steelers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NFC 2018 Predictions | Ticket King Inc.


NFC 2018 Picks
For our Ticket King NFC 2018 preview, we turned to T.J. Bryce to give us his picks, winners, losers and (Panthers, I’m talking about you) the wildest of winner picks for the year. You may not agree with T.J.B. but we are going to move forward and post this. Take it away T.J.B.

When I look at the NFC, I see a stark contrast when compared to the AFC. To begin 2018, the NFC is the most loaded conference in recent memory. All but about two teams are serious playoff contenders even though the records may not show it, because after all, somebody has to lose.

East
1. Eagles        12-4- The reigning Super Bowl champions are a trendy favorite according the Vegas books. However, Carson Wentz will not be ready for week one and Nick Foles had a lousy preseason, so there are no guarantees here. I will say this though, this is the one team that could stick "Joe Shmuck" at quarterback and win.
2. Cowboys   10-6- After a tumultuous 2017, "The Boys" are ready to get back in the saddle, and the return of their All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott will help. Elliot should be an MVP candidate this season. 
3. Redskins    7-9- What a mess this team has turned into. After finally finding a franchise quarterback in Kirk Cousins, they rubbed him the wrong way and have replaced him with the veteran Alex Smith
4. Giants        7-9- Okay, maybe I was too high on this team a year ago. But the Beckham contract is finally done, so that is a start.

South
1. Panthers      13-3- The Panthers already had an incredible defense and now have a reloaded offense to go along with it. This could be Cam Newton’s best year to date.
2. Falcons       10-6- Another solid year for the Falcons, not much else to say here.
3. Saints          8-8- The Saints had magic last year. I don’t think history repeats itself in 2018. Drew Brees is an old man who needs to call it a career.
4. Buccaneers 4-12- Jameis Winston will sit the first three games and I don’t think the Buccaneers will recover from that.

North
1. Vikings     12-4- This is a great team. But are the Vikings Super Bowl worthy now with Kirk Cousins under center?
2. Packers     10-6- This the true wild card team of 2018. If Aaron Rodgers can get back to being Aaron Rodgers, and that defense comes together under new DC Mike Pettine, they could win 14 games. Or, it could go the other way. Rodgers is nowhere close to his old self and the defense struggles. If that happens this is a 6-win team, so I settled on the middle.
3. Lions         8-8- New year, same old Lions.
4. Bears      5-11- The Bears have given up a ton of draft capital for two players now. That may come back to bite them in the long haul.

West
1. Rams         12-4- The Rams made a ton of changes this offseason, turning themselves into an All-Star team, but as we have seen in the past. All-Star teams do not necessarily mean Super Bowl.
2. 49ers          9-7- Okay before we crown Jimmy Garoppolo as the second coming of the Dali Lama, let’s see how he performs for an entire season first.
3. Seahawks   8-8- This team is a mess right now, and I mean a mess. The only reason they win 8 games is because of Russell Wilson.
4. Cardinals    3-13- The Cardinals have a new franchise quarterback, but he may not be the man under center out of the gate.

NFC Playoffs
Seeds: 1. Panthers 2. Eagles 3. Rams 4. Vikings 5. Cowboys 6. Packers

Wild Card Weekend
Rams vs. Packers- The Rams are an All-Star team now. The Packers pull the upset 34-27, because, well, that is what they do.

Vikings vs. Cowboys- Ezekiel Elliot has a monster season, but he has never faced a run defense like this before, so it ends here. Vikings cruise on 30-16.

Divisional Playoff Weekend
Panthers vs. Packers- This is the new bad matchup for the Packers. The Panthers are just too much, and they move on 34-20.

Eagles vs. Vikings- A rematch of one of the biggest playoff blowouts in recent memory. This is much a closer game, but one the Eagles still win 27-20.

Conference Championship
Panthers vs. Eagles- This is a fantastic matchup on paper. This could be one of the best football games ever played. The Panthers win 30-27 as Newton marches them down the field just enough in the last two minutes for Graham Gano to kick the game-winning field goal.