The moment we hear a forecast or a prediction, we imagine it happening. It becomes a believable outcome and one that is easy to remember in the future.
The SCFE staff hopes you remember (if we get it right?) the bold predictions we made for the 2017 season. I have listed the predictions in ascending order of boldness.
Let’s take a look at what the SCFE staff boldly predicts to happen in the 2017 season.
2017 SCFE Bold Predictions
2017 Bold Prediction: Robert Lorge (1)
A Sammy Sosa vs. Mark McGwire competition between Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady as they chase the season TD total held by Peyton Manning. They each have 5,000 yards & 50-plus touchdowns at the end of the day.
Why is it Bold:
Only two times has a quarterback thrown for 50 TDs in a season. Having two quarterbacks do it in the same season is crazy. Plus, Brady is 40 years old.
Why it will happen:
After losing Julian Edelman, Brady’s three main targets, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, and Rob Gronkowski are all deep threats. LeGarrette Blount left and took with him 18 rushing touchdowns. Brady gets 10 of those since they don’t have a goal line back as dominant as Blount was. Plus, Belichick and Brady. Last time Brady had 50 touchdowns was in 2007 following Spygate. This is the first full season after deflate-gate. They want to stick it to Goodell and do it by embarrassing every team in their path.
Rodgers does it because he has Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Martellus Bennett. Five studly pass catching options, the best pass blocking offensive line, a wide receiver playing running back and an offensive minded head coach. Plus, he is simply crazy talented. The running game is meh, did I mention a wide receiver playing running back? They’ll be forced to pass a ton and they’ll already by passing a ton because they got Rodgers. Their defense is a bit suspect, so Rodgers will have to outscore teams. He might have to rack up six or seven against the Falcons alone.
The running game is meh and did I mention a wide receiver is playing running back? They’ll be forced to pass a ton and they’ll already by passing a ton because they got Rodgers. Their defense is a bit suspect, so Rodgers will have to outscore teams. He might have to rack up six or seven against the Falcons alone.
2017 Bold Prediction: Michael Tomlin
Isaiah Crowell will lead the NFL in rushing yards. Duke Johnson will lead all backs in receptions.
Why is it Bold:
He has never had a 1,000-yard season. And, well, the Browns.
Why will it happen:
Hue Jackson knows the formula that helped keep the Bengals winning: pound the rock with one back and use the other back in the short passing game. He will try to shorten the game as well as the length of time his quarterback has the ball. With Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and LeVeon Bell and LeSean McCoy sure to miss a couple of games, I think Crowell sneaks past Melvin Gordon and Jordan Howard for the rushing title.
Only five backs had more catches than Duke and two of those were within five catches of him. James White’s total will decrease with a healthy Dion Lewis. LeVeon Bell and David Johnson are his main competition but I think Duke pulls it out.
2017 Bold Prediction: Mark Strausberg
Marqise Lee will finish as the top Fantasy WR in the AFC South